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Get to see more of Kyrgyz culture and people - eagle hunting, felt production, yurt stay, historical monuments
We start from Bishkek at 8 AM and take the main road Bishkek-Osh, but after passing the Too-Ashuu pass (3200 m) we turn left and enter high-alpine Suusamyr valley. A little bit after we will be able to see incredible Kokomeren river - the main inflow of Naryn river (535 km) - the biggest water arteria of Kyrgyzstan. We will make short walking along Kokomeren to enjoy beautiful surroundings. After a little while we will stop at Kojomkul museum to get to know the famous Kyrgyz hero, who lived in 20th century, was largely know by his tremendous strength and contributed very much to the development of our country.
Arrival in the afternoon to Kyzyl-Oi village, accommodation in a guest house run by local family. In the evening a short walk to admire the nature.
Depart from Kyzyl-Oi village to Song-Kol lake - one of the highest alpine lakes in Kyrgyzstan (3016 m above sea level). There are several passes to Song-Kol, we will take Kara-Keche pass (3300 m), where there is also a coal mine that provides fuel for the whole republic. By arriving to the lake, we will be able to see an immense pasture where Kyrgyz live only by nomadic lifestyle - in yurts, ancient nomad dwellings that are used by people for centuries.
Overnight stay in yurt. Possibility to make a horseback riding on the hills, to have a beautiful view to the Song-Kol lake.
To depart from the lake, we will choose another pass to have another scenery, that is equally beautiful. Quite a long way by car to reach our destination - Issyk-Kul lake, its south shore. But en route we will stop in Kochkor village, to have a good lunch and visit local souvenir shop. We will be also able to see Orto-Tokoi water reservoir, its water is used for irrigation of Kyrgyzstan and south Kazakhstan.
Arrival to the south shore of Issyk-Kul lake late in the afternoon, accommodation in a yurt camp on the shore of Issyk-Kul. Possibility to swim in the lake.
Early in the day we visit an eagle-hunter, who will show us demonstration and explain how he works. We will have a possibility to get to know this ancient art of hunting, that nomads used since old times. After this we continue our way to Barskoon valley, where magnificent waterfalls are situated. By making a walk, we will be able to see them from near. Barskoon valley is also known by its gold mine - Kumtor, the biggest gold production in Central Asia.
After a hike, we head to Jeti-Oguz (translated from Kyrgyz as "7 bulls") valley, famous by its red rock formation and its incredible nature. We take a stroll to admire the surrounding views, and after this we go to Karakol town, the administrative center of Issyk-Kul region.
Accommodation in a guest house in Karakol.
For today our places of interest in Karakol are: The Holy Trinity Church, built by Russian in 19th century of wood; Dungan Mosque, constructed without using any nails. Another particularity of this building is that is the only one mosque with chinese style; History Museum of Karakol, which contains a vast number of interesting information about this city and Kyrgyz people in general.
After seeing this popular sites, we go to Jyrgalan valley, that is not far from Karakol. This valley has a lush pastures and wonderful views over the mountains. We will have a walk there to appreciate and enjoy the nature.
Accommodation in a guest house in Jyrgalan.
Depart from Jyrgalan to Semenov gorge, situated on the north side of Issyk-Kul lake. This gorge is famous by its pristine nature and a vast number of Tien-Shan firs. We will have a stroll from Semenov gorge to Grigoriev gorge, that is adjacent, by admiring wonderful landscapes of these places. After a walk, we return to the main road and continue our way to Cholpon-Ata resort town. There we have an opportunity to see an open air museum of petroglyphs (stone drawings) dated from 2000 BC to 4 century AD.
Accommodation in a guest house in Cholpon-Ata.
We return to Bishkek, en route to stop near Tokmok town, more precisely - Burana tower, dated from 10th century AD. This monument is one of the rarest buildings left from the ancient times. It is said that this tower was part of a big medieval city - Balasagyn, which was a capital city of Karakhan empire, that once resided on the territory of modern Kyrgyzstan. This was a period of blossom of Silk Road, and this place belonged to its main routes. That's why there were found numerous objects of different religions and cultures, that we will be able to see in the museum on the territory of the Burana architectural complex.
After a visit we return to Bishkek. Accommodation in a guest house. Escort to the airport.
A detailed description of what is included in the tour and what additional costs can be.
The price of the tour includes:
Food: breakfast, lunch and dinner every day
Accommodation during the trip
Experienced driver and petrol costs
Entrance fees to the places of interest (Open air museum in Cholpon-Ata, museum in Karakol)
Escort from / to the airport
Additional costs ≈6000 som (75 $):
Any personal purchases (souvenirs etc.)
The price of the tour doesn't include:
Accommodation in Bishkek before the start of the tour
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