Duration: 3-4-5 days
Type: Jeep tour
Season: Mid May - October
Route: Bishkek city – north shore of Issyk-Kol lake – Karakol town – Altyn-Arashan hot springs – south shore of Issyk-Kol lake – Son-Kol lake – Bichkek city.
Brief description: Kyrgyzstan is a country of mountains and nomads. About 90% of the country is mountains. This short term tour will take you through the mountains, beautiful lakes and rivers, villages with hospitality habitants. This programme is good to do in 5 days but on wish it is possible to fit from 4 to 3 days with some changes.
Day to day plan.
Day 1. Bishkek. Meeting from the Airport “Manas” and start driving to Karakol town. Beautiful driving day to Karakol town by the north road of the lake. Stop for petroglyphs located in Cholpon-Ata resort town. There more than thousand petroglyphs showing animal, people, hunting from Andronic tribes and the latest petroglyphs from Turkic period. After some history time to relax and dip in the hot springs in open air near the lake. This day can be long day, even being a long for first day you will forget your tiredness after the flight and road when you dip in the hot spring in Oruktu village. Arrival to Karakol town, dinner in guest house. Stay in guest house.
Day 2. Karakol – Altyn-Arashan gorge. An easy hiking day. After the rest and good breakfast around 11am start the trip by soviet style jeep UAZ to Altyn-Arashan valley, this valley is famous with its hot springs. Attention the driving will be unforgettable as the road is real mountain road, if you get scared you are welcome to walk in some parts. When you get to the valley you are welcome to dip in the hot springs and hike around. Evening return back to Karakol town, stay in the same guest house.
Day 3. Morning visit the main sites in Karakol town the Dungan mosque and Orthodox Cathedral, after start the trip to south coast of the Issyk-Kul lake. During the trip you will visit the Jety-Oguz and Skazka Canyons (Fairy Tale Canyon). Jety-Oguz is famous with its sanatorium with thermal waters from the Soviet Union and red rocks called “Seven-Bulls” (transl.from Kyrgyz) from one side and from other side rock called “Broken-Heart”. Walk in the park of the sanatorium full with different types of trees and its beautiful legends. “Skazka canyons” has red different shaped canyons where you will feel yourself like in the fairly tale. Evening arrive to Ton village and stay in guest house.
Day 4. Ton – Son-Kol lake. On desire possible to see the small eagle hunting show. Ages the Kyrgyz people used Golden eagles for hunting. In the past it was essential to the acquisition of food and furs, nowadays our eagle hunters continue their tradition and it is possible to meet a very young generation who are interested and keep going this Birds of prey tradition. After the show start driving to Son-Kol lake. Easy day in the car. Afternoon arrive to Son-Kol lake. Enjoy the shepherds life in high pasture. Ride a horse. Overnight in Yurt.
Day 5. Son-Kol – Bishkek. Another driving day through the mountains and passes. During the road trip you will visit the Burana tower in ancient city of Balasagun established by Karakhanids at the end of 9th century, now we can see three mausoleums, grave markers, museum and 25m high tower what is left from the city. Arrival to Bishkek. End of the tour, rest in hotel then leave for flight.
Conditions of the program:
Equipment: Participants must have warm clothes, desirable to bring trekking shoes.
Physical requirements: No need for any special skills.
Group Size: 4 min
Price in USD:
Group of 2 to 4: $ /person/tour
Group of 5 to 12: $ /person/tour
Group of 13 and more: $/person/tour
• All transfers from airport to airport. 4WD car (4 people per vehicle). Mini bus for the groups from 5 people and more.
• All lodgings and meals. Accommodations: in Bishkek – My Hotel (double/twin), in other towns and villages family run Guest houses, in the mountains Yurt camp.
• Kyrgyz-Tours local Guide (English speaking) or Guide-driver depending on the group size
• Entrance fees to museums and sites, for big groups Eagle hunting demonstration.
• Visa support
• International flights.
• Medical/evacuation insurance
• Single rooms.
Booking. Feel free to contact us for additional information, maps, answers to any questions or to book this trip.