Our tour starts early in the morning – for the first day we will have to drive more than 600 km and spend about 12 hours on the road. After leaving Bishkek we will go far to the South part of the country to the small village Arkyt, located near the nature reserve Sary-Chelek. Through the longest tunnel in the country we will get to the Suusamyr valley, and then - through the Ala-Bel pass to the Chychkan gorge. Near Chychkan we will enjoy a beautiful view of the Toktogul reservoir and the turquoise river Naryn, along which we will drive to the village of Tash-Kumyr. Here we will turn off the Bishkek - Osh highway and drive to the Arkyt. We will arrive to our destination in the late afternoon, so lunch will be on the way - tea, sandwiches and sweets. After accommodation in the guest house you will have dinner and rest after a long road.
After breakfast, we will go to the beautiful mountain lake - the heart of the Sary Chelek nature reserve. The road to the lake is very beautiful! Since we will spend all day in the reserve, we can make many stops in the most beautiful places. There are 7 different lakes in the reserve and we can explore a few of them! Since mobile communication is not working in the reserve, we can't order lunch, but the guide will prepare a small picnic - tea and sandwiches in such a wonderful place! In the evening we will return to the guest house in Arkyt.
After breakfast, we will go further into the depth of the country - to the village Arslanbob. It is located among the largest walnut forest in Central Asia. Arslanbob is not similar to other villages that we have seen before - it seems that we lost our way and came not to Kyrgyzstan, but to another country. This is an amazing experience! An Uzbek family will meet us in a guest house, which is located on a narrow street, where all the houses are made of clay, stones and wood. After lunch, we will go on excursion to the big waterfall, small waterfall and walnut forest, which offers a beautiful view of the whole Arslanbob. The most interesting is that this excursion will be held on the old Soviet jeep of 1956! Get ready to hold on tight and immerse yourself in exploring the village from this rare car! We will return to the guest house in the late afternoon, have dinner and go to rest.
Today we will go to the southern capital of Kyrgyzstan - Osh city. After leaving Arslanbob, we will pass through Uzgen, where the ancient tower and mausoleum are located. We will climb to the top of the old minaret, where you can enjoy view of the whole city. We will arrive in Osh in the afternoon, and after the accommodation at the hotel we will go for lunch. After lunch, we will visit the main attraction of the city - Sulaiman-Too mountain, located in the center of the southern capital. Sulayman-Too is equipped with excellent observation platforms, climbing to which we will see a panorama of the whole city. The view of Osh especially beautiful in sunset, when the city in the rays of the outgoing sun begins to turn on its lights. The evening will be pleasant and full of walks. We will return to the hotel after dinner.
Return to Bishkek. Again more than 600 kilometers and about 12 hours on the road. It will be a long day, but despite the fact that we will return on the same path, the view from the window will be new, already familiar places will open from a new side, and it will make our day intresting! Lunch and dinner will be in roadside cafes. We will return to Bishkek at night. After the tour we can take you to the hotel or directly to the Manas airport (without additional payment).
In the Sary-Chelek nature reserve you can enjoy a horse ride for a few hours or for the whole day! If you are interested, we will find horses and a local guide. Horse ride is paid additionally at the prices set by the owners of the horses.
In the nature reserve you can take a ride on a motor boat on the Central lake. This service is paid additionally at the prices set by the owners of the motor boat.
Excursion to Arslanbob is also possible to spend on horses – Horse ride is paid additionally.
You can take all necessary things. Please take into consideration that in summer time the temperature in Bishkek city reaches up to 40 oC and in the mountains the temperature decreases to 10 oC. Be prepared for unexpected changes of the weather.
Recommended: rain-coat, sweater/fleece, wind-stopper, enough t-shirts and other underwear (think of taking smth with long sleeves to avoid sunburns), hat (remember – the sun can be violent), sun-screen cream (30 or higher), insect repellent (skin + clothes), good trekking boots for easy hikes in the mountains, walking shoes (don’t need heavy ones) for the city walks, flash light (torch).
Personal first aid kit (most likely problems: blisters, sunburns, allergy, diarrhoea, sore muscles after hikes. Take painkillers, anti-histaminic, antibiotics of general action, and anything you need for your usual medical conditions), personal hygiene kit (disinfection gel is highly recommended) + some toilet paper.
A small towel, sunglasses, photo camera, notepad and a pen to make notes as you travel, a smaller backpack, except for your normal suitcase.