Rivers of Tien Shan

12 Days
Cultural Tours


12 days: hiking and discovering - four seasons

This global program allows you to visit Kyrgyzstan at any season of the year and has been adapted specifically even during the winter.


D 1 / Bishkek - Cholpon-Ata

In the morning, we quickly visit the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, a former garnison of the Tsar built by Frunze. Transfer to the North shore of the Lake Issyk Kul, more than 1600 m. altitude. Overnight in guesthouse or hotel.

D 2 / 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

D 3 / Karakol - Altyn Arashan hot water springs

Half an hour transfer by vehicle to the alpine valley of Altyn Arashan. Then walk up to the hot springs where we will spend the night (4-5 hours walking, free time, swimming in the radon source) at 2600 m altitude. Overnight and meals in a shelter's home.

D 5 / Karakol - Chong Kyzyl Suu meteo station

In the morning we take the road along the southern shore of Issyk Kul lake, then we assemble the Jeti Oguz valley, topped by the huge massif Oguz Bashi, which rises to over 5000 meters. Walk through the sanatorium park and around the red ocher cliffs. At noon we stop at the village of Kyzyl Suu to have our meals in a Kyrgyz family, who works at the geo-physical station of Chong Kyzyl Suu. The village of Kyzyl Suu was one of the last supply sites before attacking the long way through the Tien Shan to reach China. In the afternoon, we take the mountain road and we drive into the gorge of Chong Kyzyl Suu. As you wish, we spend free time swimming in the warm waters of Jeli Suu, or for walking at the foot of majestic mountains. Installation at the shelter, part of the geo-physical station of Chong Kyzyl Suu located at 2550 m. altitude. Meals and overnight at the shelter.
Options: visit the Ethnographic Museum of Orgochor; visit the village of Pakrovka (bazaar, church, beaches); visits to archaeological sites dating from the 8th century BC; Horse ride.

D 6 / Chong Kyzyl Suu meteo station - Chong Kyzyl Suu meteo station

After breakfast, hiking into the direction of the Archa Toer pass. 3860 m. alt. The track is easy on an ancient dirty road made by geologist. One the West side, many cliffs of the Shakiratma mount, on the East side, the relief is less rugged with high pastures. Night and dinner in the same place. (2500 m).

During the summer, we can hike till the glacier's lake or into the Aïlama (Aylama, Ailama) gorge, on the foot of 4900 meters alt. peaks.

D 7 / Chong Kyzyl Suu meteo station - Kochkor

Today we drive by the south shore of Lake Issyk-Kul (warm lake). On the way, visit a fantastic place calling "Skazka". Picnic by the lake then we visit at Bokonbaeva village with a famous hunter eagle. He tells us about his interesting life. In the afternoon arrival in Kochkor. Dinner at homestay in Kochkor.

D 8 / Kochkor - Toktogul

To reach the Toktogul city, we drive all day, crossing two passes over 3000m and traveling along the beautiful rivers named "Koekoemeren" and "Chychkan". 

Visit the Kojmokul museum. It was named about a tall man (2m20 and 180kg weight) living in the early twentieth century.

Night, meals at homestay in Toktogul

D 9 / Kara-Suu village - Arslanbob village

On morning, if the road it's open, visit of Sary Chelek lakes. Then we drive south to the village of Arslanbob. This village has an immence forest walnut of 60 thousand hectares 60 in the mountain areas of Fergana. Other life, culture and people, it is a village populated by Uzbeks. Night meals guest house in Arslanbob.

D 10 / Arslanbob village - Arslanbob village

Today we walking through the village to reach the waterfall. Picnic at the foot of the waterfall. During the afternoon, stroll in the forest of walnut. Night and meals in homestay in Arslanbob.

D 11 / Arslanbob village - Bishkek

Early in the morning breakfast, then transfer to the south. Drive along the fields of Uzbek farmers in the Fergana Valley. Visit the minaret of the eleventh century and the mausoleum of Shah-Fazil and have lunch in a local restaurant in Uzgen. Afternoon, visit of Osh city, its market and the Throne of King Solomon (a hill in the middle of town called "Suliman Too"). Late afternoon flight Osh-Bishkek. Overnight in a guest house or hotel in Bishkek.



  • 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 www.nomadsland.kg); 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

We will help you to discover Kyrgyzstan, a unique country lying in the heart of the Tien-Shan Mountains. It is a land of contrasts offering multitude of spectacular landscapes: wide steppes, fields, sandy deserts, turquoise lakes, snowy mountains, fast rivers, an abundance of wildlife with many rare and endangered species, historical and archeological places connected with the Great Silk Road and people preserving traditions of their nomadic ancestors. All this makes Kyrgyzstan a pearl of Central Asia.



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