Explore the Hidden Treasures of Kyrgyzstan
Discover the breathtaking beauty of Kyrgyzstan's pristine lakes on this unforgettable tour, designed to immerse you in the mesmerizing wonders of nature and the rich nomadic culture of the region.
Issyk-Kul Lake – the crown jewel of the Tian Shan, Lake Issyk-Kul is 6232 sq m of sparkling blue paradise. The second largest saline lake in the world, its name in Kyrgyz means “hot lake”– though surrounded by spectacular snow capped peaks, the water never freezes. Silk Road traders stopped here to recover from the grueling trek over the passes of the Tian Shan, and it is still the most popular destination in Kyrgyzstan to relax for both tourists and locals.
Lake Son-Kul— in Kyrgyz “the final lake”. Son Kul gleams like a brilliant sapphire on it’s lush green mountain plateau. At 3016 m it is inaccessible during winter months, and even in summer weather conditions can change rapidly. “The Last Lake” is considered one of the most beautiful areas for summer pasturing with an area of 270 km sq. In winter the lake freezes over with ice more than a meter thick.
Nomads have been making the upland trek to this 3016 m asl lake since ancient times with their livestock. Some left mysterious “standing stone” arrangements.
Lake Son-Kul is a beautiful place to experience life on a jailoo – summer pasture. Ride horses in the surrounding mountains, or stay in a yurt and experience an old-fashioned Kyrgyz summer.
Kol-Suu lake – Kol-Suu is an alpine lake in the At-Bashi District of Naryn Province of southeastern Kyrgyzstan. It is located at 3500 m elevation in the Kurumduk Valley which means “the preserved valley” of the Tian Shan mountains. Lake Kel-Suu is straddled by sheer cliffs on one side and the Sary-Beles mountain (4,726 meters high) to the east. It was only recently formed by a landslide in the 1980’s. It varies in width from approximately 800 meters down to only a 100 narrow meters in places. The lake is fed and drained by the Kurumduk River, a left tributary of the Kok-Kyya River.
This day meeting with all participants over coffee. Meeting and instruction.
This day drive to Chong-Kemin Valley. Visit the Burana Tower architectural complex (10th-11th century, an important point on the Great Silk Road) on the way (15 km from the main road, 1 hour). Upon arrival to Chong-Kemin have a lunch at home stay. Accommodation in a local guesthouse. Optional: horse riding or walk around the village.
After breakfast drive to Karakol (about 5-6 hours). On the way make a stop in Cholpon-Ata to visit an open-air petroglyph (rock painting) gallery (5km from Cholpon-Ata, heading to the mountains). Continue your way to Karakol, make another stop to visit Agro farm “Kyzyl-Tash”, where you will have a lunch. Upon arrival to Karakol, visit Dungan Mosque and Russian Ortodox Church. Dinner will be at café, overnight at guest house.
After breakfast drive to Karakol gorge and start hike to Sirote hike from the bridge. On the way stop for picnic lunch. Continue hike to Sirota Hut. Dinner and overnight at tented camp.
After breakfast start hike up to Ala Kul lake. Picnic lunch at the shore with great view to the lake, glasier and summits. Take same way back to Sirota camp. Dinner and overnight at tented camp.
After breakfast hike down to Karakol river and continue walk down in Karakol gorge along the river. Drive to Karakol. Dinner at restaurant and overnight at guest house.
Leave to the southern shore of Issyk-Kul lake. On the way visit Jeti-Oguz Gorge (Seven Bulls Rock) and Skazka Canyons (Fairy tale Canyon). Short hike or walking around. By late lunch time arrive to yurt camp for lunch, free time. Afternoon arrival in Bokonbaevo, accommodation in a yurt camp at the lakeshore.
This day there will be festival Birds of Prey in Bokonbaevo village, you can join this big event, have a lunch during the fest and then transfer to Kochkor village, for dinner and overnight at guest house.
Transfer from Kochkor village to Kyzart pass. Arrival at Kyzart pass, meet your guides team and start the tour. Within sight of the road, cross Kyzyl-Kiya jailoo, an enormous, relatively flat sea of grass. Continue over the Chaar-Archa Pass (3 061 m) into the Chaar-Archa Valley and eat a tasty lunch by the racing river, with views of holy 4400 m Baba-Ata Mountain. Sated, ford the river and follow the trail over verdant hills to Kilemche Jailoo. The name means “like a carpet,” and this swathe of grass covers whole mountain ranges, with shadings as subtle as any shyrdak (shyrdak is a Kyrgyz felt carpet). Dine and sleep in a yurt, naturally.
After breakfast at Kilemche, spend the morning climbing to Jalgyz Karagai pass (3400 m), over the Song-Kol Mountains and into the lake’s basin. The morning climb affords wonderful views of Kilemche jailoo, and the pass itself is rocky and exciting. From the pass, Song-Kol is still distant, but as you traipse down the slopes, it gets larger and larger; the mountains on the other side get higher and higher, until finally the lake fills most of your field of view and the southern mountains tower above it. After lunch at Jaman Echki, car will pick up you and transfer to Batai-Aral yurt camp.
Spend the day enjoying refreshing and well-earned rest at the lake side. Watching and/or participation in everyday life of shepherds: milking mares; making national milk products like kymyz (a fermented mare’s milk) or airan (a sour dense milk product); tending cattle. Eat a delicious lunch here, stroll along the lakeshore, and hope the legendary Song-Kol weather is kind. Meals and accommodation at Song-Kol Lake.
Morning transfer to Tash-Rabat Caravanserai via MELS Ashuu or 32 serpantines. Have a lunch in Baetovo village or Naryn at cafe. On the way make a coffee break. Upon arrival walking at surrounding area and in Tash-Rabat Caravanserai. Dinner and B&B at yurt camp.
Morning transfer to Kol-Suu lake via border zone make a coffee break on the way in Ak-Say valley. Upon arrival to yurt camp, have a lunch and rest at yurt camp. Dinner and overnight at yurt camp.
After breakfast make 2 hours trek to Kol-Suu lake, optional horse trek to the lake and back. Make a picnic lunch at Kol-Suu lake. Walk at surrounding area. Optional: horse riding. By lunch time return to yurt camp. Than transfer to Naryn. Upon arrival to Naryn, hotel accommodation. Dinner at café.
Morning transfer to Bishkek, upon arrival to Bishkek, , end of the tour.
- Twin accommodation according the program (overnights at home stays, guest houses yurt camps)
- Meals during tour (13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners), except alcoholic drinks
- Transport services
- Visiting cultural/historical places and entrance fees
- Enter fee to the festival Birds of prey
- Cultural events and show according to the program
- Border permit to Kol-Suu lake
- English speaking touring guide
- Fully supported 3 days combined (trekking/horseback riding) tour to Ala-Kol lake
- Fully supported 2 days trekking tour to Song-Kol lake
- 1 day trekking tour to Kol-Suu lake
- Accommodation in Bishkek
- Meals at cafés
- Single supplement
- Personal expenses and activities out of program
- Travel insurance
- Souvenirs and tips
- International air fare
- Horse riding
- Boat trip and rafting
- Visa fee and visa support