5 days trip to Issyk-Kul

5 days trip to Issyk-Kul

During this tour, you will get to know not only the richest culture of Kyrgyzstan, but also enjoy the beauty of our mountains, the blueness of our lakes, the transience of our rivers. Kyrgyz hospitality will be remembered by you for the rest of your life, and you will also forever retain warm memories of the little “Switzerland” of Central Asia.

Group size: 4-12 people Meals: Full package Season: May – September Trip duration: 5 days / 4 nights

Short description

Only mountains with eternal snow on their tops are better than mountains.

Type of tour

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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
  • Eagle hunting show.

Not included:

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

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Activities

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

Upon arrival you will be met by our driver and guide. Transfer to the hotel and rest. After the rest sightseeing tour: we discover the city center, Ala Too Square, White House, Oak Park, statues of Manas, Kurmandjan Datka, Lenin and est, 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 have a chance to try local food.

Day 2

Bishkek – Bokonbaevo (271 km).

After breakfast we leave for Bokonbaevo, our first stop is at the ruins of Balasagun, at the historical center we will visit a tiny museum and see the collection of balbal and kayrak. And, of course, we will climb to the very top of the Burana Tower (the oldest tower in Central Asia). Lunch in the Boom Gorge. Near to Bokonbaevo, we will be shown hunting with eagles, and after that you have a chance to ask a berkuchi (hunter) questions about how he tames, raises and trained the birds. And, of course, to make unforgettable photos. Upon arrival to Bokonbaevo accommodation in a guest house. If weather permits, you can swim in the largest lake of Central Asia Issyk Kul. Dinner and overnight in the guest house.

Day 3

Bokonbaevo – Jety Oguz (132 km).

In the morning we are transferring to Jety Oguz gorge. Our first stop will be in Barskaun gorge, where we will visit waterfall, in fact, there are several waterfalls there, but we will only visit one. Upon arrival to Jety Oguz we will stay in the yurt camp for lunch and after lunch we will visit another waterfall with the beautiful name “Maiden’s Braids”. After return to the camp after that hike, if you wish you can rent horses for extra charge. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp, after dinner you can sit around the fire, admire the night sky.

Day 4

Jety Oguz – Cholpon Ata (170 km).

Our first stop today on the way to Cholpon Ata will be the city of Karakol, translated from Kyrgyz meaning “Black Hand”, was founded as a Russian fortification in 1968. Here we will visit the Russian Orthodox Church (late 19th century) and the Dungan Mosque (early 20th century). We will pick up our lunch boxes, kindly prepared for us by the Uighur family and continue our journey. Our next stop is Grigorievskoe Gorge (Chon Ak Suu). Upon arrival, we take our lunch boxes and go to a small lake, on the shore of which we will have lunch and return back to the car by another way. Upon arrival in Cholpon Ata, accommodation in a guest house, rest and dinner.

Day 5

Cholpon Ata – Bishkek (262 km).

After breakfast we are going back to Bishkek. Our first stop will be at the open-air museum, the Museum of Petroglyphs. There you can see the ancient petroglyphs left by our ancestors on the stones. Then the next stop will be Konorchek Canyon, we take our lunches with us and go to explore this beautiful canyon. Upon arrival to Bishkek, check in at the hotel and rest until the farewell dinner.

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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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