Kyrgyzstan Lake Tour

Kyrgyzstan Lake Tour


Tour Itinerary

Destinations: Bishkek – Ala-Archa – Issyk Kul Lake – Karakol – Kochkor – Naryn – Tash Rabat –  Son Kul – Kyzyl Oi – Bishkek

Your guide will pick you up at Manas International Airport and accompany you to the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, just a 30-minute drive from the airport. In the morning we will visit Ala Archa gorge. It is a Natural Park. At the Soviet Time, only V.I.P. people had permission to go for a walk here. The Ala Archa gorge is on a spur of the Tien Shan mountain range. It is just 45 km from Bishkek. You can have a short hiking tour to see a panoramic view of the gorge. 

Afterward, we return to Bishkek. In the second half of the day, you will discover
Bishkek with our guide. You will be visiting Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic, and many others places of interest.

Accommodation: Bishkek – “Discovery” Hotel 3* / “Plaza” Hotel 4*

Your guide will pick you up at 8 a.m and you will be transferred to Issyk Kul Lake, surrounded by the celestial mountains. It’s the second-largest alpine lake in the world (1608 m. above sea level). The lake is called “the pearl of Central Asia”. Due to the salty water, Lake Issyk Kul possesses curative qualities.

On route to the lake, you will visit Burana Tower (an 11th-century minaret) and an open-air museum of Balbans (stone warriors).

Accommodation: Issyk Kul – “Simiram” Hotel 3*/ “Karven” Hotel 4*

The day starts with breakfast at 8 o’clock. Afterward, you will start your trip to Karakol city.

On the way, we will take a short break to give you the opportunity to visit ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.). These petroglyphs were made more than 2 000 years ago by shamans. Then we continue our way along the northern shore of the lake to the town of Karakol. You will visit the Dungan mosque. One of its highlights is the fact that it was built in a Chinese style without using a single metal nail. The mosque will be followed by a visit to an old wooden Orthodox Church.

Accommodation: Karakol – “Green Yard” Guesthouse

Today we will drive to Jeti Oguz gorge. It’s famous for its red rock formations that have the name Seven Bulls – Jeti Oguz. Also, you will see there Broken Heart Mountain. If you want it is possible to go on top of a mountain (20 minutes) to see a panorama view of the gorge.

Then we continue our trip, breaking in Bokonbaeva village, where we will meet a local eagle-hunter. He hunts hares and foxes with the help of eagles (a traditional way of nomadic hunting). When we arrive at Kochkor village you will meet a family who will show you how to make national woolen felt carpets.

Accommodation: Kochkor – Homestay

After breakfast, we will drive along high mountains to the town of Naryn through the beautiful Kichi Naryn gorge. The high mountains, picturesque passes, and nomadic way of life make Kyrgyzstan an irresistible travel destination. Views of this mountain road are absolutely breathtaking. You will drive over a mountain pass named Jalpak Bel at an elevation of more than 3000 meters. This day offers a great chance to experience the variety of mountains which make Kyrgyzstan so popular. On the route, it will be possible to meet real nomadic families.

Accommodation: Naryn – “Khan Tengri” Guesthouse

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Tash Rabat Caravanserai on the Great Silk Road (Stone Castle from the 14th century). The building is unique. Tash Rabat is located at the very heart of the Tian Shan Mountains. Tash Rabat was built of stone blocks inside a mountain at an elevation of 3200 m above sea level. In total there are 31 rooms in the mountain. The walls are 1 m thick. There are also underground prison cells formerly used to incarcerate thieves in ancient times.

Accommodation: Tash Rabat – Yurts Son Kul – Yurts


After breakfast, we start our drive to the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan – Son Kul Lake. This lake is surrounded by mountains and it is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan, situated at an altitude of 3013 meters above sea level. Kyrgyz nomads started to come to this wonderful area with their families for rest and relaxation. Herders of the Naryn region come to the lake to use it as a pastureland. After our arrival, you will be free to explore and enjoy the virgin nature of the lake and its surroundings. 

Overnight is in nomadic collapsible dwellings – yurts. They are made of a wooden skeleton, covered with felt coverings.
Accommodation: Son Kul Yurt camp

After breakfast you will have free time at Son Kul Lake, to explore nature on your own. You can ride along the lake on a horse, or just relax and soak in the calm atmosphere of the lake-side wilderness. Also, you will have time to communicate with nomads and have a glimpse into their way of life. Then we will drive to the village of Kyzyl Oi which is situated right in the gorge. The drive to Kyzyl Oi traverses over one of the most beautiful passes, along the top of a mountain. 

Accommodation: Kyzyl Oi – Homestay

After meeting with locals, we will drive to the capital of Kyrgyzstan – Bishkek city. The road to the city goes through the southern part of Kyrgyzstan. During your transfer be prepared for amazing views of impressive mountains and gorges. Today you will see panoramic views of the Too Ashuu pass which is more than 3000 meters high! This road is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Kyrgyzstan. You will have many photos stops so that you will remember this day. Fantastic roads, amazing views, nomads, high mountains; ensure your memories of Kyrgyzstan will last a lifetime. 

Accommodation: Bishkek – “Discovery” Hotel 3* / “Plaza” Hotel 4*

Day 10
Bishkek – Airport:

Tour information


  • Accommodation according to the itinerary
  • Transportation inside Kyrgyzstan
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Entrances to all museums Mineral water during the tour​

Not included

  • Full board (can be organized for an extra cost)
  • Single rooms
  • Early check-in
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and visa support

This tour requires normal physical condition. There will be some walking in easy and moderate terrains.

What to bring with you: Comfortable walking/hiking shoes, warm clothes, rain clothes, sunscreen, cap for the sun and sun glasses, personal medications.

Transport: Private air conditioned transportation: 

  • For 3 pax – Mitsubishi Delica
  • For more than 4 pax – Mercedes Sprinter


Hotels 3*
02 pax – 1 505 $
04 pax – 925 $
06 pax – 725 $
08 pax – 615 $
10 pax – 555 $
12 pax – 630 $
14 pax – 585 $
16 pax – 550 $
18 pax – 520 $
20 pax – 505 $
10 + 1 pax – 740 $
15 + 1 pax – 595 $
20 + 1 pax – 525 $
25 + 1 pax – 540 $
30 + 1 pax – 495 $
35 + 1 pax – 510 $
40 + 1 pax – 480 $

Single room – 135 $
Early check-in – 40 $
Single early check-in – 65 $

Price per person

Half Board – 135 $
Full Board – 270 $

Hotels 4*
02 pax – 1 550 $
04 pax – 965 $
06 pax – 765 $
08 pax – 660 $
10 pax – 600 $
12 pax – 670 $
14 pax – 630 $
16 pax – 595 $
18 pax – 565 $
20 pax – 550 $
10 + 1 pax – 790 $
15 + 1 pax – 645 $
20 + 1 pax – 570 $
25 + 1 pax – 585 $
30 + 1 pax – 550 $
35 + 1 pax – 555 $
40 + 1 pax – 535 $

Single room – 160 $
Early check-in – 65 $
Single early check-in – 115 $

Book your tour here

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.

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