From the throne of the King Solomon to the Celestial Mountains (13 days/12 nights)
Bishkek - Jalal–Abad – Osh – Tash Rabat – Kochkor - Kyzyl-Suu - Karakol – Cholpon Ata - Bishkek
Period: mid-July – mid-September
Day 1. Bishkek - Jalal –Abad: Drive towards Kara-Balta, then getting up to Tue-Ashu Tunnel in the Kyrgyz Ala-Too mountain range. Descending to the Susamyr valley, drive through the valley to get to Ak-Bel Pass. Drive down to Chichkan Canyon then to Toktogul reservoir, the biggest reservoir in Kyrgyzstan. Drive around the reservoir. Arrival in Jalal-Abad sanatorium. Homestay in a family.
Day 2. Jalal-Abad - Osh: Coming down to the Fergana valley towards Osh city, the southern capital of Kyrgyzstan. On the way visit to a town of Uzgen that once was an important city of the Karakhanid Kaghanate (a Turkic dynasty) and a major trading point on the Great Silk Road. The architecture complex consisting of 11th century minaret and three mausoleums dating from the 11th and 12th centuries makes Uzgen one of the unique architectural sites of medieval Central Asia. Arrival in Osh city. sightseeing tour of Osh. We will have an opportunity to see famous Sulaiman Too (Solomon’s Mountain), that is situated in the city center and has four slopes and that is considered to be a pilgrimage place for local Muslims, because, according to the legend, biblical prophet Solomon (Suleiman in the Koran) was buried at the foot of it. At the top of the mountain (about 30 minutes climb) there is a flagpole and a mosque built by Babur, the founder of the Mogul Dynasty in India, who was a king of the Fergana Valley in the 15th century.
In one of the caves of Suleiman Too there is the Suleiman Mountain Museum, where we can see different things that were found in the immediate vicinity of the mountain, photos of the mountain’s petroglyphs, that date back to different centuries.
In the afternoon visit of a traditional chaihana (tea-house), where you can try traditional Kyrgyz and Asian dishes, including plov, lagman, samsy- baked meat dumplings that are very popular in Central Asia. After lunch a walk around the city , opportunity to see ordinary people’s life. Visit the famous Osh Bazaar, a classical example of an eastern market, situated on the bank of the Ak-Bura River and a three-storey yurt. In the evening dinner and overnight in guesthouse.
Day 3: Osh-Kazarman: Coming back to Djalal-Abad. Drive over the Pamir Mountains to get to the heart of the Tien-Shan. Overnight with a local villager.
Day 4: Kazarman - Tash Rabat: Following Chingiz khan we come over two small passes to get to Tash-Rabat, a caravanserai of the 15th century, situated at the altitude of 3200m. We will see a variety of landscapes and snowy slopes of the mountains. Overnight in a yurt.
Day 5: Tash-Rabat – Son-Kul: Transfer to Naryn city, the administrative center of the Naryn region. Visit of the local market in order to buy some food before we set off for Lake Son-Kul. We will stop at Son-Kul streams before we get to the place where we will stay for a night. Overnight in a yurt.
Day 6: Son- Kul Lake 3000m.: We will spend the whole day at the second biggest lake in Kyrgyzstan. Horse-back riding and enjoying the nature, walking along the shores of the lake. Overnight in a yurt camp.
Day 7: Son-Kul - Kochkor : Drive to Kalmak-Ashu Pass (3440m) then walk down to a small valley of Toeloek (2h). We take our bus to get to Kochkor village. Visit of a local bazaar and a small museum of handicraft. We will have an opportunity to take a Russian sauna called banya. Overnight in a family.
Day 8: Kochkor - Kyzyl Suu : We continue our way to the Issyk-Kul Lake, the second largest mountain lake in the world (alt 1600m). We drive about 200 km along the southern shore of the lake. Arrival in Kyzyl-Suu village. Overnight in a local family.
Day 9: Chon Kyzyl-Suu valley : In the morning drive to the former weather station Chon Kyzyl-Suu. By the station we will meet our hosts who will prepare a bed place for us in yurts. The latter half of the day is free time. Overnight in a yurt.
Day 10: Chon Kyzyl-Suu: Hiking to the glaciers during the day. In the evening coming back to the weather station. Overnight in a yurt.
Day 11: Chon Kyzyl-Suu - Karakol : Drive towards the Isyk-Kul Lake to Karakol. On the way visit of Djety-Oguz sanatorium, that was built in the gorge with the same name that means “seven bulls”. Opportunity to take a bath or massage in the sanatorium. Going on our way to Karakol.
Day 12: Karakol – Cholpon -Ata : In the morning visit of a wooden church of the 19th century and a Dungan mosque built without any nails. If it is Sunday we will have an opportunity to visit Karakol animal market. In the afternoon visit of the Prezhevalsky museum, a famous Russian explorer who died in Karokol. Accommodation at the hotel in Cholpon-Ata on the shore of the Issyk-Kul Lake.
Day 13: Cholpon Ata - Bichkek: In the morning opportunity to go swimming in the lake. In the afternoon transfer to Bishkek. Overnight at the hotel.
FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE INCLUDED:
- Meeting at airport
- Guide service
- Admission to museums
- Admission to national parks
FOLLOWINGS ARE NOT INCLUDED:
- Travel insurance
- Air tickets and taxes
- Visa support
- Alcohol and water
- Additional services
Quote for the tour will be provide upon request and will depend on number of people in the group, hotel preferences (2,3,4,5 *), room types (single, twin…) and other factors.
For more detailed itinerary you can refer to this large Map of Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyz visa can be obtained in the permanent representation of Kyrgyzstan in Europe or at Manas International Airport in Bishkek (2 passport’s photos and 35$ per pax, passport with a validity of minimum 6 months.)
This is a draft program. It can be revised in line with your request and your personal circumstances such as changes in flights, bad weather conditions and other unforeseen events.