Ethnographic tour - Issyk-Kul, Kochkorka, Jumgal Valley, Suusamyr
Ethnographic tour

Issyk-Kul, Kochkorka, Jumgal Valley, Suusamyr

Ethnographic tour
(Issyk-Kul, Kochkorka, Jumgal Valley, Suusamyr)

Tired of all the fuss? Want to escape from a noisy city? This tour will allow you to forget about worldly problems and finally see another country - the inner part of Kyrgyzstan where valleys are surrounded by ridges of high mountains, where stormy rivers take their icy streams through the centuries eroded canyons, where the expanse of blue lakes meets an endless blue sky.

You will be welcomed by hospitable families who will gladly treat you with local dishes; you will visit the Berkutchi house, visit the salt mine in the Kochkor Valley, see how national rugs for yurts are made, horseback ride over mountain passes, see the most beautiful valleys of Jumgal and Suusamyr as well as have a chance to spend the night in a yurt, take a walk along canyons and see the historical monument - Burana Tower.

During these 4 days you will see Kyrgyzstan from the inside, with all its beauties, unforgettable mountain landscapes, crystal clear rivers, fresh and clean air saturated with the spirit of freedom. This journey will open for you new horizons of Kyrgyzstan which tourists admire so much and which it is already a high time to see!

Available dates

  • June 12-15.2024 | 10 places Book
  • June 27-30.2024 | 10 places Book
  • July 25-28.2024 | 10 places Book
  • August 22-25.2024 | 10 places Book
  • Sept 12-15.2024 | 10 places Book
  • Individual dates are available. Contact the program manager.

Trip details

Intensity Level 1
Season Summer, Spring, Autumn
Begins in Bishkek
Ends in Bishkek
Wildlife Marmots, Birds, Predator birds, Rodents, Hares, Foxes


Great for Couples Individuals Families

During this tour you will see a variety of landscapes, mountains and valleys, lakes and rivers, fields and alpine pastures “jailoo”, the modern life of the Kyrgyz people and the nomadic life preserved for centuries. You will visit the hunter's house with falcons, see how national rugs - shirdaks are made, visit a salt cave and ride horses. You will experience Kyrgyz hospitality when they want to feed you delicious national dishes to death, spend the night in a yurt to the sound of the Issyk-Kul waves and experience the beauty of Kyrgyz freedom.

What's Included:

  • Transport according to the program
  • Accommodation by the program
  • Meals - full board except dinner on the last day
  • Horse riding
  • Visit to the house of an eagle hunter
  • Excursions and entrance fees
  • Shyrdak show in Korchkorka village

What's not included:

  • Any changes in the program
  • Alcohol
  • Excursions not included in the program
  • English speaking guide
  • Food and accommodation in Bishkek

Bishkek – Bokonbaevo. Gathering at the Asia Mountains hotel and departure from Bishkek. Near the city of Tokmok we will visit the historical complex of Burana Tower. Further the road runs through the Chuy valley and winds through the Boom gorge. Here we will take a walk with you through the canyons of Konorchek (the walk takes about 4 hours). After that we will drive to the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. Finding ourselves finally in the valley of Lake Issyk-Kul we will continue our journey and stop in the village of Bokonbaevo. We will visit the local Berkutchi who will gladly tell us about his birds and even let us hold them in hands. The night will be in yurts on the shores of the lake. (-/L/D)


Bokonbaevo – Kochkorka. Early breakfast. Today we will be transferred to the village of Kochkorka where we will stay for the night in a guest house. From the village of Kochkorka we will drive to the sanatorium Chon-Tuz which is famous for its salt cave. It is a horizontal gallery in the thickness of Mount Kek-Too, 500 m long, 5 m wide, 3 m high. It is located at an altitude of 2100 m above sea level. People with asthma, chronic bronchitis and some allergic diseases come here. In mountainous climate the microclimate of the salt mine has a beneficial effect on the human body. Closer to the evening we will return to the village. The hostess of the guest house will show you the process of making Shirdak. Later we will have dinner and sleep in a cozy bed. (B/L/D)


Kochkorka – Kyzyl-Oi. In the morning after breakfast we will go to the Kyz-Art pass. Here the horses will be waiting for us. Today we will take a horse ride around the area. Even if you have never sat on a horse you can easily master this skill. You will have an experienced horse guide who will help you and tell how to sit on a horse and how to handle it. After a horse ride the car will take you to the village of Kyzyl-Oi which is located in the beautiful Jumgal valley. Here you can enjoy the views of one of the most beautiful rivers in Kyrgyzstan - Kökömeren. Kekömeren means blue stream. Twenty kilometers it flows in a canyon with sheer walls of fifty meters high. Then it enters the wide valley and again flows into the canyon ... Overnight at the guest house. (B/L/D)


Kyzyl-Oi – Suusamyr - Bishkek. Today we will head back to Bishkek. The road will run through the Suusamyr Valley. We have to climb the Too-Ashuu pass, drive through a mountain tunnel and then go down the gorge to the Chuy valley. Arrival in Bishkek. The end of the program. (B/L/-)

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