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: program is suitable for people of any age; there are no difficulties on the route but for several days transfer takes around 6-7 hours.

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. (Wikipedia)

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. (Wikipedia)

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 (25 km)

Meeting at Manas airport, transfer to Bishkek. Accommodation in guesthouse. Excursion around Bishkek, visiting downtown, oriental market – “Bazaar”, museums, souvenir shops etc. Accommodation in guesthouse.  (LD)

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

Day 2

Bishkek-Karakol (400 km)

Transfer to Karakol. 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. 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 know better nomad life. 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

Price for tour (2017):

Group size 2 3 4 5 6 7-10 11 12 13 14 15
Per person in Euro                      

Additional payment for single accommodation: 94 Euro

Recommended list of private things for tour:
-     Warm clothes
-     Warm and comfortable hiking shoes
-     Wind stopper and  waterproof jacket
-     Sunglasses
-     Sun block cream (SPF 20-30)
-     Sun hat
-     Sleeping bag
-     Gloves
-     Sleeping bag and mattress

Service includes:
-     Transport during the program
-     Meeting and seeing-off at the airport
-     Full board
-     Twin accommodation
-     English-speaking guide
-     Excursions according the program
-     Tickets to museums
-     Mineral water
-     Flight ticket from Osh to Bishkek

Service doesn’t include:
-     Alcohol and soft drinks
-     Transfers, excursions or horse riding over the program etc
-     Visa and invitation letter to Kyrgyzstan
-     Flight ticket to Kyrgyzstan
-     Medical insurance