Kyrgyzstan tour 7
Kyrgyzstan tour: Tour 7
Activity: Cultural tour
Duration: 13 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Chong Kemin - Son Kul Lake - At Bashi - Tash Rabat Caravanserai - Kochkor valley - Tamga village - Karakol - Altin Arashan - Karakol - Cholpon Ata - Bishkek
You can't imagine how many places you are going to see!
During your adventure tour in Kyrgyzstan you will visit Burana Tower, which construction refers to the times of the Karakhanids; the second world's largest lake - Issyk-Kul; also it includes the visiting of Tash Rabat Caravanserai (Stone Castle) in Naryn Region; prehistoric carvings on the stones, mosques, churches and many others places that will attract your attention. Kyrgyzstan is the place of highly respected traditions and untouched nature. You will discover more about the nomadic culture, taste national dishes and staple drink kymis - fermented mares milk. Some experienced travelers say « You have not seen the world if you haven't seen Central Asia!"
Day 1: Bishkek city
You will be picked up in Manas International Airport and accompanied to Bishkek. It takes 30 minutes to get from the Airport to Bishkek city. You will start the day in Bishkek with a nice breakfast. This day will be entirely dedicated to a guided Bishkek city tour, including lunch. With your guide you will visit the Central Ala-Too Square, Old Square, Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Pobeda Square (Victory Square), the Museum of the Kyrgyz History, National Concert Hall and the monument of Manas (the Kyrgyz legendary hero) that is located nearby, Oriental Osh Bazaar, Art Gallery and many other places and monuments. You will spend the night in the hotel****. Dinner will be served at 7 o'clock in the evening.
Day 2: Bishkek - Chon Kemin valley
This day starts at 8 o'clock with breakfast. Transfer (120km) from Bishkek to Chon Kemin Valley by car. On the way to chon Kemin we will stop to visit Burana Tower - minaret of the11th c. A. D. and the cemetery of Balbans - stone warriors. We will stop also to have a lunch. After that you will have a short excursion in Issyk-Ata gorge that is famous for its hot water springs and one of the oldest sanatoriums in Central Asia. At 7 p.m. after having checked in at the Kalmak Ashuu Guesthouse, your dinner will be served.
Day 3: Chong Kemin - Son Kul Lake
Breakfast. Drive from Chon Kemin Valley to the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan Son Kul Lake via the Boom Gorge and Kochkor Valley. On the way lunch will be taken. Son Kul Lake is situated at an altitude of 3006 meters above sea level on the treeless plateau that is surrounded by mountains. Son Kul is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan. Naryn region herders come to the lake to use it as grassland. The Kyrgyz nomads started to come to this wonderful area with their families for spending here summer months from the olden times. You will be free to investigate and enjoy the virgin nature of the lake and its surroundings after our arrival. Dinner and overnight will be in the nomadic collapsible habitations that are called yurts. The yurt is a wooden frame, which is covered with felt thin covering mats. They are manufactured without nails.
Day 4: Son Kul Lake
After your breakfast that is served at 8 o'clock you will have some spare time at Son Kul Lake, what gives you the perfect opportunity to explore on your own its nature. It is a great chance to get acquainted with nomadic traditions and culture. Optionally, you can ride on a horse along the lake, or just relax admire the atmosphere of the wild and calm natural world. Our lunch will be served at 2 p.m. After lunch you will visit also the site of the ancient petroglyphs and ritual stones of shamans that are called Tulga - Tash. Dinner will be served in the yurt camp. You will spend the night in the yurt like a real nomad.
Day 5: Son Kul Lake - At Bashi
We leave the yurt camp at 8 o'clock after a strengthening breakfast. Transfer (200km) to the At Bashi Valley. The spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the stunning nature will accompany us during our trip. Dinner will be served at 7 o'clock in the evening. This night you will spend the night in yurts.
Day 6: At Bashi - Tash Rabat Caravanserai (Stone castle)
You will be served breakfast at 8 o'clock after packing your baggage. Transfer from the Valley of At Bashi to Great Silk Road Tash Rabat Caravanserai. Tash Rabat is translated as Stone Castle; the historians refer its origin to the 14th century. It is located at the very heart of the Mountains of Tian Shan. This building doesn't have analogues in the whole world, because it was constructed out of stones, moreover it was built partly inside the mountain at 3200 m. high above sea level. There are 31 rooms that are joined with the central domed chamber. The walls thickness is 1 m. Inside the building, there are also dungeons for the medieval thieves. Dinner will be served at 7 o'clock in the evening. This night you will spend near by the Tash Rabat Caravanserai in yurts.
Day 7: Tash Rabat - Kochkor valley
Fortifying breakfast. Transfer (185 km) from Tash Rabat to Kochkor Village. In Kochkorka village a special shows will be organized for you. You will see the way of national felt carpets production. During this show you even can create your own felt carpet. With a local family you will have a traditional dinner. It will be accompanied with national Kyrgyz music show. Overnight stay is in the Guesthouse in Kochkor.
Day 8: Kochkor valley - Tamga village
8 o'clock breakfast. Transfer (200 km) from Kochkor Village to the Celestial Lake of Issyk-Kul, which is the 2nd largest alpine lake in the world. Issik - Kul is situated at the altitude of 1606 m.above sea level. This Lake is very often called "the pearl of Tien - Shan Mountains". On the way to Issik - Kul we will drive through the gorgeous valley and you will pass the Orto Tokoi water collecting reservoir. In Tamga village you will have a rest on the sandy beach or swim in the lake. Lake Issyk Kul possesses curative qualities thanks to the salty waters. Dinner will be served at 7 o'clock in the evening in the Guesthouse of Tamga, where you will also spend the night.
Day 9: Tamga - Karakol
8 o'clock breakfast. Till 12 p.m. you have time for leisure or to swim in the lake. After that, you will be transfered (50km) to Karakol town by car. Your lunch will be in Karakol. After lunch you will have an excursion in Karakol. This sightseeing tour includes the visit of the Dungan mosque. One of its highlights is the fact that it is built in Chinese style without using a single metal nail. This will be followed by the visit of an old wooden Orthodox Cathedral. Later, you will visit the museum of Prjevalsky - the world's greatest explorer. Prjevalsky greatest achievements were: the crossing of the desert of Taklamakan and the discovery of more than 4000 species of animals, including the horse of Prejevalsky that was named after the explorer. Night is in the guesthouse. National dinner will be served at 8 p.m.
Day 10: Karakol - Altyn Arashan - Karakol
Fortifying breakfast. Transfer from Karakol to Altyn Arashan Gorge by 4WD Russian military vehicle. Altyn Arashan - "Golden Spa" is one of the most popular gorges in Karakol because of its beauty. After arrival in the valley at he end of the pass you can take a bath in hot springs, there are some special little cabins. You will have a lunch. After that you will have one hour walking in the gorge of incredible beauty. Transfer to Karakol. Our dinner will be served at 7 o'clock in the evening. Overnight is in the guesthouse.
Day 11: Karakol - Cholpon Ata
8 o'clock breakfast. Transfer (120km) from Karakol to Cholpon Ata the along the northern shore of the dazzling Central Asian treasure - Issyk-Kul Lake. We will make a short break at 1 p.m., and you can enjoy your lunch in a calm atmosphere. After that, upon arrival in Cholpon - Ata we will give you the opportunity to visit the site, which is considered as the ancient open air stone temple. There you will see the inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.) on the enormous boulders. In Cholpon Ata we will also visit the local museum. This museum is devoted to the Issyk-Kul Lake. After having visiting the museum, you go on a one hour cruise on a steam boat to admire the beauty of this marvelous lake. Dinner will be at 7 pm in the hotel, where you will also spend the night.
Day 12: Cholpon Ata - Bishkek
8 a.m. breakfast. Till 11 o'clock you have a spare time. After that is the transfer (280km) from Cholpon Ata to Bishkek city by car. We will drive through spectacular Boom Gorge. Night is in a Hotel****. Departure dinner will be in the restaurant at 7 p.m.
Day 13: Bishkek - Europe
At the time arranged previously according to your flight details your guide will meet you in the hotel to accompany you to the International Airport of Manas.