Kyrgyzstan – the country of Tien-Shan

Kyrgyzstan – the country of Tien-Shan

Tour around the north of Kyrgyzstan
Duration:
15 days
Season: beginning of June – October
Route: Chui, Issyk-Kul, Naryn region
Conditions: There is not a lot of physical exertion throughout the journey. But there will be long transfers about 6 hours a day and travelers will reach an altitude up to 3000 m.

Tour “Kyrgyzstan – the country of Tien-Shan” gives a great opportunity to get involved in to the culture and daily life in Kyrgyzstan. You will see the life of the nomads and to being themselves a little bit of nomads.

During the tour you will visit two great lakes of Kyrgyzstan – Issyk-Kul and Son-Kul. 

Issyk-Kul is an endorheic lake in the northern Tian Shan mountains in eastern Kyrgyzstan. It is the tenth largest lake in the world by volume (though not in surface area), and the second largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea. Issyk-Kul means "warm lake" in the Kyrgyz language; although it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it never freezes.

Song Kul is an alpine lake in northern Naryn Province, Kyrgyzstan. It lies at an altitude of 3016 m. It is the second largest lake after Issyk Kul Lake, and the largest fresh water lake in Kyrgyzstan. Its name, meaning "following lake", is popularly considered to refer to this relation. It is surrounded by a broad summer pasture and then mountains. Its beauty is greatly praised, but it is rather inaccessible. There are no facilities on the lake, but local herders will provide supplies and rent yurts. The area is inhabited and safely accessible only from June to September. 

Both valleys had always attracted lots of people living around. There were found ancient cities at the Issyk-Kul Lake. Most of them are submerged. Part of Great Silk Road laid along the Issyk-Kul valley and further over the passes of Terskey-Ala Too and Bedel pass to China. It was very important part of caravan path.

Day 1

Airport-Bishkek (35 km)

Meeting at "Manas" airport, transfer to Bishkek. Accommodation in a hotel. Excursion around Bishkek, visiting downtown main Ala Too square, oriental Osh market – “bazaar”, museums, souvenir shops e.t.c.   (LD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Bishkek – 700 m

Day 2

Bishkek-Karakol (430 km)

Transfer to Karakol. On the way excursion to museum of rock drawings in Cholpon-Ata. Accommodation in a guest house. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Bishkek – 700 m, Cholpon-Ata—1600m, Karakol-1800m

Day 3

Around Karakol

Excursion to memorial complex of N.M.Prjevalsky. Visiting Russian Orthodox Church and Dungan mosque. Tasting local food. Accommodation in a guest house. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Karakol-1800m

Day 4

Karakol – Djety-Oguz gorge - Tamga (140km)

Transfer from Karakol to Jety-Oghuz gorge. Visiting famous sandstone cliffs “Seven Buuls and Broken heart”. Excursion further to the upper of the gorge. Transfer to Tamga. Overnight in a guest house. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Djety-Oguz gorge - 2200 m, Tamga-1685m

Day 5

Tamga

Day of rest. Relaxing on beaches of Issyk-Kul. Free time. Overnight in a guest house. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Tamga-1685m

Day 6

Tamga – Kochkor village (200km)

Transfer to Kochkor village. On the way stop in Bokonbaevo village and visit felt-art workshop, where you may see Kyrgyz traditional fancy-work, and make your own felt carpet. Accommodation in a guesthouse. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Tamga-1685m, Kochkor – 1750m

Day 7

Kochkor – Son Kul Lake (140km)

After breakfast transfer from Kochkor village to the Son Kul lake. Overnight in yurt camp. (BLD)    

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Kochkor – 1750m, Son-Kul Lake – 3016m

Day 8

Son-Kul Lake

Stay in Son-Kul area all day. During the day you may make aquantance with Nomad's life, to ride a horse. Overnight in yurt camp. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Son-Kul Lake – 3016m

Day 9

Son-Kul Lake – Bishkek (400 km)

Transfer to Bishkek. On the way excursion to Burana tower – historical monument of X-XI c. Farewell dinner. Accommodation in a guest house. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Son-Kul Lake – 3016m, Bishkek-700m

Day 10

Bishkek-Airport (30 km)

Transfer to airport. Flight home. (B)

Altitudes during the day (above see level): Bishkek – 700 m

Service includes:
Double or twin accommodation in guesthouses/ hotels according program
Transport for transfers during tour
Cook and full board during tour
English speaking guide
Tents, kitchen and camping equipment during tour
Porters during trekking to carry up to 10kg of your private stuff (for each person)
 
Servise doesn't include: 
Accommodation in hotels before and after the program
Alcohol and soft drinks
Transfers, excursions or horse riding over the program etc.
Visa and invitation letter to Kyrgyzstan
Medical insurance

Clothing and Equipment:
Sunscreen (at least 20SPF)
Chapstik or equivalent lip balm
Sunglasses with UV protection
At least a 25 Liter backpack for personal items
Sleeping bag 
Sleeping mat
Telescopic trekking sticks poles (optional)
Head lamp (eg Petzl) spare bulbs & batteries 
T-Shirts, long-sleeved T-shirt, shorts
Trekking pants
Underwear
Fleece jacket or pullover 
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) 
Down vest and/or jacket (optional) 
Waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex) with hood
Waterproof pants (Gore-Tex)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks 
Thin gloves for trekking and overnight    
Sun hat or scarf 
Warm fleece hat or light balaclava 
Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces 
Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and/or sandals