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12 days cultural and discovering around lakes Issyk Kul and Song Kul

We invite you to a discovery of Kyrgyzstan by small daily walks and transfers, offering a wide range of amazing landscapes.

Manas International Airport - Bishkek

Arrival in Bishkek. Meeting with the local guide in the airport. Transfer to the center of city. Having a rest. Lunch. Afternoon, visit of the capital. Dinner and return to the guest house. Overnight in guesthouse.

Bishkek - Chong Kemin

Morning tour around the Issyk Ata valley and its hot springs, visit of the Burana tower at the archaeological site of Balasagun, ancient city on the Silk Road (XI c.). Afternoon, transfer to the National Park Chong Kemin. Visit of the Chabdan Batyr park, he was a former, Kyrgyz hero. Cultural Evening organized by the regional ecotourism association in the village of Karol Doeboe. Night in homestay (CBT Chong Kemin)

Chong Kemin - Cholpon-Ata

Morning walk to the forest, then transfer to Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest mountain lake in the world. Afternoon, visit of Ornok petroglyphs, Cholpon Ata Regional Museum. Arrival to accommodation.

Cholpon-Ata - Karakol

After breakfast, visit petroglyphes, Museum Cholpon-Ata and Tuyp's Kurgan. On the road, in the afternoon we will visit the town of Karakol, the Memorial Museum Prjevalski. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in guesthouse or hotel in Karakol

Karakol - Altyn Arashan valley

Morning transfer to the Altyn Arachan valley, then walk 2 hours / 6km to the hot springs and shelters. Afternoon, free time, we able to walk to the bottom of the valley. Night at the shelter (very basic accommodation).

Altyn Arashan valley - Tamga

Morning walk downhill to the village of Ak-Suu, and then transfer to Karakol. Meal in a typical restaurant. Afternoon, visit the Barskoon valley. We drive to the Col de Soek 4021m. (collar bone). Above the sirthes Arabel and Taragai. Then back to the Issyk Kul lake. Overnight in Tamga Guesthouse (WC / shower on the floor).   

Tamga - Kochkor

Morning tour of the gorge "Skazka" which means "fables", visit a hunter eagle, visit the village of Kyzyl Tuu, where the tradition is to make yurts. At noon meal in Kochkor, center of Kyrgyz crafts, little show. In the afternoon, discovery of the production of the felt. Night at Shepherd's Life (Guesthouse)

Kochkor - Batay Aral (Song Kul)

Morning transfer to Lake Song Kul via Kalmak Ashuu Pass (3446m.). Ride through mountains and hills, discover the herds of yaks and nomadic culture. Then transfer to the shore of Lake Song Kul, where we meеt with our host family. Overnight in yurt.

Batay Aral (Song Kul) - Tash Doeboe (Song Kul)

Morning, free time. At noon, transfer to S-Е lakeshore. Horse riding or walking to scenic views. Petroglyph researching. Back to our yurts and discovery of traditional equestrian games. 

Tash Doeboe (Song Kul) - Kyzyl Oy

Morning, transfer to the Karaketche pass and descent to the valley of Jumgal. On the road, a panoramic view of Lake Song Kul, and an open-air coal mine. Stop in Chaek, and in the small village of Kyzyl Oi passing by the middle of the canyon Kekemeren, with purple colors. Night at CBT (Guesthouse).

Kyzyl Oy - Bishkek

Morning, transfer to Bishkek, a visit of the village of Kojomkul, named after kyrgyz hero. Passing the tunnel Toe-Ashuu, which cross the chain of the Kyrgyz Alatoo. Arrival in Bishkek. Transfer to guesthouse. Free time for last shopping or visiting the capital. Overnight in Villa Real (Guesthouse).

Bishkek - Manas International Airport

Depending on your flight time, your guide will drive you from Bishkek to airport. Check-in. Flight back home or further.

(you're flying early in the morning or in the afternoon, your guide will stay with you and visit more places if time).

  • Organization of the stay
  • All transfers in vehicle incl. A / R airport
  • French speaking tour guide
  • Full board incl. drinking water
  • Accommodation described in the program
  • Carrying luggage during trekking and horse riding
  • Rent camping equipment (tents, mats, kitchen utensils)
  • All the visits indicated in the program
  • Entry fees at national parks or nature reserves
  • Entry fees at museums mentioned in the program
  • National or regional flights specified in the program
Non Include:
  • Insurance repatriation and CR insurance
  • International airfare and taxes
  • Alcohol or sweetened mineral water
  • Additional services not mentioned in the program
  • Staff costs and rental of personal equipment (ATV, sleeping bag, water bottle, flashlight, etc.)
  • Tips
  • Additional costs due to personal problems (health, loss of luggage, etc.)

Since July 27, 2012, the visa is not any more required for the persons of Swiss, EU, US, Canadian and Japanese nationalities (in total 44 new countries, for more information visit; passport should be with minimum of 6 months validity for period of 60 days maximum. Vaccination is not mandatory.

This is a draft program. It can be changed due to changes of flight schedules, safetely reasons, weather conditions and others imponderable or unforeseen conditions. Only our tour guide is authorized to take the necessary decisions. Prices are calculated daily and are subject to change in case of wide fluctuations in prices or exchange rates.

Though Kyrgyzstan evidenced caravans over 3000 years it is still a young developing country and infrastructure of villages is not at a very high level. Refusing hospitality might be offensive and in order to avoid misunderstanding one had better to read some guidebooks and other books about Kyrgyzstan before getting prepared to visit.

Hope to see you soon.

Nomad’s Land Team

The blue jewels of Kyrgyzstan

12 Days


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