The heart of Kyrgyzstan Tour

10 days Tour to Issyk Kul and Son Kul
- The Heart oF Kyrgyzstan -

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The Kyrgyz land is a place of untouched wilderness, where people have kept their traditions, customs and culture for a long time. In the mountains you can meet modern nomads who have not changed their way of life for centuries.

Their simple life can go into a yurt, a felt house, which was so skillfully arranged by Kyrgyz nomads and decorated with such love with multi-colored carpets. A lot of incredible discoveries and positive impressions await you on this journey.

Fixed Tour Dates for 2023

Dates of the tripMaximum group sizeMinimum group size
11.06.2023 – 20.06.202310 pax4 pax
02.07.2023 – 11.07.202310 pax4 pax
06.08.2023 – 15.08.202310 pax4 pax
20.08.2023 – 29.08.202310 pax4 pax
03.09.2023 – 12.09.202310 pax4 pax
The heart of Kyrgyzstan fixed date tour
10 days fixed tour Kyrgyzstan

Route of program day by day

We will pick you up at the airport / border point and bring you to the capital (check-in at 14:00). After some rest, the visit of the city Bishkek is planned. We will visit sights such as the central square Ala Too with its monuments and the Oak park.

After lunch at the local restaurant, we visit the famous market, Osh bazar. Just as you step into the market, you plunge into the real oriental atmosphere: an interminable stream of people, a big variety of goods and colors. Dinner in the traditional restaurant where you can taste the national Kyrgyz cuisine.

Meals included: lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Rixon Hotel or similar)

Breakfast in the hotel. Our journey begins with a visit of the Burana Tower. The Burana Tower is an ancient minaret in the Chuy Valley in the north part of Kyrgyzstan. The tower with funerary monuments, earthworks, remains of the castle and three mausoleums – that’s all what last out of the ancient Balasagyn town that was founded by Karakhanids at the end of the ninth century.

Lunch in the Iskra village with a Doungane family, the ethnicity of Chinese Muslims who had to flee China. You taste their national cuisine.

As we arrive in Cholpon Ata, we will visit the petroglyph museum. The 42 hectares of the museum are dotted with stones, tombs, balbals and various petroglyphs dated from the 2nd millennium BC until the 4th century AD. Then we drive you to the hotel located on the lake shore. You can rest on the beach and swim in the lake. Dinner in the restaurant.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner Accommodation: Hotel 4* (Kapriz Resort or similar)

After breakfast we visit the Grigorievskoe and Semienovskoe Gorge. These places are considered as one of the most famous attractions of the Issyk Kul region. You can go for a walk, enjoy the wild nature around you and spend a nice time in this beautiful place. Picnic or lunch in the cafe on the road.

As we arrive to Karakol we visit its famous sights such as the Orthodox Church and the Dungan Mosque. You have dinner in the local restaurant and you have a rest in the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Nomad Hotel / My Hotel or similar)

After breakfast transfer to Karakol Gorge (30 min). You hike there on the territory of the ski resort towards the panoramic point where opens a beautiful view of the mountains and the city. You can have a rest in this picturesque place breathing pure mountain air. Return to Karakol. Lunch at the restaurant.

Then you will visit the Prjevalski museum. Before dinner you take the boat trip to enjoy the beauty of Issyk Kol Lake and the majesty of the snow-capped mountains of Tien Chan.

Dinner at the restaurant.
Hiking: 7 km, + 300m, -300m, 4h

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Nomad Hotel / My Hotel or similar)

After breakfast we leave Karakol for Jety Oguz gorge. The red rock Broken Heart located at the entrance to the gorge creates a special romantic ambiance in the gorge. You take a walk there for an hour.

Then we go to the Barskoon gorge. The gorge is famous for its waterfalls. One of the best known is Tears of the Snow Leopard. In the middle of the gorge you find the monument for the first cosmonaut Yu. A. Gagarin. Dinner in the guesthouse with a Russian family.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Guesthouse (U Pavla Guesthouse or similar)

After breakfast in the guesthouse, we head towards Kochkor village and pass by the south shore of the lake. On the road we visit the Skazka canyons which translate as the “fairy tale”. Here you can find objects of surprising shapes and sizes. A real skyscraper or an animal can appear in front of you. Walking in the canyons (1-2h).

In Bokonbaevo, we meet an eagle hunter with his bird. You can appreciate the alertness and speed of the bird during the hunting. It is one of the oldest traditions of Kyrgyz nomads.

Lunch in the guesthouse or cafe. Our next stop is Kyzyl Tuu village where the local family reveals the secrets of yurt production. This family is engaged in this unique art from generation to generation. Dinner in the guesthouse in Kochkor.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Guesthouse (Mira Guesthouse or similar)

After breakfast, we take the road and continue our journey. On our way, we have to overcome the Dolon Pass (3030 m), then we go to the old caravan stop of the Silk Road period – Tash Rabat. 

On the road we stop in the city of Naryn to have lunch in the restaurant. We arrive at the yurt camp in Tash Rabat. Tash Rabat is a historical monument founded by monks in the 10th century. At the begging of the Silk Road period Tash Rabat lost its religious significance and the monastery served as a hotel for passing caravans. Dinner and overnight in yurt.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Yurt camp*

* To note: 2 people per a yurt. Toilets, shower and sauna are outside

After breakfast, the beautiful mountain roads lead us to Son Kul Lake. Today, we overcome the mountain pass Moldo Ashu (3400 m). From the pass the lake Son Kul seems very small, but descending lower and approaching the lake, it appears as a big and gorgeous lake. 

Upon arrival at a camp at the lake, you get to know the hospitality of the nomads, their lifestyle and their customs. Dinner and night in the yurts. 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner 
Accommodation: Yurt camp* * To note: 2 people per a yurt. Toilets, shower and sauna are outside.

We return to the capital after breakfast in the yurt. We will return to the civilization descending from Kalmak Ashu pass of 3400 m and we pass again by the Boom gorge. Lunch in the cafe in Kochkor.

As we get Bishkek we will have time to visit the local market to buy some presents, and in the evening the farewell dinner awaits us.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Rixon Hotel or similar)

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Tour updated 8.6.2023

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