Day 1. Bishkek – Ala-Archa – Bishkek (45km)
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. Hostel. Full board
Day 2. Bishkek – Kyzyl-Oi village (210km)
Early morning arrival in Bishkek and drive to Kyzyl-Oi village. Rest. After lunch visit the local school to make the project and to know the process of the Kyrgyz school. In the evening prepare dinner with a Kyrgyz family. O/N in the local family.
Day 3. Kyzyl Oy village Kyz-Art pass Kelemchejailoo Drive 110 km / 2,5-3hours/+ 860 m 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.). Diner and sleep in the yurt. Full board
Day 4. 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. Meals and overnight are in a yurt of shepherds. Yurts. Full board
Day 5. Day 7. 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.
Over the day exploration the Kyrgyz life stile. Visit the yurts, learn decoration. Possible to have horse riding and walking.
Yurts. Full board
Day 6. Son-Kul – Kochkor village (150km)
Visit the local handicraft organization. Lunch in Kyrgyz family. Felt making workshop there and Folk show during the lunch time.
In the afternoon have football game. Help the host with cooking dinner and the local bread (boorsok).
Home stay. Full board.
Day 7. Kochkor village.
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.
After breakfest visit the local school (community build classrooms, toilet, etc.)
O/N in local family. Full board.
Day 8. Kochkor – Bokonbaevo village
After breakfast drive to the lake Issyk-Kul via Bakonbaevo village. Check in the yurt camp.
Rest on the beach. O/N yurt camp. Full board.
Day 9. Issyk-Kul – Bishkek.
On the way visit Burana Tower (11c)
In the afternoon S/S program in Bishkek ( visit the center part of the city, bazaar)
O/N in the Hostel. Full board.
Day 10. Departure.
Project – 15-25 pax – $690 p.p. in twin
- all transfers and transportation
- accommodation in hostel, guesthouses,tents or yurts
- sightseeing as mentioned with all fees
- full board
- Horses and horse man
- visa fees
- airport taxes
- personal expenses
Quotation: price per person in double room: