7-day classic tour to mountainous Kyrgyzstan

In seven days you will get acquainted with the local culture and also visit historical and natural places as Tash Rabat caravanserai.

Tour program
7 days
Bishkek, Issyk Kul Lake, Ala Archa National Park, Jyrgalan, Son-Kul, Tash Rabat

Early in the morning our guide will meet at hotel then will introduce you to the main sights of the capital of Kyrgyzstan. You will learn key information about the most famous Bishkek buildings, monuments, streets and squares, parks and main events of the Bishkek life. During this excursion, you are going to gather many amazing impressions about Bishkek. Also, our guide will take you through the endless merchant’s rows of the Osh market, where you can try to eat sweets directly from the counters, try traditional Kyrgyz sour-milk products. Then you will be offered to taste our national cuisine.

After lunch we will go to Ala Archa National park. Ala Archa National Park is one of the famous places in Kyrgyzstan. A trip to the Ala Archa gorge is a great way to get acquainted with the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. After walking in Ala Archa national park we will bring you to the hotel.

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

Our first big stop will be at the Burana complex - we will visit the tower, which dates back to the X-XI centuries. Burana is one of the oldest structures on the territory of Kyrgyzstan. The height of the tower is more than 20 meters, and it has a beautiful view from the top! 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.

Later this evening we arrive to Karakol, we will stay in a guest house created by a Kyrgyz-Dutch family and go for a 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 to Jyrgalan to the lunch, after lunch we will walk to the Kok Bel waterfall, then we will come back to the guest house, where will have a hot dinner and cozy rooms.

After breakfast we will leave our guest house and will head to the south shore of Issyk Kul.

On the way we will visit Djety Oguz gorge, famous for its red rocks. This is an amazing place! The slopes of the mountains are covered with coniferous forest, the dirty road leaves to the high-mountain meadows, and somewhere in the depths of the gorge is hidden small but beautiful waterfall. 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).

We will back to the yurt camp to dinner, in cozy yurt we will have traditional dish in traditional atmosphere. Overnight will be in yurt.

After breakfast in yurt camp we will go to Fairy Tale canyon. This beautiful place differs very much from all other landscapes of Issyk Kul.

Then we will head to Naryn area, where is the lake located. On the way we will have lunch in Kochkor village, place where you can have not only lunch, but also visit souvenir shop.

Finally, in the late afternoon we will come to Son-Kul Lake. Son-Kul is an alpine lake, located at an altitude 3016 meters. 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 along the Moldo-Ashu pass, and then we will drive along the road passing from the village of Baetov. We will arrive to Tash Rabat in the afternoon, have lunch in yurts and then go to explore the caravanserai itself. Overnight in the yurt.

Early in the morning we will head to Bishkek. On the way we will stop in Naryn city for lunch. Closer the evening we will come to Bishkek.

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).
In the gorge Djety 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 °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
1935 USD
Group of 2 people
2080 USD
(1040 USD per one person)
Group of 3 people
2235 USD
(745 USD per one person)
Group of 4 people
2400 USD
(600 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 camp at Son-Kul Lake
Accommodation in the yurt camp at Issyk Kul Lake
Accommodation in the yurt camp in Tash Rabat caravanserai
Accommodation in the guest house in Karakol
Accommodation in the guest house in Jyrgalan
Meals by program
Entrance fee to the territory of natural and historical objects
Bottled water
Does not include
Flight tickets
Accommodation in Bishkek
Breakfast and dinner on the first day of the tour and dinner on the last day of the tour
Accommodation in single rooms
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