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His majesty Issyk Kul. A short but stunning 3 day version of the longer 5 day tour around the second largest alpine lake in the world. A perfect choice for those who want to see the best of the country but don’t have much time or are not accustomed to long trips. Take the best of Kyrgyzstan in the shortest period of time!

Details

Start time: 8 AM or coordinated

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

Level of difficulty: easy – moderate

This is a private tour – only your group will participate

What we suggest to have with you: Summer clothes, warm clothes, baseball cap/panama, sunglasses, sunscreen, swimwear, towel, hiking shoes, umbrella, camera

Prices

1 person – $1130

2 – $650 p/person

3 to 10 – $540 p/person

for larger groups please make an inquiry

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In the morning you’ll be picked up from a hotel and we’ll head straight towards the Issyk Kul region (230km).

Itinerary

1 day

Bishkek - Burana Tower - Konorchek canyon - Cholpon Ata

On the way, stop at the famous Burana Tower. This UNESCO World Heritage site will be of interest to the history fiends. We’ll spend around 30 minutes here: climb on the top of the tower, visit the archaeology museum and walk around to have a look at the balbals (ancient stones with depictions). Resuming our way to Issyk Kul. Visit the picturesque Konorchek canyon for a light but awesome hike. Upon arrival in Cholpon Ata (central town of the lake’s northern coast) check in to a guest house. Lunch. Visit the spiritual center Rukh Ordo that gives a good idea of Kyrgyz heritage. Now we’re gonna have a beautiful boat ride out on the lake. After roaming 5km the boat will stop at the depth of 150m. In the hot season (May-September) you may dive into the water and enjoy the surreal swim (life jackets provided). In the other seasons you will have no less beautiful time on the boat enjoying the lake’s splendor and mountains around. Free time. Dinner at a restaurant. Overnight (Zaton guest house or similar)

2 day

Cholpon Ata - Grigoriev Gorge - Semyonov gorge - Karakol - Jeti Oguz

In the morning we’re starting to move towards the southern coast. On the way we’re visiting the 2 stunning Grigoriev and Semyonov gorges to explore its wonderful landscapes and some hidden alpine lakes. Lunch. Arrival in Karakol town which is located on the line between the northern and southern coasts. Short city tour upon arrival: Dungan mosque (1910), Russian Orthodox church (1895). Resuming our way along the southern coast towards Jeti Oguz valley. Driving up the mountains, deeper into the valley of flowers we’ll arrive at “Jailoo” (green summer pasture) where a yurt camp is located. Now it’s time for a magnificent horseback voyage through the forests and up the mountains to the lovely Girl’s Braids waterfall. Free time for a walk. Dinner. Overnight in a yurt (traditional Kyrgyz dwelling).

3 day

Jeti Oguz - Skazka canyon - Ak Sai village - Bishkek

Today is the last day of the tour which offers you several exciting activities to experience. In the morning after breakfast in the yurt we’ll spend some time for a walk in Jeti Oguz. Resuming our way along the southern coast. A visit to the fascinating Skazka (Fairy Tale) canyon for a charming hike. Moving on. Upon arrival in Ak Sai village we are going to witness the spectacular Eagle Hunting Show (an eagle hunting for its prey) with archery. The Berkutchi (eagle’s owner) will tell you more precisely about this traditional way of hunting and after that you’ll participate in shooting a bow. Lunch on the wild beach of Issyk Kul for relaxing and for a refreshing swim in this ocean-like lake. Heading back to Bishkek (200km). Upon arrival in the capital city you'll be dropped off at your hotel (not included). This is the end of our intense but awesome tour, thank you very much!

  Air-conditioned vehicle with a driver

  English-speaking guide

  Accommodation for 2 nights – Hotel or guest house, yurt (shared by 4-6 people)

  Meals: full board (B, L, D)

  All the activities due to the itinerary

  Admissions (museums, parks etc.)

  Flight tickets

  Accommodation on the 3th night

  Health insurance

  Other personal expenses