Explore South and North Kyrgyzstan

Have a chance to have a round trip in Kyrgyzstan, visiting South and North part of the country

South Kyrgyzstan – Being part of the flourishing Fergana valley, the south part of the country have zest on it with natural walnut forests of Arslanbob and Kyzyl-Unkur,  ancient towns of Uzgen and Osh

North Kyrgyzstan – You would have a chance to live in a yurt with local hosts, seeing the semi-nomadic way of life in Son-Kol Lake. Explore the Silk Road Caravanserai  Tash-Rabat. Visit the pearl of Kyrgyzstan – Issyk-Kul Lake

  • Duration: 13 days
  • Best Season: June – mid-September
  • Category: combined –auto/horseback/trek
  • Level of Difficulty: easy to medium
  • Group Size: 12 pax
  • Highlights: Arslanbob, Osh, Tash-Rabat, Son-Kol Lake, Jeti-Oguz,  Canyon Skazka, Altyn-Arashan, Chong-Kemin National Park, Burana
  • Requirements: weatherproof warm clothes, trekking boots, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen

ITINERARY

Briefing session
If you confirm your tour and are already on a list of the travelers for the Group Tour 2022, please join us and the group. We invite you for the Briefing Session!
Day: The day before the departure date.
Time: Meet at the noontime at 12.00 p.m.
Place: Kyrgyz Tourism office at 21, Abay street (Olive Hotel)
– Discuss day by day detailed program
– Focus on highlights
– Need to know issues
– Discussion
– Answer your questions
– Welcome lunch

Upon your request, we can arrange your airport picking up/meeting and help you with your accommodation arrangements in Bishkek.

Early morning start to transfer to Arslanbob village at Jalalabad region (600 km, 8-9 hours driving). Transfer via Too-Ashu Pass (3586 m asl) by the stunning serpentine road followed by the amazing view of Suusamyr valley. On the way pass by the narrow Chychkan Gorge (‘mouse’ gorge) and Toktogul water reservoir. Evening arrival to the village. Dinner and overnight stay at the family-run guesthouse.

Day trek to the waterfall and panoramic view of the walnut forest of Arslanbob. The territory of the walnut forest counted for 60,000 hectares and is located at the altitude of 2,500 m above sea level. Arslanbob produces 1500 tons of nuts per year. Afternoon transfer to Kyzyl-Unkur village, a less touristic spot near the Arslanbob. Lunch, Dinner, and B&B stay at a local guesthouse.

The morning after the breakfast transfer to Osh town via Uzgen ( 180 km, 4 hours). Visit Uzgen Minaret and Karakhanid Mausoleum of the 12th century. Uzgen was the capital of Karakhanids and called it Mavarannahr. Lunch at a local cafe. Arrival in Osh. Have a short city tour visiting Sulaiman Mountain, the World Heritage Site of UNESCO in Kyrgyzstan. Visit a historical-archaeological museum with a collection of diverse findings in the area. Dinner at a cafe with local tasty samsy (dumpling, baked at tandoor), ash (pilav), and green tea. Accommodation at the hotel.

That day road goes to the East part of the country. Osh-Kazarman – 260 km, 5 hours. Kazarman village is situated on the road from Osh to Naryn. During the Soviet time, Kazarman was one of the strategic points of the country because of the big gold mining company of Makmal. Direct aid from Moscow and support made this place very popular at that time. Today Kazarman is a small village with more than 10,000 inhabitants. Kazarman is the nearest place for Saimaluu-Tash (“embroidered stones”) – petroglyph site, originated in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. It says that from the 8th century BC people lived there on the high of 3,200 m asl. Dinner and accommodation at family-run guesthouse.

Transfer to the Tash-Rabat Caravanserai (15th century stone building). The medieval stone building of Caravanserai is one of the architectural sites of Kyrgyzstan, standing alone the Silk Road. On the way stop by for the lunch at Naryn town. Arrival to Tash-Rabat yurt camp. Visit caravanserai. Free time. Dinner and B&B stay in a yurt.

Free morning at the site. Walking to the nearest mountains and enjoying participating in the everyday household activities of the local family. Lunch in a yurt. Afternoon transfer to Naryn via Koshoi-Korgon fortress. Arrival in Naryn. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Transfer to the Son-Kol Lake – alpine summer pastures for the centuries giving growth and prosperity for all folks. The road to the lake goes by the 32 serpentine Pass.  Picnic lunch on the way. Arrival at Son-Kol lakeshore. Meeting with a local family living there for summer. Dinner and stay in a yurt.

Free morning at the lakeshore. See everyday life of families living at summer pastures – everyday household and life at 3000 m asl. (Optional: horseback riding).  Drive to Kochkor village, crossroad of trade and logistics on the way. Visit the family of local felt handicrafts.  Have lunch with them. See felt items being made display by Guljan eje. Felt traditionally worked out in 2 technologies – Ala-Kiyiz and Shyrdak. She will open up secrets of making natural felt items. Further transfer to the southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. The evening has walked at the lakeshore and enjoys it. Dinner and B&B stay at a family-run guesthouse in the village.

Morning sees eagle hunting demonstration with local eagle hunter. The traditional way of hunting is a part of the nomads’ life. Transfer to Karakol town (200 km, 3 hours driving)  on the way to visit Skazka Canyon (Fairy Tale – sandstone shapes taking forms of animals, sculptures, and figures). Jety-Oguz Gorge (Seven Bulls gorge) with seven red rock mountains with fir tree forest, a running mountain river, a classic view of Kyrgyz pastures. Picnic lunch at nature. Walk and enjoy the nature of the gorge. Arrival in Karakol. Visit Holy Trinity Orthodox Church and Dungan Mosque, both of 19th century.   Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Day trip to Altyn-Arashan Hot springs. Drive-up by 4 WD off-road car to the altitude of 2500 meters asl. Altyn-Arashan is a famous trekking area and a valley with hot springs. There are 2 sources of mineral waters – radon (35С) and hydrogen sulfide (41C) and in 1963 settled up a small soviet type resort area. Have free time walking in the area and have a thermal spa bath. Lunch. Afternoon trek back to Karakol town. The support car will follow you and can pick you up if tired. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Morning transfer to the territory of the National Park of Chong-Kemin by the northern shore of the Issyk-Kul Lake. On the way stop by to visit Cholpon-Ata town and the open-air museum of petroglyphs (stone drawings). These petroglyphs area is 42 hectares with drawings from 2nd century BC to 4th century AD. Lunch on the way. Afternoon arrival to the territory of the national park and meet with welcoming family. Dinner and B&B stay at Kok-Archa guesthouse.

Free morning and walking on the outskirts of the area. Transfer to Bishkek (150 km, 3-4 hours driving). One of the famous minarets of the middle ages Burana is located in the area of old Balasagun town, the main trading center on the way of the Great Silk Road. Visit Burana. Lunch at local family on the way. Arrival in Bishkek. Have a city tour – visiting Osh bazar, Oak park, Ala-Too square, Philharmonic Hall, and Museum of Fine Arts. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel. End of the tour.

Explore South and North Kyrgyzstan

Departure End Status Price Book

Jul 22, 2022 - Fri

Aug 3, 2022 - Wed

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$ 1045 USD

Aug 15, 2022 - Mon

Aug 27, 2022 - Sat

Available

$ 1045 USD

Sep 4, 2022 - Sun

Sep 16, 2022 - Fri

Available

$ 1045 USD

FAQ

It is included:
– All accommodations (hotels, guest houses, yurt camps), except the first day in Bishkek

-All activities according to the program

– Eng. speaking guide during the tour

– All meals (Lunches, Dinners, and breakfasts)

– Drinking bottled water

– Individual transport from the Airport to the Airport

It is not included:

– Air flight ticket

– Bishkek hotel for arrival dates.

– Personal expenses

– Alcohol drinks

This tour is a joint group tour. Even if we have 1 person in a group, we can adapt the tour for the given budget and make it an individual tour especially for you!

Groups are from 1 person to 12 people.

Contact us and we issue the invoice for 20% payment from the net tour cost. You can send it by bank transfer. The rest of the payment you can pay upon your arrival day in Bishkek (welcoming the first day with briefing ). Be informed that the bank transfer fee will be an additional 4% over the cost of the transaction and it will be on the client (for cash payment no additional costs).

 

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