Tour around Issyk-Kul Lake with Altyn Arashan
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Pick up from the airport and you will start your tour directly from it.
Your first stop will be the Burana Tower - the ancient silk road minaret, which is a heritage of UNESCO and Kyrgyzstan nowadays. You will have the chance to climb the 25 meters Tower, to see the surrounding area from the Top. Silk Road Caravans used to stop here to rest as the center of the Balasagun city, which was established by the Karakhanids at the end of the 9th century.
The whole complex consist of the mausoleums, castle foundation and grave markers (balbals, located around and were created by the ancient Turkic tribes). The small museum as part of the complex contains historical information and artifacts found at the site and in the surrounding region. Visiting this historical site will help you to move into the atmosphere of the 12th century and see firsthand the most ancient artifacts.
Lunch you will have in the cafe on the road.
After you will continue the trip through the Boom Gorge, which is a kind of a thread that connects three regions - Chui, Issyk-Kul and Naryn. On the way you can enjoy watching beautiful views of high mountains - somewhere steep and rocky, as well as the rapid flow of the Chu River.
Check-in in the yurt camp on arrival in Bokonbayevo. 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.
Have some rest in the Yurt camp and after you will go to 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.
Return to the yurt camp. You will have national food for the dinner. Overnight stay in the yurt.
After the breakfast and check-out in the morning you will visit 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.
On the way you will also visit Barskoon Waterfall and Jeti-Oguz gorge, a picturesque mountain gorge in Kyrgyzstan, 28 kilometers west of the city of Karakol along the southern shore of Issyk-Kul. 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. Dinner on your own.
After breakfast , you will 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 - Ashlan-Fu.
After lunch you will have the trip to the Altyn-Arashan hot springs. Where you will acquainted with the beautiful nature of Kyrgyzstan - Altyn Arashan 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*. If the weather permits and the pass will be open, you will be able to hike to see the lake and then return back to the camp. Otherwise, you will enjoy the surrounding nature of the Altyn Arashan, observing local shepherds and animals, watching birds and breathing fresh air. Lunch boxes will be organised for the picnic in nature.
*You can reach Ala-Kul lake if there is no snow on the pass. Usually in July-August. The altitude 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 is almost 3 kilometers long and 500 meters wide. Your trekking will last approximately 5-6 hours return way.
Have dinner on arrival to the guest house, take a hot spring bath to relax your muscles.
After the breakfast you will go down to Karakol, change the car and then you will head to another city - Cholpon-Ata and then continue the drive to Bishkek. You will have stop for lunch in the local cafe of Cholpon-Ata and 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 world.
After the excursion in the center you will continue the drive to Bishkek.
Arrive to Bishkek. Check-in in the hotel.
After the breakfast you will have short trip to National Park Ala-Archa. There you will have a short hike along the 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.
You will have lunch in the city on your return from the Park.
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 - “Kyyal”, where you may buy
various souvenirs and gifts at affordable price.
The day will finalize with the Bishkek city tour. You will see 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 larger than the Iliad and Odyssey, “Epic of Manas” has been listed as a UNESCO intangible heritage since 2009. The tour will be continued with the walk 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.
Transfer to the airport
Accommodation with breakfast in Bokonbaevo, Karakol, Altyn arashan, Bishkek 3*
6 Lunches 6 Dinners
Entrance tickets to Burana, Skazka, Jeti-Oguz, park Przhevalsky, Ruh Ordo, Ala Archa national park