From Bishkek to Osh
Kyrgyzstan is a land-locked country in Central Asia, located along the ancient Silk Road, a crossroad for people of various origins and traditions, yet the prevailing culture is that of a nomadic lifestyle shaped by the natural surroundings. Kyrgyz shepherds move around with their flocks of animals according to seasons, living in tent-like homes called yurts; there’s a saying that goes “only in death, when he is buried, that a Kyrgyz stops wandering”. Kyrgyzstan rewards visitors with unspoiled nature, hospitality, and free spirit of nomadic traditions. In summer, high plateau pastures (jailoo) and lakesides are dotted with nomad tents, it is the best season to experience nomad lifestyle.
Day 01 Airport – Bishkek
Arrival in Bishkek. Transfer to the hotel. First entire day would be dedicated to an advanced Bishkek City Tour. Tour includes in itself the visiting of such places of interest as: Ploshad Pobedy (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Ploshad Ala-Too (Ala-Too square), the History Museum, National philharmonic and many others places upon your request. It is not a real city tour without visiting real central-Asian Bazaar. We will show it for you today and you’ll be able to make a lot of photos in there. Osh and Orto-Sai bazaars are very colorful and noisy. People sell there all kinds of goods.
DAY 02 : Bishkek – Karakol (405km)
Drive to Issyk-Kul region, Karakol. En-route visit an important point on the ancient Silk Road — the Burana Tower architectural complex, dated back to the 10th century, monuments include a minaret, remnants of a castle, and ancient warrior cemetery. Enjoy home cook meal near Burana at a Kyrgyz family home. Overnight at home stay in Karakol.
DAY 03 : Karakol – Kurgak Tor Gorge – Sirota (Trekking)
Drive to Karakol Valley. On the way to Alps Camp in several hours, we will proceed from the steppe foothills to mountain forest, woodland, to subalpine and alpine meadows and even to the realm of eternal snow with bare rocks and glaciers.
DAY 04 : Sirota – Ala Kul Lake (Trekking)
In the morning we take the breakfast and we continue our walking to Ala Kul Lake. The lake lies in the glacier valley of the left riverhead of Kurgaktor River, at an altitude of 3532 meters above sea level with beautiful views of the snow-capped peaks. You will be amazed by this extraordinary lake. Ala-Kul Lake is a rock-dammed and hidden treasure between lofty Terskey Ala Too Mountains. Lunch by the Ala-Kul Lake. Dinner overnight in tent.
DAY 05 : Ala Kul Lake – Altyn Arashan (Trekking)
After breakfast we go up to pass 3600 m. Picnic on the way we will descent to Altyn-Arashan Overnight in a hut, enjoy the serenity of the mountains, and counting stars at night.
DAY 06 : Altyn-Arashan Valley – Karakol(Trekking)
A leisure morning at Altyn-Arashan, explore the surroundings. Later, trek down to the foothill, then transfer by car back to Karakol. Free time to explore the town, such as visit local market, stroll around the old residential quarters to admire wooden architecture. Overnight in Karakol home-stay.
DAY 07 : Karakol – Bokonbaevo
Drive to Jeti-Ögüz Gorge (Seven Bulls), named after huge flaming red rocks that resemble the shape of bull . Visit the Kök-Jaik area (Valley of Flowers), picnic lunch on summer pasture. Later head to the southern shore of Issyk-kul, on the way visit Skazka canyons, admire rock formations shaped by wind erosion. Overnight at a yurt camp, after dinner, enjoy a folklore show.
DAY 08 : Bokonbaevo – Kochkor – Naryn
Eagle hunting demonstration in the morning, learn how local hunter trained eagle as partner. Lunch. After lunch to Naryn via Kochkor. Arrival Naryn dinner in restaurant. Overnight in guesthouse
DAY 09 : Naryn – Kel Suu lake
After breakfast transfer to Kel Suu lake. Picnic on the way. The sky-blue lake Kel-Suu is located in the valley of Kok-Kiya at the altitude of 3514 m, between high rocky mountains. Arrival to yurt camp trekking to Kel Suu lake. Dinner overnight in yurt.
DAY 10 : Kel – Suu lake – Naryn – Tash Rabat
After breakfast we drive to Tash Rabat, an ancient caravanserai along the Silk Road that sits encompassed by mountain ridges. On the way stop at Naryn for the lunch. Arrival to Tash Rabat. Dinner overnight in yurt.
DAY 11 : Tash Rabat – Kazarman
After breakfast transfer Kazarman. Lunch on the way. Dinner overnight in guesthouse.
DAY 12 : Kazarman – Osh city
After breakfast transfer Osh city. Lunch in Uzgen city. Arrival in Osh, city tour. Dinner in restaurant. Overnight in guesthouse.