So different and so unforgettable Kyrgyzstan

So different and so unforgettable Kyrgyzstan

During this tour, you will visit the south and north of our country. On the way to South you will enjoy the beautiful mountains around the Toktogul Reservoir, the largest in Central Asia, walk in the only natural walnut forest of Arstanbap, and visit the mysterious and medieval caravan Saray Tash Rabat, being there you will feel like a traveler or a merchant of the times of the Great Silk Road.

Group size: 6-12 people Meals: Full board Season: June 17th – June 26th Trip duration: 9 days / 8 nights

Short description

The amazing atmosphere of the present, the beauty of wild nature, hospitable people – all this is here, the beautiful “country of heavenly mountains”.

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 (Son Kul, Tash Rabat) and 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;
  • It is necessary to bring 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 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 17. Day 1

Airport – Bishkek (city tour) – Ala Archa (National Park) (110 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 restaurant, where you have a chance to try local food.

June 18. Day 2

Bishkek – Toktogul (272 km).

After breakfast transfer to Toktogul reservoir is one of the largest in Central Asia located in Jalal Abad region. The way from Bishkek to Toktogul will go through the Too Ashu Pass which is a majestic place located 135 km from the city of Bishkek, along the highway connecting the northern and southern capitals of the country. The height of the pass is 3400 m. The road in this place is truly breathtaking, and the traveler has an indescribable view of the mountain scenery. Toktogul reservoir is the human made lake. It takes water of Naryn River. The color of the water and color of the surrounded mountains creates unforgettable landscape. Lunch on the way in Chichkan Gorge. Upon arrival accommodation in a guest house. Dinner and overnight at the same place.

June 19. Day 3

Toktogul – Arstanbap (311 km).

After breakfast transfer to Arstanbap National Reserve. It is the largest natural fruit and nut forests in the world. Annually there harvested 1500 tons of nuts and 5000 tons of apples, pistachios and cherry plums. Lunch on the way. Upon arrival accommodation in a guest house, dinner and overnight.

June 20. Day 4

Arstanbap – Osh (201 km).

In the morning walk around the village. Then continue our way to Osh (our south capital). Lunch on the way near to Jalal Abad city. On arrival to Osh city tour. In which we visit Suleiman Mountain, historical museum, central square with Lenin monument, Russian Orthodox Church, Osh Bazar (oriental market). After city tour accommodation in a hotel, then dinner in a local Uzbek family.

June 21. Day 5

Osh – Kazarman (280 km).

After breakfast we start moving to Kazarman. On the way we will visit Uzgen town with its historical complex: a tower and three mausoleums, built when the city was one of the capitals of the Karakhanid Kaganate (11-12 centuries). Lunch on the way. Upon arrival to Kazarman accommodation in a guest house. The village is the place to visit for the Saimaluu Tash petroglyphs expedition, a place that is a cluster of rock art, carved on blocks of sandstone age calculated to be about 4000 years old. Dinner and overnight in a guest house.

June 22. Day 6

Kazarman – Son Kul (152 km).

In the morning transfer to Son Kul Lake, second largest lake after Issyk Kul. It is located at an altitude of 3016 m. The lake is surrounded by a wide meadow (jailoo) and Tien Shan Mountains. Since ancient times, nomadic tribes living here used this land for summer pasture. Until now, shepherds use them to graze their livestock. Upon arrival to the yurt camp, accommodation, rest and lunch. Before dinner a few options we can go for a walk to the petroglyphs, visit a family of a local shepherd and of course you have a chance to take a stunning photos of the sunset on Son Kul. Dinner in a yurt camp.

June 23. Day 7

Son Kul – Tash Rabat (246 km).

Tash Rabat ancient caravan-sarai is waiting for us today. On the way to that place we are going to do a descent through the one of the most beautiful Pass “32 Parrots”. When descending from the pass, we will make a stop and walk to a small waterfall. Then on the way we are going to do one more stop for lunch, in Naryn town in a local Kyrgyz family. After accommodation in a yurt camp we visit ancient caravan sarai Tash Rabat. It was built in the 12th century and was used until the end of the 14th century, and located at an altitude 3200 meters. After visiting, a walk along the beautiful valley of Kara Kuyun. Dinner and overnight in a yurt camp.

June 24. Day 8

Tash Rabat – Kochkor (227 km).

After breakfast transfer to Kochkor village. During Soviet times the fields around the village were planted with potatoes. By the way, the most delicious potatoes still come from Kochkor District. We will also have the opportunity to visit the local souvenir store, where by making a purchase you will contribute to the earnings of local women who create these souvenirs with their hands. Lunch, dinner and overnight in a guest house.

June 25. Day 9

Kochkor – Bishkek (197 km).

Today we go back to Bishkek. Today on the way to Bishkek we visit the ancient city Balasagun, one of the capitals of the Karakhanid’s state. After the excursion, lunch in a local family in the neighboring village Don Aryk. Upon arrival to the city accommodation in a hotel. Free time. Dinner in a local restaurant.

June 26. Day 10

Departure. 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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