Self-drive Tour 1

Self-drive Tour 1
Number of days: 8
Seasons: 1 May - 15 September

 
Highlights: 
Ala Archa National Park - was created to preserve endangered rare species of animals and plants
Son Kul Lake - the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan located 3 016 m above see level
Kochkor museum - a museum with examples of national Kyrgyz handicraft! 
Felt Show - master class in creating national carpets
Issyk Kul Lake - the second largest mountain lake in the world!
Jeti Oguz gorge - the gorge of red rocks with nomads not far from it! 
Karakol town - old town with famous Orthodox Church and Dungan Mosque!
Petroglyphs - ancient stone pictures made more than 2 500 years ago!
Burana Tower - built in 11 century by Karahanids!
Stone Warriors Balbals - statures made in 7 century for brave warriors! 
Mountains, Mountains, Mountains - amazing nature will surprise you! 
 
 
Day 1: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek (40 km, asphalt 100 %)
On arrival, you will be met by our representative at Manas International Airport and get a car for rent. Your Self-drive Tour 1 will start by driving to the capital of Kyrgyz Republic - Bishkek. It will take you about 30 minutes. Kyrgyzstan is famous for its mountains thus, you will visit Ala Archa gorge. Before, no one except V.I.P people was allowed to walk over there. In the course of tours, you will be amazed by the beautiful Tian Shan mountains. The distance is just 45 km from Bishkek. On route, you will an opportunity to have photo stops and take wonderful pictures of unspoiled nature. After, you will back to Bishkek. In the afternoon, you will have a short city tour of Bishkek and visit the next cultural and historical places as: the Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic and others. The night you will spend in a hotel.

Day 2: Bishkek - Kyzyl Oi (200 km, asphalt 60 %, dirt 40 %)
We would like to offer you the next tour of driving to Kyzyl Oi village. It is amazing village, which will not leave you indifferent. It's a breathtaking experience while you will have self-drive through the southern part of Kyrgyzstan and see great mountains, valleys, streams as well as wild animals that came across within the tour. Don't miss to capture unforgettable moments of your travel. Moving on, you will have an opportunity to have a short break for seeing panoramic view of Tue Ashuu pass. It is more than 3000 meters high. It is important to note that, this route is considered to be the most beautiful in Kyrgyzstan. It is full of rare inhabitants, plants and of course nature. This road is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Kyrgyzstan. The night will be spent in a homestay.

Day 3: Kyzyl Oi - Son Kul (140 km, dirt road 100 %)
After a hearty breakfast in the morning, you will start a route to the famous Son Kul Lake. The lake is surrounded by mountains from the four winds and lies at an altitude of 3013 meters above sea level. You will be impressed by its transparency and clearness. Some people consider the lake sacred due to color changes. We have no doubt that, you will be impressed by uniqueness of God's gift. Nomads, who live in Naryn region used to spend their holidays as well as pasture cattle near the lake. Our company will excite you by the most visited places in a tour. After a long and busy day, you will enjoy traditional atmosphere of Kyrgyz family and have tasty dinner. The night in nomadic dwellings - yurts.

Day 4: Son Kul - 33 parrots - Kochkor (170 km, dirt road 80 %, asphalt 20 %)
In the morning, you will have a short time to explore Son Kul Lake by own. You are going to see amazing view of pearl lake. You can find there fish but, it is prohibited for fishing. Travelling in breathtaking Kyrgyzstan will inspire you by nature and of course mountains. You will have lunch at 2 pm. After, you will visit Kochkor village and pass by famous 33 parrots pass. It is perfect time for photo stop. Your night will be spent in a home stay.  

Day 5: Kochkor - Issyk Kul southern shore - Karakol (300 km, asphalt 100 %)
Today, you will have an interesting tour of driving to Issyk Kul Lake. This lake is defined to be the second largest alpine lake in the world and called "the pearl of Central Asia". You are going to walk among beautiful shores and get relaxation in the health resorts. Issyk Kul lake is one of the most visited lake in the world due to its healing abilities. Then, you will have a short break in Bokonbaeva village. You will be introduced by a local eagle-hunter - berkutchi, who will teach you how to behave with eagles. Eagles are able to hunt foxes, hares and even wolves. In continuation, you will visit Jeti Oguz gorge (Red Rocks), where you can find the Broken Heart Mountain. It is really beautiful. Later, you will continue our trip to Karakol city. Your night will be spent in a guesthouse. 

Day 6: Karakol - Issyk Kul Lake - Chon Kemin (330 km, asphalt 100 %)
We are glad to drive you to Issyk Kul Lake. Your route will be passing by the northern shore of Issyk Kul Lake. It will give you a chance to have a time for photo stops and capture unforgettable moments. You will have an opportunity to swim and even fishing there. The second half of the day will be continued of visiting a small local museum, where you can find handicraft, music instruments and other interesting things. After a productive day, you will have a hearty dinner and spend night in a home stay in Chon Kemin village.
 
Day 7: Chon Kemin - Burana - Bishkek (150 km, asphalt 100 %)
The morning will be start from 3 hours of horse riding (extra price). You will ride through mountain valleys and gorges. Seeing wonderful panoramic view, you will be impressed by pristine nature of Kyrgyzstan. We recommend you not to pass by it. You will have lunch and return to Bishkek. On way, you will have a chance to visit Burana Tower. It is known that, this ancient minaret was built in the 11th century. Generally, the Burana Tower used to be a key of rest during Great Silk Road. Walking on, you will see an open air museum of Balbals or stone warriors. History says that, these stones were made in honor of brave soldiers, who lost their lives for Motherland. In the end of the day, you will back to Bishkek and spend the night in a hotel.
 
Day 8: Bishkek - Airport
Morning transfer to airport. At this point your Self-drive Tour 1 is over. 


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