Picturesque Kyrgyzstan

Picturesque Kyrgyzstan

Few adjectives define this country so accurately. Kyrgyzstan is certainly a picturesque place. The other adjective would be magical.
You will discover it yourself with this program, in which you will find urban environments, echoes of the former Soviet Union, prairies and mountains of nomadic shepherds, magnificent lakes and waterfalls, and you will be able to practice various adventure activities and camp like a true nomad under a clear and starry sky.

Group size: 8-15 people Meals: Full package Season: June – September Trip duration: 15 days / 14 nights

Short description

Enjoy the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan, its impressive landscapes and the daily life of nomads. Cities and towns full of charm and traditions. The pleasure of life in contact with nature, joy and color.

Type of tour

Activities


Includes:

  • Transfers during the trip including airport transfers.
  • Guide service.
  • Full board.
  • Double accommodation.
  • Entrance fees to historical places and gorges.

  • Rafting for 1,5 hours.

  • Kayaking
  • Rent bicycles

Not included:

  • International airport fees.
  • Single room supplement.
  • Early check-in.
  • Visa and visa support (if needed in your case).
  • Alcohol or additional personal expenses.
  • Other services not specifically included.

Important:

  • Activities can be changed according to the weather.
  • Accommodation conditions during the trip in yurt camps (Song Kul, Tash Rabat, Jety Oguz) and in villages are basic nomad way (4-6 pax per yurt/room).
  • The weather in mountains in the summertime is still cold, so please take your warm clothes and comfortable trekking shoes.
  • Your own medicine for headache and stomach.
  • Money. You can take USD or EUR. In money exchange places in Bishkek, you can change to KGS (som – a local currency) both of them.
  • 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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Itinerarios

Day 1

Arrival. The Manas International Airport.

Resting time, city tour.

Day 2

Bishkek – Song Kul (288 km)

Transfer to Son Kul lake – a famous second largest lake after Issyk Kul. It lies at an altitude of 3016 m. The lake is surrounded by a broad summer pasture and then mountains. In the summertime, the shepherds organize yurt stays with their families.
Traditional dinner and overnight in yurts.

Day 3

Song Kul

This day we will enjoy the beauty of the lake. An option we can organize horseback riding or walking (on request). Traditional dinner and overnight in yurts.

Day 4

Song Kul – Tash Rabat (260 km)

Transfer to Tash Rabat. It is a stone caravanserai from the 15th century what is located at an altitude of 3,200 meters. Free time for walking. Accommodation and dinner in the yurts in Tash Rabat.

Day 5

Tash Rabat – Naryn (110 km)

After breakfast, hiking upper to the mountains to see the panoramic view. Lunch.
In the evening transfer to the Naryn city. It is a long and thin town, set between impressive red sandstone cliffs on one side and rolling green hills on the other and spreads for about 15 km along the broad, river of the same name. Stay at the hotel.

Day 6

Naryn – Kajy Sai (200 km)

Breakfast. Today we will drive to the south shore of the Issyk Kul lake. The lakeside itself belongs to the Issyk Kul National Park and is a mix of reed fields, meadows, canyons and lagoons where you can spend hours walking, swimming or relaxing on beaches.
Stay at the guesthouse.

Day 7

Kajy Sai – Skazka – Barskoon – Jety Oguz (115 km)

Breakfast. Driving to Barskoon Gorge, the length is about 30 kilometres. It stretches deep into the mountains of Terskey Ala-Too. Barskoon is very attractive for tourists both for its natural beauty and cultural attractions including the following: Cascade of Barskoon waterfalls: Tears of the Leopard (Sparkling Champagne), Beard Ak-Sakal and Bowl of Manas. Walking until the first waterfall – Bowl of Manas. Depending on the conditions of the road we will try visiting the rests.
On the way, depending on the time, we can stop at “Skazka” (Fairytale) canyon.
Overnight in a yurt camp in Jety Oguz.

Day 8

Jety Oguz – Tepke village (50 km)

Breakfast. Today we will walk along the gorge canyon and will see a beautiful panoramic view of the fairytale mountains. In the summertime, this places is covered completely with a dark green carpet of Tien-Shan firs. The place-name is Kok-Jaiyk -very popular among tourists.
Also, we will see the famous Broken Heart Mountain and Seven Oxen that the King’s sons couldn’t divide among themselves and were converted into seven rocks by a wise wizard.
After lunch, we will drive to Karakol. Brief city tour.
Stay at the eco-farm in Tepke village.

Day 9

Tepke village – Grigorievka (100 km)

After breakfast, we will drive to Grigorievka village. In the Soviet days, the Grigorievka village was well known throughout the country for two main reasons: the village was a major supplier of raspberries and it hosted government officials and heads of state in the governmental dacha in Grigorievka, or Chon Aksu Gorge – one of the most beautiful gorges in the region, with endemic plants species.
Overnight in a comfortably furnished yurt, a wooden tower overlooking the Tien Shan mountains or a wooden cabin in the cozy garden of the lodge.

Day 10

Grigorievka – Semenovka – Grigorievka

After breakfast, we will go to the famous gorges Grigorievka (Chon Ak Suu) and Semenovka (Kyrchyn) by bicycles. The Grigorievka gorge is located 3 km north of the Grigorievka village. Above the gorge, at a distance of 11 km from the beginning of the gorge, there is a non-categorical pass, along which one can pass to the neighbouring Semenovka Gorge. Here we will see a fantastic landscape of the Kyrgyz mountains.
Way back to the yurt lodge, in the Grigorievka village. Dinner.

Day 11

Grigorievka – Chong Kemin (198 km)

After breakfast, there is a chance to have a kayak excursion on the Issyk Kul lake. Brief instruction from the guide and we will take all needed equipment and go on the excursion.
Transfer to the Chong Kemin Natural Park. Stay at the hotel.

Day 12

Chong Kemin

Breakfast. Today we will organize hiking on the Kalmak Ashuu Pass in the Chon-Kemin valley. It is a unique place with its beauty and the Biodiversity Natural complex. The Natural Park is located relatively close to Bishkek (135 km).
The landscape is very beautiful, with a great Mountain view all around you.

Day 13

Chong Kemin – Bishkek (135 km)

Breakfast. Drive to the checkpoint of the Chu river for rafting. Brief instruction.
After, transfer to Bishkek. Check-in at the hotel. Resting time.

Day 14

The Ala Archa National Park (40 km)

Transfer to the National Ala Archa Park in the Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan – the popular destination point for weekend picnickers, hikers, horse trekkers, skiers as well as mountain climbers looking for challenging ice, rock and mixed routes.
Walking around and breathing fresh air.

Day 15

Leaving. End the services

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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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