Journey through the northern part of Kyrgyzstan

Journey through the northern part of Kyrgyzstan

The north of Kyrgyzstan is undoubtedly one of the most colorful and tourist areas of the country. This is an almost obligatory trip, marked by the visit to the great Issyk-Kul and Son-Kul lakes.
It is a cultural trip in which you will be able to see some of the most amazing traditions of the country, in a shocking setting of high mountains with a unique and exuberant fauna and nature.

It is a compendium of the nomadic culture and the traditional life of the mountain peoples and a fusion of wildlife, flora and fauna. You will be able to appreciate how the Kyrgyz people combine their ancestral traditions and customs with the comforts of modern life.

Group size: 6-12 people Meals: Full package Season: June – September Trip duration: 9 days / 8 nights

Short description

Visit sites of natural and cultural interest both in the north of Kyrgyzstan and in the south of the country and enjoy the different climates and contrasts.

Type of tour

Activities


Includes:

  • Movements between populations.
  • Transfers to and from the airport.
  • Guide service.
  • Full board.
  • Double room.
  • Entrance fees to historic centers and national parks.
  • Cooking demonstration in Karakol.
  • Eagle hunting show.
  • Felt rug making activity.

 

Not included:

  • International airport fees.
  • Single room supplement.
  • Advance billing.
  • Cost of the visa or help with obtaining it (if needed in your case).
  • Alcohol or additional personal expenses.
  • Other services not specifically included.

Important:

  • The program may undergo changes depending on the weather.
  • The climate in the mountains is cold even in summer. Don’t forget your warm clothes and comfortable trekking boots.
  • Amenities in yurt camps and rural towns are very basic. Between 4 and 6 people per yurt. With outdoor showers and rudimentary toilet.
  • Bring your own medicine for headaches or stomach aches.
  • As for money, you can bring dollars or euros. There are exchange houses in Bishkek, where you can exchange them for the som (KGS), the local currency.
  • The hours of the bazaars to make purchases are from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., from Tuesday to Sunday. Mondays are days off.

We reserve the right to make incremental changes to the program due to changes in flight arrival times, weather or terrain conditions, availability of places in hotels or guest houses, etc.

Thanks for your understanding.

Itinerary

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Itineraries

Day 1

Airport – Bishkek (30 km)

Upon arrival to Bishkek transfer to the hotel. After some rest sightseeing tour during it we will see the most significant places of Bishkek.

Day 2

Bishkek city – Cholpon-Ata town (300 km).

On the way to Cholpon-Ata, we visit Burana tower (beginning of 11 century), the minaret of ancient city Balasagun, local museum, and also balbals (memorial monuments). Demonstration of Kyrgyz national horse games in Don-Aryk village (Ulak -Tartush, Tuin Enmey, At Chabush, Oodarush). Continue driving to Cholpon-Ata visiting an open-air museum of Petroglyphs (II BC – VIII AD).

Day 3

Cholpon-Ata town – Karakol town (150 km).

After breakfast transfer to Karakol. 10 km before Karakol visiting museum, grave, and monument of Przhevalsky (greatest scientist and traveler of the 19th century). City tour around Karakol visiting mosque made in a Chinese style, Russian Orthodox Church and antique shop. Dinner in a local Uigur or Dungan family, before dinner lagman/or similar show, the hostess will teach us how to make handmade noodles.

Day 4

Karakol – Altyn Arashan – Karakol (60 km).

Right after breakfast drive to Altyn Arashan gorge, for this trip we are going to use Russian UAZ. Drive up is very beautiful but road is quite difficult. “Altyn” in Kyrgyz language means “gold” “arashan” means hot springs. You have a chance to take hot thermal (sulfur) bath (looks very soviet and old) or instead of that walk along river valley (altitude approximately 3000 m.).

Day 5

Karakol – Bokonbaevo – Kochkor (260 km)

Today we will cover 260 km by the Southern Shore of Issyk Kul Lake. On the way visit Skazka canyon, with incredible different color lunar landscape. Eagle hunting show will be demonstrated near Bokonbaevo village. The hunter will show and tell us how he trained his birds. Lunch with a family in Bokonbaevo. Next stop in Kochkor village for demonstration of making felt carpets, you also take part in this process. After carpet show you have the opportunity to visit a souvenir shop.

Day 6

Kochkor – Tash Rabat (240 km)

After breakfast drive to the ancient Great Silk Road caravan-serai Tash – Rabat (it was constructed in 12 century as a caravan-serai on the site of an older construction). Upon arrival explore the area.

Day 7

Tash-Rabat- Son-Kul (260 km)

After breakfast drive to the remote mountainous lake Son-Kul 3016 m. Upon arrival accommodation in a yurt camp, lunch and then explore the area. Son Kul is the second largest lake of Kyrgyzstan, located on a high mountain plateau. Shepherds bring its livestock to here for summer time.

Day 8

Son-Kul- Bishkek (350 km)

In the morning spend some time at the lake. After this we will drive back to Bishkek. Luch en route. Upon arrival have free time. Farewell dinner.

Day 9

Bishkek – Airport (30 km)

Drive to the airport. End of the tour.

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    Som (Kyrgyz som) is the monetary unit of the Kyrgyz Republic. One som is equal to one hundred tyyns. Kyrgyzstan was one of the first countries of the former Soviet Union (and the first in post-Soviet Central Asia) to adopt its own national currency. The average exchange rate is about 85-95 KGS per dollar, or 95-105 KGS per euro. You can review the most recent exchange rate in: https://www.nbkr.kg/index.jsp?lang=ENG You can do it in a bank branch, but also in the center of Bishkek there are a huge number of exchange offices. When exchanging banknotes, they must be in very good condition and without any marks. Small denomination bills are exchanged at a slightly lower rate.
    In large cities, almost in any store you can pay for a purchase or service by credit card, but still cash is more welcome. As for the small villages and settlements, there is only cash.
    There are several mobile network operators in Kyrgyzstan. You can choose any of them: Beeline, Megacom, O! You can buy a SIM card in any shopping center, there are branches of various mobile operators. When you register you will be asked for your passport and offered the most convenient and advantageous tariff for you.
    For sure you would like to make a lot of photos and that's ok. In case of closed places or if you want to make photos to local people, ask first for permission, and remember to show a respectful attitude.
    There are mainly three types of public transport. Buses, trolleybuses and minibuses. The fee ranges from 11 to 15 som. (Less than 20 cents of euro). There is also a very good taxi service, with multiple companies and very affordable. An average trip by taxi can cost between 100 and 200 soms, that is, between 1 and 2 euros. There are shuttles between towns and cities. The cost depends on both the frequency and the distance.
    You can drive with your international permit and you can rent cars if you wish. But you can't taste a drop of alcohol. The traffic police can stop you at any roadblock and check your alcohol level. The tolerance is zero. If you have drunk, however little, you will have problems and you will have to pay a fine.

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