The first day will start with our travel from Bishkek to the southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake. We will visit Burana Tower, a yurt camp on the southern shore of Issyk Kul, Fairy Tale canyon and Barskaun gorge on our way.
Our first big stop will be at the Burana complex - we will visit the tower which is part of the archaeological and architectural museum complex and is protected by the Kyrgyz state as a monument of cultural heritage. We will explore all the most interesting objects on the territory of the historical complex and then continue our journey to Issyk Kul.
Closer to noon, we will have lunch at the yurt camp located very close to lake. After the meal, we will go to the Fairy Tale canyon. This beautiful place is half an hour’s drive from the camp and differs very much from all other landscapes of Issyk Kul.
After walking on the Fairy Tale and enjoying walking, we will go to the Barskaun gorge, famous for its waterfalls. This is an amazing place!
We will back to the yurt camp to have a dinner, we will have some Kyrgyz national dishes in a traditional atmosphere in the cozy yurt. Overnight will be in a yurt.
After breakfast, we will head to the second largest lake - Son-Kul Lake. Our next stop will be in the village of Kochkor. Here we will stay for lunch and visit a small museum. We will arrive on 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 go to one of the most ancient sights of our country - Tash Rabat caravanserai. Once, hundreds of years ago, caravans passing along the Silk Road stopped there. No one knows when and by whom this place was built, but the nomads who lived on these lands honored him very much.
The road to Tash Rabat will be very beautiful - we will descend from Son-Kul Lake along the Moldo-Ashu pass, and then we will drive along the road passing from the village of Baetov. We will arrive at Tash Rabat in the afternoon, have lunch in yurts and then go to explore the caravanserai itself. Overnight in the yurt.
In the morning after breakfast we will leave this beautiful place and will head to Kyzyl Oi village, on the way we will see stunning scenery of huge mountains of Naryn.
Closer to noon, we will arrive in Kyzyl-Oi village, located on the banks of the turbulent river among the beautiful mountains. We will have a few hours to get acquainted with life in the village and walk around the surrounding mountains. At your request, we can organize a horse ride (for an additional fee). Then we will have dinner.
On the last day of the tour, we will go to Bishkek along the Suusamyr high mountain valley. We will go to Bishkek through the Too-Ashu pass, longest tunnel in Kyrgyzstan (about 3 kilometers). You will see the old road, on which these mountains crossed before the tunnel was built, and you will hear an interesting story of a strong man Kozhomkul, who once, according to legend, had carried his horse over this pass. Once on the other side of the mountain range, you will see a beautiful valley, which in ancient times was very popular among the nomads living on these lands. In the afternoon we will be already in Bishkek. After the tour, we can drop you to the hotel or directly to Manas airport (no extra charge).
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).
You can take all necessary things. Please take into consideration that in summer time the temperature in Bishkek city reaches up to 40 °C and in the mountains the temperature decreases to 10 °C. 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.