Scenic tour from Karakol to Bishkek
Duration of tour: 3 days
Period: May – October
Day 1. Karakol – Kochkor village, 250km
We start our tour from Karakol to Kochkor village along the picturesque south shore of Issyk-Kul lake. One of the interesting sights of south shore is Fairytale canyon (Skazka). 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. The rocks vary in color from a sandy yellow to red and orange, and there are also colorful striations visible in places which show the different chemical composition of the rocks. After we will visit the beach of the Issyk-Kul. After beach we continue our trip to Kara-Koo village, we will visit felt factory, where the process of production of felt product, especially Kyrgyz carpets (shyrdak) and yurts will be shown and explained. You may not only watch, you will be able to participate in this process. Picnic at the beginning of Keskem-Bel pass. The next point is Kochkor village. Accommodation in guest house. Dinner and folklore show with national instruments in the Museum of national products. You will also have an opportunity to buy souvenirs and local handmade products over there.
Day 2. Kochkor village – Kyzyl-Oi village, 250km
In the morning departure to Son-Kul lake. Son-Kul is an alpine lake in northern Naryn Province, Kyrgyzstan. It lies at an altitude of 3016 m, and has an area of about 270 km2 and volume of 2.64 km3. Lake's maximum length is 29 km, breadth about 18 km, and extreme depth f 13.2 m. It is the second largest lake after Issyk Kul Lake, and the largest fresh water lake in Kyrgyzstan. Its name, meaning "following lake", is popularly considered to refer to this relation. It is surrounded by a broad summer pasture and then mountains. There are no facilities on the lake, such as electricity and so on, but local herders will provide supplies and rent yurts. The area is inhabited and safely accessible only from June to September. There are a lot of horses and other animals and people live only in yurts. Here you will feel the real nomad spirit. After spending some time at Son-kul lake, 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. Accommodation and dinner in CBT guest house in Kyzyl-Oi.
Day 3. Kyzyl-Oi village - Bishkek, 250km
After breakfast we departure to Bishkek. After Kyzyl-Oi we proceed to natural treasure of Inner Tian-Shian, to Suusamyr valley, which is between Kyrgyz and Talas Ala-too ranges. The Suusamyr valley is located on the altitude of 2000-3200 m and its length is 155 km. 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 Too-Ashuu pass. The Too-Ashuu pass is a majestic place, which is 135 km away from Bishkek and lies at the altitude of 3400 m. The road, which connects the north and south capitals. This place has amazing landscapes, which will take your breath away. There are strong winds here and tops of the mountains are covered by snow all year round, but the air is exceptionally fresh and clean here. Very beautiful pass which make you feel positive emotions and make pleasant memories about this trip. Arrival to Bishkek. Brief excursion in Bishkek. Dinner in traditional Supara restaurant. Finish of the service.