Kyrgyzstan’s Vibrant 8-Day Expedition: A Palette of Experiences

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Highlights
  • Visit Ala Archa National Park
  • Sight seeing tour of Bishkek
  • Son Kul Lake
  • Yurt Camp stay
  • Tash Rabat Caravanserai
  • Tien Shan Mountains
  • Issyk Kul Lake
  • Fairy Tale Canyon (Skazka)
  • Dungan mosque
  • Burana Tower
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Overview

Kyrgyzstan is a breathtakingly beautiful country. This small oasis in the heart of Central Asia amazes with its diverse scenery, with the distinctive Issyk Kul Lake playing a significant role. Kyrgyzstan is frequently referred to as "Asian Switzerland," although the unspoiled mountains and richest nature of Kyrgyzstan far outperform the cleanness of the worn European Alps. Kyrgyz culture and historical legacy are also highly interesting. Until today, the country has retained all of the characteristics of nomadic existence. Only in Kyrgyzstan during the summer months will you witness yurts- nomadic portable residences decorated with felt rugs, meet nomads who will greet you and most likely invite you to their yurt to enjoy traditional Kyrgyz drink kymyz.

Itinerary

Early morning arrival in Bishkek. Our sightseeing guide will meet you at the arrival gates at Manas International Airport. It will take 30-40 minutes to go to the city. Check-in at the hotel (early check-in is included in the tour price)After a relaxing morning and breakfast at the hotel, we drive around 40 kilometres outside of Bishkek to Ala Archa National Park. Picnics, treks, rock climbing, and alpinism are all popular activities here. 

The park's territory contains 20 glaciers. The park has an area of 200 km2. You can take a walk along the river's paved path or go up to the mountains for a wonderful view of the gorge. If you're in good shape, you can walk up to the waterfall (3.75 km- 2.5-3 hours one trip).Returning to Bishkek. Lunch at a nearby bistro.After lunch, we depart on a sightseeing tour of Bishkek, which includes the Manas Monument, the Changing of the Guards of Honour, and the Kurmanjan Datka Monument.


A sightseeing tour of Bishkek comes to an end at Victory Square. After excursion we will go to ZUM (Central department store) to buy souvenirs.

Accommodation: 

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

(360 km/ 6-7 hours)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Today we will have a long drive to Son Kul Lake, so we leave early in the morning. The road to the lake lies through Boom Gorge; Orto Tokoi Reservoir and dramatic Kalmak Ashuu pass (3445 m).
Lunch at a local Kyrgyz family in Kochkor village.

Alpine Son Kul Lake is located at an elevation of 3016 metres in the Tien Shan range. The area around Son Kul serves as a pasture for livestock herded from Kochkor village, the Naryn and Jumgal regions. Son Kul meadow is regarded as the best Kyrgyz jailoo during the summer. The path to the lake winds over winding mountain passes before disappearing into the sky. As a result, Son Kul Lake is translated as "Last Lake" in Kyrgyz.Son Kul Yurt Camp arrives.3-4 people can be accommodated in yurts. Here you may experience life as a true nomad and learn about Kyrgyz culture.Yurt - is a typical Central Asian nomadic home. The yurt's foundation is made out of a wooden carcass and multiple layers of felt.The construction of such a housing does not take long, making it practical and useful for locals.A yurt's inside is covered with felt carpets and traditional needlework.

Accommodation: Yurt Camp

Meals: Breakfast, lunch – local Kyrgyz family, Dinner – yurt camp

After breakfast, depart from Son Kul Lake towards Tash Rabat Caravanserai through Kalmak Ashuu pass (3665 m), which offers spectacular views of the Tien Shan Mountains and a serpentine route. The route leads down to Naryn town.You will stop in Naryn town for lunch.Naryn is a long and thin town located along the famed Naryn River, often known as the Syr Darya, one of the largest rivers in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia. Naryn is Kyrgyzstan's sole town where 90% of the population is Kyrgyz.Accommodation at the Kara Koyun gorge yurt camp (4-6 persons per yurt) upon arrival.

Time to go for a walk.The visit to Tash Rabat Caravanserai can be completed the following morning, when the sun will illuminate it with its beams.Tash Rabat caravanserai is located at an elevation of 3200 metres above sea level, not far from the Chinese border (Torugart). Its origin is unknown, however it is thought to have been built in the 10th century. Researchers believe it is a Nestorian monastery, while some believe it is a victualing-house for trade caravans, and still others believe it has a defensive purpose. It is obvious that the Tash Rabat caravanserai served distinct purposes at different times.

 
Accommodation: Yurt Camp


Meals: Breakfast – yurt camp, Lunch –local café, Dinner – yurt camp

(230 km /4-5 hours)

After breakfast, drive to Kochkor village through Naryn and the Dolon pass (3000m).Lunch in a little café in Naryn.Following lunch, you will go to the Central Blue Mosque, Central Square, and the Historical-Ethnographic Museum.Continue on to Kochkor village after the expedition.You will visit a local women's cooperative in Kochkor village, which produces felt and felt carpets (shyrdak). Shyrdak is a traditional carpet used by nomads to cover the floor. Carpet manufacturing technology is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. It is a hard labor that has a lot of subtleties (color choice, decorative patterns, and production techniques) 

Those who are interested in will be able to try themselves in ancient handicraft (for additional cost)


Accommodation: Local Family Stay
Meals: Breakfast – yurt camp, Lunch- local café, Dinner – local family

(270 km/ 5-6 hours)

Breakfast with a local family.
After breakfast, you will travel along the southern bank of Issyk Kul Lake to Karakol.Karakol is a small but fascinating Russian village with traditional architecture. It was founded in the mid-nineteenth century and grew to become a significant garrison settlement in the Issyk Kul region.The genesis of Issyk Kul Lake is tectonic. It is the world's second largest alpine lake, behind Titicaca in South America. It has a length of 182 kilometres, a width of 58 km, and a maximum depth of 668 metres. During the summer, the water temperature might reach 20-25 degrees Celsius.On the trip, you can take in the gorgeous surroundings and change of scenery.You will take a brief walk through one of the most gorgeous areas. Fairy Tale Canyon (Skazka) is the location. 

With the dark blue Issyk Kul Lake in the background, the canyon appears picturesque.We continue our journey to Tamga village after a short walk.Lunch was served by a local family.Following lunch, you will travel to Djety Oguz Gorge.Djety Oguz is a Kyrgyz word that translates to "Seven Bulls."Unlike Fairy Tale Canyon, this beautiful gorge is distinguished by mountains covered in Tien Shan fir trees. At the start of the gorge, you'll come across the well-known Broken Heart Rock. Walking up to the panoramic, you'll notice the Seven Bulls rocks. The tourist guide will tell you the legend behind the gorge's name. In the Soviet era, a sanatorium was erected in the gorge. Many people used to come here for treatment using radon water. Cosmonauts, including Yuri Gagarin, used to visit here for recovery.


Drive to Karakol town after the walk and have dinner at a local Uighur/Dungan family.

Accommodation: 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner - with local family.

(150 km / 2.5 – 3 hours)

After breakfast, you will visit Dungan Mosque, a one-of-a-kind structure in the style of a Chinese pagoda that is still in use as a mosque.You will also see the Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity Church, which was made entirely of wood without the use of a single nail. The famed Tikhvinian icon of the Divine Mother, painted in 1897, may be found in the church's miraculous iconostasis.After seeing Karakol, you should visit the Memorial Museum of N.M.Przhevalsky, a prominent Russian explorer and researcher of the Asian continent, which is 12 kilometres away from Karakol. Drive to the town of Cholpon Ata.Lunch at a nearby café.Visit the Open Air Petroglyphs Museum after lunch. Petroglyphs date from the Sak-Usun period, which lasted from the 9th to the 5th centuries AD. The Petroglyphs region is located beneath the Kungey Alatoo Mountains, with a lovely view of the lake.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(280 km/ 5-6 hours)

After breakfast, we will take another scenic drive to Bishkek. You will stop along the way to see the Architectural-Archeological Complex "Burana Tower" (UNESCO). Burana Tower (old minaret) is 12 kilometres from Tokmok. 

Balasagyn town was the name of the land where the tower is located. This settlement held strategic significance for the Great Silk Road. You will explore a small museum with items discovered during excavations, providing further information about this old settlement, and become acquainted with a collection of Balbals, Turkish burial markers.Lunch with a Kazakh family from Tokmok.Check in at the hotel upon arrival in Bishkek.Optional activities include a stroll around Osh bazaar (closed on Monday) and a farewell dinner and folklore display at a local restaurant.Specially for you, musicians will perform Kyrgyz national melodies and demonstrate musical instruments. You will hear a singing and appreciate the lovely tunes of our forefathers.

Accommodation: Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch with local Kazakh family, Dinner 

(35 km/ 40-45 min)

Early breakfast and transfer to the airport.

Price Includes

  • Sightseeing tour of Bishkek
  • Victory Square
  • Lunch at a local Kyrgyz family in Kochkor village
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Anything mentioned in the itinerary as included
  • Meals as described in the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Airfares of any nature
  • Any expenses of a personal nature
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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