4 days trip to Son-Kul and Balykchy

4 days trip to Son-Kul and Balykchy

During this short tour we will visit only a part of our beautiful country, but we have time to get acquainted with part of its cultural and historical heritage. We will hear some parts of the legendary epic Manas, which has accompanied the Kyrgyz people for 11 centuries, and in which the history, culture and traditions of the people are collected. We also see the installation of the yurt (the Kyrgyz national dwelling), and not only see, but take a direct part in the process. It will be also interesting to take part in making national carpet (ala kiiz) from felt (manufacture tradition has not been changed since ancient times).

Group size: 4-12 people Meals: Full package Season: June – September Trip duration: 4 days / 3 nights

Short description

In only 4 days you get to know and love Kyrgyzstan and never forget our hospitality.

Type of tour

Activities


Includes:

  • Transfers during the trip
  • Airport transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in a double/twin rooms
  • Entrance fees to historical places and gorges
  • Yurt installation
  • Carpet making shows.

Not included:

  • International airfare
  • Single supplement
  • Early check in
  • Visa and visa support (if needed)
  • Alcohol drinks and additional personal expenses.

Important:

**The hotels/guest houses, yurts will be booked based on availability (if now, will be the similar one)
Accommodation conditions at yurt camps are basic – nomad way, outside shared toilet, summer shower, 2-4 pax per yurts. No single supplement.

  • Please bring the small head/flashlights using during the night.
  • Own Medicine for headache and for the stomach;
  • Money. You can take USD or Euro. In money exchange places in Bishkek, you can change to som both of them.

There might be some small changes in the program due to unforeseen circumstances (weather, road repair etc).

Thanks for your understanding.

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Itinerarios

Day 1

Bishkek – Ala Archa National Park – Bishkek (90 km).

Upon arrival, you will be met by our driver and guide. Transfer to the hotel and rest. After the rest transfer to the National Park Ala Archa. National Park is very beautiful place not far from the capital. The magnificent mountains and nature of the park make you want to capture it all on camera. After the walk in a park sightseeing tour: we discover the city center, Ala-Too Square, White House, Oak Park, statues of Manas, Kurmandjan Datka, Lenin, Art Gallery under the open sky, Victory square, Opera and Ballet Theatre, Osh Bazar (oriental market). Lunch and welcome dinner in a local restaurant, where you will taste the local cuisine (during dinner we will listen to a small concert, get acquainted with national Kyrgyz musical instruments and listen to a passage from the epic Manas).

Day 2

Bishkek – Son Kul (322 km).

Today, after breakfast, we start our journey through the fabulously beautiful Kyrgyzstan. Beautiful high mountain lake Son Kul is waiting for us today, located at an altitude of 3016 m. We will ascend to the lake through the Kalmak Ashu pass. On the way we will make several photo stops. Lunch on the way in a form of lunch boxes, upon arrival accommodation and further hike to the petroglyphs, which are located on the nearby mountains. It offers a magnificent view of the lake and the surrounding mountains. Before dinner there will be a demonstration of the installation of the yurt (Kyrgyz national dwelling). One of the most comfortable and quickly assembled house. You also have a great opportunity to take pictures of the sunset on the lake, as well as pictures of the night sky on the Son Kul. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.

Day 3

Son Kul – Balykchy (191 km).

After breakfast we leave for Balykchy (a small town on Lake Issyk Kul). On the way we will stop for lunch in Kochkor village. After lunch will be a demonstration of making a felt carpet ala kiiz, and we also take part in this process. Then visit a local souvenir store where you can buy national handicrafts. By shopping in this store, you help local women earn money as they make souvenirs for this store. Then we will continue our way, upon arrival to Balykchy accommodation in a guest house and if the weather permits swim in one of the largest lakes in Central Asia – Issyk Kul. Dinner and overnight in the guest house.

Day 4

Balykchy – Bishkek (183 km).

Today we are going to Bishkek, with the first stop on the way back being the ruins of the ancient city of Balasagun, the capital of the Karahanid Khanate. Upon arrival at the historical complex, we will visit a small museum and see a collection of balabals and kayraks. And of course we will climb to the top of the Burana Tower. Lunch at the neighboring village Don Aryk, in the house of local people. Upon arrival to Bishkek accommodation in a hotel and farewell dinner. 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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