Pearls of Central Asia
Duration of tour: 10 days
Period: June – September
Description: This tour allows you to visit the most beautiful lakes in Central Asia, Issyk-Kul and Son-Kul. Learn a lot about the culture of local people and nomads. Many of them still live a nomadic life. You will get a complete picture of the northern part of Kyrgyzstan.
1 day, Bishkek – Ala-Archa – Bishkek, up to 150 km
Meeting at Manas airport and moving to Bishkek. Few hours rest in hotel and after lunch driving to Ala Archa national Park. The park, which includes the gorge of the Ala-Archa River and the mountains surrounding it, is a popular destination point for weekend picnickers, hikers, horse trekkers, skiers as well as mountain climbers looking for challenging ice, rock and mixed routes. Walking to Ak-Sai waterfall and back way to Bishkek. Dinner at local restaurant.
2 day. Bishkek – Konorchek – Chon-Kemin, up to 170 km
Depart from Bishkek and arriving to Burana tower. The tower, along with grave markers, some earthworks and the remnants of a castle and three mausoleums, is all that remains of the ancient city of Balasagun, which was established by the Karakhanids at the end of the (XI - XIII вв.) century. Further continue driving to Boom gorge and make radial trekking to Konorchok canyons. (if weather will be open). We will walk from main road in Boom gorge through narrow dry gorge and a maze of rocks scattered over a dry riverbed. In the canyons, you’ll see red sandstone columns which looks like Grand Canyon in Colorado, US! Arriving to Chon-Kemin village, dinner and accommodation in guesthouse.
3 day. Chon–Kemin – Semenov gorge – Karakol, up to 350 km
Moving to Semenov gorge, which is located on the north Shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. After arriving to valley radial trekking to Sut-Bulak lake. Picnic at the picturesque lake and continue our trip to Karakol. After arriving short city tour in Karakol. Accommodation in hotel 3*.
4 day, Karakol – Djety-Oguz - Bokonbaevo, 250 km
We are visiting popular gorge Djety-Oguz that means Seven Bulls. Most famous sight of that place is Seven Bulls and Broken Heart rocks. We will walk for panoramic view of mountains and continue our trip to Fairytale canyon located on south shore of Issyk-Kul lake. Amongst the weird rock formations, there is a ridge, which resembles two walls of fortification, something like the Great Wall of China, rising vertically out of the surrounding sandstone. Dinner and accommodation in yurt camp Bel-Tam located on the south shore of Issyk-Kul lake. Possible to shim in the lake.
5 day, Bokonbaevo – Tash-Rabat, 350 km
Driving from Bel-Tam yurt camp to Kyzyl-Tuu village where will be demonstrated yurt and felt shows by local masters, who is continue traditions of ancestors. You could participate in yurt installation for better understanding. Further driving to Kochkor village and lunch in yurt at local family. Continue driving to Tash-Rabat, dinner and accommodation in yurt camp.
6 day, Tash-Rabat (free day)
We will have horseback riding to local sights and observation of local shepherds: milking cows, pasturing cattle and cleaning in a yurt. Dinner and overnight in yurt camp.
7 day, Tash-Rabat – Son-Kul lake, up to 200 km
Our next destination is Son-Kul lake, where you can feel spirit of nomads. We will drive through 33 parrots pass 3133m, which is going as snake through high mountains. In summer some of the local people who live in the villages, leave their homes to go up to the green and luscious meadows of Son-Kul lake. Here during the warm summer months, they graze their cattle in the summer pasture live and in small farmsteads, which are called jailoo. Accommodation and dinner at Yurt camp on Son-Kul lake.
8 day, Son-Kul lake – Kyzyl-Oi, 150 km
3 hours of horseback riding will be arranged to the top of mountain in order to see panoramic view of Son-Kul lake and then after lunch in yurt camp we proceed further to Kyzyl-Oi village via Kara-Keche pass, which is on the altitude of the 3384m. This pass is popular for cyclists and off-road lovers. Kyzyl-Oi is a mountain village located at the altitude of about 1800 meters above sea level in the valley of the mighty river Kekemeren. Here you can see an extraordinary landscape of majestic mountains surrounding the village. Accommodation and dinner in family (homestay) CBT guest house in Kyzyl-Oi.
9 day, Kyzyl-Oi – Bishkek, 250km
We proceed to natural treasure of Inner Tian-Shian, to Suusamyr valley. Suusamyr is one of the best grasslands in Kyrgyzstan. The pass attracts many alpinists, ski lovers and simply people who love fresh mountain air. Further, our road will pass through majestic Too-Ashuu pass, it lies at the altitude of 3400 m. That road connecting the north and south capitals. You could see amazing landscapes and good few to Suusamyr valley. Arrival to Bishkek. Festive dinner in ethno restaurant Supara. Accommodation in hotel 3*.
10 Bishkek – airport Manas, 30km
Early depart to airport Manas. End of service.
- Transfer during the full period of tour
- English speaking guide
- Full board
- Hot springs in Altyn-Arashan
- Admission fee in museums and other sights.
- Festive dinner in traditional Supara restaurant (except alcohol drinks)
- Accommodation and dinners in hotels, guesthouses and yurt camps (4 person in 1 yurt)
- Yurt show
- Horseback riding on Son-Kul lake
- Alcohol drinks