Sunrises and sunsets in the largest lakes of Kyrgyzstan

There are quite a lot of mountain lakes in Kyrgyzstan and this route will introduce you two largest of them - Issyk-Kul and Son-Kul.

Tour program
4 days
Bishkek, Son-Kul lake, Issyk-Kul lake, Karakol

Our journey begins with a trip to lake Son-Kul - a special lake for local residents. We will go there in the morning, no later than 10:00. On the way we will visit the medieval Burana tower - a place that is written in every guidebook to Kyrgyzstan! Burana is one of the main ancient buildings in our country, and we will be happy to show you this place. We will visit the territory of the settlement, climb to the top of the tower, visit a small museum with interesting archaeological finds that were made during the researches. After the tour to Burana, we will continue our way and through the Boom gorge we will go to another regions of the country - first to Issyk-Kul, and then to the Naryn region. Our next stop will be in the village Kochkor. Here we will stay for lunch and visit a small museum. We will arrive to the shores of Son-Kul in the late afternoon. We will stay in yurts, taste delicious national dishes and have a rest after a long road.

After breakfast in the Yurt we will drive to the most famous lake in Kyrgyzstan - lake Issyk-Kul. Almost all our way will be accompanied by beautiful scenery around us. On this day we will stop on the southern shore of the lake in the Yurt camp near the village Kadji-Sai. After lunch in a Yurt, we will go for a walk in the canyons Fairy Tale, which impress with their shapes and variety of red and yellow shades. After a walk along the canyons, we will return to the Yurt camp, have a dinner and enjoy the tranquility that reigns on the shore of Issyk-Kul.

After breakfast we will continue our way along the southern shore of Issyk-Kul and visit two beautiful gorges - Barskaun and Jety-Oguz. Barskaun is famous for its waterfalls, and Jety-Oguz for legendary red rocks. We will explore these places together and we will show you the most beautiful corners of both gorges. Later in the evening we will arrive in Karakol city, we will stay in the guest house and go for a dinner. After the dinner we will return to the guest house and have free time.

After breakfast, we will go back to Bishkek. But before we leave Karakol, we will visit the most important places of interest of the city - the old Dungan mosque and the Russian church! We will return to Bishkek through the Northern shore of Issyk Kul, so during this tour we will pass around the Issyk Kul lake. The road to Bishkek will be interesting  - we will pass by the racecourse, where the World Nomad Games are held, and also we will stop at the cultural complex  Ruh Ordo that is the museum of five religions. After lunch in Cholpon-Ata, we will continue our journey. We will arrive to Bishkek in the evening. After the tour we can take you to the hotel or directly to the Manas airport (without additional payment).

Services for additional payment:

In Son-Kul you can rent horses (for an additional fee). The prices are set by the owners of the horses.
In the Yurt camp on the shore of Issyk-Kul you can see a folklore show (surcharge – 5000 soms from the group) and a demonstration of hunting with eagles (surcharge – 5000 soms from the group).
In the gorge Jety-Oguz you can also rent horses for horseback riding, surcharge 500 soms per hour for one horse.

Clothes and equipment:

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, swimming suit (for Issyk-Kul), sunglasses, photo camera, notepad and a pen to make notes as you travel, a smaller backpack, except for your normal suitcase.

Tour prices
Private tour for one person
1100 USD
Group of 2 people
1240 USD
(620 USD per one person)
Group of 3 people
1575 USD
(525 USD per one person)
Group of 4 people
1840 USD
(460 USD per one person)
If there are more than 4 participants in your group, please contact us for pricing this tour.
Transport services and guide services
Accommodation in the Yurt on the first day of the tour
Accommodation in the Yurt on the second day of the tour
Accommodation in the guest house on the third day of the tour (double room)
Entrance fee to the territory of natural and historical sites on the route
Meals by program
Does not include
Flight tickets
Accommodation in Bishkek
Lunch on the first day of the tour and dinner on the fourth day of the tour
Single rooms for accommodation
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