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: 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.

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 (30 km)
Meeting at the airport, transfer to Bishkek. Accommodation in a guest house. Excursion around Bishkek. 
Bishkek-700m

Day 2.
Bishkek-Tamga (320 km)
Transfer to Boom gorge. Walk in Komorchek canyons (red sandstone cliffs). Transfer to guest house “Tamga” on the Southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. Overnight in guest house. 
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.
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. 
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 and to the upper of the gorge. Transfer to Karakol city. Accommodation in guest house. 
Tamga-1685m, Djety-Oguz gorge – up to 2500m, Karakol -1800m

Day 6.
Karakol-Djuukuchak gorge – Tamga (140 km)
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, walk to waterfall, swim in bath with hot mineral water from natural springs. Overnight in guest house in Tamga 
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.
Tamga-1685m

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

Day 9.
Bishkek-Airport (30 km)
Transfer to the airport. Flight home. 
Bishkek-700m

Price for tour (for 2017):

Group size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Per person in 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 insuranc