Transit tour: The forgotten way
Activity: Cultural tour
Duration: 13 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Sary Chelek Lake - Arslan bob - Jalal Abad - Osh city - Kazarman village - Tash Rabat Caravanserai - Son Kul Lake - Kochkor village -Konorchek canyons - Chon Kemin - Burana Tower - Bishkek
Welcome to Kyrgyzstan - Land of Celestial Mountains and motherland of celestial horses! We are glad to present you the best tour for people who like nature. There is a special route that takes you to the south of Kyrgyzstan and then to the north part. You will see our alpine lakes like adorable Sary Chelek and astonishing Son Kul. You will sleep in traditional Kyrgyz dwellings - yurts like in cozy guesthouses.
Day 1: Bishkek - Sary Chelek Lake
After meeting with your guide in Manas Airport you will be transferred to magnificent Sary Chelek Lake. At the previous time there was a gorge with a mountain river but after an avalanche the water start to collect right in the gorge and now we have an excellent opportunity to see its beauty! It is about 2.5 km wide and 75 km long! The altitude of this mountain lake is 1873 m . a. s. l. This famous for its virgin nature and plenty fauna and it is really worth to visit it! This night you stay in yurts, and there you will have nice dinner.
Day 2: Sary Chelek - Arslan bob
Breakfast will be offered at 8 am, and then we start our trip to Arslan Bob forest by car. Arslan Bob is one of the most famous places in Kyrgyzstan. Here the huge trees, with their dome shaped crowns atop two meter thick trunks 30 meters high and are found growing wild on mountain slopes and along river banks at an altitude of between 1000 and 1800 meters above Sea Level. Arslan Bob itself lies at 1700 m. a. s. l. Along the whole trip to the forest you will see numerous bewitchingplaces that will touch your heart by their beauty. Overnight stay is organized in local family.
Day 3: Arslan bob
Your breakfast will be offered as usual at 8am and other meals will be offered in home stay. Today you will have plenty time to observe this wonderful place. You will go for hiking to enjoy this beatific place and to visit a waterfall there. Then you can just relax in calmness and silence of the forest.
Day 4: Arslan bob - Jalal Abad
After you have a breakfast we will start our way to Jalal Abad town. One of Kyrgyzstan's main routes of the Silk Road passed through Jalal Abad and the region has played host to travelers for thousands of years. You will drive to this southern town along a dodge mountain road that will provide many enchantingviews on the way. Your dinner will be offered in a guest house and there you stay for this night.
Day 5: Jalal Abad - Osh city
Traditional breakfast will be followed with a enchantingtrip to the second biggest city Osh (South capital). It is the oldest city in country and Central Asia (about 3000 years old). You will have a chance to observe the Asian bazaars in the city. These colorful and crowded bazaars are famous all around Kyrgyzstan. You can make hundreds of vivid pictures there and also we will visit consecrated Suleiman Mountain that is situated in the centre of the city. On the trip to the city we will visit also ancient Uzgen town. There is a fancy decorated minaret and 3 beautiful mausoleums that were built in the 11 century. The dinner will be organized in a local restaurant. And overnight is in a guest house.
Day 6: Osh city - Kazarman village
Today we will cross Pamir Alai Mountains moving back trough the Uzgen. Almost whole day we will drive in the heart of Tien Shan Mountain system by dodge mountain roads. We will drive along majestic mountains and you will have a great chance to engrave this beauty in your memory. As soon as we are in Kazarman you will have a dinner. Overnight stay is organized in local family.
Day 7: Kazarman - Tash Rabat Caravanserai
Your breakfast will be offered as usual at 8. Then, after packing your backpacks, you will be transferred to the Tash Rabat- Caravanserai on the Great Silk Road (Stone Castle from the 14th century). You will be admired by the impressive scenery of the untouched nature. The castle is unique massive building that was made of stones and it built inside a mountain at a height 3200 m above sea level. There are 31 rooms in the mountain. The walls are 1 m thick. There are also underground prison cells for ancient pilferers. Traditional dinner will be offered at 7 p.m. and this night you will spend in yurts near by the Tash Rabat caravanserai.
Day 8: Tash Rabat - Son Kul Lake
After you have a breakfast we start our drive to the adorable Son Kul Lake (the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan). Lunch will be taken on the way. Son Kul Lake is surrounded by mountains and it is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan, situated at an altitude of 3013 meters above sea level. Since ancient times Kyrgyz nomads with their herds used to come to the lake to use it as a generous pasturelands. After our arrival, you will be free to observe and enjoy the virgin nature of the lake and its surroundings. You will stay for the night in yurts and have traditional dinner. And yurt is very comfortable, fancy decorated dwelling of nomads. Traditionally it builds without nails, just wood and felt.
Day 9: Son Kul Lake (3013 m. a. s. l.)
Breakfast will be offered at 8 am, and then you have free day to spend at Son-Kul Lake, when you will observe and enjoy the virgin nature of the lake and its surroundings on your own. You can ride a horse along the lake, or just relaxing in the atmosphere of the virgin and calm nature. Lunch will be offered at 2 pm. Then you will visit ancient petrogliphs (ritual stone depictions) and sacred stones of shamans. It is a great opportunity to get acquainted with nomadic traditional culture. This night you stay in yurts, and there you will have nice dinner.
Day 10: Son Kul Lake - Kochkor village
Breakfast will be offered at 8 am, and then you will be transferred to Kochkor village (185 km). At the Kochkorka village you will meet a hospitable family that shows you the way of how national woolen felt carpets are produced. You even can create your own carpet. Overnight is in the Kochkor Guesthouse and there you will have a traditional dinner with a local family, accompanied by a special national music show.
Day 11: Kochkor village - Konorchek canyons
Traditional breakfast will be followed by the journey to our matchless Konorchek canyons. There we will have hiking in a stunning place of red canyons. This place is completely different from all other mountains in Kyrgyzstan. The rocks there cut variously by winds and water and this is a real paradise for people who like to make an excellent pictures! Overnight will be organized in tent camp.
Day 12: Konorchek
Today we will continue hiking in this fantastic place. You will have a chance to go along the bottom of canyons and then along the top of it. You will be impressed by the unpredictable views during the tour. This place has really unique nature that is waiting for you!
Day 13: Konorchek - Chon Kemin
Your breakfast will be offered as usual at 8 and after that we leave the canyons and go to the place where our drive will wait us. Then you will be transferred through amazingly beatiful Boom gorge to Chon Kemin valley. You will spend the night in Kalmak-Ashuu guesthouse.
Day 14: Chon Kemin - Bishkek
Breakfast will be offered at 8 am, and then you will be transferred back to Bishkek city. On the tripvisiting of Burana Tower (watch tower of the fortress 11th century) and an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). When you will come in Bishkek you will have a city tour. Your farewell meal will be offered in a restaurant and for night you stay in a Hotel***.
Day 15: Bishkek - Europe
The guide will take you from the Hotel and attend to the Manas Airport according to the time of your departure.