Winter Tour around Issyk Kul Lake with Karakol Ski base
Upgrade of the hotel to 4* in DBL$160
Single occupancy in 3*$80
Single occupancy in 4*$120
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 guest house on arrival. Have some rest and after that you will have the chance to meet experienced berkutchi, who will share the story of hunting with golden eagles, their habits and features.
You will have national food for the dinner. Overnight stay in the guest house.
After breakfast and check-out you 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.
Also you will visit Barskoon waterfall. You will do hiking to the waterfall for about 20-30 mins, on the way you will see the Yuri Gagarin Monument, as a symbol he has been here. You will have the chance to make beautiful photos of the mountainous forest, waterfall and mountains themselves.
Then you will continue to the Jeti-Oguz mountains. 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. You will also see there the rock named “Broken Heart”.
You will have lunch in the lunch boxes. You will decide on the place where it is better to have picnic.
Arrival to Karakol in the evening. Check-in in the hotel. Dinner at the Dastorkon restaurant. Return to the hotel.
After breakfast you will go to the Karakol ski base. Base is located at an altitude of 3040 meters above sea level on the slopes of the Tien Shan mountains. This is the highest ski resort in Central Asia. During USSR it used to be training base for olympic sportsmen. The way takes 30 minutes and 7 km from Karakol city to reach there. You will go up by cableway to the observation deck, from which you will observe the breathtaking panorama of Issyk-Kul, mountains and forests.
Lunch on your own at the ski base cafe.
If you are planning to ski, you can rent ski equipment for extra charge (should be pre-ordered in advance). There is instructor service also available at the ski base for extra payment.
Return to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
After the breakfast you will have the chance to explore the city. It will be city tour with visiting the Dungan mosque, the Holy Trinity Orthodox church, the memorial complex of the museum with the tomb of the Russian explorer of Central Asia N.M. Przhevalsky.
The rest of the day you will spend at the ski base.
Lunch on your own at the ski base.
Return to the hotel.
Optional to organise additionally in the evening:
Sauna to warm up after the intensive days with barbecue
Dinner at Dungan family or Kyrgyz Family
Sunset ship ride in the Issyk-Kul
Have breakfast and check-out. You will start to drive towards bishkek with the stop for lunch in Cholpon-Ata city.
You will have lunch at the local cafe.
After lunch you will visit the famous cultural center of 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. The ideological concept of the cultural centre is striking in its depth: the complex of five white chapels, located exactly the same distance from each other. The only external difference between the chapels - the symbols of different world religions."Ruh Ordo" is famous not only for its unusual architectural monuments, but also because of the most beautiful pier on the lake.
Arrival to Bishkek late in the evening. Check-in in the hotel. Rest and free time.
Transfer to the airport
Accommodation with breakfast in Bishkek 3*, Karakol, Bokonbaevo
4 Lunches 5 Dinners
Entrance tickets to Burana, Skazka, Ruh-Ordo, Jeti -Oguz, park Przhevalsky