3 Day tour around Issyk Kul

Short Tour to Issyk Kul

Tour Details

Highlights of the Tour

Enjoy on a captivating journey through Kyrgyzstan, starting with a vibrant exploration of Bishkek’s cultural landmarks.  Get around the tranquil shores of Issyk-Kul Lake, pausing to admire the ancient Burana Tower and witness the artistry of Kyzyl-Tuu’s skilled artisans. Experience the mesmerizing tradition of eagle hunting and explore the whimsical beauty of Skazka Canyon before retiring to a cozy yurt camp in Tamga. Embrace authentic Kyrgyz hospitality with an optional folklore program, curated by a local family, before bidding farewell to the breathtaking landscapes and cultural treasures of Kyrgyzstan.

  • Amazing nature
  • Yurts production master class
  • Eagle hunting demonstration
  • Get acquainted with traditions and customs of multinational Kyrgyzstan
  • Experience with nomads and unforgettable nights in the yurts
  • Breathtaking lake of Kyrgyzstan
Yurt building tour
3 Day trip around Issyk Kul

Tour Itinerary

Arrival in Bishkek. You will be picked up at the airport by local guide and driver. Check in to the hotel. After some rest you can enjoy the breakfast and later start the city tour of Bishkek including a visit of Central Ala Too Square, Oak Park and Osh bazaar. 

Transfer to Issyk-Kul lake. The lake is considered to be the second largest mountainous lake in the world on the altitude of 1607 meters above the sea level. You will drive along the southern shore and will have several stops. On the way, we will stop not far from Tokmok town and have excursion to Burana Tower, a place on the Great Silk Road dated to 11th century. 

Later you will stop in the village Kyzyl-Tuu. This village is famous with its talented artisans, who makes wooden parts of yurts. The artisan will show us process of Yurts production. 

Later you will meet the eagle hunter. The hunter will demonstrate the ancient traditions of hunting with an eagle and tell about his activity. On the way, visit Skazka canyon. Walk in the area. Upon arrival to Tamga dinner and accommodation in the yurt camp by the shore.

Optionally Kyrgyz folklore program during the dinner organised by the local family from the village.

People sleep by 4 in a yurt. There are sleeping yurts and separate dining yurt. One toilet and one shower per one Yurt. 

Altitudes above sea level during the day: beginning of day – 800 m in Bishkek, end of the day – 1606 in Tamga 

Meal during the day: B/L/D

After breakfast one can enjoy the swimming in the lake, the yurt camp is situated on the shore of the lake. Lunch in the camp.

After lunch transfer to Jety-Oguz gorge. Jety-Oguz gorge is famous for its red rock formations in the form of the Seven Bulls, the translation of the place is “Seven Bulls”. Local people tell a lot of legends about this place.  When you are approaching Jety-Oguz gorge first you see the broken heart (broken heart – is that 2 Seven bulls of 7), then when you pass this Broken Heart and look to the back of it you see all these 7 bulls. A walk in the area.

Transfer to Karakol. A city tour with visiting Russian Orthodox Church, Muslim Mosque in Dungan Style. Visit of Prjevalsky Museum. After the museum visit to local bazaar. Dinner in Dungan family (the nation that emigrated from China) where 13 national dishes are prepared.  Overnight in the hotel.

Altitudes above sea level during the day: beginning of day – 1606 m in Tamga, end of the day – 1700 in Karakol

Meal during the day: B/L/D

After breakfast in the hotel transfer to Bishkek along the northern shore of Issyk-Kul lake. On the way a stop in Semenovskoe gorge for a light hiking.

Later you will have a walk in the Open Air Museum of Petrogliphs in Cholpon-Ata city. The Open Air Museum, sometimes referred as a Stone Garden, covers some 42 hectares and contains a number of prehistoric monumental structures (stone circles, tombs, the remains of a boundary stone wall, balbals) and Petroglyphs (dating from the II millennium BC up to the Middle Ages up to the VI century AD). 

Also in Cholpon-Ata optionally you may go for a motor boat excursion on the lake for 1 hour (in off season this activity depends on weather condition).  Dinner at the restaurant and accommodation in the hotel.  

Altitudes above sea level during the day: beginning of day – 1700 m in Karakol, end of the day – 800 in Bishkek 

Meal during the day: B/L/D

Breakfast. Transfer to airport. Flight home.

Altitudes above sea level during the day: 800 in Bishkek 

Meal during the day:  B/-/-

Tour Itinerary


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Tour updated 2.2.2024

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