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Classical Kyrgyzstan

Country: Kyrgyzstan
Duration: 8 days, 8 nights.
Level of difficulty:
Best Season: from June till September
Group Size: not limited
Trip Features: overland travel, history, culture, sightseeing, walking.
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Detailed itinerary

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Meals Accomodation
110 km./2,5 hrs.
Arrival to Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek city Ala-Archa National Natural Park Bishkek city.
Upon arrival to the international airport Manas you meet you guide and drive to the hotel.
After a short rest and breakfast in the hotel we drive to Ala Archa National Park located in a picturesque gorge of Ala Archa 40 km off from Bishkek.
It is a popular place for hiking, skiing and mountaineering including trips to more than 20 glaciers. It covers the area of 200 km² - mostly forested valleys, waterfalls and rivers rich in trout. The altitude of ranges varies from 1500m to the highest point 4895m (Peak Semenov Tien Shanskii). Hike in the gorge.
After a walk you come back to the parking lot near the park hotel at the time arranged earlier where you have a barbeque lunch.
In the afternoon we drive back to Bishkek and start our city tour.
We visit Manas Monument, the main national hero of the Kyrgyz people. Then excursion to the State History Museum and walking tour around main Ala Too Square to watch ceremony of changing of the Guard of Honor, main governmental buildings, and finish at the Old Square with Parliament House. After excursion transfer to the local café for the dinner.
Optionally: During dinner we take the unique opportunity to listen to the manaschi (a singer performing the national Kyrgyz epos, Manas) and see Kyrgyz folklore show. The musicians in traditional Kyrgyz costumes present you a wide range of national musical instruments starting from Komuz (a three-stringed wooden musical instrument) to Chopo Choi (wind instrument made of mountain reed). You hear the fascinating singing of young Kyrgyz ladies and men.
After excursion transfer back to the hotel. Overnight in a hotel.

B Hotel
360 km/ 7-8 hrs.
Bishkek city Son-Kul lake via Burana tower.
In the morning, after breakfast, one hour drive to Burana Tower (old minaret) near Tokmok city. That minaret was constructed in Balasagun town, one of the capitals of Karakhanid State existed in 11-12 centuries AD. Explore ruins of that important trading point at the Great Silk Road and visit a little local museum telling about that civilization. Also watch a collection of Balbals, Turkic ancient tombs.
Optionally: On the area around the tower it is possible to organize horse riding games.
Today we step into the nomadic life at the Son Kul Lake. Here the Kyrgyz people still live in traditional simplicity. We spend the night in the summer pastures of the mountains. We spend time with always friendly Kyrgyz families and taste their fresh airan (yogurt) and kumis (a fermented national drink from mare's milk).
Dinner and overnight in yurt camp.
Yurt camp
Son-Kul lake. Full day.
After breakfast you can walk in the area of Son Kul Lake.
Lunch, dinner and overnight in yurt camp.
Optionally: It is possible to organize for our guests a demonstration of yurt setting up. You can not only watch, but also take part in it.
The yurt is the traditional shelter for the people of the Tian - Shan mountains in Central Asia, nomadic dwelling which is constructed of a many-pieced wooden frame that is overlaid with several felt coverings. It takes only about two hours to put a yurt together.  The felt is made of wool sheared from sheep. There are usually many blankets and carpets to be found inside, as well as dastorkon a low table with delicious food.
Optionally: On the area around the tower it is possible to organize horse riding games. Along with hunting dogs and birds, horses have always played an important role in the life of Kyrgyz people. They were used in every day life as true assistants in household and as thoroughbred racers. There are festivals of Horse Games (Ulak Tartysh, Kyz Kuumai, Tyiyn Enmei, etc) held throughout the year.
Yurt camp
 4 380 km / 6-7 hrs.
Son Kul Lake Kochkor village Karakol.
Today you drive to Kochkor village where local people make felt, various carpets, embroidering and spinning, and other handicraft stuff. We also visit a handicraft museum and a shop, where you can buy different masterpieces starting from huge felt-silk blankets, finishing with small Christmas tree decorations.
Optionally: If you want it is also possible to take part in shyrdak show yourself and try to make your own felt rug!
In the afternoon we drive to Karakol town situated in the east of the lake area, at the foot of the most picturesque mountains of Tien Shan.
Upon arrival to Karakol town check in a hotel/guest house.
Overnight in the hotel/guest house.
B Guesthouse
 5 100 km / 2 hrs
Karakol Djety Oguz gorge Juuku Gorge Karakol town.
First of all that day you can do the sightseeing tour in Karakol town.
You visit Dungan mosque, a unique construction in Chinese style, but serving as a mosque. Also you will see an old Russian Orthodox Cathedral made of wood without any nails.
After the sightseeing tour you drive to Djety Oguz gorge. On this day you get acquainted with nomadic way of life of the Kyrgyz people and enjoy beautiful views of the gorge.
Optionally: In the late afternoon you can also visit a Hunting Birds Performance on the one of the mountain slopes.
After a walk in the gorge we drive to Juuku gorge. Picnic lunch.
The gorge is divided in two parts. In one part of the valley you can walk, and in another part of the valley you can bathe in hot springs.
After that we drive back to Karakol town.
Overnight in a hotel in Karakol.
 6 150 km; 3 hrs.
Karakol town Grigorievskoe gorge Cholpon Ata town.
After the breakfast we drive along the northern shore of Issyk Kul to Chon Ak Suu (Grigorievskoe) gorge, where we can walk.
On the way visit the museum of N. M. Przhevalski, the outstanding Russian explorer of Asian continent.
We continue our journey around the lake.
Walk in Chon Ak Suu gorge. Picnic lunch.
Optionally: You can go on an hour boat cruise in the lake to admire clear water of Issyk Kul with snow capped Tien Shan Mountains in the background.

Overnight in a hotel on the lake shore.
 7 260 km / 3 hrs.
Issyk Kul Lake - Bishkek city.
That day you visit so called Stone garden or Cholpon Ata Petroglyphssite, the temple in the open air of Scythians and Huns dated back 9-8 centuries BC till 3-4 centuries AD. The area of those stone drawing lies at the foot of Kungei Alatau Ridge with a beautiful view of the whole lake.
You visit the Ethnological Museum in Cholpon Ata town, where you can acquaint the history of the Kyrgyz people from 8th century BC until to the present day.
In the afternoon, we drive back to Bishkek.
We pass through "Boom Gorge.
Upon arrival to Bishkek accommodation in the hotel.
Overnight in a hotel.
B  Hotel
 8 35 km, 30 min.
Bishkek city airport.
In the morning you will be transferred to the international airport Manas to catch your flight back home.
30 km
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