On the first day of the tour we will go to the Suusamyr high mountain valley, the road to which passes through the Too-Ashu pass and the 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.
Towards lunchtime, 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 will be dinner. Overnight in the guest house.
Today we will do a transfer to the highland lake Son-Kul, located above 3000 meters above the sea level. This lake is a special place among modern nomads. Every summer they come here to feed the animals and live in yurts, often even without electricity and communication with the outside world. During the season you can see a lot of yurt camps, some of which are set specifically for tourists.
The path to Son-Kul will be interesting - we will drive through the mountain roads, coal mines, and beautiful passes. We will arrive in the afternoon at the yurt camp and will have enough time to enjoy this place, get to know the life of modern nomads and meet the beautiful sunset. Overnight is going to be in the yurt.
After breakfast in the yurt, we will drive to the most famous lake in Kyrgyzstan - Issyk Kul. Almost all our way will be accompanied by the beautiful scenery around us. On this day we will stop on the southern shore of the lake in the yurt camp near the village of Kadji-Sai. After lunch in a yurt, we will go for a walk in the Fairy Tale canyons, which impresses with their shapes and variety of red and yellow shades. There is one of the beautiful gorges in 40 minutes from Fairy Tale canyon. It’s called Barskaun gorge, where we will visit a waterfall called “Tears of snow-leopard”, which is very easy to get. After a walk along Barskaun gorge, we will return to the yurt camp, have dinner and enjoy the tranquility that reigns on the shore of Issyk Kul.
After breakfast, we will have free time for walking on the shore of Issyk Kul Lake. We will have lunch in Balykchy city. We will arrive in the city in the late afternoon, taking you to your hotel with a lot of vivid impressions and good memories of Kyrgyzstan!
In the yurt camp on the shore of Issyk Kul you can see a demonstration of hunting with eagles (surcharge – 5000 soms from the group).
At Son-Kul Lake you can also rent horses for horseback riding, surcharge 500 soms per hour for one horse.
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.