Tour to the Issyk-Kul’s South Shore
Picking up from earlier agreed spot in the morning, then heading to the village of Bokonbaevo (3:30 hours drive from the city of Bishkek).
On the way we will visit Burana Tower an ancient minaret, recognised as UNESCO Heritage. This tower has its own legend and history, at the small museum you will have the chance to hear the full story. Burana is the ruins of the ancient city of Balasagun - the capital of the Khanate of Karakhanids. You will have an excursion throughout the complex, go to the museum and see the panorama view from the tower itself. You will also see balbals on the territory of the complex - gravestones made by ancient Turkish tribes. Then we continue our way. On the scenic drive you will travel through Boom Gorge canyon along the Chu river with views of the mountains in the distance. Bokonbaevo village is a picturesque village on the southern shore of the lake Issyk-Kul, which is the center of ecological tourism in Kyrgyzstan. We will acquaint you with simple rural life and with the original Kyrgyz traditions.
We will arrive to the Bokonbaev by Lunch time. Check-in and lunch at the guest house.
Lunch will be served in traditional way in one of the yurts, where you will have national food.
The rest of the day you will spend in the guest house, where you can learn about the yurt installation process. A local Kyrgyz woman will tell you the meaning of each part of the yurt and treat it with freshly baked “boorsoks” and fragrant tea. (Optional to arrange demonstration of Yurt installation where you can even participate.)
You will have the chance to meet experienced berkutchi, who will share the story of hunting with golden eagles, their habits and features. Demonstration of the eagle hunting can be arranged for tourists for an additional fee.
You will have national food for the Dinner. Overnight in guest house
After breakfast and check-out we will go to the Canyon Skazka (Fairytale). The canyon is an amazing place where sandy red formations take various fabulous forms. Soft rocks of different shades are very flexible to the action of external forces. After the next rain, the relief of the Fairytale can really change noticeably. And shades of colors on the slopes of the canyon can change dramatically and with strong gusts of wind. Moreover, staying in the Fairytale with complete calm and clear skies from morning till night, the observer every hour will discover new details of the landscape. They will be differently illuminated by the movement of the sun in the sky and the movement of shadows on the ground. Walking along this gorge during the rest on Issyk-Kul brings not only aesthetic pleasure, but also unity with nature. With care, you take every step so as not to disrupt the creation of the Creator. These blocks impress with their uniqueness and grandeur. You will see a canyon called "China Wall" with a length of 5 kilometers, it seems to guard the peace of sleeping castles and amazing animals created by nature itself from red clay and sandstone - elephants, hippos, snakes and some very unseen animals.
Optional to visit: Barskoon waterfall, Mandjyly-Ata sacral place. After a walk you will have lunch stop on the way back to Bishkek. Arrival to Bishkek in the evening. End of the program.
Oymo - Tash Yurt Camp Almaluu Tash Yurt Camp
Village Bokonbaevo; Burana Tower; Guest house; Boom gorge; Canyon Skazka (Fairytale Excursions and entrance fees according to the program Meeting with Berkutchi
German, French speaking guide available on request