Tour around Issyk kul with Altyn Arashan
We will pick up you from the airport. Check-in formalities and
rest after the long flight. After lunch short trip to National Park Ala-Archa.
There you will have a small trek to the river, surrounded by high junipers on
the snow covered peaks even during summer time. You can breathe in the
fresh mountain air and try cold water coming from the glaciers. Moreover,
you will have the opportunity to make the most memorable photos of your
trip to Kyrgyzstan. In addition you will visit the sorrowful place Ata-Beyit
which is the memorial complex that carries the meaning “Grave of Our
Fathers” in Kyrgyz and go to see the museum that has the artifacts of the sad
years of oppression.
After you will visit famous market Osh bazaar, an authentic oriental market,
where you will find dried fruits, nuts, kurut (traditional snacks), fresh fruits
and vegetables, sweets and local desserts. You will find yourself taking
many bright and colorful photos and trying some of the local foods. At this
market there is a famous souvenir section - “Kyal”, where you may buy
various souvenirs and gifts at affordable price.
You will visit the Ala-too square and the Manas Monument. Manas is the
national hero of Kyrgyzstan. There is in Kyrgyz literature the “Epic of
Manas” which is a poem that consists of three parts, the volume of the epic
Manas is much longer than the Iliad and Odyssey, “Epic of Manas” has been
listed as a UNESCO intangible heritage since 2009. We continue to the Oak
Park, Opera and Ballet Theater and finish at The Victory square.
For dinner time you may choose one of the many restaurants with different
cuisines from local to Asian/European ones.
Return to the hotel. Relaxing evening after the intensive day
After breakfast we will go to the village of Bokonbaevo (3:30 hours drive
from the city of Bishkek).
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. Lunch will be served in traditional way in one of the yurts, where you will
have national food.
After lunch 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. After visit to Skazka canyon we will come to the Jeti-Oguz gorge, a picturesque mountain gorge in Kyrgyzstan, 28 kilometers west of the city of Karakol along the southern shore of Issyk-Kul.
On the way we will also visit Barskoon Waterfall and the holy place of
"Mandjyly-Ata". The fame of Mandjyly-Ata, acquired at the end of the 17th
century, is explained by the mention of the "Manas" in the epic as a sacred
place for the Kyrgyz. "Mandjyly-Ata" is a whole valley, which is a whole
labyrinth of shallow gorges between clay hilly steppes and healing springs.
Researchers call these places natural geo-anomalous zones, where cosmic
energy is concentrated.
The name "Jeti-Oguz" (translated as "seven bulls") came from a chain of
weathered red rocks, similar to bulls lying on the ground, and became a
visiting card of the gorge. The local point of interest is the rock "Broken
Heart", near which you can always make incredibly beautiful photos.
For an additional fee, you can ride horses and try traditional dishes in yurts.
Jeti-Oguz Gorge, the second mountainous place of the Issyk-Kul Reserve
and one of the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan. For 25 km on both sides
of the gorge there are blue spruce trees that are included in the red book of
Kyrgyzstan. In the gorge at an altitude of 2200 m there is a resort Jeti-Oguz,
known for its healing geothermal springs.
Arrival to Karakol in the evening, check-in in the hotel. Time for rest.
After breakfast you will have the trip to the Altyn-Arashan hot springs. Where you will acquainted with the beautiful nature of Kyrgyzstan - Karakol Gorge. You will have the chance to walk in the mountains and to relax your muscles in the hot springs of Altyn-Arashan (hot radon water), after adventurous trip. Dinner and accommodation in the guest house in the mountains
After breakfast you will do trekking or horse riding(optional) towards Ala Kul’ lake. The height of the lake is really great: it is located at 3,500 meters above sea level. Of all the highland lakes of Kyrgyzstan, Ala-Kul is perhaps the most beloved among tourists, due to its extraordinary beauty and large size. The size of the lake, by the way, is almost 3 kilometers long and 500 meters wide. Your trekking will last approximately 5,6 hours
After the breakfast we have tour around the city.
You will visit: the historical museum of local lore, the Dungan mosque, the
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, the memorial complex of the museum with
the tomb of the Russian researcher of Central Asia - Mikhail Przewalski, the
bestial market, Victory Park, the river park and the park of Pushkin.
Some of these attractions you will visit before lunch, the rest after. For
lunch, you can try the famous local dish - Ashlyan-Fu.
After You will visit the cultural center “Ruh Ordo” named after the famous
writer of Kyrgyzstan Chingiz Aitmatov. The center brings together the
history and spiritual heritage of different cultures and nationalities of the
On the way we will visit Burana Tower an ancient minaret, recognised as
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.
Next destination is Bishkek. Check-in to the hotel and have a rest.