Highlights of Kyrgyzstan - 8-day tour

$
1200.00
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
  • Experience nomadic life in a traditional Kyrgyz boz-ui (yurt) 
  • Horse riding in Song-Kol lake
  • Visit Tash-Rabat
  • Visit Kel-Suu lake
  • Relax on the beach of the Kyrgyz pearl – Ysyk-Kol lake 
  • Visit Burana Tower
  • Explore the capital city Bishkek 

BRIEF ITINERARY 
  • Day 1- Drive to Kyzyl-Oi village -Guesthouse
  • Day 2 - Drive to Song-Kol lake. Horse riding. - Yurt
  • Day 3 - Drive to Tash-Rabat. Visit Tash-Rabat caravan saray - Yurt
  • Day 4 - Drive to Kok-Kiya valley - Yurt
  • Day 5 - Morning visit Kel-Suu lake. Drive to Kochkor - Guesthouse
  • Day 6 - Drive to Karakol. Explore Skazka canyons, Barskoon waterfalls, Jety-Oguz mountains - Guesthouse
  • Day 7 - Short city tour in Karakol. Drive to Chon-Kemin National park. - Guesthouse
  • Day 8 - Drive to Bishkek. City tour. - Hotel

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1. Bishkek –Kyzyl-Oi village/ 200 km – 5-6 hours
Let’s start to explore the country! This morning, set off into the Kyrgyzstans countryside on the way to Kyzyl-Oi village. As you make your way north-west out of the city, stop to have a break and enjoy stunning views of Too-Ashuu pass. After a while, you will head further into Suusamyr valley driving on the cost of Kokomeren river. By the river, you will stop for picnic. In the evening, you will eventually arrive in the village and have a rest before dinner. If you have a time, you will have a walk on the streets of this remote, authentic and hospitable village
Day 2. Kyzyl-Oi village – Song-Kol lake / 130 km – 3-4 hours of driving
Today you will arrive at the one of  most popular and remote places of Kyrgyzstan - Song-Kol lake. After breakfast, you will drive from your guesthouse in Kyzyl-Oi village to Song-Kol lake. The drive time is four hours, so you will arrive in Song-Kol lake with most of the afternoon to spare.. ​After lunch at yurt near the lake, you will go for horse riding. The horse trail will bring you to Kerege-Tash mountains where you will have a panoramic view to whole Song-Kol lake. After a while enjoying the view and giving a break for the horses, you will slowly descent to the shore of Song-Kol lake where you will stop for some photos with your horse. Then you will continue riding towards yurt camp and enjoy a smooth riding alongside the lake. Get ready to spend your first night at yurt!
Day 3. Song-Kol lake – Tash-Rabat / 190 km – 6-7 hours
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at yurt and continue your journey through Kyrgyzstan,
traveling to the south from Song-Kol lake to Tash-Rabat caravan saray. This off-road route
takes you through the mountain ranges and passes of the central part of the country.
Close to noon, you will make a short stop for picnic then continue driving through Mels
pass. In the early evening, you will finally arrive in yurt camp near Tash-Rabat. After a cup
of tea at yurt, you will go to explore the caravan saray. Founded at the XIV century and
translated into English as ‘Stone palace’ Tash Rabat is what is known as a ‘caravan saray’,
the name given to a sort of roadside inn where travelers could stop for the night or a few
days to rest. They catered for both the humans and the animals that were traveling along
the Silk Road and, as well as having accommodation and food facilities, often provided
some opportunities for trade and religious rituals.
Day 4. Tash-Rabat – Kel-Suu lake / 220 km – 5-6 hours
This morning you will set off on a journey to Kel-Suu lake. On our way, you will make a
stop to have a picnic near Ak-Say river. Slowly ascending to the pass Kyndy, you will arrive
at border pass as Kel-Suu lake is situated on a special zone since it’s near China. After the
officers check our permission for Kel-Suu lake, you will head further to Kok-Kiya valley
where you will stay for overnight at yurt.
Day 5. Trekking to Kel-Suu lake & Drive to Kochkor / 260 km – 4-5 hours
Wake up early to enjoy the sunrise before you begin to discover the valley and start hiking
to an alpine Kel-Suu lake. Kel-Suu lake is an epic mountain lake surrounded by
tremendous rocks and situated on the attitude of 3500m. In the afternoon, you say
goodbye to Kel-Suu lake and return to the yurt camp where you will have a lunch and
then you will make your way back to Kochkor village. You will stop for coffee at café in
Naryn City. After you are done with the coffee and have some rest, you will continue
driving toKochkor across Dolon pass. Dinner will be served at local restaurant in Kochkor
then overnight at guesthouse.
Day 6. Kochkor – Karakol / 290 km – 5-6 hours
This day you will explore some well-known and beautiful places around Ysyk-Kol lake. In
the morning, we will start the day with a drive to the east towards to Bokonbaevo village
on the south shore of Ysyk-Kol lake. In the village you will see 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. At the end of the demonstration, you will test
your skills on archery. After lunch at guesthouse in the village, you will drive to visit Skazka
canyons, then drive to Barskoon gorge where you will visit Barskoon lakes and Yuriy
Gagarin monument. We will then continue our journey to the east, towards Karakol city.
On our way, we will turn to the right to visit Jety-Oguz red mountains. In the evening, you
will go for dinner to local restaurant. Overnight at guesthouse. 
Day 7. Karakol –Chon-Kemin National park / 320 km – 4-5 hours of driving. 
Today you will have a long but memorable driving day, as you will make your way to Chon-Kemin along the northern side of Ysyk-Kol lake. On our way to Chon-Kemin, we will stop for a short visit the lakes of Grigorievka gorge and enjoy our picnic. By the evening, we will arrive in Chon-Kemin National park. After arrival at your guesthouse and checking in, you can spend the remainder of the day exploring the surroundings of the valley. Dinner and overnight. 
Day 8. Chon-Kemin National park – Bishkek / 140 km – 2 hours of driving. 
Today is the last day of your 7-days journey in Kyrgyzstan! After breakfast at the guesthouse, you will head towards Bishkek. On our way, we will make a 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. By the lunchtime, you will arrive in the capital and have a lunch in restaurant. On the second half of the day, you will go for guided city tour in Bishkek. You will visit Osh Bazaar and some other sightseeing of Bishkek. In the evening, you will go for the farewell dinner with your guide and finish your trip with a transfer to your hotel. 

Price includes:
  • Airport transfer
  • English speaking guide-driver
  • Vehicle 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser or similar
  • All meals and accommodations during the tour
  • Eagle hunting show
  • Horse riding in Song-Kol lake
  • All permits and tickets 
  • Water
Price does not include:
  • Hotel in Bishkek
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