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In the heart of Tien Shan tour




12-day soft adventure tour by bus
Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Route:  Bishkek-Issyk Kul Lake-Karakol-Jety Oguz gorge-Sonkul Lake-Tash Rabat-Bishkek.

Best time for journey – June-September

Duration: 12 days

Group size: maximum 18 pax

Meals: All meals (Russian, Asian, European meal)

Transportation with AC: subject to number of pax – Jeep 4 WD, MB Sprinter, for group size more than 10 pax we will provide two minibuses.

Accommodation: Bishkek – 4 nights, Issyk-Kul – 1 night in hotel, 1 night in yurt inn,  Jety Oguz – 1 night in yurt inn, Son Kul – 2 nights in yurt inn, Tash Rabat – 1 night in yurt inn.

Guiding: English speaking guide

Equipment: Guests must to have the personal clothes and shoes for walking in the mountains till height 3200m.


Day 1. Bishkek

Arrival to Bishkek.  Drive to the hotel***. Have rest  and after lunch  city tour. Visit Art Museum, The center part of the city, Osh market and ZUM. Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 2. Bishkek - Chon-Kemin (150km)

After breakfast driving to Chon-Kemin gorge 150 km. The way goes via Chu valley 105 km, then along Chon-Kemin gorge, to village Asuu.  Its nice place to learn Kyrgyz life style. Check in guest house. After lunch drive by horse-drawn vehicle or by horses to Panorama point of gold Cup of Chon-Kemin, walking there.

Chong-Kemin – founded in 1997 in the Chong-Kemin river valley and included almost all the forest farms of the Kemin district. The park's main task is to preserve the unique landscapes with their diversity of fauna and flora. It contains hunting and botanical reserves – and the mausoleum of Shabdan Baatyr. There is a nice guest house - perfect place where you can see the real life of the Kyrgyz people.

O/N in the Guest House. Full board.

Day 3.  Chon-kemin – Karakol (370km)

Drive along the north part of the lake Issyk-Kul 180km. The way goes along Boom canyon, then to Issyk Kul valley. On the way visit Petroglyph.
Petroglyph. Issyk-Kul Open Air museum is the most accessible and visitable part of North Issyk-Kul accumulation of the petroglyphs. That site was gigantic temple under open sky, which occupied western part of modern Cholpon-Ata town, and where ancient people worshipped to celestial bodies and did sacraments and mysteries. An Open Air Museum, sometimes referred as a Stone Garden, 5 kilometers from Cholpon Ata, covers some 42 hectares and contains a number of prehistoric monumental structures. Said to date from 500 BC-100 AD, they depict wolves , long-horned ibex, goats, horses, snow leopards, sacrifices and some hunting scenes. Their creators are thought to be Sak and Usun peoples.
Prezhevalski Museum is located 12km from Karakol. It is situated just on the shore of the great lake. It was built to commemorate the famous Russian traveler and scientist Nikolai Prezhevalski, who dedicated 21 years of his life to the investigation of the Issik-Kul valley and the mountains surrounding the region. He died not far from the place where the museum and the memorial to his honor are built.
O/N Guest House. Full board.

Day 4. Karakol

Drive to Altyn-Arashan
Altyn Arashan “Golden Spa” is about 20km from Karakol. This is probably the most visited place and is renowned for its beautyIt passes through pine forests, which contain many hidden springs.There is a small museum with stuffed animals. The area includes the Arashan State Nature Reserve, which is the special botanical research preserve.

O/n in the guesthouse. Full board.

Day 5. Karakol- Jety-Oguz gorge (35km)

Karakol town ("The black hand " in Kyrgyz) was founded at the end of 19th century. During sightseeing tour in Karakol you visit to animals market visit Dungan wooden mosque in the Buddhist pagoda - without a single nail and Russian Orthodox Church, museum of Prjevalskiy. Afternoon drive to Jety Oguz gorge..

Jety-Oguz gorge is situated in a picturesque canyon on the Northern slope of the Terskey Ala-Too range about 35 km South West of Karakol at 2200-5170m above sea level. It is a lovely place for one day walk and at the same time for many day treks, starting from easy form and up to the hardest. It is the place where you can see the real life of Kyrgyz people.
O/N in the yurt inn. Full board.

Day 6.  Trekking along Jety-Oguz – Tamga village.

Trekking along the gorge and we can reach the glacier in the afternoon back to the yurt camp then drive to Tamga village. Rest at the South shore of the Issyk-Kul lake.
O/N Guest House. Full board.

Day 7. Tamga - Song-Kul Lake (300km)

From yurt inn drive to the Lake Son-Kul
Song-Kul Lake is located 90 km northwest of Naryn.  At an altitude of 3016m a.s.l.; 29km long and 18km wide and a maximum depth of 13.2m - it is Kyrgyzstan’s second largest lake. It lies in high mountain area within a valley that stretches 60 km in length and 30 km in width. The lake is situated in a treeless, mountainous plateau and is surrounded by the mountain meadows. These meadows are used by local people as the pasture. Shepherds come to the lake with their family and flocks and live during summer time.
On the way visit Kochkor village where you have lunch in Kyrgyz stile.
Kochkor is a small town (village) which lays just on the way to Naryn and is about 260 km from Bishkek. The town is best known for its handy craft masters, who are making the best national souvenirs and carpets (Shyrdaks) in whole Kyrgyzstan. Here you may stop for a lunch in a kurguz style, visit a small museum of applied art and see a felt show.

O/n in yurt inn where you can enjoy by local life and traditions. Full board.

Day 8. Song-Kul, Horse back Riding or walking.

Full day on the lake Son-Kul. It is possible to have horse riding around the lake.
O/n in the yurt. Full board.

Day 9. Son-Kul - Tash Rabat caravanserai(150km)
Tash-Rabat caravan saray is a stone fortress that was built in the 15 century, the medieval inn of the merchants and travelers on the Great Silk Road is situated in the beautiful Tash-Rabat gorge at a height of 3000m, 100km from Torugart pass. The construction is a multi-domed rectangular building with sides of 35 and 33 m. The whole structure consists of a big central hall with 31 rooms around it. On the walls are traces of old paintings. That area is good for hiking, walking and riding.  
Morning drive to Tash Rabat. In the evening visit to caravanserai.
O/n in the yurt inn. Full board.

Day 10. Tash-Rabat – Naryn (225km)
Naryn is the provincial administrative center of the Naryn Province in central Kyrgyzstan, with a population of 52,300 (2008). It is situated on both banks of the Naryn River (535km), which cuts a picturesque gorge through the town. At about 2, 000 metres above sea level, Naryn is known as the coldest town in Kyrgyzstan. The city has two regional museums and some hotels. It is known mainly as a stopping point for travelers on the way to/from Kashgar.

Walking around, afternoon drive to Naryn town.
O/n in the guest house. Full board.

Day 11. Naryn – Bishkek (370km)

In the  morning drive to Bishkek. On the way visit Burana Tower.
Burana Tower - situated 10 km south of Tokmok, is all that remains of the ancient city Balasagun, which was established by the Karahanids at the end of the 10th century.  The entire museum complex today includes the tower itself (24.6 m high), reconstructions of mausoleums, a mound that is all that remains of the palace, a collection of balbals (grave stones) and a museum. From the Tower, it is possible to head into the mountains to a picturesque valley to the Kegety or Shamshy gorges.

O/n in the hotel***.  Farewell in local restaurant with local folk . Full board.

Day 12.  Drive to airport for departure.

Quotation 2017: price per person in double room:

06 - 09 paying pax  930 Euro
10 - 18 paying pax 880 Euro
Single room supplement: 170 Euro (not in the yurt)

Quotation includes:

-All transfers and transportation
-Accommodation in hotels, yurts
-Sightseeing as mentioned with all fees
-Full board
-Guide for whole tour

Not included:

Visa fees, Airport taxes, Tips , Personal expenses, Drinks

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