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Highlights of Kyrgyzstan around Issyk-Kul lake

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    Day 1: Warm up day in Ala Archa

    Stop At: Ala-Archa Gorge, Bishkek Kyrgyzstan
    Transfer from the airport.

    After breakfast short, the trip to National Park Ala-Archa. There you will have a small trek to the river, surrounded by high junipers on the snow-covered peaks even during summer time. You can breathe in the fresh mountain air and try cold water coming from the glaciers. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to make the most memorable photos of your trip to Kyrgyzstan.

    In addition, you have a choice between Hiking to waterfall Ak - Sai in Ala Archa and City tour in Bishkek.

    City tour includes visit to the Ala-Too square and the Manas Monument. Manas is the national hero of Kyrgyzstan. There is in Kyrgyz literature the “Epic of Manas” which is a poem that consists of three parts, the volume of the epic Manas is much longer than the Iliad and Odyssey, “Epic of Manas” listed as a UNESCO intangible heritage since 2009. You will continue to the Oak Park, Opera and Ballet Theater and finish at The Victory square.

    Ak-Sai waterfall with a height of 40m is located at an altitude of 2860m above sea level. At a distance of 4.7 km from the Ala-Archa alpine camp. To reach it, you need to go along the path that starts 10 meters from the alpine camp hotel and goes to the left. On this trail, after 1.5 km, you can reach two huge stones lying on the steep slope of the Ak-Sai gorge. Tourists usually call them Tarasik stones or just ‘Tarasik ’

    For dinnertime, you may choose one of the many restaurants with different cuisines from local to Asian/European.

    Return to the hotel. Relaxing evening after the intensive day.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at the Hotel 3*

    Day 2: Start of breathtaking tour

    Stop At: Burana Tower, Don-Aryk, Tokmok 722201 Kyrgyzstan
    Pick up from the hotel and direct transfer to the Bokonbayevo village.

    On the way, you will visit Burana Tower - an ancient minaret, recognized as UNESCO Heritage. This tower has its own history; at the small museum, you will have the chance to hear the full story. Burana is the ruins of the ancient city of Balasagun - the capital of the Khanate of Karakhanids. You will have an excursion throughout the complex, go to the museum and see the panorama view from the tower itself. You will also see balbals and petroglyphs on the territory of the complex - gravestones made by ancient Turkish tribes.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Boom Gorge, Bishkek Kyrgyzstan
    Then you will continue the way. On the scenic drive, you will travel through Boom Gorge along the Chu River with views of the mountains in the distance.

    Lunch in the cafe on the road.

    Near to Bokonbaevo village, you will visit Kyzyl - Tuu village: the homeland of the masters for the manufacture of yurts and you will have one hour show on installing yurts, on masterclass you will also take part in the installation of yurts and get the opportunity to know more about nomad life and yurts.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Bokonbayevo, Kyrgyzstan
    Bokonbaevo village is a picturesque village on the southern shore of the lake Issyk-Kul, which is the center of ecological tourism in Kyrgyzstan. We will acquaint you with simple rural life and with the original Kyrgyz traditions.

    Check-in at the Yurt camp on arrival.

    The rest of the day, you will spend in the Yurt camp. You will have the chance to meet experienced Berkutchi - eagle hunter, who will share the story of hunting with golden eagles, their habits and features.
    Duration: 16 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Almaluu yurt camp

    Day 3: Hiking day

    Stop At: Canyon Skazka, Tosor Kyrgyzstan
    After breakfast, you will go to the Canyon Skazka (Fairytale). A canyon is an amazing place where sandy red formations take various fabulous forms.

    Soft rocks of different shades are very flexible to the action of external forces. After the next rain, the relief of the Fairytale can really change noticeably. In addition, shades of colors on the slopes of the canyon can change dramatically and with strong gusts of wind. Moreover, staying in the Fairytale with complete calm from morning until night, you will discover new details of the landscape. The movement of the sun in the sky and the movement of shadows on the ground will differently illuminate them.

    Walking along this gorge during the rest on Issyk-Kul brings not only aesthetic pleasure but also unity with nature. You take every step with care so as not to disrupt the creation of the Creator. These blocks impress with their uniqueness and grandeur.

    You will see a canyon called "China Wall" with a length of 5 kilometres; it seems to guard the peace of sleeping castles and amazing animals created by nature itself from red clay and sandstone - elephants, hippos, snakes and some much-unseen animals.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Barskoon Gorge, Barskoon Kyrgyzstan
    In addition, you will visit the Barskoon gorge. You will do hiking to the waterfall for about 20-30 mins, on the way you will see the Yuri Gagarin Monument, as a symbol that he has been here. You will have the chance to make beautiful photos of the mountainous forest, waterfall, and mountains themselves.

    For Lunch, you will have lunch boxes or you will have a picnic right in Barskoon gorge.

    After short hiking towards waterfalls “Bars Tears” and “Bowl of Manas” you will continue your way to Jeti-Oguz gorge.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks), Kyrgyzstan
    The name "Jeti-Oguz" (translated as "seven bulls") came from a chain of weathered red rocks, similar to bulls lying on the ground, and became a visiting card of the gorge. The local point of interest is the rock "Broken Heart", near which you can always make incredibly beautiful photos.

    For an additional fee, you can ride horses and try traditional dishes in yurts.

    Jeti-Oguz Gorge, the second mountainous place of the Issyk-Kul Reserve and one of the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan. For 25 km on both sides of the gorge, there are blue spruce trees that are included in the red book of Kyrgyzstan. In the gorge at an altitude of 2200 m there is a resort Jeti-Oguz, known for its healing geothermal springs.

    You will spend there enough time to explore the area, to walk in the forest and have picnic in the nature.

    Continue your trip to Karakol. Check-in in the hotel on arrival. Time for rest and dinner on your own.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Guesthouse (Hotel upon request)

    Day 4: A bit of history and adventure in your journey

    Stop At: Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
    After breakfast, you will have the chance to explore the city of Karakol. You will visit the Dungan mosque, the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, the memorial complex of the museum with the tomb of the Russian researcher of Central Asia - N.M. Przhevalsky

    For lunch, you can try the famous local dish - Ashlan-Fu.

    You will start to move towards Cholpon Ata city through the northern shore of the Issyk-Kul Lake.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Ak-Suu Gorge, Ak-Suu Kyrgyzstan
    On your way, toy will visit Ak Suu and Chong Ak Suu gorges.

    From the Ak-Suu gorge, you can get to the Chon Ak-Suu gorge through the Kek-Bel pass. Chon-Ak-Suu gorge (Grigoriev gorge) is located 60 km from the city of Cholpon-Ata. It descends from the Kungei Ala-Too range and stretches for 35 km parallel to the shoreline of Issyk-Kul Lake. The slopes in the gorge are rather gentle, covered with forests of coniferous trees. A river flows along the bottom of the gorge, carrying streams of glacial water. In the gorge, you can make a trip to the three high-moraine lakes. In the first, half of the valley is Lake Lower, above, in the track At-Jailoo - Lake Middle and 6 km away is the beautiful Highest Lake.

    Arrive at Cholpon - Ata stay in one of the resorts and take a rest on the beach.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Guesthouse in Cholpon Ata (Hotel upon request)

    Day 5: Back to Bishkek

    Stop At: Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan
    After breakfast in Cholpon Ata, you will visit the cultural center of Rukh Ordo, named after the famous writer of Kyrgyzstan Chingiz Aitmatov, who unites the history and spiritual heritage of various cultures and nationalities of the world.

    The ideological concept of the cultural center is striking in its depth: there are five white chapels on the territory of the complex, located at the same distance from each other. The only external difference between chapels is the symbols of different world religions.

    "Rukh Ordo" is famous for its unusual architectural monuments, and for the most beautiful pier on the shore of the lake.

    Have lunch on the road in Boom gorge

    Arrive to Bishkek hotel

    Overnight
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: 3* Hotel in Bishkek (Hotel 4,5* upon request)

    Day 6: Transfer

    Stop At: Bishkek-City, Suyumbayeva, 142/2, Bishkek 720000 Kyrgyzstan
    Transfer to the airport
    Duration: 1 minute

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Manas International Airport
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    6 days
    Inclusions
    • 5x Breakfast
    • 5x Dinner
    • 5x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 5 nights
    • Accommodation with breakfast in Bishkek 3*, Bokonbaevo, Karakol, cholpon Ata
    • Transportation
    • Transfer
    • Excursions and guide service
    • Water
    • Meeting with Berkutchi
    • Yurt installation demonstration
    • Entry/Admission - Ala-Archa Gorge
    • Entry/Admission - Burana Tower
    • Entry/Admission - Boom Gorge
    • Entry/Admission - Bokonbayevo
    • Entry/Admission - Canyon Skazka
    • Entry/Admission - Barskoon Gorge
    • Entry/Admission - Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)
    • Entry/Admission - Karakol
    • Entry/Admission - Ak-Suu Gorge
    • Entry/Admission - Cholpon Ata
    • Entry/Admission - Bishkek-City
    Exclusions
    • International flights
    • Tourist Medical insurance
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Tips for drivers and guides
    • Gifts, personal expenses and shopping
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Depending on the time of arrival and the time of check-in in the hotel, corrections in the program are possible while keeping the program's volume.
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    I'm an American based in the UAE and we had a three day weekend and since I've been wanting to explore the Stans, a friend of mine and I booked a very last minute trip to Kyrgyzstan. We contacted Travel Hub and they were incredibly...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
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