The world of mountains
Duration: 8 days
Kyrgyzstan is famous for its mountains, nomads and horses. We suggest you to combine them and to have an unforgettable tour. You will ride a horse in our Tien Shan Mountains where it is still possible to meet real nomads! Come in Kyrgyzstan and enjoy your holidays!
Places to visit: Bishkek - Ala Archa gorge - Orto-Tokoi water reservoir - Kochkor village - Son Kul Lake - Tuya Ashu Pass - Bishkek
Day 1: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
From the airport you will be transferred to your hotel. After check in you will have some rest. Then you will be transferred to Natural Park Ala-Archa to have an excursion. This park is situated in the Ala-Archa gorge, on the Kyrgyz ridge (a spur of Tien-Shian), in 45 km from Bishkek-capital of Kyrgyzstan. This gorge situated on the altitude of 2100 m above sea level and it is one of the most beautiful gorges in Kyrgyzstan because it has juniper and fur tree forests, mountain river, waterfall and snow white peaks that are possible to be seem from a far distance. You will have a track to Ak-Sai falls, about 5-6 hours. From your path you can see the highest peak of the Kyrgyz range - Ala-Archa peak (4000 m). A lunch near falls. Descent to the gorge Ala-Archa. Returning to Bishkek. Evening excursion round the city. You will visit the central Ala-Too Square, Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Pobeda Square (Victory Square), National philharmonic, and many others places of interest.
► Pick up at Airport and Transfer to City
► Transfer to Ala Archa gorge
► City tour
► Overnight in a hotel
Day 2: Bishkek - Kochkor village
Today you will have a transfer to Kochkor via the Orto-Tokoi water reservoir. As soon as we are there you will have a rest in a private house with a local family. Then you will visit a famous Fatima house where you can find manufacturing workshop of felt products. Here you can get the souvenirs made by hands of local skilled workers. Also the shop has many interesting things that are devoted to nomads and their lifestyle. You even can participate in felt carpet production and to create your own picture on it!
► Transfer to Kochkor village
► Visit of handicraft shop
► Overnight in a private house
Day 3-5: Kochkor village - Son Kul Lake
Today you will start you horse riding. During these three days you will discover the beauty of our incredible mountains. All nights will be in tents because the places are so far from civilization. You will ride a horse along a mountain river and at the end of the 5th day you will arrive to the Son Kul Lake. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in Kyrgyzstan that is situated on the altitude of 3016 meters above sea level. The whole distance from Kochkor village to Son Kul Lake is 120 km. On the way you will cross two passes that are 3260 and 3700 meters above sea level.
► Horse riding for 3 days
► Overnights in tents
Day 6: Son Kul Lake
At 9 am is your breakfast. Free time at Son-Kul Lake, where you will have the opportunity to explore its nature on your own. You can ride along the lake on a horse, or just relaxing in the atmosphere of the wild, but calm nature. Lunch will be served at 2 pm. Then you will see also ancient inscriptions on stones - petrogliphs. It is a great chance to get acquainted with nomadic traditions and culture. National dinner will be served in original nomadic houses - yurts. You will spend the night in yurts as nomads do.
► Free time
► Visit of ancient stone inscriptions (8 century B.C.)
► Overnight in a yurt
Day 7: Son Kul Lake - Tuya Ashu Pass - Bishkek
After breakfast we will start our trip to Bishkek via a breathtaking road and the Tuya-Ashuu Pass. You will drive along Suusamir valley and it is a great chance to make many photos of the mountains that will surround you from all sights! In Bishkek you will have some time for shopping before the farewell dinner at 7 p.m. Night in a hotel.
► Transfer to Bishkek city
► Overnight in a hotel
Day 8: Flight home
Transfer to the airport, departure.