Tour program “Colors of Kyrgyzstan”
Day 1. Airport – Bishkek city (30 km). Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Early check in is included. After some rest and breakfast, we meet with the group and the guide in the lobby.
0900 we depart and start our excursions. Excursion to Ala Archa Natural park (45 km one way). Easy hiking along the river. Lunch picnic. We return to the city, stop at Baytik Baatyr mausoleum (local tribe) and start sightseeing tour (walking tour): Ala Too Central Square, State History Museum (closed on Monday), White House, Parliament House, Lenin Statue, Change of Guard of Honor, etc. (B - hotel, L- picnic barbeque in the park, D- local cafe)
Day 2. Bishkek city – Son Kul Lake (360 km). The drive is quite long, so we leave early. Today we reach the high altitude Lake (3016m asl) where the local nomads graze their flocks of sheep and herds of horses. It is a nice opportunity to meet nomads, learn more about their life and take photos. Our way goes through narrow Boom gorge, passing by Orto Tokoi water reservoir and over Kalmak Ashuu mountain pass (3445m asl). Lunch in a Kyrgyz family. Dinner and overnight in a yurt camp. Accommodation in yurts, 4-6 Pax in one yurt, toilets outside, no shower available. (B-hotel, L- local Kyrgyz family, D- yurt camp)
Day 3. Son Kul Lake – Tash Rabat Carawanserai (280 km). We drive over Moldo Ashuu mountain pass (3665m asl) with stunning views. Lunch in a local family in Naryn town. Continue to Tash Rabat, upon arrival we go inside the Caravanserai. Time to explore the area. Dinner and overnight in a yurt camp. Accommodation in yurts, 4-6 Pax in one yurt, toilets outside, no showers available. For extra charge you can use the local sauna (heated room with hot water to pour on yourself), you can order on the spot, the price is about 5-7USD. (B- yurt camp, L- local Kyrgyz family, D- yurt camp)
Day 4. Tash Rabat Carawanserai – Naryn town – Kochkor village (230 km). Drive to Naryn town. Lunch in a local café. In Naryn we visit the Central mosque, central square and art gallery (if it is open). Continue our drive to Kochkor village over Dolon pass (3030m asl). In Kochkor we visit a handicraft museum-shop. Dinner and overnight in the houses of local people. You have your own room (per rooming list), but share the facilities with the locals and the other members of the group. (B-yurt camp, L-local cafe, D-local family)
Day 5. Kochkor village – Jety Oguz canyon - Karakol town (270 km). Drive along the Southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest high mountainous lake in the world after Titicaca. Hiking up to panoramic view point or along the river and photo opportunity in Jety Oguz gorge with unusual red sand rock formations (Broken Heart and Seven Bulls). Dinner in a local Uigur family. Overnight in a guesthouse. (B- local family, L- picnic, D – Uighur family)
Day 6. Karakol – Cholpon Ata town (150 km). In the morning Karakol sightseeing tour: Dungan mosque, Russian Orthodox cathedral, Przhevalskii museum. En route we stop at Scythian burial mounds, in Cholpon Ata we will visit Petroglyphs open air museum. Lunch in a local cafe. Dinner and overnight in a hotel on the lake shore, time to visit the beach. (B- Guest house, L- local cafe, D- hotel).
Day 7. Cholpon Ata town – Bishkek city (280 km). Drive along the Northern lakeshore to Bishkek. En route we stop for an excursion in the historical complex “Burana tower” (UNESCO site). Lunch in a local Kazakh family. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in a Hotel in Bishkek. (B-hotel, L-local Kazakh family, D-local restaurant)
Day 8. Bishkek city – airport (30 km). Breakfast and airport transfer. (B-hotel)
Clothes and equipment
Take whatever you like but remember that our trip will start in Bishkek, where the temperature may go up to 45 C. By contrast, the horse-riding part is at the altitude of 3000 m., where the temperature can go below 10C in the night. Therefore, you should be prepared to all weather conditions. As to the dress-code remember that Kyrgyzstan is a “mild Muslim” country (so, please, no minis, guys))).
4. Enough t-shirts and other underwear (think of taking set with long sleeves to avoid sunburns)
5. Hat (remember – the sun can be violent)
6. Sun-screen cream (30 or higher)
7. Insect repellent (skin + clothes)
8. Good trekking boots for easy hikes in the mountains.
9. Walking shoes (don’t need heavy ones) for the city walks
10. Personal first aid kit (most likely problems: blisters, sunburns, allergy, diarrhea, sore muscles after hikes. Take painkillers, anti-histaminic, antibiotics of general action, and anything you need for your usual medical conditions).
11. Personal hygiene kit (disinfection gel is highly recommended) + some toilet paper.
12. A small towel
13. A flask for water (at least 2 litres), which should be easily accessible when you hike. Though you get normal 0,5 bottles of water, in the mountains you may want something more solid.
14. Swimming suit (for Issyk-Kul)
15. Gloves (for sleeping at 3000m above sea level, if you are sensible to low temperatures or sun).
16. Sleeping bag and Slippers for yurts
18. Photo camera
19. Leggings for sleeping in yurts
20. Notepad and a pen to make notes as you travel
21. A smaller backpack, except for your normal suitcase.
22. Flash light (torch)
23. You may want to have a small walking stick, if you are going on a hike – it is up to you.
24. Hygienic lipstick for the trekking part.