Highlights of Kyrgyzstan
With just four days, this scenic road trip itinerary allows just enough time to explore Kyrgyzstan's majestic mountains and nomadic culture while not feeling too rushed. Starting from the capital of the country - Bishkek, you'll embark for the road trip to the south of Ysyk-Kol Lake for salburuun – eagle hunting, then you’ll go for an adventurous horse riding to Song-Kol Lake. Sample the views and outdoor activities that Kyrgyzstan has to offer for 4-days adventure
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
- Experience nomadic life in a traditional Kyrgyz dwelling boz-ui (yurt)
- Meet the Kyrgyz eagle hunters
- Enjoy views of alpine lakes, fields, and mountains
- Explore Song-Kol Lake on horseback.
Drive to Ysyk-Kol Lake. Hike to Shatyly Panorama
Eagle hunting on a horse. Drive to Kyzart village.
Horse riding to Song-Kol Lake
Drive back to Bishkek. Visit Burana Tower.
Day 1. Bishkek – Bokonbaevo village / 300 km 4-5 hours of driving
This morning, you will start explore the country with a drive towards Bokonbaevo village in the southern part of Ysyk-Kol Lake. Upon your arrival, you’ll have a lunch in the local guesthouse. Following your trip itinerary, you’ll drive to Boz-Salkyn pasture. Today’s trail takes you to Shatyly viewpoint with a majestic view of Ysyk-Kol Lake surrounded by the canyons, villages and snow-capped mountains on the horizon. Afterward, you’ll drive back to the yurt camp by Ysyk-Kol Lake. Once arrival at the yurt camp, you can rest until dinner walking by sparkling the water of Ysyk-Kol Lake.
Enjoy a supper at yurt under a starry night sky in this beautifully landscape and get ready to spend your first night at boz-ui – a traditional yurt of the Kyrgyz people.
Day 2. Salbuurun day
Drive to Kyzart village – 200 km – 4 h.
This morning, you will start explore the country with a drive towards Bokonbaevo village in the southern part of Ysyk-Kol Lake. Upon your arrival, you’ll have a lunch in the local guesthouse.
Today we will feel like real Kyrgyz nomadic hunters. That's because Salbuurun is on the agenda. Salbuurun is the oldest entertainment and sport of the Kyrgyz nomads and includes hunting with eagles and hunting dogs in the mountains on horseback.
Later, you’ll have a late lunch in the guesthouse and drive to Kyzart village. Get a good rest before you’ll have an adventurous horse riding.
Day 3. Horse riding to Song-Kol Lake
Horse riding: 16 km – 5-6 h.
Wake up with breakfast at the guesthouse in Kyzart village and start your full day for winter extreme horse riding. First, you'll be transferred to the start point of your horse riding where you meet your guide team and horses. The destination is Tuz-Ashuu pass (3400m). The pass is difficult to reach due to snow but provides a great panoramic view to both – Song-Kol lake and Kilemche valley on other side. If the pass is not windy and cloudy it's an amazing place to linger for picnic. After a while enjoying the view and giving a break for the horses, you will make your way back down. You will have about two hours more of horse riding until you reach the Chaar-Archa River, where your car will take you back to your guesthouse and you'll finish the challenging day with a supper.
Day 4. Way back to Bishkek – 290 km – 6 h.
Finish up your Kyrgyzstan experience with a driving day back to the capital of Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek city. The drive through Burana Tower takes about 6 hours. On your way, you’ll stop for lunch in small village of Kyzyl-Oi.
On your way, you’ll have a lunch at the local authentic café with a local famous food “kattama” and continue our trip to visit the famous archaeological and architectural complex "Burana Tower", registered on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. Founded in the 11th century, the Burana tower was the minaret of a mosque in the city of Balasagun, the capital of the once largest empire – Khara-Khanid Khanate of local Turkic-speaking tribes in Central Asia. While except of the tower none of the original city stands above ground today, there is a museum onsite that explains the history of this important site and showcases some of the archaeological discoveries. Take a tour of the ruins in the surrounding hills and then visit the top of the tower with a view of Chui Valley.
Top off the day at restaurant with the farewell dinner in Bishkek with your guide team.
Map of the trip
Price for the trip
Number of people
Price per person
- English speaking guide
- Accommodations and meals
- Horse riding with eagle
Price does not include
- Airport transfer
- Hotel and foods in Bishkek