In this tour, you will learn the country from the inside, drive along its roads, passes, stay on the shores of mountain lakes, learn how the local population lives, see historical and cultural monuments, are acquainted with the magnificent nature and enjoy the fresh air filled with the smell of mountain herbs. You will see places untouched by civilization where herds of yaks graze, where marmots build their holes without fear, where there are no people and you can only rarely see a shepherd collecting cattle scattered across the expanses of the hills. This tour will introduce you all amazing lakes of Kyrgyzstan
Itinerary :Bishkek – Toktogul water reservoir – Sary Chelek Lake – Jalal-Abad – Kazarman – Naryn – KelSuu Lake – Tash Rabat – SonKol lake – Issyk-Kol lake – Karakol – Cholpon-Ata – Bishkek
Arrival in Bishkek. Meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel. Rest. After lunch (by your own), we will have a city tour. City tour with visiting main Ala-Too square with changing of the guards, victory square with the central market, old square with the statue of Lenin, Manas complex and the local colorful bazaar. Accommodation in the hotel.
|2||Bishkek -Toktogul (350 km 5-6 hrs)|
Breakfast. Drive to Toktogul, road going to through very beautiful and long Too-Ashu pass (3586 м). Toktogul Reservoir is actually the largest water reservoir in Central Asia. It’s 284 square kilometers, reaches 215 meters deep on average, and is an integral part of the hydroelectric power industry in Kyrgyzstan. Lunch in Susamyr valley. After long drive check-in to the hotel, rest, free time. Dinner at the Hotel 3*.
|3||Toktogul – Sary Chelek Lake (250km 5-6 hrs)|
Breakfast, we start our drive to Sary Chelek Lake (250 km 5-6 hrs) by highway. This alpine lake is the highlight of a larger area called Sary Chelek Nature Reserve, which has been declared as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978, situated at the altitude of 1887 m and created by a landslide, the lake covers almost 500 hectares. The depth varies across the lake, with its deepest point at 245 meters. Lunch-picnic. Dinner and overnight in Family Home Stay.
|4||Sary Chelek Lake – free day|
Breakfast. Then we will take a walk to the Lake and hike up to the observation point. We will spend our whole day in Sary-Chelek reserve and enjoy the view and beauty of nature. This day we will be part of the nature. Lunch on the shore of the lake accompanied with snacks. Dinner and overnight in a guesthouse.
|5||Sary-Chelek Lake – Jalal-Abad (250 km 4-5hrs)|
After breakfast, we continue our journey. Today we driving to Jalal-Abad city (250 km, 4-5 hrs). Here you can see and feel Oriental culture. One of the best foods in Kyrgyzstan is in Jalal-Abad. Lunch in local restaurant. After lunch check-in to guesthouse and rest. Before dinner Jalal-Abad sightseeing. Dinner in local restaurant. Accommodation in guesthouse.
|6||Jalal-Abad – Kazarman village (170 km 3-4 hrs)|
Breakfast. Drive to Kazarman village (170 km, 3-4 hrs). Kazarman is an important village in Toguz-Toro district connecting south and north Kyrgyzstan. It is located on the banks of the Naryn River, which forms Syrdariya and Amudaryia Rivers, at an altitude of 1260 m above sea level. Lunch in guesthouse. Rest. Dinner and overnight in Family Home Stay.
|7||Kazarman – Tash Rabat (270 km, 5-6 hrs)|
Breakfast. Today we are driving to Tash Rabat (270 km, 5-6 hrs) via Mels Pass (3420m). Tash-Rabat is an ancient fortress on the Great Silk Road. Some say that Tash-Rabat was built as a caravanserai so that tired travelers passing through heavy mountain passes along the roads of the Great Silk Road could rest, warm up and spend the night continuing their way in the early morning from Kashgar to the shores of Lake Issyk- Kul or to the Fergana Valley. Lunch-picnic on the way. Dinner and overnight in Yurt Camp.
|8||Tash Rabat – Kel Suu Lake (200 km 4-5 hrs)|
After breakfast transfer to Kel-Suu lake (200 km, 4-5 hrs) due to mountain road. We will drive through Ak-Sai valley, ascend the Kyzyl-Bel pass (2484m) and then go down to the At-Bashi valley. The Ak-Sai river valley is one of the largest alpine valleys in Kyrgyzstan. The height of the valley floor ranges from 3,000 to 3,900 meters above sea level, and this high mountainous area is an ideal habitat for the famous Marco Polo. Lake Kel-Suu is located at an altitude of 3500 m above sea level and is surrounding by high cliffs. The lake appeared because of a landslide, which blocked the river. Then it turned into a 12 km long pool. Lunch, dinner and accommodation in Yurt Inn. `
|9||Kel-Suu Lake excursion )|
Breakfast. This day we hike to Kel-Suu Lake, 4-5 hrs. Optional: rent a horse and do horseback riding towards Lake or reach it by walking. Lunch-picnic near the lake. Afternoon back to Yurt Camp. Dinner and overnight in yurt.
|10||Kel Suu Lake – Son-Kol Lake (300 km 5-6hrs)|
After breakfast, transfer to Son-Kol Lake (300 km, 5-6 hrs). Son-Kol Lake – high mountain lake at the altitude of 3060m, where you can see nomadic life, ancient culture, tradition and customs of Kyrgyz nomad is which is still alive today. Taste Kyrgyz national drink “Kymyz” (fermented mare’s milk). See edelweiss flower, golden eagle, camel, yaks and taste Kyrgyz national local nomad’s food. Lunch in Naryn town. You can take a walk near the lake or horse riding as option (not including package). Dinner and overnight in yurt.
|11||SonKol Lake – Bokonbaevo village (250 km, 5-6 hrs)|
Breakfast. Drive to Bokonbaevo village (250 km, 5-6 hrs). On the way lunch in Kochkor village in Kyrgyz family. Issyk-Kul Lake, the second largest high-altitude alpine lake in the world after Titicaca Lake in South America. Locals called this lake “a pearl of Kyrgyzstan” and symbol of Kyrgyzstan. Dinner and overnight in guesthouse.
|12||Bokonbaevo village – Karakol (250 km, 4-5 hrs)|
Breakfast. Transfer to Karakol (250 km, 4-5 hrs). On the way, visit Skaska Canyon (Fairy Tale). The whole originality of the place is the frozen in bizarre forms colorful red rocks, like after the eruption. Then we will visit Barskoon gorge known for its waterfalls and the Suok pass (4008m) from where you may get to the glaciers and high snow mountains. Check-in to hotel and rest. Overnight in hotel.
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|13||Karakol – Cholpon-Ata (145 km)|
Breakfast. Karakol sightseeing: – wooden Russian Orthodox Church, Dungan Mosque (XIX century), local bazaar. Then drive to Cholpon-Ata. Upon arrival lunch in local restaurant in Cholpon-Ata. Afternoon, you will visit Rukh Ordo, a unique cultural and spiritual complex of culture and tolerance of religious diversity. Located right on the shore of the lake it perfectly demonstrates its beauty and magnificence. Then, we will take a short break to give you the opportunity to visit ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.). Overnight at the resort near the beach.
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|14||Cholpon-Ata – Bishkek (280 km)|
Breakfast. Free time on the beach. Transfer to Bishkek (280 km, 3-4 hrs) by highway. Lunch in Balykchy (Fisher village). Afternoon arrives in Bishkek. Check-in to hotel. Rest. Last moment shopping. Overnight in hotel.
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|15||Bishkek – Airport (40 km)|
Breakfast. Transfer to Airport. Departure.