Tour’s name: Great Highlands
Duration: 8 days
Day 1: Bishkek
Welcome to Kyrgyzstan! Today you will be picked up by driver and transfer to the capital of Kyrgyzsat. The road will take about 30 minutes. The capital of Kyrgyzstan, with a population of about 1 million people, is located in the Chui valley at the Northern foot of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too on a sloping plain, at an altitude of 700-900 meters above sea level. Today you will admire the attractions of the city. According the route you will observe Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, the National Arts Museum, National Philharmonic, and many others places of interest. Also you will visit Asian Bazaar! There is a special atmosphere and philosophy here. Since ancient times, the Bazaar was considered a cluster of all the news of the city; you can see beautiful goods here, bargain with friendly sellers and make interesting photos. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 2: Bishkek – Alamedin gorge – Bishkek
This day you will direct to spectacular Alamedin gorge. Alamedin gorge is situated 30 km from Bishkek and this is amazing place to relax from noisy town, enjoy fresh air. While meandering in this wonderful gorge you can see cattle and even yurts. Yurt - national dwelling of the Turkic and Mongolian peoples, having a frame base and covered with felt. The nature of the Alamedin gorge is very rich; it is characterized by picturesque and unprecedented beauty, riot of colors. Waterfalls in this gorge are a real miracle of nature. You will have a picnic near this waterfall. You will have a rare opportunity to enjoy time spending here without any civilization and to observe the landscapes of virgin environment. Then you will drive back to Bishkek.
Day 3: Bishkek – Konorchek – Chon Kemin
You will drive today along the amazing gorge Boom. Boom is a gorge that connects two regions of Kyrgyzstan Chui and Issyk Kul. You will visit today one of the wonderful places Konorchek Canyon, it situated inside Boom. Konorchek Canyon is interesting with picturesque red rock formations. This place is as exotic and beautiful as the Grand American canyon. On the way you will make a break to make a hiking to this Canyon. It will take about 2 hours one way to reach amazing place. While traveling you will enjoy the unusual nature, and upon arrival admire the great view. You can meander here about 1 hour to explore this territory. You are going to cross over big stones about 3-4 times. Then you will be transferred to Chon Kemin gorge. Night will be spent in the homestay.
Day 4: Chon Kemin – Issyk Kul lake northern shore
The destination of the day is the pearl of Kyrgyzstan- Isyk Kul Lake, that surrounded by divine highlands. The legendary Issyk-Kul lake. This huge lake, located high in the mountains, has crystal clear water. Its transparent blue surface stretches for many kilometers. The length of lake Issyk-Kul is about 180 km, and the width reaches 58-60 km, its area is 6330 sq. km. the Maximum depth of the reservoir reaches about 700 meters, its height above sea level is 1608 meters. En route you will make a stop to visit ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.). It is a monument of rock paintings of various epochs and cultures. It is a fairly large tract of thousands of stones on 42 hectares of land. All the stones are covered with drawings of the beginning period, depicting animal scenes of hunting, wars and festivals. In this open air museum you will observe Issyk Kul Lake. Night will be in the hotel.
Day 5: Issyk Kul – Grigorievskoye – Semenovskoye – Karakol
After breakfast you will start driving along Grigorievskoe and Semenovskoe gorges! These are the largest and most famous gorges on the Northern Bank of Issyk-Kul, located on the Kungei Alatau mountain range. During traveling you will be amazed by the beauty of gorges, they also linked at the end. You will start transferring from one gorge and drive out through the other one! In course of the tour you will have a chance to see here cattle, yurts and local people. After that you will go on exploring Issyk Kul lake and drive along the north shore of the lake. You will direct to Karakol town, where you will visit outstanding architectural masterpiece the Dungan mosque. It is an island of Dungan culture and architecture in Central Asia. You will also discover an old wooden Orthodox Church. The night will be spent in the hotel.
Day 6: Karakol – Jyrgalan
Your destination today is amazing Jergalan valley. This is a beautiful mountain valley located in the Eastern part of the Issyk-Kul region, 60 kilometers northeast of the city of Karakol, near the border with Kazakhstan. This is a rare example of a mountain valley in this part of the Tien Shan, which is rich in steep slopes and pointed peaks. Jergalan very popular among tourists who visit this place all year round. In summer, there are recreation centers, and in winter, fans of off-piste skiing and snowboarding gather here. The place is famous for its beautiful scenery. Kyrgyz people have always revered their traditions and culture, and respect the older generation.
Day 7: Jyrgalan – Jeti Oguz – Issyk Kul southern shore – Bishkek
You are going to drive today to Jeti Oguz gorge. Jeti Oguz is a ridge of red rocks covered with forest thickets. The length of the rocks is 37 kilometers, and the landscape of the gorge was formed thanks to the river of the same name. During the tour you will observe the red rock formation called the Broken Heart Mountain. If you would like to observe the panorama view of the gorge you can walk up to the top about 20 minutes. Afterwards you will go on your journey stopover in Bokonbaeva village. There you will get acquainted with local eagle-hunter. He hunts hares and foxes with the help of eagles. This is an ancient tradition that dates back to the Mongol invasion of Central Asia in the 12th and 13th century, when a good Golden eagle and a fast horse had the same value and gave their owner a noticeable authority. Then you will be transferred to Bishkek. You will spend the night in the hotel.
Day 8: Airport
In the morning is transfer to airport.
02 pax – Mitsubishi Delica
04-10 pax – Mercedes Sprinter
Price per person:
02 pax – 850 $
04 pax – 560 $
06 pax – 455 $
08 pax – 405 $
10 pax – 370 $
Single – 120 $
Half board – 100 $
Full board – 200 $
English speaking guide – 530 $ per group
Bishkek – “Discovery” 3* or “Garden” 4*
Chon Kemin – Homestay
Issyk Kul – “Karven” Resort
Karakol – “Karagat” Hotel 4* or “Green Yard” Boutique Hotel
Jyrgalan – “Ala Kol” Guesthouse
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
Service does not include:
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide