Tour Program

Day
1
Day 1: Arrival in Almaty
Itinerary
Meals
B L -
Accomodation
Hotel
 

Day
2
Day 2: Almaty – Big Almaty gorge – Almaty
Itinerary
Big Almaty Gorge, where the picturesque Big Almaty Lake is located at an altitude of 2,510 m above sea level, will be our first destination. This glacial lake, one of the most beautiful of the Trans-Ili Alatau region, is especially gorgeous when its sapphire-blue surface is absolutely calm and reflects the sky and surrounding mountains. Thanks to its high-altitude location, the water in the lake is always cool - even in July, the water temperature does not exceed 10 degrees. The lake is also a source of potable water for Almaty, which is why tourist access to the lake is limited. Our trip takes us up higher into the mountains, to an altitude of 3300 m above sea level, where astronomical and scientific research centers have been built. Here, at the base of Big Almaty, we can enjoy a captivating panorama of the mountains and Big Almaty Lake, surrounded by the scenic peaks covered with Tian-Shan fir-tree, aspen and juniper.
Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Meals
B L -
Accomodation
Hotel
Day
3
Day 3:Almaty – Charyn Canyon – Karakol
Itinerary
Our guide and driver will meet us in the hotel lobby at 06:30 in order to depart Almaty for Charyn Canyon (220 km, 3-4 h). As you arrive at this destination, you will have some free time for a picnic and rest. Located in the Eastern Kazakhstan, Charyn Canyon’s cliff walls, which gleam in various colors and shades, are reminiscent of the Grand Canyon in the US. The canyon is a part of the Charyn National Park territory where you can see the old ash-tree grove, the tower-like Castle Valley, and have a walk along the canyon to enjoy the beautiful views.
Transfer to the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border at Kegen (116 km) and meet with your Kyrgyz driver and guide at the border for the drive to Karakol via the Karkara Valley (110 km). Overnight at the hotel in Karakol.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Hotel

Day
4
Day 4: Karakol
Itinerary
Meals
B - D
Accomodation
Hotel
 

Day
5
Day 5: Karakol – Jety-Oguz – Kochkor
Itinerary
Transfer to Kochkor along the Southern Shore of Issyk-Kul lake. Along the way, we will visit Jeti Oguz Gorge, where we will be regaled by the legends of Jeti Oguz (the seven bulls) and Broken Heart Rock before going for a short hike. Continuing on to Kochkor, which lies along the picturesque southern shore of Issyk-Kul, we will also stop in Bokonbaevo to witness an eagle hunting show. Transfer to Kochkor. Dinner in Kyrgyz family. Family-run accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Hotel

Day
6
Day 6: Kochkor – Son-Kul
Itinerary
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Hotel
 

Day
7
Day 7: Son-Kul – Bishkek
Itinerary
Meals
B - D
Accomodation
Hotel
 

Day
8
Day 8: Departure
Itinerary
Transfer to the airport (30 km), departure. End of the tour.
Meals: Breakfast
Meals
B --
Accomodation
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