By car across Kyrgyzstan - 4x4 adventure in the country of Celestial Mountains
By car across Kyrgyzstan

4x4 adventure in the country of Celestial Mountains

By car across Kyrgyzstan
(4x4 adventure in the country of Celestial Mountains)

Kyrgyzstan is a country of crystal clear rivers and lakes, high mountain ranges with snow peaks, clean mountain air and amazing untouched nature. The mountains are everywhere and they are so attractive in their diversity. Gentle hills rise from the plain and smoothly turn into erecting giants with snow caps on their heads; that is why Kyrgyzstan is rightly called the country of the Celestial Mountains. Kyrgyzstan is a hospitable country where many people still lead a nomadic or semi-nomadic lifestyle, dominated by cattle breeding and handicrafts. What Kyrgyzstan lacks in an established history, it fills with a variety of nomadic traditions and mountain paradise, that is ideal for hiking and camping. Horse riding tours and hiking trips, geological and speleological expeditions, mountain cycling and mountaineering are popular here, but in this tour we suggest you to drive along the mountain roads of Kyrgyzstan, try your driving skills and get unforgettable impressions of high mountain passes, wide valleys, mountain lakes, magnificent views and panoramas.

You will discover the whole country and its most interesting places - places where the neighboring houses are located a few kilometers from each other, where it is possible to see wild animals and yaks, which seem to be grazing completely unattended. Yet on these open spaces here and there grow up like mushrooms, nomads living in the yurts pay tribute to their ancestors and continue the traditions of their fathers, leave their homes each summer and go up high in the mountains leading cattle to high-mountain pastures.

2000 km of roads; Bishkek, Cholpon-Ata, Karakol and Naryn; famous Chui valley and Issyk-Kul lake; large lakes of Kyrgyzstan, located at an altitude of more than 3000m above sea level, which can only be reached in the summer months; the real Tash-Rabat fortress and the Burana tower built in the 10th century; hospitable Kyrgyz people and of course amazing, unique, unusual and diverse nature!

All this is waiting for you here, all this is waiting for you in Kyrgyzstan!

Available dates:

  • Individual dates are also available. Contact the program manager.

Trip details

Intensity Level 1
Season Summer, Autumn
Begins in Bishkek
Ends in Bishkek
Airport Airport Manas (FRU)
Airport out Airport Manas (FRU)
Wildlife Mountain goats, Marmots, Birds, Predator birds, Rodents, Yaks, Hares


Great for Individuals Couples Families

In this tour you will learn the country from the inside, drive along its roads, passes, stay on the shores of mountain lakes, learn how the local population lives, see historical and cultural monuments, get acquainted with the magnificent nature and enjoy the fresh air filled with the smell of mountain herbs. You will see places untouched by civilization where herds of yaks graze, where marmots build their holes without fear, where there are no people and you can only rarely see a shepherd collecting cattle scattered across the expanses of the hills.

What's Included:

  • Car rental with petrol
  • All Transfers according to the program
  • A support car with all the necessary equipment, with a local driver, who is a skillful mechanic too
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation according to the program (3 *hotels in cities and yurt camps)
  • Nutrition according to the program
  • Off road driving
  • Boundary zone permits and visa support if needed
  • Sightseeing according to the program

What's not included:

  • Single supplement
  • Early check in into the hotels and extra breakfast
  • International flights
  • Alcohol
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Any changes in the program

Bishkek / ~ 80 km . Arrival in Bishkek. Transfer to the hotel. Rest. Meeting with our team. Drive to the natural park Ala-Archa (self-driving). The valley of the Ala-Archa River is one of the main attractions of the Bishkek area. Here, in a narrow valley, so many beautiful landscapes, waterfalls and unusual rock forms are concentrated, so rich in flora and fauna that many consider this area to be a real symbol of the Kyrgyz ridge (Ala-Too). Return to the capital. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.


Bishkek – Karakol / ~ 420 km. On this day we will go to the northern coast of the Issyk-Kul lake. On the way, we will visit the Burana Tower and drive along the mountain roads from Grigorievsky to Semenov Gorge. Then in the city of Karakol we will visit the Przhevalsky Museum, the wooden church of the Holy Trinity and the ancient Dungan mosque. Overnight in one of the hotels of Karakol.


Karakol – Tosor pass (Alternative – Arabel valley) – Naryn / ~ 300 km . On this day we will have the most difficult driving through the mountains. Over 200 km along a bumpy mountain road will test your driving skills. However, the surroundings are so picturesque, green and virgin that you will appreciate this trip anyway. In the evening we finally get to the city of Naryn. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.


Naryn – Kel-Suu lake / ~ 190 km . After breakfast, we will drive to the Ak-Sai valley, ascend the Kyzyl-Bel pass and then go down to the At-Bashi valley. The Ak-Sai river valley is one of the largest alpine valleys in Kyrgyzstan. The height of the valley floor ranges from 3,000 to 3,900 meters above sea level, and this high mountainous area is an ideal habitat for the famous Marco Polo. We will stop at a yurt camp and from there by foot we will reach the lake Kel-Suu. Lake Kel-Suu is located at an altitude of 3500 m above sea level and is surrounded by high cliffs. The lake appeared as a result of a landslide, which blocked the river. Then it turned into a 12 km long pool. Accommodation in the yurt camp.


Kel-Suu lake – Tash-Rabat / ~ 140 km . On this day, we will continue our journey along the road to Chatyr-Kul Lake, which is located near the border with China. We will try to reach the shore of the lake and spend the night near the Tash-Rabat caravanserai. Accommodation in the yurt camp.


Tash-Rabat - Son-Kul Lake/ ~ 240 km . This morning we drive to Son-Kul Lake to see all its beauty. The lake is located at an altitude of 3016 m in the center of a small plateau surrounded by a ring of mountains. This lake is one of the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan. The shores are dotted with yurts (nomad houses) in which Kyrgyz families live. They spend summer here and graze cattle (sheep, yaks and horses). Arrival at the yurt camp. Dinner and overnight.


Son-Kul Lake - Suusamyr valley / ~ 220 km . We will leave Son-Kul lake and drive to the Suusamyr valley. Our first stop will be in the Jumgal Valley. The valley is the same size as the Suusamyr valley but it is much drier. We will stop in the village of Kyzyl-Oi for lunch and enjoy the view of one of the most beautiful rivers of Kyrgyzstan - the Kekemeren River. We will continue our way to Suusamyr through the mountains and valleys and finally we will reach the Bai-Tour Kumys Complex. We will spend the night in the cozy guest rooms of this complex.


Suusamyr valley – Bishkek / ~ 160 km. On this day we will return to Bishkek via the Too-Ashu pass. Hotel accommodation. Free time for exploring the city and shopping. Farewell dinner and overnight at the hotel.


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

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