Kyrgyzstan is home for the magnificent Tien Chan mountain range, which offers many trails for lovers of trekking. Hiking through the valleys, forests and mountain trails is a great way to spend a vacation and explore the natural beauty of the country.
Day 1. Airport – Bishkek
Arrival to Manas Airport in Bishkek where our team will pick up you and drive you to hotel situated in the capital. You can have a rest in cozy and comfortable rooms after the flight.
After breakfast in hotel, we start our city tour. We will visit the heart of the city, Ala-Too Square where the State Historical Museum is located. After the tour in the museum, we can enjoy a walk in the Oak Park, one of the favorite places of local people. Bishkek is known as the greenest city in Central Asia thanks to its countless parks and alleys making the city a great place to live.
After lunch, we will have time to visit the local market Osh bazar. Here you can appreciate the creativity and talent of local artisans. Just as you step the market, you plunge into the real oriental atmosphere: an interminable stream of people, a big variety of goods and colors.
In the evening, we go to one of the best restaurants in Bishkek where you can taste delicious Kyrgyz national dishes.
Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Rixon Hotel 3* or similar)
Day 2. Bishkek – Burana – Chon Kemin
After breakfast in Bishkek, we go towards Burana Tower located about 80 km from the capital. Burana Tower is an ancient minaret in the Chuy Valley in the north part of Kyrgyzstan. It is close to the city of Tokmok. The tower with funerary monuments, earthworks, remains of the castle and three mausoleums – that’s all what last out of the ancient Balasagyn town that was founded by Karakhanids at the end of the ninth century.
Lunch on the way.
After we keep our way towards Chon Kemin gorge. It is unique place thanks to its unbelievable beauty and its rich diversity of fauna and flora. You will have the opportunity to walk in the gorge and enjoy the beautiful alpine views.
Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.
Accommodation: Guesthouse (Kemin Guesthouse or similar)
Day 3. Chon Kemin - Toru-Aigyr (Trekking)
After breakfast, transfer to the starting point of trek (1700 m) near the Chon Kemin River. From here we start our trek of 4 days. The luggage is carried by the horses. The local English speaking guide accompany you.
The slopes of the mountains are covered with fir forests. We have a picnic on the road and continue to cross the forest to the pastures of Toru-Aigyr. Here we set up the camp.
Dinner and overnight in a tent.
Trekking: 11 km, +900 m, 5 h
Day 4. Toru-Aigyr – Kol Kogur lake (Trekking)
After breakfast we start hiking towards Kol Kogur Lake at 2 550 meters. This mountainous lake has a unique trapezoidal shape. On the shore of the lake, we set up the camp and enjoy the wonderful sceneries around us.
Dinner and overnight stay in a tent.
Trekking: 13 km, 4-5 hours, +-200 m
Day 5. Kol – Kogur – Kyzyl Aska (Trekking)
We leave the lake behind us for the pass of 3230 m. We go down to Kyzyl Aska valley.
Picnic for lunch.
We set up our tents next to the river.
Trekking: 15 km, +700m, -500m, 6-7h.
Day 6. Kyzyl Aska – Tamchy /Issyk Kul (Trekking)
Today is the last day of the trek. We go towards Issyk Kul Lake, the pearl of Kyrgyzstan.
Our driver picks us up and drive us to the shore of the lake. We go to the guesthouse where you can take the shower and have a rest.
Later you can enjoy the lakeside and swim in refreshing waters of the lake after trek.
Overnight and dinner at guesthouse.
Trekking: 11 km, -1000 m, 5h.
Accommodation: Guesthouse (CBT Guesthouse or similar)
Day 7. Tamchy – Grigoriev and Semienov gorge – Karakol
After the breakfast, we go towards Grigoriev and Semienov gorge.
They are located on the northern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake, 60 kilometers from Cholpon-Ata.
These places are considered as the most famous attractions of the Issyk Kul region. We drive to the first lake at Grigoriev Gorge and we will have a picnic on the shore (if the weather is nice).
You can have a walk, enjoy the wild nature around you and have a pleasant pastime in this beautiful place.
In the evening, we get the city of Karakol.
Accommodation: Guesthouse (Jamilya B&B or similar)
Option: dinner with Doungan family + culinary master class
Day 8. Karakol – Karakol
gorge- Sirota camp (Trekking)
Today you start your 4 days trek.
After breakfast, we drive you to the gorge of Karakol where you start your trek with the local guide. You walk towards the Sirota tent camp located at altitude of 2,800 meters.
Following your trail along the Karakol River, you will see the yurts the pastures with horses and other beautiful landscapes that strike your eyes.
Night you will pass at Sirota Camp in the tents.
Trekking: 11 km, +700 m, 5h.
Day 9. Sirota - Ala Kul lake (3 500 m) - Ala Kul Pass (3 900 m) - Keldike (Trekking)
The trail takes us along the river and small waterfalls. After a few hours of hiking, you get Ala Kul Lake, the glacier lake that changes its colors according to the weather.
When you reach the pass, you will have a spectacular view on the lake and mountain peaks around you.
After the road go through a gentle descent into the Keldike valley (3000 m).
Trekking: 12 km, +1100 m, -900 m, 6h.
Day 10. Keldike - Altyn Arashan – Karakol (Trekking)
Today, our goal is to reach the hot springs of Altyn Arashan. The 4 hours walk is very fascinating and exciting. You admire the rich vegetation, the luminous carpet of flowers and the emerald grass. Arriving at the beautiful Altyn-Arashan gorge, which is situated 2500 m above sea level. swimming in the hot springs.
After you return to Karakol city by the SUV Russian car UAZ. In Karakol you take the shower and have a rest after the trek.
Trekking: 9 km, -500 m, 3-4h.
Accommodation: Guesthouse (Jamilya B&B or similar)
Day 11. Karakol – Jety Oguz- Barskoon – Tamga
After breakfast, we keep our road to Jety Oguz valley. Its name means “Seven bulls”. The name is symbolic, because there are seven huge red-brown rocks resembling ranked furious bulls standing together. Especially romantic look has the rock "Broken Heart" located at the entrance to the gorge. There we take a walk to the waterfall.
After we visit the Barskoon Gorge with impressive nature. At the end of the road, you can see the waterfall called Tears of Snow Leopard.
In the evening, you will try a real Russian bath "banya" in Tamga.
Accommodation: Guesthouse (U Pavla Guetshouse or similar)
Day 12. Tamga – Skazka – Bokonbaevo – Kochkor
Breakfast in the guesthouse.
Accommodation: Guesthouse (Fatima Guesthouse or similar)
Option: felt show, eagle hunting
Day 13. Kochkor – Son Kul
Today we keep our road to Son Kul Lake, so we should overcome a mountain pass called Kalmak Ashuu. From the pass, Son Kul Lake seems very small, but as we go down and approach the lake, it appears as a big and gorgeous lake.
When we arrive in the yurt camp, you get to know the hospitality of the nomads, their lifestyle and their customs. We will have a dinner with the nomads and sleep in the yurts.
Note: yurt capacity 6 people. But during the low season you can be accommodated 2 pax per yurt according to the availability.
Accommodation: Yurt camp
Optionally: horse riding, demonstration of horse games
Day 14. Son-Kul – Bishkek
The road to Bishkek passes through Boom gorge. You can take pictures of this beauty and breathtaking sceneries.
After lunch in local restaurant, we will have time to visit the local markets and buy some presents. You will not leave the bazar unsatisfied; you will surely find something that you were looking for reminding you about Kyrgyzstan and your unforgettable trip here.
Dinner with traditional folk show at traditional restaurant in Bishkek.
Accommodation: Hotel 3* (My Hotel 3* or similar)
Day 15. Bishkek – Airport- Departure