13 days Tour
- Explore Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
- Singing dunes of the “Altyn Emel” National Park
- The largest canyon of Kazakhstan “Charyn”
- Hikes to mountain lakes
- Spending the night in nomadic yurt on the shore of Issyk-Kul lake
Day 1 Almaty
Early morning arrival to Almaty. Meeting with guide and driver in the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel. Rest at the hotel till noon. City tour around the center of Almaty. Visit to Republic Square and Monument of Independence. Walk via old city center (today: Square Astana) to the 28 Panfilovtsev Park. Along the Avenue of memory obelisks with names of 28 fighters of the 1075th regiment of the 316th shooting division, accepted unequal battle with German tanks in the winter of 1941 are established during fight for Moscow), Zenkov Cathedral (monument of cult architecture of Christians in Kazakhstan). Also we will visit the Museum of Musical Instruments, Abai Theater, Green Market. Overnight in the hotel. Meals: B / L / D.
Day 2 Almaty - Basshi (Altyn-Emel Nature park) (260 km; 5-6 hours of driving including excursions)
Breakfast in the hotel. Leave Almaty and head towards Basshi in Altyn-Emel National Park. On the way, we will drive by Kapchigay. We will visit the Bes Shatyr barrows and necropolis tomb of east Scythians. The tomb consists of thirty barrows of different sizes and hundred ritual menhirs.
Altyn Emel national park, 250 km north of Almaty, has been dealt a good hand of weird geology spread around its large steppe territory. The most unusual are the 4 sand dunes, which don’t move despite very strong winds. They also produce a deep humming noise, like an airplane flying overhead, when you slide down from the top. Upon arrival to Altyn –Emel excursion to singing dunes and walking there for 2 hours. Dinner and overnight stay in the guesthouse. Meals: B / L / D.
Day 3 Basshi – Charyn Canyon – Saty (330 km, 5-6 hours of driving)
After breakfast, we will continue our excursion to Charyn Canyon. The Charyn Canyon is located in the Charyn National Park. The Canyon itself is approximately 150 km long, and, in places up to 300 meters deep. One area of particular interest, is an area of 2km called the Valley of Castles, due to the pillars and rock formations forming imposing, almost man-made structures. Hiking on the site for about 2 hours. Lunch as a picnic. PM. Transfer to Saty village. Dinner and overnight stay in the family-run accommodation. Meals: B / L / D.
Day 4 Saty – Kol Sai Lake – Saty (14 km one way)
After breakfast, we will go to Kol Sai Lake. Kolsai is a succession of 3 alpine lakes between altitudes of 1700 – 2650 m. The 3 lakes are exceptionally clear and lie in an idyllic location, surrounded by massive cliffs and mountains with snowy caps and wooded slopes. Hiking on the site for about 4-5 hours from the first to the second lake. Lunch as a picnic. Altitude during the day: the beginning of the day – 600 m in Saty village, in the middle of the day – 1800 m in second Kolsai Lake; Dinner and overnight stay in the family-run accommodation in Saty village. Meals: B / L / D;
Day 5 Saty – “Kegen” border - Jergalan (200 km, 4-5 hours of driving)
Breakfast. Transfer to Kyrgyzstan. Border formalities on Kyrgyz-Kazakh border Kegen. Border formalities take about 1 hour. Visiting San-Tash barrow. San-Tash means counted stones. The story about San-Tash came from the time of Great Timur when he asked all soldiers of his army to put stones in one place. He wanted to see how is bid barrow with stones and see at the same time how is big his army. Picnic for lunch on the way. Upon arrival to Jergalan village dinner and overnight in the guesthouse. Meals: B / L / D Altitude during the day: the beginning of the day – 600m in Shatty, at the end of the day – 2300 m in Jergalan.
Day 6 Trek day
Breakfast. Start of trek from the guesthouse. One day trekking about 13 km to the remote mountain lake Turnaly-Kol. Duration of the trek is about 4-5 hours. Picnic on the panorama view for Jergalan valley. Return back to the guesthouse in the afternoon. Accommodation and dinner in the guesthouse in Jergalan. Meals: B / L-picnic / D; Altitude during the day: start point – 2300m, highest point – 2860m on the lake, end of day – 2300m in the guesthouse
Day 7 Trek day
Breakfast at the guesthouse. Transfer to Nature Park Ak-Suu (1,5 hours), the start point of the trek. Soft one-day trekking in the Nature Park during 4-5 hours. You will cross Kara-Beltek pass 2606 m and come down to Katakol town. Transfer to the hotel about 30 minutes. Dinner in Tatar family. Overnight stay in the hotel. Meals: B / L-picnic / D; Altitude during the day: the guesthouse in Jergalan – 2300m, start point of the trek – 1900 m, the highest point on the top of Kara-Beltek pass – 2606 m, end of day in Karakol – 1800 m.
Day 8 Trek day
Breakfast. Transfer to the start point of trek in Svetlaya Polyana Gorge (1 hour). Soft one day trekking from Svetlaya Polyana via Kok-Jaiyk Pass to Jety-Oguz. Duration of trek 4-5 hours. Picnic for lunch. Transfer back to Karakol about 1 hour. Dinner in Uigur family. Overnight in the hotel; Meals: B / L-picnic / D; Altitude during the day: hotel in Karakol – 1800m, start point of trek – 2100 m, highest point of trek – 2800 m, end of day – 1800m in Karakol.
Day 9 Kara Kol - Issyk Kul
Breakfast. City-tour in Karakol. Visit Sunday animal market early in the morning. A city tour with visiting Museum of Russian Explorer, Mikhail Prjevalsky. We will visit Russiam Orthodox Church and Muslim Mosque in Dungan Style. In the afternoon transfer to the shore of Issyk-Kul lake. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp. Meals: B / L / D; Altitude during the day: the beginning of the day – 1800m in Karakol, at the end of the day – 1600 m in Issyk Kul lake.
Day 10 Issyk Kul
Breakfast in the yurt camp. Full day in Issyk – Kul. Time to relax and swim on the beach. Optionally, half a day excursion to Fairytale canyon. The canyon was named due to its bizarre rocky landscape, which for many years has been transformed by wind into fabulous sculptures and formations. Some formations in “Skazka” have been named for their similarity to well-known objects. For example, one set of ridges in the canyon is named “The Chinese Wall” due to its similarity to the Great Wall of China. You can also find what appear to be statues of a hippopotamus, snake, dragon, sleeping giant and even whole castles. Because the different rocks have amazing colors, the rocky statues not only have unusual shapes, but also magical colors. Or another option, drive to Barskoon Gorge.
Barskoon gorge is located on the southern shore of Lake Issyk Kul. At the beginning of the gorge grow rare shrubs and steppe grasses. On both slopes of the canyon rise huge Tien-Shan spruce trees. Above 2800 m grow juniper groves. Along the road running through the gorge of Barskoon there are unusual monuments such as the Soviet truck on the platform and a bust of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, vacationing on the southern shore of Issyk Kul after his flight into space. Barskoon gorge is famous for its cascading waterfalls. Dinner and overnight in the Yurt Camp. Meals: B / L / D
Day 11 Issyk Kul -Bishkek (320 km, 5 hours of driving)
After breakfast transfer to Bishkek. Optionally on the way we will have a stop in Bokonbaevo village to see the old traditions of hunting with an eagle. For additional price, on the way in Kyzyl tuu village (the village of the Yurt crafts) we can also visit the workshop that produced the wooden parts of the yurts or optionally visit the other workshop in that village to see the Installation of the Yurt. Transfer to Bishkek. On the way visiting of Burana Tower, a place on the Great Silk Road dated to the 11th century. Besides the tower, you will see the ruins of an ancient city called Balasagyn, an excursion to the museum dedicated to this place. Upon arrival to Bishkek accommodation in the Hotel. Dinner in the local Café. Meals: B / L / D; Altitude during the day: beginning of day – 1600 m in Issyk Kul, in the end of day – 800 m in Bishkek
Day 12 Issyk Kul -Bishkek (320 km, 5 hours of driving)
After breakfast in the hotel a city tour. During the city tour you will visit Oak park where is the open air museum of Sculptures, historical museum, theatres, Osh bazaar. You will visit Frunze museum. There is a real house of the commander of the Red Army and also Russian Orthodox church.
Optionally day visit to Ala Archa National Park (40 km). One day radial trek in Ala-Archa gorge to “Ratsek” house (Trek about 4-5 hours). Later transfer to Bishkek. Folklore program during the dinner. Overnight in the hotel. Meals: B / L / D; Altitude during the day: start point- 800 m in Bishkek, start point of trek in Ala-Archa– 2130m, highest point – 3330m in Ratzek cabin, end of trek – 2130 m in Ala-Archa, end of day -800 m in Bishkek.
Day 13 Issyk Kul -Bishkek (320 km, 5 hours of driving)
After breakfast transfer to airport. Meals: B / – / –
Level of difficulty: This tour is recommended for people with hiking and climbing experience (hiking time approximately 5-6 hours per day).
Conditions: It is necessary to bring a sleeping bag, warm clothes and trekking boots. Please ask if you need to rent equipment.
Prices for the tour in USD per person
- Transport for transfers and excursions
Minivan with 7 seats for 3-4 pax:
– Minibus Mercedes Sprinter for group 5-9 pax;
– Minibus Mercedes Sprinter+small luggage car for the group 10-12 pax
- Double room accommodation in hotels and guesthouses
- Four-people accommodation in the yurta camp
- Three time meal and mineral water during the tour
- English/German/Italian/French/Japanese speaking tour guide
- Separate local trekking guides in Day 3, Days 7-9 for one-day treks
- Entry fees to museums
- Folklore program during the last dinner in Bishkek
- Single room accommodation in hotels
- Single tent during the trek
- Alcohol and soft drinks
- International flight tickets
- Cost for the Kyrgyz visa if needed (citizens of EU and Switzerland do not need to have visa)
- Porter service in the airport and hotels
- Sleeping bags and air mats;
- Any deviation from the program;
- Felt Art master class in Kochkor;
- Eagle hunting Show in Bokonbaevo;
- Almaty – Kazzhol Hotel or Plaza-Almaty Hotel 4*
- Altyn Emel – Guesthouse (accommodation based on twin rooms and for supplement is possible single room accomodation, all rooms with private toilet and shower)
- Shatty – homestay (no single room accommodation, accommodation by 2 people in a room, shared toilet and shower )
- Jergalan – guesthouse (double accommodation, shared European standard toilet and shower on the floor)
- Karakol – “Amir” or “Green Yard” Hotel
- Issyk – Kul Lake – yurt camp (3 people accommodation in a yurt, shared European standard shower and toilet)
- Bishkek – Bridges Hotel 3* or Asia Mountains Hotel 3*
- Single supplement for hotels and guesthouses in Almaty, Bashi, Karakol and Bishkek is 166 USD per person.
- Supplement for FeltArt master class is 30 USD per group;
- Supplement for Eagle Hunting Show in Bokonbaevo – 70 USD;
- Supplement for Yurt Installation Show in Kyzyl tuu is 100 USD for the group
- Supplement for Yurt production in Kyzyl tuu show (will show how to make the wooden part of the Yurta ) is 30 USD per group
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Tour updated 1.1.2021