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9 days around Issyk-Kul lake & Suusamyr valley

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9 days around Issyk-Kul lake & Suusamyr valley

This is the tour to see the most of Kyrgyzstan from the big Issyk-Kul lake and the capital of our country Bishkek to high jailoo (pastures) with nomad Kyrgyz who graze cattle and live in national round felt houses called "yurts". You will be able to meet local people, get acquainted with local food, traditions, culture and general way of life of Kyrgyz people. You will be able to enjoy Kyrgyz mountains with fresh air and untouched nature.

DAY 1

Bishkek and Ala-Archa park

Arrival to Bishkek, meeting at the “Manas” airport, transfer to hotel and little rest. Today we will go to the national park Ala-Archa where we will spend our time seeing a great Kyrgyz nature. The park is located in 40 km from Bishkek on the slopes of Kyrgyz Ala-Too. Ala-Archa is translated from Kyrgyz language as “motley juniper”. The gorge got its name due to a great amount of juniper covering its slopes. As different kinds of juniper have different colors and the gorge seems to be very colorful. Almost all treks and hiking trips start from the same named alpine camp “Ala-Archa”, located at the forest zone on the height of 2100m over the sea level. The camp first consisted of tents in 1951 and then grew into the modern size. This was the second important place in Soviet Union after Caucasus, a kind of climbing Mecca of Central Asia. Many nowadays known climbers started their climbing career here. The camp itself is located not far from a world known Ak-Sai glacier, surrounded by many summits of different difficulty level which attracts all the climbers. We will have a hike to a beautiful waterfall, have picnic at its side and come back to Bishkek in the evening. Overnight at the hotel. Read more

Bishkek / 1 night
DAY 2

Bishkek – Boom Gorge - Cholpon-Ata

Transfer to the Boom Gorge. On the way we will visit the historical-architectural complex of Burana Tower which has 25m height and there’s a possibility to get on the top of it and get a great view of the surroundings. We will continue our way to Canyon by car. Today we will be scouting and exploring the labyrinth of various canyons with names like „Grand Canyon“, Bobsled“canyon and „skyscraper“canyon - amongst others. In some canyons you’ll really have to strain to measure the true dimension whereas in others one comes face-to-face with the tight passages, some of which you will even have to turn sideways to pass through. Furthermore, it is sometimes necessary to climb the cliffs a bit in order to see the most interesting things. (4-5 hours hike) Arrival at the lake. Evening free to walk along the beach and enjoy the beauty of the lake. Overnight in a hotel. Read more

Issyk-Kul lake / 1 night
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DAY 3

Issyk-Kul – Karakol

This morning we may spend on the shore of Issyk-Kul and after drive to Karakol town. On the way we may visit Grigoriev gorge and if the weather allows us we may hike to the mountain lake. Upon our arrival to Karakol we will be accommodated in the hotel. After having some rest we may have a little walk around the town, visit an ancient Dungan Mosque, and a Holy Trinity wooden Church which was first built without a single nail. Free time, rest, dinner at the hotel. Read more

Karakol / 1 night
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DAY 4

Altyn-Arashan

In the morning of the 4th day you will continue your program with going to Altyn Arashan gorge. The old soviet military car will take you to the gorge which is well-known for its mineral hot-springs. There is going to be a chance to swim in these hot springs and walk to the waterfall. In the evening you will come back to Karakol. Read more

Karakol / 1 night
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DAY 5

Karakol - Djeti-Oguz – Tamga

After breakfast we will drive to Djeti-Oguz by the eastern shore of Issyk-Kul lake. The gorge is located in 60 km to the west of Karakol on the northern slopes of Terskey-Ala-Too. This is one of the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan. For 25 km on both sides of the gorge the fir trees are growing at first merging into small groups and then turning into huge forest mass. The gorge finally becomes a wide Kok-Djayik valley which is totally covered by fir forests up to the very top of the ridge. Over the forest zone (about 3000 m) in the wide valley of about 15 km there are amazing subalpine and alpine meadows called Djailoo. During the spring and the summer Djeti-Oguz gorge turns into a kind of flower holiday, among which you may see the silver stars of Edelweiss flowers, alpine daisies and asters, and nard (golden root). In the Autumn the gorge is being a colorful canvas as it’s covered not only by coniferous forests but also by the leaf trees. In the gorge we will hike to a waterfall and see the enormous stone constructions “7 bulls” and “Broken heart”. We will have lunch in a yurt and in the evening will come to Tamga. Overnight in guest house. Read more

Tamga / 1 night
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DAY 6

Tamga – Kochkorka – Son-Kul

In the morning we will enjoy the view of Terskey-Ala-Too ridge and after breakfast will continue our way. We will see the amazing change of landscapes like in kaleidoscope. The first place we will visit today is the “Fairy Tale” gorge. The whole originality of the place is the frozen in bizarre forms colorful rocks, like after the eruption. Solid clusters made of limestone and sandstone are bulging from the colorful soil and the place looks like the ruins of ancient castles. The most surprising is that the architect and sculptor of the place is the nature that used only water, sun and wind as instruments. Besides the fancy castles and fairy figures there the structures can also be considered as many-domed churches, and crenellated walls with loopholes; so for example - Sandy fence, which is very much like a "Chinese wall", stretching for several kilometers along the southern shore of Lake Issyk- Kul. After that we will drive to Kochkorka village where we will have lunch and see the crafts show. You will see how Kyrgyz people make their carpets and will have a chance to visit the handicrafts museum where you may even buy some souvenirs for your relatives and friends. After that we will be transferred to an amazing mountain lake Son-Kul which is opened only in summer as all the roads and the lake itself is covered with snow for the rest of the year. Dinner and overnight in local yurts. Read more

Son-Kul / 1 night
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DAY 7

Son-Kul – Suusamyr

We will leave Son-Kul and go to Suusamyr valley. At first stopping at Djumgal valley which is about the same size as Suusamyr valley but much drier. Mountain slopes surrounding the valley are almost snowless. The river Djumgal counts only on subterranean waters and that’s why it’s a wide hollow river which may be forded in many places. Djumgal river flows into Kekemeren which is being the culmination of our day. We will stay in Kyzyl-Oi village for lunch and will enjoy the view of one of the most beautiful rivers in Kyrgyzstan. Kekemeren means the “Blue flow”. It flows through the canyon with steep walls of the 500 meters height then goes into the valley and further into the canyon again… It comes to Naryn river going first through Kavak ridge being a big turbulent and high-water river deep curved into the bottom of the valley. It gives its cold waters to Naryn cooling the river for over a degree. We continue going to Suusamyr and soon we will dive to the main Kyrgyz road going from Bishkek to Osh and come into the green wide valley (steppe). The mountains surrounding it gave the valley so much space that for a moment one may forget being in the harsh mountain country. Here you may see many nomads who brought their yurts for the summer time. On the green grass canvas all these yurts look like white minarets. We will stop at the cozy tourist complex – Bay-Tur. Read more

Suusamyr / 1 night
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DAY 8

Suusamyr – Bishkek

In the morning you will drive back to Bishkek. Arrival by lunch time. After lunch you will have an opportunity to visit local colorful market and souvenir shops. Evening free. Rest and farewell dinner. Overnight in a hotel.

Bishkek / 1 night
DAY 9

Departure day

This morning the car will take you to the airport for your flight home.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Bishkek
Day 2
Location Issyk-Kul
Hotel Raduga hotel
Day 3
Location Karakol
Day 5
Location Tamga
Hotel Tamga guest house
Day 6
Location Son-Kul lake
Hotel yurts
Day 7
Location Suusamyr valley
Day 8
Location Bishkek

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transport according to the program (Mercedes Sprinter – 13 seats)
  • Accommodation
  • Meals by the program – full board
  • English speaking guide
  • Excursions according to the program
  • Water 1 l. per day per person
  • Shyrdak show in Kochkorka
  • Soviet Military car to get to Altyn-Arashan

Package excludes

  • International flights
  • Any changes in the program
  • Alcohol beverages
  • Excursions not included in the program
  • Tips for guide, driver and hotel personnel
  • Any personal expenses in hotels: international calls, bar, etc.
  • Insurance of any kind

REVIEWS

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Larisa Nesova, Russian Federation

На память у нас остались прекрасные фотографии и яркие воспоминания. Всем с удовольствием рассказываем о своем отдыхе с ITC "Asia Mountains" и зовем с нами в очередное путешествие по живописнейшей Киргизии. Надеемся увидеться со всеми впредь! Read more

Sarah Lowry, United Kingdom

Dear Jane Yes, we’re safely home and getting used to life back here. Thank you for all your help in organizing our trip in Kyrgyzstan – we had a wonderful time. Everything went well and all the arrangements were perfect. Marat was a very good and safe driver and made sure we were very well... ear Jane Yes, we’re safely home and getting used to life back here. Thank you for all your help in organizing our trip in Kyrgyzstan – we had a wonderful time. Everything went well and all the arrangements were perfect. Marat was a very good and safe driver and made sure we were very well... Read more

Canipel Jelle, Belgium

Hi Jane Just wanna say in name of all the others that we had a wonderful time with Asia Mountains in Kyrgyzstan. All was perfect, good communications and perfect guide and chauffeur. It was an awesome adventure. Thanks a lot for the good service!

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