Discover the mysterious and bewitching Kyrgyzstan

Discover the mysterious and bewitching Kyrgyzstan

During this tour you will see the stunningly beautiful Semenovskoye and Grigorievskoye Gorges, visit Karakol town, the final abode of the Great Russian traveler N. Przhevalsky and even visit his grave, enjoy the beauty of the Son Kul Lake and feel like a real nomad, spending several nights in a yurt.

Group size: 6-14 people Meals: Full board Season: June 1st – June 8th Trip duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Short description

A trip to this mysterious and amazing country will become one of the brightest trips that will leave behind many unforgettable impressions.

Type of tour

Activities


Includes:

  • Transfers during the trip including airport
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in a double/twin room
  • Tickets to historical places and gorges
  • Guide services.

Not included:

  • International airfare
  • Single supplement
  • Early check-in
  • PCR test
  • Visa and visa support (if necessary)
  • Alcoholic beverages and additional personal expenses
  • Other services not included in the previous section.

Notes

  • The activities can be modified depending on the weather;
  • The accommodation conditions during the trip in the yurt camps the villages are basic in the nomadic style (4-6 pax per yurt/room);
  • The climate in the mountains in summer is still cold, so we recommended that you bring warm clothing and comfortable trekking shoes, and preferable a light sleeping bag.
  • your own medicine for headache and stomach pain;
  • Money. You can change USD or EURO to the local currency SOM KGZ in an ATM places;
  • Shopping in local bazaars. The working hours are from 09:00 to 19:00 (in summer time) from Tuesday to Sunday. On Monday the bazaars are closed.

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

We hope for your understanding.

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Itinerarios

June 1. Day 1

Airport – Bishkek (30 km)

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 restaurants, where you will taste local cuisine.

June 2. Day 2

Bishkek – Grigorievka (296 km).

We’re going to be driving for quite a long time today. On the way, in Cholpon Ata, we will visit the open-air museum of petroglyphs. From time immemorial this place has been used by people as an open-air temple. Lunch in Cholpon Ata town. Upon arrival to Grigorievka village, accommodation and dinner at the Belzhan guest house.

June 3. Day 3

Grigorievka – Semenovka.

After breakfast transfer to Grigorievka gorge (Chon Ak Suu). In the Chon-Aksu gorge you can see the daily life of the local people, trying to earn money from tourism with horses, birds of prey, yurts where you can eat trout and lamb. You will also see the beautiful, untouched Kyrgyz mountain landscape. The two mountain gorges Chon Aksu and Kichi Aksu are known for their native plant species, huge number of bird species and different types of mushrooms. The first day we walk a path that connects the two gorges and end up in the Kichi Aksu gorge, location of the World Nomad Games (2014, 2016 and 2018). A beautiful Kyrgyz untouched mountain scenery unfolds. We walk another 1,5 hours up to yurt camp Besh Karagai to have dinner and stay the night in comfortable beds in the yurts.

June 4. Day 4

Semenovka – Karakol (108 km).

Today after breakfast we will descend through the Kichi Aksu gorge back to the village of Semyonovka. Today 3-4 hours of walking. After getting to the car we have lunch with our lunch boxes and continue our way to the city of Karakol. A few kilometers before reaching Karakol, we visit the museum of one of the greatest travelers of the 19th century, Nikolai Przhevalsky. Upon arrival we check in to the hotel and rest. Dinner in a cafe.

June 5. Day 5

Karakol – Kaji Sai (121 km).

Today we will visit some stunningly beautiful places on our way to Kalji Sai. The first is Jety Oguz (Seven Bulls) Gorge, where you will have the opportunity to photograph the mountain of the same name and Heartbreak Mountain. The next amazingly beautiful place is Barskaun Gorge, where we will visit a small waterfall and find a nice lawn for lunch. The next point is Fairy Tale Gorge with its fabulous figures. Upon arrival to the guest house accommodation and dinner.

June 6. Day 6

Kaji Sai – Son Kul (264 km).

After breakfast we are going on a trip to see one of the most beautiful lakes in Kyrgyzstan, Son Kul. It is located at an altitude of 3,016 meters above sea level. You have a unique opportunity to meet the sunset and sunrise in such a beautiful place. Lunch in a form of lunchboxes. If you wish, you can order a horse and ride, or visit the local petroglyphs, or the family of a shepherd (who will tell you about his life). Dinner and accommodation in the yurt camp.

June 7. Day 7

Son Kul – Chon Kemin (283 km).

Transfer to Chon Kemin national Park. On the way to there lunch in Balukchy town in a local family. Upon arrival accommodation in a hotel and rest. Before dinner walk around the village. The national park is a unique natural complex with diverse flora and fauna and many picturesque landscapes, from semi-deserts to glaciers. The natural park covers an area of 500 hectares, the height of its location gradually increases from 1400 to 2800 m. Dinner and overnight in a hotel.

June 8. Day 8

Chon Kemin – Bishkek (149 km).

After breakfast hike to Kalmak Ashuu pass in the Chon-Kemin valley. The total length of the hike is 15 km. After the hike lunch and transfer to Bishkek. On the way to Bishkek we will visit ancient city Balasagun, one of the capital of great Karahanid Empire, we will see Burana tower (beginning of 11 century), also visit a small museum, see the collection of Balbals and the collection of hand mills. Accommodation in a hotel and 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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