Tour Program

Day
1
August 19, 2017: Airport – Bishkek city
Itinerary
Arrival at the international airport “Manas”. Your guide will meet you at arrivals. Transfer to a hotel in Bishkek city (located at 800m asl) to check in. Short rest and breakfast. After breakfast transfer to Ala Archa Natural Park located in a picturesque gorge of Ala Archa 45 km far from Bishkek.
We spend in the park some time enjoying the beautiful views. Lunch barbeque. In the afternoon transfer to Bishkek for a short sightseeing tour - Manas Monument, the main national hero of the Kyrgyz people. Then excursion to Fine Arts Museum and transfer to the main Ala Too Square to watch ceremony of changing of the Guard of Honor, main governmental buildings, and finish at the Old Square with Parliament House.

Drive 35 km, about 45min

Breakfast - Hotel, Lunch - Barbecue, Dinner - Local restaurant

Meals
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Accomodation
Hotel

Day
2
August 20, 2017: Bishkek city - Chon Kemin Valley via “Burana tower” archeological complex
Itinerary
In the morning drive to Burana Tower (Unesco site) near Tokmok city (1,5 hours). After excursion at the archeological complex you have lunch at Kazakh family in Tokmok town, where tourist can learn about the life of local people. Afternoon transfer to Chon Kemin Valley. Upon arrival accommodation at Ashuu Tor guest house. You can take a walk in this typical Kyrgyz village and get ready for next white water rafting day.

Drive 160 km + 800 m

Breakfast - Hotel, Lunch - Local Kazakh family, Dinner - Guest house

Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Guest House
Day
3
August 21, 2017: Full day of white water rafting
Itinerary
Your guide will pick you up from Guest house and take you to the place where you start rafting. Meeting the rafting team who give you the necessary instructions and help with the equipment and rafts. Full day of rafting in Chon Kemin river, difficulty -2-4 ( 25 km of rafting – 2 times in one day= 50 km)
Lunch picnic. After the rafting transfer to the guest house for dinner and overnight.

2 times rafting 25 km each

Breakfast - Guest house, Lunch - Picnic, Dinner - Guest house

Meals
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Accomodation
Guest House
Day
4
August 22, 2017: Chon Kemin Valley – Kalmak Ashu pass
Itinerary

In the morning after breakfast you will meet your horseback riding guide and his team. After brief instructions start riding to the Jailoo of Kalmak-Ashuu. After some hours of trekking time and put the tents for overnight stay. Overnight at tents in 3100m. (Riding time 3-4 hours).

13 km horseback riding, +1500 m

Breakfast - Guest house, Lunch - Picnic, Dinner - Tents

Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Tent Camp
Day
5
August 23, 2017: Horse ride over Kalmak Ashu pass. Drive Balykchy town – Karkara Valley
Itinerary
After breakfast you spend morning climbing the pass of Kalmak Ashuu (3539m). On the top of the pass you will have a spectacular view to whole Chon Kemin valley behind and the famous Issyk Kul lake in the front. A short rest and ride down to have lunch lower than the top. After a short rest descent to the old water reserve of Balykchy where car picks you up. Transfer to Karkara gorge via Balykchy Town. (Riding time 4-5 hours).

16 km horseback riding, +539 m -1300 m, drive 240 km

Breakfast - Tents, Lunch - Picnic, Dinner - “Karkara” Base camp

Meals
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Accomodation
Hotel
Day
6
August 24, 2017: Helicopter flight to South Inylchek Base Camp
Itinerary

In the morning you take a helicopter flight over one of the longest and largest glaciers of Tien Shan Mountains – Inylchek, and one of the mystical alpine lakes - Merzbacher Lake. The helicopter lands at the “South Inylchek” Base Camp located at the altitude of 4200 m above sea level. From the camp you may observe the highest peaks of Tien Shan Mountains (Pobeda Peak (7439 m) and Khan Tengri Peak (7010 m). Time for enjoying the views, taking pictures and exploring the area (Be careful as the soil is slippery with a lot of cravasses. You are walking on a glacier!).
Lunch in the Base Camp. In the afternoon flight back to Karkara. Dinner at the Base camp.

1h 20 min helicopter flight (both ways), + 1800 m -1800 m

Breakfast - “Karkara” Base camp , Lunch - South Inylchek Base Camp, Dinner - “Karkara” Base camp

Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Karkara” Base camp
Day
7
August 25, 2017: Karkara Valley – Karakol Town – Karakol Gorge
Itinerary

On our way we will stop to visit museum of N. M. Przhevalski, an outstanding Russian explorer of Asian continent. Upon arrival to Karakol town you visit the famous Dungan mosque. Also you will see an Old Russian Orthodox Church – Holy Trinity Cathedral. After lunch in a local café transfer to Karakol gorge by a special Russian military car. Possibility to use sauna (for supplement). Dinner and overnight at “Karakol” tent camp at 2500m.

Drive 155 km, +300 m

Breakfast - “Karkara” Base camp, Lunch - Local cafe, Dinner - Karakol Tent Camp

Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Karakol Tent Camp
Day
8
August 26, 2017: Trek Karakol gorge – Ala Kul lake
Itinerary

Trek along the gorge to “Sirota” hut and to Ala Kol Lake (3532m). Trek 9 km, 6-8 hrs, +1100m
Descent along the gorge about 1 km, later we cross the river over a bridge and the trail leads us into a forest. Rather long ascent finishes at a steep slope covered with grass, the trail turns into a serpentine, passes by a river overflow, and arrive to an unusual place which is called “Sirota” mountain hut.It is a log hut. There is a table, benches, fireplace inside. We can find a number of sculptures of animals and idols carved in wood around the hut. It looks like a fairy tale place. It is a nice place to sit down, rest, have a snack.Later the trail goes up higher, leaving the forest behind we hike along the river and reach a beautiful waterfall, flowing down from Ala Kol Lake. Dinner and overnight in “Ala Kol” tent camp at 3600m.

Breakfast - Karakol Tent Camp, Lunch - Picnic, Dinner - Ala Kol Tent Camp

Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Ala Kol Tent Camp
Day
9
August 27, 2017: Trek Ala Kul lake – Altyn Arashan Valley
Itinerary

Trek over Ala Kol pass (3800m asl) passing Ala Kol Lake and descend to Arashan gorge (2600m asl) Trek 18 km, 6-8 hrs, +200 m/-1200 m
Moraine Lake of Ala Kol stretches from east to west for 2.8km, its width is 500m, and depth 70m. Ala Kol means Colorful Lake in Kyrgyz language. Depending on the light the water might change its color. It can be emerald green, turquoise with white clouds reflected, light green or dark grey, or even black. During the ascent we enjoy wonderful views of the lake. Arriving closer to the lake we see the main range of Terskei Ala Too with a number of peaks – Aksu, Djigit, Karakol, Oguz Bashi, etc. From the lake edge it will take us another hour and half to the pass.Descent from the pass along a talus slope, and later across a wide valley of Keldike with picturesque landscapes, herds of cattle and flocks of sheep grazing. Later the trail brings us into a forest again and descends into Arashan valley. Upon arrival to the tent camp you may use an opportunity to relax in the hot springs. There are thermal baths (up to +50C) in the valley. Possibility to take thermal baths. Dinner and overnight in “Altyn Arashan” tent camp at 2600m.

Breakfast - Ala Kol Tent Camp, Lunch - Picnic, Dinner - Altyn Arashan Tent Camp

Meals
B L D
Accomodation
“Altyn Arashan” Tent Camp
Day
10
August 28, 2017: Altyn Arashan Valley - Karakol town – Cholpon Ata town
Itinerary
There is a resort Altyn Arashan founded 1963, famous for its hot mineral springs. The resort represents several wooden huts located on a big treeless meadow on the right bank of Arashan river. The Northern slopes of the left river bank are covered with fir trees. It gives an unforgettable picture – dark green trees with snowcapped mountains “Aksu wall” (5022m) in the background. Transfer to Cholpon Ata town. Possibly to descent over green fields with blooming flowers and crystal mountain springs. The final 5 km of the gorge are very narrow not more than 30 m with high rock walls. At the entrance to the gorge we pass by a village – Ak Suu (the name comes from the hot springs). Here you will take place inside the car.Accommodation in a hotel on the north shore of Issyk Kul Lake. Dinner and overnight in a hotel.

Drive 165 km, 4-5 hrs, -1000 m

Breakfast - Altyn Arashan Tent Camp, Lunch - Local Cafe, Dinner - Hotel

Meals
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Accomodation
Hotel 4*
Day
11
August 29, 2017: Cholpon Ata town - Son Kul lake
Itinerary

After breakfast in the hotel you will be transferred to Son Kul Lake. En route you see Orto Tokoi water reservoir and make a stop in Kochkor village where we can visit the Handicraft museum and shop where tourists can buy different souvenirs made from felt (for supplement). Lunch in a local family. After lunch we will continue our way to Son Kul Lake over Kalmak Ashuu Pass (3447 m asl). Upon arrival to Son Kul Lake accommodation in the Yurt Camp. Dinner and overnight in the Yurt Camp.

Drive 280 km 5-6 hrs, + 1847 m - 300 m

Breakfast - Hotel, Lunch - Local Kyrgyz family, Dinner - Yurt Camp

Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Yurt Camp
Day
12
August 30, 2017: Full day cycling at Son Kul lake
Itinerary

Full day cycling at Son Kul lake area. You will take our cycles and visit local nomads who graze their flocks of sheep and herds of horses. It is a nice opportunity to meet nomads, learn more about their life and take photos. Also you can taste with always friendly Kyrgyz families their fresh airan (yogurt) and kumis (a fermented national drink from mare's milk).

Breakfast - Yurt Camp, Lunch - Yurt Camp, Dinner - Yurt Camp

Meals
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Accomodation
Yurt Camp
Day
13
August 31, 2017: Son Kul lake – Bishkek city
Itinerary
In the morning after breakfast we drive back to Bishkek city. We pass through Boom Gorge, which lies at the eastern end of the Kyrgyz Range and provides the only corridor between two Chui and Issyk Kul regions.

Drive 350 km 6h + 300 m – 2600 m

Breakfast - Yurt Camp, Lunch - Local Cafe, Dinner - Local Cafe

Meals
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Accomodation
Hotel 3*
Day
14
September 1, 2017: Bishkek city – Airport “Manas”
Itinerary

Morning transfer to airport to catch your flight back home.

Drive 30 km, 45 min

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