Name of tour: Spectacular Son Kul Lake
Length: 9 days
Places of interest: Bishkek, Ala Archa, Burana, Issyk Kul, rukh Ordo, Karakol, Jeti Oguz, Kochkor, Son Kul, Tash Rabat, Naryn
Day 1: Bishkek – Ala Archa – Bishkek
After meeting with driver at Manas International Airport you will be transferred to the capital city of Kyrgyzstan – Bishkek. You will drive about 35 minutes from the airport. The first part of the day is devoted to a wonderful tour in Ala Archa gorge (45 km from the city). This place fascinates travelers with its pure beauty of nature. In Soviet times, athletes came here for mountaineering. And now the entrance was open to everyone. Nowadays, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the gorge and admire the flora and fauna. Here you can also take a picnic and see the most breathtaking panoramic views. After you will drive to the capital Bishkek. You will have a sightseeing tour where you will explore such iconic sites as Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic and other interesting places. The overnight is in the local hotel.
Day 2: Bishkek – Burana – Issyk Kul northern shore
Early in the morning at 8 a.m you will drive to the breathtaking lake of Issyk Kul. This lake is wonderful, surrounded by the mighty mountains and located at the altitude of 1608 m. above the sea level. A lot of travelers desire to feast their eyes upon the pristine nature of the lake. Here you can also relax and visit spa resorts. Along the way you will explore the ancient minaret Burana Tower 11th century and an open air museum of Balbals (stone warriors). We promise you will be amazed by the ancient history if Kyrgyzstan and explore the ancient buildings. Places like this are very mysterious. You will spend the night in the hotel.
Day 3: Issyk Kul lake – Rukh Ordo – Karakol
Today you will have a fascinating tour along the northern shore to the prominent town Karakol at 8 a.m. The tour route will lead you to the ancient open air museum which date from the second millennium BC to the eighth century AD. Petroglyphs are represented by ancient rock images of hunting scenes, everyday life and wars. Then you will visit in Cholpon Ata spiritual and historical complex Rukh Ordo center. This center combines the history and culture of different peoples in one place. You will transfer along the picturesque northern shore of IssykKul and see the fabulous panoramic views. After arrival to Karakol you will explore the amazing site made by Chines style the Dungan mosque. The interesting fact that it was built without any nails. Then you will lead to an old wooden Orthodox Church that will amaze you by the ancient attributes. This night will be in a guesthouse.
Day 4: Karakol – Jeti Oguz – Issyk Kul southern shore – Kochkor
The tour will start of moving to gorgeous Jeti Oguz gorge. This is a beautiful rock ensemble on the shore of Issyk-Kul. The literal translation of the name from Kyrgyz means "Seven Bulls". It is full of secrets and legends. You can also enjoy the views of the picturesque Broken Heart Mountain and take many interesting photos. We offer you to go up to the mountains and see the magnificent panorama of the gorge. Then you will continue tour with leading along the south shore of Issyk Kul to Bokonbaevo village. You will have a unique chance to meet the real eagle hunter and explore the show of eagle hunting. You can also to take photos with them. Then you will transfer to Kochkor village and the night will be in a homestay.
Day 5: Kochkor – Son Kul
This amazing day you will start with driving to the admirable lake Son Kul that is located at the altitude of 3016 m. above the sea level. This is a lake with a rich tourist potential. It is notable for its unspoilt beauty and impressive size. Since ancient times, nomads have inhabited the shore around the lake and brought their cattle to graze on clean pastures. The beautiful lake gives you the opportunity to see the charming nature, landscapes, plunge into the world of nomads and take cool photos. You will rest the night in in nomadic felt dwellings – yurts.
Day 6: Son Kul – Tash Rabat
You will start your tour today with driving to the ancient Caravanserai Tash Rabat Caravanserai that played important role in the routes of the Great Silk Road. Tash-Rabat was built in the XV century on the site of an older monastery of the IX-X centuries. When you enter, you will be able to find out that the building consists of 31 rooms; the wall thickness is 1 m. The building itself is located at an altitude of more than 3500 meters and impresses with its views. In ancient times, merchants could spend the night here and it protected people from robbers. The night will be in the yurts.
Day 7: Tash Rabat – Naryn
In the morning you will direct to Naryn city. On the way to the city, you can enjoy the beautiful nature, mountains and gorgeous terrain. The city itself is also surrounded by mountains, and the weather is cool. Here you can learn about the ancient history of the nomads, learn about the culture and customs, and explore the local way of life. Don't miss the great opportunity to take beautiful photos during the tour, because the panoramic views of the mountains are truly amazing! You will rest the night in the guesthouse.
Day 8: Naryn – Bishkek
Today you will transfer to Kochkor village in the morning. Along the way you will transfer along the mountain road and high passes. You will have a chance to admire the pure nature and take photos. We sure you will like it. You will drive along passes that are more than 3000 meters. Breaking in Kochkor village you will meet the local family that will tell you how to create the national felt carpet- shyrdak. This ancient craft was passed down from generation to generation and is now used. There are you can visit a small handicraft museum. Then you will move to the capital Bishkek. The night will be in the hotel.
Day 9: Flight
Morning transfer to airport.
02 pax – Mitsubishi Delica
04-10 pax – Mercedes Sprinter
Price per person:
02 pax – 975 $
04 pax – 640 $
06 pax – 515 $
08 pax – 450 $
10 pax – 415 $
Single – 125 $
Early check-in – 35 $
Single early check-in – 60 $
Half board – 120 $
Full board – 240 $
English speaking guide – 620 $ per group
To be 2 in one yurt (now 4 pax) – 15 $ per person
Bishkek – “Discovery” 3* or “Garden” 4*
Issyk Kul – “Karven” Hotel 4*
Karakol – “Karagat” Hotel 4* or “Green Yard” Guesthouse
Kochkor – Homestay
Son Kul – Yurts, “Nomad’s Dream” camp (4 pax in 1)
Tash Rabat – Yurts (4 pax in 1)
Naryn – “Khan Tengri” Guesthouse
- Provision of mineral water
Service does not include:
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide