4 days winter tour to Issyk-Kul and Son-kul



If you want to experience some of the highlights of Kyrgyzstan but are limited in terms of time, then this four-day journey around Issyk-Kul is perfect for you. The adventures will start with a drive to the southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. Then we will continue on our journey towards Kyzart village for winter horse riding to Son-Kul Lake. Explore the country, all while enjoying legendary Kyrgyz hospitality!


  • Experience nomadic life in a traditional Kyrgyz boz-ui (yurt)
  • Visit Ysyk-Kol Lake and its beautiful surroundings.
  • Extreme horse riding to Song-Kol Lake
  • Trekking to Shatyly mountains with a panoramic view of Ysyk-Kol Lake
  • See the demonstration of eagle-hunting from local hunters
  • Visit Burana-Tower
horse riding tour to sonkul
horse riding winter tour


Day 1Drive to Ysyk-Kol Lake. Visit Burana Tower and Skazka canyonsYurt
Day 2Trekking in Shatyly mountains. Drive to KyzartGuesthouse
Day 3Extreme horse riding to Song-Kol LakeGuesthouse
Day 4Transfer to Bishkek 

This morning, we will start to explore the country with a drive towards Bokonbaevo village at the southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake.  As we make your way east out of Bishkek, we stop to visit the famous archaeological and architectural complex “Burana Tower“. Here you will learn about the history of the renaissance of Islamic culture during the Khara-Khanid Khanate – a powerful state of Turkic tribes in Central Asia on the X-XII century.

Then we will have a lunch at the local authentic café with a local famous food “kattama” and continue our trip to the city of Bokonbaevo. When we arrive early in the evening, we have the time to check into our yurt accommodations and spend the remaining of the day visiting Fairy-Tale canyons, 30 km away from the village. Once back at the yurt camp, we can rest until dinner. Get ready so spend your first night at yurt!

Lace up your hiking boots this morning for a half-day trekking to Shatyly Panorama. Explore the valley’s beauty with a 4,5-hour hike against a backdrop of stunning scenery and sweeping views of the gorgeous mountains of Terskey Ala-Too mountain range. Enjoy the breathtaking view and for photography enthusiasts the panorama is definitely the correct place, so snap some great photos against the background of Issyk-Kol lake, then make your way back to the yurt camp.

After lunch at yurt camp you will start the second half of the day with an eagle hunting show organized by the local hunters. After an explanation of aspects of eagles and hunting with them, you will see eagle hunting to rabbit. After the demonstration, make your way towars Kyzart village.  Cap of the day by eating a meal at a dining room of the guesthouse. Have a good rest before extreme horse riding tour to Song-Kol Lake.

After breakfast at the guesthouse, we will have a transfer to the bridge on Chaar-Archa River, whence you will start your 1-day horse riding to Son-Kol Lake. After a brief demonstration of horse riding from your guide, you will set off on journey on horse towards mountains, slowly ascending to the Tuz-Ashuu pass (3227 m). Once we reach the second serpentine of the pass, we will have a wonderful view of the Kilemche Valley.

After this the trail will go higher and will bring you to the pass. If there is no wind and the sky is open, this is a perfect place for a picnic. Enjoy the picnic on the pass with a view of the Jumgal valley on one side and a view of the lake on the another.

After a break, we make our way back down to the start point where the car will be waiting for us. We finish the long and adventurous day with a hot dinner at the guesthouse.

Early in the morning, we leave Kyzart village behind for our travel back to Bishkek. We will start the day with a drive to beautiful Kyzyl-Oi village where we will stop for lunch at a guesthouse. On the second half of the day we will continue driving alongside the rapids of river Kokomeren and the road finally brings us to Too-Ashuu pass (3120 m) on the international highway of Bishkek-Osh. Too-Ashuu pas is an experience as itself with the long and steep serpentine roads both upwards and downwards.  

After a couple of minutes enjoying the view from the pass, you will drive down and go further through gorge to Bishkek. Finally, we are in Bishkek and finish our long day drive with a farewell dinner at a restaurant.



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If you would like to customize your tour please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are happy to organize a custom tour or to provide a modified itinerary based on one of the tours provided by the tour operators or to have a one fully custom made for your needs.

Tour updated 30.11.2022

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