Issyk Kul Tour

Issyk Kul Tour



Our Issyk Kul Tour will introduce you to the natural beauty of Issyk Kul, the second largest alpine lake in the world. During the tour you will also learn about the the Kyrgyz culture with yurts, food, and music as Kyrgyz culture still heavily relies on its nomadic past and present.

You will experience high mountains, long and narrow valleys, cold rivers, waterfalls, noble lakes, deserts,  mountain forests of Tien Shan, and herds of horses and sheep in wild pastures between the high peaks and yurts dotting the scenery around Issyk Kul, which is the Pearl of Kyrgyzstan and whole Central Asia.

Issyk-Kul lake cover
Grigorievskoe valley in the Issyk Kul region in Kyrgyzstan


Arrival to Bishkek International Airport where you will be met by the guide. We bring your to your hotel from the Manas airport to have some rest after a long journey. After breakfast visit in Osh bazar. After lunch we will visit Ala-Archa National Park 40 km south from Bishkek. Walking at the mountain valley area takes 2-3 hour on an easy terrain. Return to the hotel and dinner at a cafe in Bishkek.

Hotel accommodation.

Breakfast and then transfer to Bokonbaev village (300 km of driving) by the Issyk Kul lake. On the way visiting the Burana Tower (11th century architectural complex of the Silk Road). Arrival at a yurt camp and lunch. Afterwards walking or horseback riding on panoramic view of the Issyk-Kul lake. Dinner and folklore concert by local musicians playing traditional Kyrgyz songs with traditional instruments.

Accommodation in a yurt camp

Breakfast and travelling towards Karakol (200 km of driving). Visiting Skazka Canyon and Jety-Oguz Gorge on the way and a coffee stop at the gorge. Lunch at Karakol. In the afternoon a city tour visiting the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church and Dungan Mosque.
Local Chinese Dungan dinner. (Dungans are a minority originating from China.)

Accommodation at a guest house in Karakol.

Breakfast and visiting a local bazaar. Lunch at a café. In the afternoon travelling to a spa close to the city for wellness activities with a possibility for local health treatments followed by a traditional Kyrgyz dinner.

Accommodation in a guest house in Karakol

Breakfast and travelling to Cholpon- Ata to the northern side of Issyk Kul. On the way visiting Georgevka canyon. Picnic lunch at the canyon.
After lunch visit in Semenovskiy canyon, this is another beautiful place to explore the Kyrgyz mountain nature and for photo shooting. Arrival to Cholpon-Ata and dinner.

Accommodation at a guest house in Cholpon Ata

Breakfast and transfer to Bishkek. On the way visit a beach at Issyk-Kul. Picnic lunch at the beach. We then continue to drive towards Bishkek. Late afternoon City tour in Bishkek including visit in the main square Ala-Too, Arts Museum etc. Possibilities for buying souvenirs. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant with local cultural event. 

Hotel accommodation in Bishkek

Transfer to the Manas airport for the return flight.



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Tour updated 23.2.2022

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