A trip to Sary-Chelek lake - Three-days adventure in Kyrgyzstan
A trip to Sary-Chelek lake

Three-days adventure in Kyrgyzstan

A trip to Sary-Chelek lake
(Three-days adventure in Kyrgyzstan)

Sary-Chelek is a unique biosphere reserve. There are several lakes, thousands of plant species, 40 species of mammals, 150 species of birds at the territory of Sary-Chelek. Some of the animals and birds are listed in the Red Book, as they are on the verge of extinction.

It is possible to see wild deer and mountain goats there. Hunting and fishing are prohibited there. The reserve protects not only animals, but also rare plants, such as tulips and crows. Arriving at the reserve, do not collect herbs and flowers. The Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve was created to preserve the walnut-fruit forests too.

The largest lake in the reserve is Sary-Chelek. It is located at an altitude of 1900 meters; the depth is more than 200 meters. The lake appeared during the strong earthquake. The mountain river was blocked and a lake was formed there. The lake is surrounded by high ridges and steep banks.

On the territory of the reserve you will make horseback riding and hiking, have a picnic in the shade of the trees and ride a boat.

Available dates

  • May 3-5.2024| 6 places Book
  • May 17-19.2024| 8 places Book
  • June 21-23.2024| 10 places Book
  • July 05-07.2024 | 10 places Book
  • July 19-21.2024 | 10 places Book
  • August 09-11.2024 | 10 places Book
  • Sept 06-08.2024 | 10 places Book
  • Individual dates are available. Contact the program manager.

Trip details

Intensity Level 1
Season Spring, Autumn, Summer
Begins in Bishkek
Ends in Bishkek
Airport Аэропорт Манас (FRU)
Airport out Airport Manas (FRU)
Wildlife Mountain goats, Marmots, Birds, Predator birds, Rodents, Hares, Snakes, Wolves, Foxes


Great for Individuals Families Couples

A trip to Sary-Chelek Lake is available to any traveler. You will see a unique biosphere reserve, lakes, rivers, perhaps you will meet mountain goats and deer. Horseback riding and boat ride are available. This trip is suitable for a family with children, most of the route passes on asphalt, accommodation in a cozy guest house with all amenities.

What's Included:

  • Transfer
  • Entrance fee
  • Ecological fee
  • Food acording the program (2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 3 lunches)
  • 2 nights at the guest house

What's not included:

  • Personal expenses
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Any changes of the program
  • Other excursions not included in the program
  • Insurance

Transfer Bishkek – Arkit. It is better to start early in the morning around 5-6 AM. The way will take 500 km and 10-12 hours. We will cross the picturesque pass Too-Ashuu in Suusamyr valley.

We will stop in a narrow Chichkan gorge for lunch in a local restaurant near the main road. You can try local popular dishes: lagman (noodles with meat and vegetables), shorpo (soup with meat and vegetables), plov (rise with meat), manty (dumplings).

Then we continue the way enjoying the views of Toktogul reservoir, mountains, rivers and green valleys. We will spend a night in a local guest house. Dinner will be organized there.


The road to Sary-Chelek Lake. After breakfast we will drive to the lake. It takes about 20 km to get there. We will make stops at panoramic points to make pictures of the panoramic views of the valley. You will see lots of wild tulips in spring and bright pink flowers during the summer time. Mountain slopes are covered with million colorful flowers.

The final point of the trip is Sary-Chelek lake. It is surrounded by steep shores and high fir trees. We will organize a picnic at the beautiful meadow with an incredible view to the lake. It is possible to take a boat and get till the end of the lake. It will take us 1,5 hours to get there. The length of the lake is about 7 km one way.

Then we will return back to the guest house in Arkit village. Local kids are usually friendly with tourists and will be happy for some small presents and sweets.


Transfer to Bishkek. . The trip to the lake is already finished and now we need to drive back to Bishkek. On the way back you can try national drink kumys in Suusamyr valley.

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