Culture and high mountain lakes - TopAsia
Day 1 Bishkek
Arrival to Bishkek, transfer to the hotel 3*. After some rest Sightseeing tour: Oak Park, Ala -Too Square, Philarmonic hall, Statue of Manas, Victory Square and Oriental market – Osh bazaar. After lunch, transfer to the Ala-Archa National Park (40 km). You will be in the alpine gorge through which the fast flowing Ala-Archa River runs, flanked by tall, snow-covered, peaks with steep-sided, forested, mountain slopes. Hiking in the gorge.
Transfer to Bishkek. Hotel***
Meals: BLD (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 2 Bishkek – Cholpon-Ata – Karakol
Transfer from Bishkek to Cholpon-Ata (260 km) along the north shore. On the way stop to see Burana tower, which is left from ancient city Balasagyn (XI – XIII). Next stop is an open-air museum of petroglyphs in Cholpon-Ata. There will be an excursion in open-air art gallery of stone, said to date from 500 BC – 100 AD, they depict wolves, long-horned ibex, goats, horses, snow leopards, sacrifices and some hunting scenes. Also you can visit museum of local lore.
Continue your way to Karakol, upon arrival free evening until the dinner that will be in Uigur family.
Day 3 Karakol – Altyn-Arashan – Karakol
After the breakfast, sightseeing tour (1-1.5 hours): visit the wooden Russian-orthodox church, Dungan Mosque and Przhevalskiy-Museum.
After the tour, transfer to Altyn Arashan gorge by Russian military 4WD vehicle. Altyn Arashan (“Golden Spa”) gorge is one of the most famous gorges in Karakol, there you will see wonderful fir tree forests and there are thermal springs in the whole gorge. Afterwards you will have 1 hour for hiking in the gorge and then transfer back to Karakol.
Day 4 Karakol –Jety-Oguz – Bokonbaevo (Eagle show) – Kochkor
Transfer to Jety-Oguz gorge (40 km). the picturesque gorge, which is famous not only with coniferous forest, flower clearings and interesting gorges for hiking, but also with red and sandy formations which are called «Seven Bulls» and «Broken Heart».
On the way, you can stop for picnic close the seashore.
Transfer to Kochkor. Family run accommodation. On arrival to Kochkor you will visit a felt carpet workshop. It’s a place where you can see the process of making Kyrgyz national felt carpets. Dinner with Kyrgyz family. Family run accommodation.
Day 5 Kochkor – Suusamyr valley – Chichkan
Today’s trip will along the fast flowing river Kokomeren and high mountains of Ala-Too range of mountains. Beautiful view is guaranteed. On the way, you drive through Ala-Bel pass, Chichkan gorge. Overngiht at the guest house.
Day 6 Chichkan gorge – Sary-Chelek
In the morning, drive towards Sary-Chelek. On the way you will be passing one of the most beautiful reservoirs in Kyrgyzstan, Toktogul, that funnels the gorgeous Naryn River into a hydroelectric station.
Upon arrival to Sary-Chelek, you will be accommodated at local family and there will be free time for you to explore the Lake.
Day 7 Sary-Chelek – Uzgen – Osh
Driving towards Osh city. On the way, you will visit a market and mausoleum in Uzgen. Uzgen town was one of the capitals of the Karakhanid State in the 11th and 12th centuries.
Overnight in Osh at the hotel.
Day 8 Osh city tour – Bishkek
After breakfast, there will be city tour in Osh. As legends say, Osh was found by King Solomon ages ago and had an important position on trading routes of the Great Silk Road. Today you will visit Suleiman-Too (Solomon’s Mountain), museum, Osh bazaar – this market locates at the same place as in the times of Great Silk Road.
After the lunch transfer to the airport to take a flight to Bishkek. In Bishkek airport, you will be met by our driver and transferred to the hotel 3*.
Day 9 Departure
Transfer to the airport. Fly home.
The price from $1190 p.p. in twin
minivan with driver (english)
accommodation as per itinerary
meal as per itinerary
museum entrants’ tickets
air tickets Osh-Bishkek