Day 1. Bishkek – Ala Archa National Park – Bishkek
Arrival in Bishkek early in the morning. Upon arrival at the International Airport Manas you will be met by our tourist guide at arrival gates. Transfer to the city will take 30-40 min. Hotel check in (early check in is included into the tour cost)
After a restful morning and breakfast at the hotel we drive around 40 km out of Bishkek to Ala Archa National Park. It is popular place for picnics, hikes, rock climbing and alpinism. There are 20 glaciers in the territory of the park. The total area of the park is 200 km2. You can go for a walk on the paved road along the river or hike up to the mountains to get a spectacular view of the gorge. If you are in a reasonable state of health you can hike up to the waterfall (3.75 km- 2.5-3 hours one way)
Heading back to Bishkek. Lunch at a local cafe.
After lunch we head out on a sightseeing tour of Bishkek, which includes: the Monument of Kyrgyz National hero Manas, Kurmanjan Datka Monument, Oak Park, Opera and Ballet Theatre.
A sightseeing tour of Bishkek comes to an end at Victory Square. After excursion we will go to ZUM(Central department store) to buy souvenirs.
Dinner at a local restaurant.
(Breakfast – hotel, lunch – local cafe, dinner – local restaurant)
Day 2. Bishkek – Chon Kemin (150 km/3 hours)
Breakfast at the hotel.
After the breakfast we will take another beautiful drive on to Issyk Kul lake. En route you will visit Architectural- Archeological Complex “Burana Tower” (UNESCO)
Burana Tower (ancient minaret) is located in 12 km far from Tokmok town. The territory where the tower is located was called Balasagyn town. This town had the strategic meaning for Great Silk Road. Here you will see a small museum with exhibits found at excavations, providing more details about this ancient settlement, and become familiar with collection of Balbals, turkic grave marks.
Lunch at a local Kazakh family in Tokmok.
Further drive to Chon Kemin valley which is a unique natural complex with a diverse flora and fauna and many picturesque landscapes, from semi-deserts to glaciers.
Dinner and overnight in guest house.
(Breakfast – hotel, lunch – local family, dinner – guest house)
Day 3. Chon Kemin – Son Kul lake (230 km/5-6 hours)
After breakfast drive to Son Kul lake.
Alpine Lake Son Kul is located in Tien Shan range at the altitude of 3016 m. During the summer Son Kul pasture is considered to be the best Kyrgyz jailoo. The road to the lake goes through the windy mountain passes and vanishes in the sky.
Stop for lunch in Kochkor village.
Dinner and overnight in yurts.
(Breakfast – guest house, lunch – local family, dinner – yurt camp)
Day 4. Son Kul lake
Today you spend the whole day at Son Kul lake.
Profound silence and majestic landscapes what you can find at Son Kul.
After lunch take easy hiking to the closest hill from where a panoramic view opens up. On the way you will see some petroglyphs.
After lunch leisure time at the lake.
Son-Kul is a rather inaccessible place, and therefore anthropogenic influence is minimized here. Only in the summer period nomad camps from villages located in the neighboring Jumgal Valley and from Naryn come here. The rest of the time the Son Kul Valley is completely uninhabited.
(Breakfast, lunch, dinner – yurt camp)
Day 5. Son Kul – Tash Rabat (260 km/5-6 hours)
After breakfast drive to Tash Rabat yurt camp over most mountainous province in Kyrgyzstan – Naryn province. Naryn is known for some of the best meat and traditional Kyrgyz dishes in the country.
Stop for lunch in route.
Further drive to Tash Rabat yurt camp. Admire picturesque ladscape of this area.
Dinner and overnight in yurt camp.
(Breakfast – yurt camp, lunch – local family in Naryn, dinner – yurt camp)
Day 6. Tash Rabat – Kel Suu (300 km/6-7 hours)
Today you visit a Tash Rabat caravanserai is situated at the elevation of 3200 m asl. not far from Chinese border (Torugart). Its origin is a complete mystery; however there is a hypothesis that it was built in 10th century. Researchers consider it to be a Nestorian monastery, others suppose it to be a victualing-house for the trade caravans, and third ones insist on its defensive function. It is obviously clear that during the various epochs Tash Rabat caravanserai had different functions.
After excursion drive to Kel Suu tent camp.
Lunch in route.
Dinner and overnight in tents.
(Breakfast – yurt camp, lunch – lunch boxes, dinner – tent camp)
Day 7. Kel Suu lake
Today you visit a secret Kel Suu lake. Remote even by Kyrgyzstan standards, magnificent Köl-Suu lake stretches over 10km through a sheer mountain gorge that reaches nearly to the Chinese border. It has one unusual feature, in which honor this name was given to it. Kel-Suu is translated from Kyrgyz as “incoming water”. And indeed, sometimes the lake disappears, flowing into underground caves and grottoes, and therefore before going there, you need to know that not always you can catch the lake.
(Breakfast – tent camp, lunch – lunch box, dinner – tent camp
Day 8. Kel Suu – Naryn
After restful morning drive to Naryn town. Naryn was founded as a Russian garrison in 1868, though there was a small fortress in the same location for long before this date, to protect travelers on the Silk Road. In 1917, the city was under the control of the Red Army, and in 1920, there was a clash between the Red and White Armies, with the Red Army reclaiming control. In 1927, Naryn became the administrative center of the province.
Lunch en route with lunch box.
Dinner and overnight in Naryn.
(Breakfast – tent camp, lunch – lunch box, dinner – local family)
Day 9. Naryn – Bishkek (350 km/5 hours)
After breakfst drive back to Bishkek city.
En route stop for lunch in Kochkor village.
Arrival in Bishkek, check in.
Farewell dinner and folklore show at a local restaurant.
Especially for you musicians will play national melodies of Kyrgyz people and show you musical instruments. You will listen to a singing and enjoy the charming melodies of our ancestors.
Overnight in hotel.
(Breakfast – hotel, lunch – local family in Kochkor, dinner – cafe in Bishkek)
Day 10. Bishkek – airport (30 km/40 minutes)
Transfer to airport to pick your flight. (ak-sai tour)
- Accommodation on twin/double base in hotels and 4 pax in one yurt – 10 nights.
- Entrance and ecological fees
- Full board (B – 10, L – 9, D – 9)
- English speaking guide
- Transport from arrival till departure
- mineral water(1 l per person per day)
- Folklore Show in Bishkek
- single supplement
- all personal expenses
- alcohol drinks
- tips for guide and driver
- visa fee and visa support
- porter fee
- on request
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