Adventure trekking at Son-Kul lake and Culture | TopAsia

On the way you visit the the most beautiful gorges, mountain laked, Kyrgyz villages and have simple trekking with horses.
 
The best time for journeys June – September
 
Day 1 Bishkek
Early morning arrival in Bishkek and TRF to Hotel .Rest. Sightseeing tour in Bishkek (Independence square, Historical Museum, Osh Bazaar), money changing and welcome dinner.
Hotel***,  Full board
 
Day 2   Ala-Archa 40km
Trek 12km / 4-5hours /
Transfer to Ala-Archa Mountaineering Camp is located in the gorge with the same name, 45 km south from Bishkek, at the altitude of 2100 m in a broad and rather spacious part of AlaArcha gorge. AlaArcha means “colorful juniper” in Kyrgyz. The name is given for the abundant juniper bushes and trees growing on the slopes of AlaArcha gorge. Trek up along Ak-Sai canyon to waterfall. Lunch – picnic. Return to Bishkek.          
Hotel***, Full board
 
Day3    Bishkek -Suusamyr valley (210km, 5-6 hours) 
Transfer through the tunnel pass Tyuya-Ashuu (3400 m.) in Suusamyr valley and then further East to KyzylOiis a mountain village located at the altitude of about 1800 meters above sea level in the valley of the mighty river Kekemeren. Here you can see an extraordinary landscape of majestic mountains surrounding the village.       Home stay, Full board
 
Day 4   Kyzyl Oy village- Kyz-Art pass (110 km, 2.5-3 hours)
Trek 12 km/ 5-6 hours / + 400 m – 520 m
After breakfast transfer to Kyz-Art pass (2664m.) Meet your team and horses and start the trek. Within sight of the road, cross Kyzyl-Kiyajailoo, an enormous, relatively flatsea of grass. Continue over the Chaar-Archa Pass (3 061 m) into the Chaar-Archa Valley and eat a tasty lunch by the racing river, with views of holy 4400 m Baba-Ata Mountain. Sated, ford the river and follow the trail over verdant hills to KelemcheJailoo (2540 m.).   
Yurt inn, Full board
 
Day 5   Kelemche  – Sonkul lake
Trek 14 km./ 5-6 hours / + 860 m – 380 m
After breakfast at Kelemche, spend the morning climbing to JalgyzKaragai pass (3 400 m), over the Song-Kol Mountains and into the lake’s basin. The morning climb affords wonderful views of Kelemchejailoo, and the pass itself is rocky and exciting. From the pass, Song-Kol is still distant, but asyou traipse down the slopes, it gets larger and larger; the mountains on the other side get higher and higher, until finally the lake fills most of your field of view and the southern mountains tower above it. After lunch at JamanEchki, follow the lakeshore east to the yurt camp on the North shore of the lake. Upon arrival meet your host family of Kyrgyz shepherds.
Yurt inn, Full board
 
Day 6   Sonkul lake  – Batai Aral yurt camp
Trek 12 km / 3 hours/
Trekking along the North shore of the lake. Easy trekking, watching and/or participation in everyday life of shepherds: milking mares; making national milk products like kymyz (a fermented mare’s milk) or airan (a sour dense milk product); tending cattle. Eat a delicious lunch here, stroll along the lakeshore, and hope the legendary Song-Kul weather is kind.
Yurt inn, Full board
 
Day 7   Song-Kul – Tamga village  (270 km, 3-4 hours)
On the way visit  Kochkor village. Felt show there and lunch in Kyrgyz family.
Guest house, Full board
 
Day 8   Tamga – Karakol (130km, 2-3 hours)
Karakol town is situated near the eastern end of Issyk-Kul lake at the altitude of 1,770m. It is a very small but beautiful town with thousands of poplars.  It would be interesting to see the Russian Orthodox Church, completed in 1895, used as an officer’s club during Soviet times; very pretty wooden mosque built by Chinese artisans for the local Dungans between 1907 and 1910 entirely without metal nails, a museum, parks, an oriental bazaar and the biggest Animal Market in Karakol Karakol is one of Kyrgyzstan’s major tourist destinations, serving as a good starting point for the excellent hiking, trekking, skiing and mountaineering in the high central Tian Shan to the south and east.
 
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.
 
The Russian Orthodox Cathedral built originally of stone in 1872, replaced the new towns first Christian place of worship, a jurt. Destroyed by an earthquake in 1890, a new cathedral was completed in 1895, of wood on a brick base. The ravages of communist secularism stripped the cathedral of its domes. Rebuilding was completed in the early 1990s for deconsecrating in 1991 and 1997.
 
Dungan Mosque – distinctly Chinese building looks bizarrely out of place in Karakol. It is a masterpiece of Dungan architecture, featuring a carved frieze of fine workmanship. Inside its imagery is an eclectic mix, testament to the Dungans pre-Islamic Buddhist past,   combining a pomegranate with Buddhist imagery such as the shell and wheel of fire. Completed in 1910 it was built entirely without nails using an uncommon grey-blue brick. Instead of a minaret, the mosque has a wooden pagoda.
Hotel***, Full board
 
Day 9   Karakol – Bishkek (400km, 7 h)
After breakfast  drive along the North shore of the lake Issyk-Kul. On the way visit Burana Tower (11c)
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.
Hotel***, Full board
Day 10 Departure
 
The price from $990 in twin                   
 
 Quotation includes:
• all transfers and transportation
• accommodation in hotel, guesthouses, yurts
• sightseeing as mentioned with all fees
• meal as per itinerary
• ESG
• Horses and Horse man
• Folk concert
 
Not included:
• visa fees
• airport taxes
• tips
• personal expenses
• drinks

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