Trekking tour 02

Along the way of nomads


Activity: Trekking tour

Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Duration of the tour: 7 days

Places to visit: Bishkek - Karakol - Mokraya Polyana - Eastern Irdik Lake - Western Irdik Lake - Karakol - Kochkor - Bishkek

Our company will help you to reveal new opportunities to discover our world. You will find it in Kyrgyzstan, a unique country lying in the very heart of the Tien-Shan Mountains. Our country is the land of contrasts: wide steppes, green fields, sandy deserts, turquoise lakes, snowy mountains, fast rivers, an abundance of wild life with many rare and endangered species, historical and archeological places connected with the Great Silk Road and people keeping the traditions of their nomadic ancestors. All this variety of nature and life you will see if you visit our land. You will go here once and after that you will come back here again and again.


Day 1: Bishkek - Karakol (450 km - 8 h) (1 650 m. a. s. l.)
You will start in the morning and to the Karakol city; this place is situated on the eastern part of Issyk-Kul Lake. On your way, you will visit the Burana Tower (minaret referring to the 11th century) with an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). Then you will go to the incredible Issyk-Kul Lake - the second deepest lake in the world (1608m.above sea level). The Lake is also called "the pearl of Central Asia". You will really enjoy the wonderful view of the Tien Shan Mountains that surround this lake. On the way, you will stop for a short break during which you will have short excursion of ancient stone inscription (dating back to 800 B.C.). They were depicted by local tribes of Saks and Usuns which believed that through these inscriptions they sent their wishes to gods. During transfer to the Karakol town you will drive along the northern shore of Issyk Kul Lake. You will stay for night in a guesthouse "Elita" in Karakol.   

Day 2: Karakol - Mokraya Polyana glade-upper circus (2790 m a. s. l.) 
You will visit the Dungan mosque in the morning. This mosque was built in Chinese architectural style without using a single metal nail. After that you will visit an old wooden Orthodox Church. It was made of wood more than 100 years ago and attracts a lot of visitors even nowaday. Afterwards you will be transferred to Karakol gorge. It is an amazing gorge that is situated at the very heart of the Terskey Mountains. Here you can see Turkestan spruce trees that are widespread only in Kyrgyzstan. These trees can grow up to 18 meters and the diameter of their trunks - 1.5 meters. You will have hiking to the foot of the glade with the name « Mokraya Polyana » (7 h). Overnight will be in tents at the height of 2790 m. above sea level.

Day 3: Mokraya Polyana  glade - Eastern Irdik Lake (3 200 m. a. s. l.)
This morning you will begin with hiking to the Irdik Lake (3200 m, 7 hours hiking). You will hike over the pass Bokovoi (3300 m). During the hike you will see different landscapes; steep cliffs and precipices, high rocks, green mountains; you will go through the juniper forest where you breathe absolutely clean and fresh air. There you can see a wonderful sunset over the most beautiful peaks of Kungey Ala-Too mountain range: Fuchika (4010m), Morozov (3960m), 800 years of Moscow (3872m). Overnight will be in tents.

Day 4: Eastern Irdik Lake - Western Irdik Lake (3 300 m. a. s. l.)
You will have seven hours hike today. On the way you will see a lot of edelweiss fields (the flowers of love) and pastures that are used by Kyrgyz nomads. You will see a lot of marmots at the altitude of 3650 m. On the way you will hike over Severnyi pass which is 3380 meters. asl. During the hiking there you will forget about every day fuss and you can really relax and enjoy amazing views of our Mother Nature. Camping is at the height of 3300 meters. asl Overnight is in tents. 

Day 5: Western Irdik Lake - Karakol (1 650 m. a. s. l.)
After breakfast you will start your hiking with descent to Diychin valley it will take 5 hours to get there, many Dungan people live there. Dungans are Chinese Muslims that were prosecuted by the Chinese in the 19th century and fled to Kyrgyzstan. Today you will visit a Dungan family, and you will try traditional lagman soup. While hiking to the village it is sometimes possible to meet real nomads on the way. Every year they go up to the mountains with their cattle and live in yurts. Yurts are collapsible nomadic dwellings that are made of felt. Then you will go to Karakol (10 km - 25 min). Overnight will be in "Elita" guesthouse (1650 m).

Day 6: Karakol - Kochkor (280 km - 5 h, 1800 m. a. s. l.)
In the morning you will be transferred to the Kochkor village. In Karakol you will go to a local bazaar and try national dishes, such as ashlyamfu and shashlyk made of beef or lam. After that you will begin your way to Kochkor village. On the way you will visit Djeti Oguz Mountains that are very popular because of their beauty and of course you will see the Broken Heart Mountain. During driving along the southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake you will visit a family factory of producing yurts.  Lunch will be served in Bokonbaevo village in Talgat's House. He is famous hunter with golden eagles. Hunting with golden eagle is very popular in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia. Talgat will tell you about the unique type of hunting. In the afternoon you can take some pictures of the birds.  Talgat will also tell us the way he trains his birds of prey. After arrival in Kochkor village you will find out about national traditions and customs. You will watch the process of making traditional Kyrgyz carpets and you can even to take part in this process .After it will be traditional dinner in a yurt during which you will listen to folk songs.  This night you will spend in a home of local family.

Day 7: Kochkor - Bishkek (210 km - 5 h)
You will have breakfast with your host family. After it you will come back to the capital of Kyrgyzstan - the Bishkek city. After arriving you will have some time to have a rest in your guesthouse and then will be the last dinner in national restaurant with national music.  You will spend the last night in Kyrgyzstan in "Celestial mountains" guesthouse.

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