Burana Tower (ancient minaret) is located in 12 km far from Tokmok town. The territory where the tower is located was called Balasagyn town. This town had the strategic meaning for Great Silk Road. Here you will see a small museum with exhibits found at excavations, providing more details about this ancient settlement, and become familiar with collection of Balbals, turkic grave marks.
Lunch at a local Kazakh family in Tokmok. Continue to the Issyk Kul Lake after lunch.
Issyk Kul Lake has a tectonic origin. It is a second largest alpine lake in the world after Titicaca located in South America. Its length reaches 182 km, and width is 58 km, maximum depth is up to 668 m. During the summer period the water reaches up to 20-23 Co
On the way you admire beautiful landscape and changing of scenery. Arrival at Cholpon Ata town and visit local famous petroglyphs site. After excursion get accommodated at the resort on the lake shore. Dinner in a local restaurant. (Breakfast – hotel, lunch – local Kyrgyz family, Dinner – resort)
Later Dungan mosque a unique building in a style of the Chinese pagoda which is functioning mosque up to now. Also you will visit Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity Church built of wood without a single nail used. In the miraculous iconostasis of the church there is the famous Tikhvinian icon of Divine Mother, painted in 1897. Later lunch at a local café in Karakol town (not included). Continue drive to Djety oguz canyon for a little hike.
Djety Oguz from Kyrgyz language is translated as Seven Bulls. Unlike Fairy Tale Canyon this picturesque gorge differs in the mountains covered with Tien Shan fir tree. At the beginning of the gorge you will face a famous Broken Heart Rock. Walking up further to panorama you will see those famous Seven Bulls rocks. The tourist guide will tell you the legend about the origin of the gorge name. In Soviets, there was a sanatorium built in the gorge. Many people used to come here for treatment with the help of radon water. Cosmonauts used to come here for rehabilitation, even Yuri Gagarin. After Djety Oguz continue drive along the south shore of Issyk Kul Lake. Reach Tamga village and get accommodated in a local guest houses/yurt camp. Dinner in a place of accommodation. (Breakfast – resort, Dinner – guest house/yurt camp)
After good breakfast continue our way along the south shore of Issyk Kul lake. Close to Tamga village we stop to visit and walk around Skazka canyon. The canyon looks scenic with the dark blue Issyk Kul Lake on the background.
Continue the way to Kochkor village where tasty lunch is waiting for us. Here we will learn more about traditional carpet producing procedure – shyrdak show. Local ladies will share with their knoleadges and experience of felt and carpet producing.
After lovely time in Kochkor village head to Son Kul Lake.
Alpine Son Kul Lake is located on Tien Shan range at the elevation of 3016 m. The territory around Son Kul is a pasture for the cattle driven from Kochkor village, Naryn and Jumgal regions. During the summer Son Kul pasture is considered to be the best Kyrgyz jailoo. The road to the lake goes through the windy mountain passes and vanishes in the sky. As a result Son Kul Lake from Kyrgyz language translates as Last Lake.
Accommodation in a local comfortable yurt camp.
Here you can feel like a real nomads and get acquainted with the culture of Kyrgyz people.
Yurt – is a traditional dwelling of nomadic people of Central Asia. The foundation of yurt consists of wooden carcass and several felt layers. The construction of such dwelling doesn’t require a lot of time that makes it practical and useful for locals. The interior of a yurt is decorated with felt carpets and traditional embroidery.
Dinner and overnight at yurt camp.
(Breakfast – hotel, lunch – local Kyrgyz family, Dinner – yurt camp)
In the morning we continue exploring Kyrgyzstan and head to one of the most spectacular pass in our country – Moldo Ashuu.
Driving down to Naryn town where we have stop for lunch and city tour.
Naryn is a town of long and narrow form, situated along the famous Naryn River also named Syr Darya, which is one of the biggest rivers in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia. Naryn is the only town in Kyrgyzstan, where 90 % of the population is Kyrgyz.
Lunch at a local café (not included).
After lunch we will visit the Central Blue Mosque, the Central Square, and Historical-ethnographical museum.
Later drive further south in a direction of China. Turn to Kara Koun canyon and reach yurt camp. Accommodation.
Tash Rabat caravanserai is situated at the elevation of 3200 m asl. not far from Chinese border (Torugart). Its origin is a complete mystery; however there is a hypothesis that it was built in 10th century. Researchers consider it to be a Nestorian monastery, others suppose it to be a victualing-house for the trade caravans, and third ones insist on its defensive function. It is obviously clear that during the various epochs Tash Rabat caravanserai had different functions.
Dinner and overnight at the yurt camp.
(Breakfast – yurt camp, dinner – yurt camp)
In the morning we start from the breakfast as usual and head to Tash Rabat caravanserai for excursion.
After interesting historical excurse we drive back in a direction of Bishkek city. After Kochkor village, Orto Tokoi water reservoir and Boom canyon we turn to Chon Kemin valley.
Chon Kemin is a valley 170 km away from the capital, in a picturesque area between Issyk Kul Lake and Kazakhstan state border. This valley and same name natural park is famous with some historical battles between Kyrgyz and Kazakh tribes.
Here we spend some time to relax, swim in the pool (optional) and have gentel walk to the closest canyon.
Dinner and overnight in a guest house.
(Breakfast – yurt camp, dinner – guest house)
After breakfast proceed to Bishkek city. Pretty short drive turns to the case that we arrivel to the capital close to the lucnh time.
Lunch in a local cafe (not included).
There are some interesting left to do in Bishkek city.
Visit Osh market as one of the brightest example of trading and boling life.
Plus we will have time for shopping at the market or at the local department store – ZUM.
Farewell dinner and folklore show at a local restaurant is waiting for us today.
Especially for you musicians will play national melodies of Kyrgyz people and show you musical instruments. You will listen to a singing and enjoy the charming melodies of our ancestors. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast – guest house, D - local restaurant).