Snowy mountains and golden sands of Issyk-Kul Lake

Snowy mountains and golden sands of Issyk-Kul Lake

Duration: 9 days
Season: April - October
Route: Issyk-Kul valley
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 3500 m.

A tour along the southern shore of Issyk-Kul for those who ever likes to sit on the same place. This is a program that will show you the most beautiful lake in Kyrgyzstan. Cozy and completely deserted beaches of the Southern coast and beautiful mountain gorges are waiting for their travelers. It’s a great opportunity to connect activities in the mountains with the beach rest.

Issyk-Kul from the Kyrgyz language is a "hot lake". It is located at an altitude of 1609 meters in the north-eastern part of the republic, between the Kungey Ala-Too and Terskey Ala-Too ridges. The lake never freezes, despite the fact that it is surrounded by snow-covered mountain peaks.

Around the Issyk-Kul Lake used to be many ancient cities, now all of them are hidden by water and carefully studied by archaeologists. Part of Great Silk Road passed 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 the 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)

Day 2
Bishkek-Tamga (320 km)
Transfer to Tamga. On the way stop at the Boom gorge. Walking in Konorchek canyons (red sandstone cliffs). Transfer to guest house “Tamga” on the Southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. Overnight in guest house. (BLD)
Bishkek -700m, Tamga- 1685m

Day 3
Tamga-“Tamga-Tash” stone
After breakfast trekking to Tamga-Tash (stones with ancient Tibetan inscriptions). Return to guest house. Rest at the lake. Overnight in guest house. (BLD)
Tamga- 1685m, Tamga-Tash-2000m

Day 4
Tamga - Barskoon gorge – Tamga (160 km)
Excursion to big waterfall in Barskaun gorge. Transfer to Arabel valley over Barskoon pass, visting high-mountainous lakes. Overnight in guest house in Tamga. (BLD)
Tamga-1685m, Barskoon pass – 3754m, Arabel valley – up to 4000m

Day 5
Tamga-Djety-Oguz gorge - Karakol (140 km)
Trip to Djety-Oguz gorge. Excursion to legendary cliffs named "Seven Bulls" and "Broken Heart". Walk to the waterfall up to the gorge. Transfer to Karakol city. Accommodation in guest house. (BLD)
Tamga-1685m, Djety-Oguz gorge – up to 2500m, Karakol -1800m

Day 6
Karakol-Djuukuchak gorge – Tamga (140 km)
Excursion to memorial complex of N. M. Prjevalsky. Visiting wooden Russian Orthodox Church buit in IXXc. And Muslim mosque build in 1910 by architects from the Northern China. Transfer to Djuukuchak gorge. Walking to the waterfall, swiming in the bath with hot mineral water from natural springs. Back to Tamga, overnight in a guest house. (BLD)
Karakol – 1800m, Tamga-1685m

Day 7
Tamga- “Fairy tale”- Tamga (50 km)
Excursion to “Fairy tale” place – valley of red sandstone cliffs. Rest on the shore. Overnight in guest house.(BLD)

Day 8
Tamga-Bishkek (320 km)
Transfer to Bishkek. Visiting Burana tower on the way (historical monument of X-XIIIcc). Farewell dinner in a restaurant. Accommodation in guest house. (BLD)
Tamga-1685m, Bishkek-700m

Day 9
Bishkek-Airport (30 km)
Transfer to the airport. Flight home. (BLD)

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
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