On the first day, we will head from Bishkek to Karakol city, a low-rise town with backstreets full of Russian gingerbread cottages.
Our first big stop will be at the one of the most popular architectural monuments in Kyrgyzstan - the Burana complex - we will visit the tower, which dates back to the X-XI centuries. The territory of the minaret was part of the ancient city of Balasaghun. This tower is one of the oldest structures in Kyrgyz republic. The height of the tower is more than 20 meters, and it has a beautiful view from the top! We will explore the most significant objects in this complex, and then continue our path to Issyk Kul.
On the way, we will stop in Choplon Ata city, where we will have lunch and visit «Rukh Ordo», a unique open-air museum on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul.
Later this evening we arrive in Karakol, we will stay in a guest house created by a Kyrgyz-Dutch family and go for dinner.
After breakfast, we will leave our guest house and we will walk around Karakol city, which is very interesting with its main attractions like Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Dungan Mosque. Then we will head to the south shore of Issyk Kul.
On the way, we will visit a picturesque valley of Djety Oguz with the red rocks, which means "Seven Bulls". Seven blood-red bulls of Djety Oguz are weathered rocks, gradually changing their appearance each year under the influence of a strong Issyk Kul wind. Today there are not seven, but many more - some tourists have ten, or even eleven, powerful giants. Djety Oguz can be explored on foot, by car or by riding horses in a small village very close to (horses are given for an extra fee).
After walking in Djety Oguz gorge we will in Barskaun gorge, famous for its waterfalls. This is an amazing place! In the cozy yurt, we will have a traditional dish in a traditional atmosphere. Overnight will be in the yurt.
After breakfast, we will go for walking to Fairy Tale canyon. After Fairy Tale canyon, we will have lunch in Balykchy city. Then we will head to Bishkek. We will arrive in Bishkek in the evening, 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).
In the gorge Djety Oguz 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.