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            It may be difficult to find the place where nature is pristine and to follow a self-drive route Kyrgyzstan is a country you are looking for. Kyrgyzstan is a country in a very heart of Central Asia with breath-taking nature. When you have decided to make a tour in Kyrgyzstan pay attention that deep in the mountains there are never-ending mountain ranges with high-altitude lakes of pure water, small villages where people, nomads, live. In ancient times mountains in Kyrgyzstan were pristine, and with the emergence of people new paths appeared, that gives us a great opportunity to travel along Kyrgyzstan and have a look of where nomads and their herds of those times wandered.

            Despite amazing Kyrgyzstan nature, roads of the country are poor and about 70% covered with dust and gravel. Kyrgyzstan is a place that must be visited and convenient travel on long destinations of Kyrgyzstan may be accompanied with 4 WD off-road tours, so take it in consideration. Self-drive routes are created for those guests of Kyrgyzstan who eager to set off for an investigation tour and explore all territories of Kyrgyzstan from north to south.

            Places of interest are in a vast majority in Kyrgyzstan. The location of National Park Ala Archa is in 45 km from Bishkek and park is the most visited place in our country. Travellers usually begin their tour in Kyrgyzstan in this Park as it is a place of overwhelming nature and views. The Gorge Ala Archa is located at the foot of the Tien Shan Mountain Range that introduces the panoramic view of the gorge and of the park itself. The tour starting from the park Ala Archa is suitable not only for experienced hiking, but for amateurs as well. And with this program your travel in Kyrgyzstan and capital of the country along paths will be on a highest level to enjoy the beauties of nature.

            There may be different ideas of how to make a trip in Kyrgyzstan better. One of the ways is to visit Chon Kemin Gorge where everyone may ride a horse along high hills and enjoy picturesque forests. Having a tour in Kyrgyzstan like this you may see how nomads in Kyrgyzstan used to live and it resembles the way of life or real nomads.

            One of places of great interest in Kyrgyzstan is the Issyk Kul. Lake Issyk Kul is the one that is surrounded by mountains. The lake is well known as the "Pearl of Kyrgyzstan", and the translation of it is "Hot Lake", as it never freezes, even in the winters. Lake Issyk Kul is the second largest high altitude lake, after Lake Titicaca in South America. The Issyk Kul region is known for treks, shores and spa resorts. The lake is the place you should visit on a tour in Kyrgyzstan. It is advisable to visit Grigoryevskoe and Semenovskoe gorges, Jeti Oguz gorge, Barskoon waterfalls and Skazka (Fairy Tale) Canyon as places that must be seen by everyone who comes to our country.

            The other sightseeing in Kyrgyzstan is town Karakol in the east of the Issyk Kul. Town is considered to be rather small with emerald greenish pastures, paths and timber cottages for guests. Karakol has places of interest as well; everyone who visits the town is recommended to visit the Russian Orthodox Church, Dungan Mosque and Memorial Museum named in honor to N. M. Przhevalsky. Very often residents and guests being in Kyrgyzstan are glad to feel the culture of Kyrgyz people, for that it is great to make a tour to town Karakol on Sunday for getting such feelings and as well visit the animal market.

            Kyrgyzstan is a country of interesting history. The History of Kyrgyzstan can be noticed in buildings, villages and towns. Eye-catching in the small village Kochkor resembles nomadic life from inside. To deeply feel the culture you should head off to tour in Kyrgyzstan. Craftsmen make shows of the process of national carpet creation. In the village you can have a meal of traditional cuisine and experience all on hearing Kyrgyz traditional music.

            During your tour in Kyrgyzstan you should stay at sites as Lake Son Kul and Tash Rabat located in Kochkor. In the times of the Great Silk Way lots of merchants were taking a shelter in the caravanserai Tash Rabat of those times. For all the travellers of Kyrgyzstan who have already passed the tour, this place is surely the one to like. The other lake in Kyrgyzstan, in Kochkor, is Lake Son Kul, 3016 m (9895feet) height above the sea level. This lake is known to be the high altitude one, in the north of the Naryn Region. The lake is also very picturesque and viewing, as it is surrounded by wide and greenish pastures.  Tours are made along the whole territory of Kyrgyzstan and the only possible way to visit the lake is to come here during summer time. It is necessary to pay attention that only from Jul to September roads are open, the other time there are heavy precipitations. For tourists travelling in Kyrgyzstan there is an offer to live in nomadic houses - yurts, when even in the summer the temperature is not higher than 11 ˚ C (52˚ F) at night.

            The Kazarman village is the next destination of all tourists. The most ancient city in Central Asia is located in Kyrgyzstan and as a tour program to visit it is located near Uzbekistan, city Osh, in the head of the Fergana valley that used to be the nearby city for travellers along the Great Silk Road in Kyrgyzstan, where the cross border Dostuk is situated.

            On a tour in Kyrgyzstan you have an opportunity to visit the largest walnut forest and lakes with waterfalls are all in Jalal Abad. Arslanbob should be enlisted in the tour program as in Kyrgyzstan this place embraces the mausoleums and the minaret Uzgen, full of rich greenish plants and vegetation. Being here it is rather difficult not to pay attention to all this nature. Travelling in Kyrgyzstan and visiting walnut forest you can easily identify that not only walnut grow here but apple, pear, cherry plum, cherry grow, as well as tasty fruits as well.

The river Naryn is the location of the Toktogul water reservoir. This reservoir is known as second pearl of Kyrgyzstan as its area is the largest in whole Central Asia and embraces about 284 km2. The valley Suusamyr near Talas Alatau and Kyrgyz Range is one of the most eye-catching valleys of the northern Tien Shan, with thick emerald greenish grasses of picturesque mountain meadows that stay in the hearts of travellers and residents of Kyrgyzstan forever.

This route can be used and walked through in different regions of Kyrgyzstan.

            Most picturesque and breath-taking self-drive routes are as follows, with this program your travel will be on a highest level:

Day 1: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek

Day 2: Bishkek - Chon Kemin

Day 3: Chon Kemin - Issyk Kul lake northern shore 

Day 4: Issyk Kul northern shore - Grigorievskoye - Karakol

Day 5: Karakol - Jeti Oguz (can sleep here) - Issyk Kul southern shore - Kochkor

Day 6: Kochkor - Kichi Naryn - Naryn (or drive directly to Tash Rabat via Dolon pass)

Day 7: Naryn - Tash Rabat

Day 8: Tash Rabat - Son Kul

Day 9: Son Kul - Kyzyl Oi

Day 10:  Kyzyl Oi - Bishkek

            If you have an opportunity to travel along Kyrgyzstan more than ten days, we offer you to make your own with additional days:

 

Day 09: Son Kul - Kazarman

Day 10: Kazarman - Osh 

Day 11: Osh - Arslanbob  

Day 12: Arslanbob  - Toktogul

Day 13: Toktogul - Bishkek

Day 14: Flight

Kyrgyzstan is a place with amazing nature, interesting places to visit and lots of opportunities to make a tour in Kyrgyzstan. Our company can help to organize a tour to National Park Ala Archa, Issyk Kul, villages and walnut forest Arslanbob. Contact us for more information about Kyrgyzstan, our managers are always glad to answer your questions and help you.         


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