Issyk Kul: a three-day exploring of this region

In this three-day tour, we’ll try to plunge you into the atmosphere of nomadism and introduce you closer to the local culture.

Tour program
3 days
Bishkek, Burana Tower, Karakol, Jyrgalan valley, Fairy Tale canyon, Barskaun gorge

On the first day, we will head from Bishkek to Karakol city, a low-rise town with backstreets full of Russian gingerbread cottages.

On the way we will visit Burana complex. The Tower of Burana is one of the most popular architectural monuments in Kyrgyzstan. The territory of the minaret was part of the ancient city of Balasaghun. This tower is one of the oldest structures in the republic. The construction of it dates from the 10th and 11th centuries. Initially, the height of the minaret was 40 meters, and according to some researchers, 45 meters. Its top was crowned with a dome-lamp, like other similar constructions of this kind. To date, the height of the tower is 21.7 meters.

We will explore all the most interesting objects on the territory of the historical complex and then continue our journey to Issyk Kul.

After Burana tower finally, we will head to Issyk Kul region. 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 his main attractions like Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Dungan Mosque. Then we will head to Jyrgalan valley, we will arrive at Jyrgalan to the lunch, after lunch, we will walk to the Kok Bel waterfall.

We will have an opportunity to stay in the stunning mountain gorge - Jyrgalan, which delights with its untouched nature. This day will be filled with the extraordinary atmosphere of the authenticity of this place. Then afternoon we will back to Karakol city and have dinner. Overnight will be in the same guest house.

The third day will be one most active days, so you will need a lot of energy. Early in the morning we will leave our guest house and 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". Djety Oguz Gorge is one of the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan. The gorge owes its name to an amazing rock complex that welcomes travelers at the very beginning of the canyon. 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 go to Fairy Tale canyon. This beautiful place differs very much from all other landscapes of Issyk Kul.

Mid-afternoon we will arrive at the yurt camp, located very near to the lake, where we will have lunch.

After 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!

Services for additional payment:

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).

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 °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.

Tour prices
Private tour for one person
1085 USD
Group of 2 people
1180 USD
(590 USD per one person)
Group of 3 people
1290 USD
(430 USD per one person)
Group of 4 people
1380 USD
(345 USD per one person)
If there are more than 4 participants in your group, please contact us for pricing this tour.
Transport service
Guide service
Accommodation: guest house in Karakol (2 nights)
Bottled water for all period of tour
Does not include
Flight tickets
Accommodation in Bishkek
Dinner on the last day
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