For those who don’t like to sit on one place, for those who like to see more than just the beach we offer the tour around the pearl of Kyrgyzstan – Issyk-Kul lake. You will be able to see not only the lake itself but the beautiful nature that surrounds it: Chon-Kemin gorge, Grigoriev gorge, Djeti-Oguz with its massive rock formations “The Heart” and “Seven Bulls”, The “Fairy Tale” gorge and much more…
- Ala Archa Gorge
- Burana Tower
- Chon Kemin National Park
- Cholpon Ata
- Chon Aksuu
- Altyn Arashan
- Jetti Oguz
- Fairytale Canyon
Day 1. Arrival in Bishkek – Ala Archa Gorge
Transfer to Ala Archa National park.
Ala-Archa is translated from Kyrgyz language as varicolored archa. Archa is local name of juniper. The gorge got its name because of numerous bushes of archa, covering the slopes. Because there is a great diversity of archa in the gorge, of different colors and shapes, it gives a feeling that the gorge is varicolored.
Almost all walks and ascents in Ala-Archa start from the alpine camping with hotel of same name Ala-Archa, located at an altitude of 2100 m above sea level in the area of fir trees. The camp first time appeared as tent camping in 1951, later it grew to modern sizes. In its popularity in USSR it took second place after Caucuses. It was an alpine Mecca in Central Asia. Many honored alpinists started their alpine career here. The alpine camp is located not far away from well-known Ak-Sai glacier. In its circus there are lots of summits of various category of difficulty, which are quite interesting for climbing.
Day 2. Bishkek – Chong-Kemin
After breakfast transfer the Chong-Kemin Gorge. On the way visit of Burana Tower Museum not far from the town of Tokmok – an architectural complex of the 10th survived from the times of the Great Silk Road. In the middle ages it was a city of Balasagun that was the capital of the Karachanid Khaganate – a Turkic dynasty of that time. You will see the 24 meter minaret and mausoleums that survived the attack of Chingiz Khan and were reconstructed. Balasagun was not only an important city on the Great Silk Road but also a birthplace of a famous Turkic writer Djusup Balasagun. Arrival. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3. Chong-Kemin Excursion
The whole day you will spend in the Chong-Kemin Gorge. Chon-Kemin zone includes valleys of Chon-Kemin and Kichi-Kemin between high spines of Zaili and Kyngei Ala-Too. It is located in 150 km to the east from Bishkek city. The valley of Chon-Kemin River is extremely beautiful, it covers territory of 100 km from west to east. The river comes from the Chon-Kemin Glacier (4000 m) and flows into the Chu River in Boom Gorge (1340 m).
Kemin Natural Park is situated on the territory of 500 hectares, in high-water bed below Shabdan Village. It is used for protection of pheasant and hares.
In the gorge there is an opportunity to ride a horse or to walk in the mountain forest. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4. Chong-Kemin – North side of Issyk Kul lake
In the morning drive towards Cholpon-Ata town over the northern shore of the Issyk-Kul Lake – the pearl of Central Asia and the most beautiful and popular lake in the country. It is the biggest lake in the country (180 km long and 60 km wide) and the second largest mountain lake in the world located at the altitude of 1600 meters. The name of the lake is translated from the Kyrgyz language as “hot lake”. But it is not because the water in the lake is very hot. It is because the lake doesn’t freeze up in winter because of its 700 m depths. Many long and short rivers flow into the lake but the lake has no outflow. The lake is surrounded by high mountain ranges that are popular among trekkers from all over the world. Cholpon-Ata is a holiday center of the Issyk-Kul Lake. Arrival. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5. Cholpon-Ata – Chon Asuu gorge
In the morning excursion to the Chong-Aksu (Grigorievka) Gorge located not far from Cholpon-Ata town. You will get an opportunity to walk along the Chong-Aksu River and according to the road conditions drive to the mountain lakes. It will take one hour to drive to the lake, some time to walk there and one hour to drive back. Opportunity to have rest on the beach. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6. Cholpon-Ata – Karakol
After breakfast drive along the northern shore of the lake following one of the routes of the Medieval Great Silk Road. On the way possible to visit petrogliphs in Cholpon Ata and Prjvalskii Museum devoted to a famous Russian explorer N. Prjzvlskii nearby Karakol town. By lunch time arrival in a town of Karakol that was founded in the 19th century as a Russian settlement and it still keeps a spirit of an old rural town.
But the town is famous not only for its history. Many climbers spend some days here to get used to the altitude before starting their mountaineering. You will have a city tour in Karakol visiting the famous wooden Orthodox Holy Trinity cathedral completed in 1895, used as an officer’s club during Soviet times, but now restored and in use again. Another place of our visit is the unique wooden mosque built by Chinese artisans for the local Dungans between 1907 and 1910 entirely without a single nail.
Day 7. Karakol – Altyn Arashan
Today after breakfast you will be driven on a board of Russian Military Jeep to one of the most beautiful gorges in Kyrgyzstan – Altyn Arashan Gorge located at the altitude of 2800 meters above the sea level. You will see the wild nature of mountans, river and take a bath in wild hot springs.
Day 8. Karakol – Djety Oguz – Fairytale – Bokombaevo
After braekfast we will head towards a wonderful canyon Jetti Oguz gorge and enjoy a stunning views. Opportunity to hike to the waterfall or ride a horse of just enjoy a view of the Kok-Djaik Valley – the valley of flowers.
Then we will continue our trip to the Canyon of Fairytale (Skazka).
The canyon received its name from its incredible sandstone rock formations that will make you feel like you’ve entered a fairy tale. Visitors will see formations that resemble the Great Wall of China, a hippopotamus, a sleeping giant, a snake, a castle, a dragon, and more.
Not only are the shapes inside Fairy Tale Canyon unique, but the colors of the rocks are varied and rich. It’s an excellent destination for photography enthusiasts, families on vacation, and hikers.
And finish this day on the southern shore of Issik kul Lake in a Yurt Camp.
Day 9. Bokonbaevo – Kochkor – Bishkek
From Bokombaevo we will drive to the village of Kochkor, where you will enjoy the show (Shyrdak Show) of national traditional carpeting and even take part in it. There is also opportunity to visit a museum and sovniour shop to make some shoping of national handycrafts.
After Shyrdak Show we driving back to Bishkek. After arrival and some rest the fairwell dinner.
Day 10. Transfer to the Airport