Trekking tour 04
Activity: Trekking tour
Duration of the tour: 11 days
Places to visit: Bishkek city - Jukku gorge - Chon Kyzyl Suu - Djeti Oguz gorge - Oguz Bashi - Issyk Kul Lake - Bishkek city
Welcome to our unique country! We would like to present you a perfect tour for people who love the beauty of the mountain nature with its crystal pure air, the azure lakes with their warm and caressing sun. We organized a special tour which will be held on the southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake. During this tour you will see our famous lake and real nomads. You will have a chance to feel real nomadic life staying for night in yurt - nomadic dwellings made of wood and felt without a single nail.
Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek
Your guide will wait you at Manas International Airport and he will accompany you to Bishkek City (30 min. drive), where you will start the day with breakfast. After accommodation in a hotel*** which is situated in a calm part of the city you will have a rest. Afterwards you will have an excursion to Natural Park Ala-Archa. It is situated in the Ala-Arch gorge, on the Kyrgyz ridge (a spur of Tien-Shan), in 45 km from Bishkek - capital of Kyrgyzstan. You will go to the top of a mountain to have a nice view of this famous gorge. Returing to Bishkek. Traditional dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Night will be in a three stars Hotel.
Day 2: Bishkek - Jukku gorge
Breakfast will be served at 7a.m.; afterwards you will start your trip to Jukku gorge by bus and your guides will tell you about life of nomadic people customs and their unusual traditions. On the way, you will drive through the stunning Boom gorge. Then you will continue your way to the Jukku gorge along the southern shore of the shining Issyk-Kul Lake, which is second largest mountain lake in the world (1608 m. asl). The Lake is also known as "The pearl of Central Asia". On the way you will visit the Burana Tower (minaret built in 11 century) and its attached open air museum of Balbals (stone warriors referring to 6-7 century). When you will come to Jukku gorge you will have hiking through the gorge to your tent camp. Dinner will be served in the camp, where you will spend the night either.
Day 3: Jukku gorge
Today you will have acclimation in Jukku gorge, where you will have the opportunity to explore its nature on your own. You can hike along the beautiful gorge and to take a bath in mineral thermal water springs; go up on its nearest peaks, visit red mountains or just to relax in the atmosphere of calm nature. There are amazing mountains, red rocks, and a cavern that is called "500 rams". It is a great chance to get acquainted with nomadic traditions and culture. Because there are nomads who still live in yurts and come to this summer pastures with their cattle and they are very hospitable and friendly. It is possible to try national drink Kumis (alcohol mare's milk) there. National dinner will be sertved at 7 p.m. You will see the process of making national food and you will even have a chance totake part in it.
Day 4: Jukku gorge - Chon Kyzyl Suu
After breakfast you will go for a hike through the gorge Jukka (2520m asl) to the gorge Chon Kyzyl Suu. You will hike along the Great Silk Road as ancient nomads did. During this unforgettable trip you will see our celestial mountains and views of its primordial nature. You will stay for a night at the campground based right in the gorge.
Day 5: Chon Kyzyl Suu
After breakfast you will leave the camp at 9 o'clock and start your hiking tour to the astounding Ashu Tor pass (2800m). After your lunch you will have the rice to an amazing mountain lake, which finds its origin in a glacier. With a bit of luck you might see mountain goats. After enjoying the view of the mountain lake you will go back to the station. Our cooks will show you the way of national meals making. You can even participate in the process of making national dish "plov" You will feel as if you are 1000 thousand years ago in wild Tien Shan Mountains. This place is so far from civilization and you can relax completely there.
Day 6: Chon Kyzyl Suu - Djeti Oguz
After nutritious breakfast you will start your way to impressive Djeti Oguz gorge. You will have hiking along picturesque places and you will be surprised how many different landscapes you can see within several hours. You won't notice how fast goes time because of different views during the road.
Day 7: Djeti Oguz - Oguz Bashi - Djeti Oguz
On the 7th day you will have climb up to the Oguz Bashi glacier. You will see many yurts on the way. A yurta is an original nomad's dwelling. It is made of a wooden framework that is covered by felt. Nomads live more than two thousand years in them. This is a collapsible dwelling that is built without nails. You will have a nice picnic with a view of the glacier and then you will go down to your camp.
Day 8: Djeti Oguz
In the morning you will have time to walk in this picturesque gorge. There will be several guides who will accompany to the place you choose. Some of you can hike to a mountain waterfall; others can go down the gorge to a resort that was built in Soviet time. It will be possible to take a bath with hot springs and have massage there. Or you can hike to the Red rocks that have unusual forms. Because of these rocks the whole gorge was named Djeti Oguz means "7 bulls". Indeed it looks like huge bulls from far distance. Also you will see the Broken Heart Mountain there; your guides will tell you legend about it. In the evening you will try our national food - kurdak. You can also participate in its making to know the secrets of Kyrgyz women.. During your farewell dinner you will enjoy Kyrgyz Folklore show. You will listen to national songs and musical instruments.
Day 9: Djeti Oguz - Issyk Kul Lake
After packing your backpacks, you will be served breakfast at 9 a.m. Then you will have
hiking down to the Djeti Oguz gorge. It has a nice mountain river that flows along the whole gorge. When you will come to the bottom of this gorge you can walk for 15 minutes on the top of the nearest mountain - there is a stunning view on Djeti Oguz rocks and red mountains around! Then you will be transferred to the northern shore of the Issyk Kul Lake which is the second deepest lake in the world (1608m.asl). The Lake is also known as "Kyrgyz Sea". Dinner will be served in the guesthouse, where you will spend the night.
Day 10: Issyk Kul - Bishkek
The breakfast will be ready at 8a.m. Then you will go back to Bishkek (the capital of Kyrgyzstan). In Bishkek you will have time to go for a walk around the city and to buy souvenirs for your family. At 7 pm a farewell dinner will be served.
Day 11: Flight home
Your guide will see you off to air port according to the time of your flight.