Whole Kyrgyzstan in 10 days - From South to the North of the country
Whole Kyrgyzstan in 10 days

From South to the North of the country

Whole Kyrgyzstan in 10 days
(From South to the North of the country)

This tour will open to you all the beauty of a small mountainous country with its magnificent landscapes, mountain lakes, small towns, colorful villages and a nomadic way of life, still preserved in the highlands of Kyrgyzstan.

Our tour will begin in Bishkek - the capital of Kyrgyzstan, where we will see the modern way of life of Kyrgyzstanis, after which we will go to one of the most beautiful places in Central Asia - to the second largest mountain lake in the world - Lake Issyk-Kul. On the shores of this lake from its southern side there are several small villages in which people are engaged in needlework, falconry, agriculture and cattle breeding.

The next place that everyone has to visit is Son-Kul Lake. A lake surrounded only by meadows, hills and mountains will finally give your eyes a rest; there are no skyscrapers, no tall buildings, no trees and even no bushes here that could interfere with your gaze. Yurts, which you can see on the shores, look like white minarets that carry thoughts somewhere high, and you begin to feel like a part of a huge world; it is no longer focused on you and you are now only a small part of a large world. Here you will be able to achieve harmony with yourself, and then our path will run along a huge empty plateau with nomadic yurts standing alone. Emptiness and infinity - this is the creed of this wonderful unique place.

At the very end, you will visit the southern capital - the city of Osh with its special culture, colorful bazaars and the Suleiman-Too mountain located in the very heart of the city.

Do you want to experience all this? Welcome!

Available dates

  • June 21 - June 30, 2019 | 6 places Book
  • July 05 - July 15, 2019 | 8 places Book
  • Sept 06 - Sept 15, 2019 | 8 places Book
  • Sept 24.09 - Oct 03, 2019 | 10 places Book
  • Individual dates are also available. Contact the program manager.

Trip details

Intensity Level 1
Season Summer
Begins in Bishkek
Ends in Osh
Airport Airport Manas (FRU)
Airport out Airport Osh (OSS)

Price: $ 815 (≥ 8 people)
≥ 6 people in the group: $ 915 per person
≥ 4 people in the group: $ 1,060 per person
≥ 2 people in the group: $ 1,580 per person

Great for Individuals Couples Families

Kyrgyzstan is a wonderful mountainous country with clean air, clear icy waters of rivers and streams and beautiful nature. High peaks covered with white snow and green summer meadows; here you can take amazing pictures and get unforgettable impressions. Hospitable people will be happy to treat you with fragrant tea brewed on medicinal herbs and flat bread, to tell you how they live. Modern nomads who live in yurts and keep the commandments of their fathers will show you a nomadic way and tell beautiful legends. National treats, interesting acquaintances and a huge number of new impressions await you on this tour!

What's Included:

  • Transportation by the program
  • Accommodation (Bishkek, Osh - 3 * hotel, Tokmok –hotel 5 *, Bokonbaevo, Son-Kul - yurt camp, Tamga, Kochkorka, Chichkan - guest house, Arslanbob - house of local residents)
  • Meals by the program - full board
  • Guide
  • Excursions and entrance fees
  • Water 1 l. per person per day

What's not included:

  • Any changes in the program
  • Alcohol
  • Excursions not included in the program
  • Tips for personnel
  • Any personal expenses in the hotel: international calls, bar, etc.
  • Surcharge for single occupancy $ 120

  • Additional options on the program:

  • Horse ride in the Shamsi gorge - $ 20 per person
  • Rafting in Boom gorge - $ 35 per person
  • Falconry in the village of Bokonbaevo - $ 50 per group
  • Felt show in the village of Bokonbaevo - $ 30 per group
  • Horse games in the village of Bokonbaevo - $ 100 per group
  • Horse ride in the village of Tamga - $ 20 per person
  • Master class on making felt toys in the village of Kochkorka - $ 40 per group
  • Folk show of Kyrgyz music in the village of Arslanbob - $ 50 per group
Day
1

Arrival to Bishkek. Our representative will meeting at the “Manas” airport, Transfer to the hotel. Bishkek is the capital of Kyrgyzstan and the biggest city in the country. Its population is about 1 million people. This morning we will have an excursionto the national park of Ala-Archa where we will spend our time seeing a great Kyrgyz nature. The park is located in 40 km from Bishkek on the slopes of Kyrgyz Ala-Too.

Ala-Archa is translated from Kyrgyz language as “motley juniper”. The gorge got its name due to a great amount of juniper covering its slopes. As different kinds of juniper have different colors and the gorge seems to be very colorful. Here in the gorge we will hike to a beautiful waterfall, have picnic and then drive back to Bishkek.

Bishkek has many places for you to see. Today we will visit the Arts museum, Opera and Ballet Theater, National Philharmonic, Government building, Victory monument and Manas monument. The interesting fact is that Bishkek is the only town in Central Asia that still has the monument of V. I. Lenin on the central square. Bishkek remembers its history and will definitely tell it to everybody who wants to visit this small but cozy capital. The town is also known to be the most ecological town of the world due to a lot of green parks keeping the shadow and coolness even on the hottest summer day. Dinner and overnight in the hotel. (B/Lunch boxes /D)

Day
2

Tokmok town and Shamsi gorge (130 km, 2,5 h). In the morning after the breakfast we will drive to the Shamsi gorge. On the way we will drive to the historical-architectural complex of Burana Tower. Excursion to the museum and the tower Burana (XI c.). Visit the remaining foundations of once majestic mausoleums (XI - XII centuries) - tombs of the powerful rulers of the city. Visit the open-air museum where you can see the life evidence of numerous representatives of various doctrines, cultures, religions and lifestyles collected from the whole Chu valley.

In the Shamsi gorge, horses will await us, on the backs of which we will make a 2-hour ride. After the ride we will have a picnic in nature. We will have some free time to go for a ride or go fishing in a mountain stream.

We will have dinner in the evening and overnight in the hotel not far from Tokmok town.

Day
3

Tokmok – Bokonbaevo (160 km, 2,5 h). In the morning after the breakfast we will be transferred to the southern shore of Issyk-Kul lake to the village of Bokonbaevo.

On the way, we will have the opportunity to raft down the river on real rafts in the Boom gorge. Rafting takes about 2 hours (children are allowed from 8 years). After that we will continue our way to the lake. Issyk-Kul is the second largest mountain lake after Lake Titicaca in South America, is among the 25 largest lakes in the world and is in seventh place on the list of the deepest lakes on our planet.

In the village of Bokonbaevo, if you have a desire, we will be able to watch the falconry with you. We will have an evening free. We will go with you to the shore of the lake to take colorful photos and maybe to swim. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.

Day
4

Bokonbaevo - Tamga (50 km, 45 min). After breakfast, we will ride horses to the jailoo (pasture) to watch the real horse games, which are organized by the locals at every holiday. After that, we will visit with you a workshop for the manufacture of felt products, and see how people manually make felt carpets for their hearth - a yurt, built without a single nail. Lunch in the village.

Next we will be transferred by car to the village of Tamga. We will enjoy the view of Terskey-Ala-Too ridge. We will see the amazing change of landscapes like in kaleidoscope. The place we will visit today is the “Fairy Tale” gorge. The whole originality of the place is the frozen in bizarre forms colorful rocks, like after the eruption. Solid clusters made of limestone and sandstone are bulging from the colorful soil and the place looks like the ruins of ancient castles. The most surprising is that the architect and sculptor of the place is the nature that used only water, sun and wind as instruments. Besides the fancy castles and fairy figures there the structures can also be considered as many-domed churches, and crenellated walls with loopholes; so for example - Sandy fence, which is very much like a "Chinese wall", stretching for several kilometers along the southern shore of Lake Issyk- Kul.

Next, we will continue driving to the village of Tamga, where we will stay overnight. Dinner, overnight at the guest house.

Day
5

Tamga - Kochkorka (150 km, 2 h). Today we are moving to the village of Kochkorka. This place is interesting because there is a family that manufactures various felt products. Upon arrival in the village we will have a hearty lunch, after which you can visit the souvenir shop and buy a souvenir. Here you can participate in a master class on making felt toys, which you can then leave for yourself, give to relatives or friends, or hang on the Christmas tree for the new year. Dinner and night at the house of local residents.

Day
6

Kochkorka – Son-Kul (140 km, 2 h). After breakfast we will be transferred to Son-Kul Lake located on the height of 3016 m above the sea level. This is the best place for shepherds-nomads. If you have ever heard a beautiful legend about the most beautiful lake in the center of Tian-Shan mountains most possible this was the lake Son-Kul.

By some sources its name is translated as “the last lake” and it’s not without reason as this is the second biggest lake on the territory of Kyrgyzstan after Issyk-Kul lake. And the name can be treated as an “alpine lake”. As the lake is located on an alpine meadow and surrounded by mountain ridges it has its own microclimate. All the valley is covered with green alpine fields (Kyrgyz people name them “jailoo”). That’s why this place was very popular among the shepherds and nomads in all times which is proven by the stone inscriptions and ancient shrines found on the shores of the lake. Shepherds-nomads bring their cattle to the lake in the summer and live here in yurts with their families. We will get to Son-Kul lake by noon. Free time and overnight in a yurts.

Day
7

Son-Kul – Chichkan gorge (320 km, 5 h). This will be a long drive through the plain mountainous regions of Kyrgyzstan. The mountains are everywhere from the left and from the right and the houses and yurts of shepherds are located miles from each other. We will drive over Kara-Keche pass (3364 m) and first get to Kyzyl-Oi village where we may have lunch in the house of locals.

We will enjoy the view of one of the most beautiful rivers in Kyrgyzstan - river Kekemeren continuing going to Suusamyr and soon 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. Going through the picturesque Susamyr valley we will finally get to Chichkan gorge where we will stay in one of the cozy guest houses.

Day
8

Chichkan gorge - Arslanbob (320 km, 4,5 h).Today we will go to an amazing mountain range 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. In the evening we will see the folk show with Kyrgyz national instruments. Overnight in a small home stay.

Day
9

Arslanbob - Osh (210 km, 3 h). Today in the morning we will have another hike now to the second, big waterfall in Arslanbob which has the height of 80 m. This walk will take us about 2 hours and we will come back for lunch just in time to see the folk show with the national Kyrgyz instruments. After lunch 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. Overnight in a hotel.

Day
10

Departure . This day the car will take you to the airport for your flight home.

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Bishkek, Lineinaya str. 1a