Kyrgyzstan is not very big, but very intense . If you have a little more than a week, you will be able to see a large part of our beautiful mountainous country . On our tour, we offer you a visit of the fascinating lake Issyk- Kul, the small villages that are rich in their color, and where you can see the real life of people in Kyrgyzstan . You can see how national toys and household items are made. You will plunge into the pristine atmosphere of nature and its inhabitants. You will have a chance to see two largest cities of the country and visit their local markets .
Among the vast mountain spaces of Tian-Shan, among the snow summits the velvet waters of Issyk-Kul are spread. Its colors from soft blue to sapphirine, stuns by its ineffable beauty and depth of colors. Its tons of waters hide the ancient civilizations, majestic towns of the time long gone inevitably covered by the smooth blue surface of this amazing nature creation,
Issyk-Kul has a very convenient geographical location and this defined its destiny even in the very ancient times. In the middle ages on the territories nearby the lake one of the main ways of Great Silk Road was leading its way, therefore a great amount of settlements were formed there. And some of them are now hidden by Issyk-Kulwaters.
Issyk-Kul lake attracts the attention not only of the people that like to rest on the beach, people who want to see the “Pearl of Kyrgyzstan” but also the historians, archeologists and treasure hunters. It’s not without reason as the lake has its stories and legends.
Yes, this is the Pearl of Kyrgyzstan; you may try to enjoy its ineffable beauty and the majesty of its big blue waters, reflecting the high mountains and the endless blue sky. And looking into the depth of Issyk-Kul lake you may try to see the lineaments of ancient civilizations.
And this will be just the beginning...
|Day 1||Bishkek. Manas airport. City tour||Hotel||B/L/D|
|Day 2||Trabsfer to Cholpon-Ata town||Hotel||B/L/D|
|Day 3||Transfer to Karakol town||Guest house||B/L/D|
|Day 4||Dleti-Oguz gorge, Trabsfer to Kadji-Sai village||Guest house||B/L/D|
|Day 5||Kochkorka village||House of locals||B/L/D|
|Day 6||Kyzyl-Oi village and Chichkan gorge||Guest house||B/L/D|
|Day 7||Arslanbob gorge||House of locals||B/L/D|
|Day 8||Osh town and flight to Bishkek||Hotel||B/L/D|
|Day 9||End of program||B/-/-|
Program: 9 days
Place: Kyrgyzstan. Issyk-Kul. Suusamyr valley. Arslanbob gorge. Osh.
Best time: April-October
Activity: Rest, Auto-tour, Excurtions
Day 1. Bishkek
Arrival to Bishkek, meeting at the airport Manas, Transfer to the hotel «Asia Mountains», accommodation. Lunch at the restaurant of the hotel "Asia Mountains". City tour with visiting Youth alley, Philarmonic, Manas complex, old and new square, small "Raritet" museum and Oak park. Dinner in the "Asia Mountains" hotel.
Day 2. Bishkek - Cholpon-Ata
In the morning we will be transferred to Cholpon-Ata town. On the way we will visit the historical-architectural complex of Burana tower. We will have lunch at the house of local family and continue our way through Boom gorge into Issyk-Kul valley. Upon arrival to Cholpon-Ata we will accommodate in the hotel. Today evening will be free and you will be able to rest from the long drive.
Day 3. Cholpon-Ata - Karakol
In the morning we will visit Cholpon-Ata petrogliphs (stone inscriptions) left on the stones by ancient artists. We will also visit the museum and cultural-architectural complex Ruh-Ordo which is very interesting for the collection of religiuos architecture. In the evening we will drive to Karakol town where we will visit an ancient Dungan Mosque, and a Holy Trinity wooden Church which was built without a single nail. Free time, rest, dinner at the hotel.
Day 4. Karakol - Djeti-Oguz – Kadji-Sai
After breakfast we will drive to Djeti-Oguz along the eastern shore of Issyk-Kul lake. Here we may have a little hike to a beautiful waterfall and then drive to the place of our next stay - Kadji-Sai village. Accommodation in guest house. Dinner.
Day 5. Kadji-Sai – Kochkorka
In the morning we will enjoy the view of Terskey-Ala-Too ridge and after breakfast will continue our way. We will see the amazing change of landscapes like in kaleidoscope. Finally we will come to Kochkorka village where we will overnight. Here we will see "Shyrdak Show". You will be able to see how Kyrgyz people make their carpets and will have a chance to visit the handicrafts museum where you may even buy some souvenirs for your relatives and friends. Overnight in the house of local family.
Day 6. Kochkorka – Chichkan
We will leave Kochkorka and go to Suusamyr valley. At first stopping at Djumgal valley which is about the same size as Suusamyr valley but much drier. Mountain slopes surrounding the valley are almost snowless. Djumgal river flows into Kekemeren which is being the culmination of our day. We will stay in Kyzyl-Oi village for lunch and will enjoy the view of one of the most beautiful rivers in Kyrgyzstan.
We continue going to Suusamyr and soon we will dive to the main Kyrgyz road going from Bishkek to Osh and come into the green wide valley (steppe). The mountains surrounding it gave the valley so much space that for a moment one may forget being in the harsh mountain country. Here you may see many nomads who brought their yurts for the summer time. On the green grass canvas all these yurts look like white minarets. We will stop at the cozy guest house in the picturesque gorge called Chychkan.
Day 7. Chichkan - Arslanbob
Today we will go to an amazing mountain gorge called Arslanbob. It has a large wild forest. The Arslanbob woodland is the largest walnut grove on earth. Kyrgyzstan's first known export to Europe was the Arslanbob walnut. Two waterfalls are located in the area which attract tourists, pilgrims and other visitors during the spring and summer months. We will have a little trek to the first waterfall which is about 25 m and the hike will take us about half an hour. After that we will walk to a panorama place from where you will be able to see the whole gorge. It is a great view and here we will have a little free time to enjoy the nature and make some pictures. Overnight in a small home stay.
Day 8. Arslanbob – Osh
Today in the morning we will continue our way to the southern capital of Kyrgyzstan – Osh. Osh is the second biggest town of Kyrgyzstan after Bishkek with the population about 250 thousand people. It was one of the religious Muslim centers in Central Asia. It is known by its ancient mosques in the center of the town and also by Suleiman-Too (Sulaiman-Takhty, The throne of Solomon), which is one of the places of pilgrimage of central Asian Muslims
we will have an excursion to the sacred mountain Suleiman-Too. Suleiman mountain is one of the most significant historical monuments in Kyrgyzstan. It is located in the center of Osh. Till the 16th century it was called Bara-Kukh. The triple ascent onto the mountain is considered to be equal to one Hajj to Mecca. In one of the caves of the mountain we will visit the museum and then we will get on the plane and fly back to Bishkek. Upon arrival we will be met at the airport and transferred to “Asia Mountains” hotel where we will have rest. Farewell dinner.
Day 9. Transfer to the airport. End of the program
Price for the groups:
2-3 people in a group – 1825 USD per person
4-5 people in a group – 1325 USD per person
6-7 people in a group – 1105 USD per person
8-9 people in a group – 995 USD per person
10+ people in a group – 925 USD per person
Single supplement - 150 USD per person
1. Meeting and seeing off at the airport
2. Accommodation according to the program (double accommodation)
- Bishkek- "Asia Mountains" hotel or similar
- Cholpon-Ata - "Raduga" hotel or similar
- Karakol- "Green Yard" guest house or similar
- Kadji-Sai - "Al-Hayat" guest house
- Kochkorka - house of local family
- Chichkan - "Oson" guest house or similar
- Arslanbob - house of local family
- Osh - "Sun Rise" hotel or similar
3. Meals - full board
4. Transport according to the program
6. Entrance fees for the excursions according to the program
Price doesn't include:
1. International flights
2. Single supplement 190 USD
3. Visa and consulate services
4. Personal expenses in hotels: bar, intervational calls, etc.
6. Any changes in the program