Tour Program

Day
1
Arrival to Almaty
Itinerary
Evening arrival to Airport of Almaty. Meeting with a guide. Transfer to hotel in Almaty for accommodation. Overnight in hotel.
Meals
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Accomodation
Hotel
Day
2
Almaty - Karkara
Itinerary
Early breakfast at 8:00. Departure at 8:30 to Kegen border checkpoint. On the way excursion to Charyn Canyon. Lunch is lunch box. Crossing the border check point Kegen. Arrival in Karkara camp.

Karkara valley- is the most beautiful valley in the world. It is unique place with the picturesque mountains, peaks, fresh air & pure water of Karkara River. The valley of the Karkara River sweeping down northwards from the Central Tian-Shan is an age-old summer pasture for herds from both sides of whats now the Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan border. The river forms the border for some 40 km before heading north to join the Kegen River, beyond which it becomes the Charyn. In its lower reaches the Karkara valley is up to 40 km wide, a broad green expanse filled with wildflowers and grazing herds in summer. Dinner and overnight in tents in Karkara valley.

Meals
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Accomodation
Tents
Day
3
Karkara valley
Itinerary
Whole day exploring Karkara. Hiking around the area for searching and watching rare specious of flowers.

Lunch, dinner and overnight in tents in Karkara valley.

Meals
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Accomodation
Tents
Day
4
Karkara valley – Karakol
Itinerary
Breakfast, transfer to Karakol town. On arrival SS in town:

Museum of Prejevalskiy. State Memorial Museum of the Great Russian traveler Nikolai Mikhailovich Przhevalsky located 12 km from Karakol, on the shore of Issyk-Kul lake. It includes beautiful monument, traveler’s grave, chapel and indoor museum that contains a number of documents, deeds and diplomas of Przhevalsky, collection of stuffed birds and animals and personal belongings of the scientist.

Lunch at local café.

Dungan mosque - One of the most beautiful Karakol’s architecture. It was built by local dungans, without any nails in 1911 after 4years work by Chinese architect and 30 artisans. The mosque was closed by Bolsheviks from 1933 to 1943, but since then has again been a place of worship. While it was built by Dungans it serves all Muslims of Karakol despite their ethnic background. The building impresses with an amount of perfect wood carving. You can find some items of Chinese mythology in the patterns if you stay patient.

Orthodox Church- A fine wooden cathedral was completed in 1895. But the Bolsheviks closed it in the 1930s, destroyed its five onion-domes and turned it into a club. Serious reconstruction only began in 1961, proceeding at a snail’s paces as available money and materials permit. Services are again being held, since its formal deconsecrating in 1991. Listen for its chimes on Sunday morning.

Dinner and o/n in guest house in Karakol.

Meals
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Accomodation
Guest House
Day
5
Karakol - Cholpon-Ata
Itinerary
Breakfast. Moving to the Jety-Oguz.

Jety-Oguz gorge - Located 40 km away from Karakol. A beautiful mountain best served with legends by professional guide. Jety-Oguz is a great place for hiking or to start trekking to Altyn-Arashan. It impresses travelers with colorful rocks, woods, flowers, rushing river and yurts.

Lunch in the yurt.

Transfer to Cholpon-Ata. On the way visit to the Petroglyphs museum under open sky.

Dinner and accommodation at the resort on the shore of Issyk-Kul lake.

Meals
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Accomodation
Resort
Day
6
Cholpon-Ata – Chon Kemin
Itinerary
Breakfast. After breakfast have a short cruise on the lake for 1 hour. Return to hotel. Lunch in hotel.

Continue way to Chon-Kemin.

Dinner and accommodation in guest house in Chon Kemin valley.

Meals
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Accomodation
Guest House
Day
7
Chon Kemin - Bishkek
Itinerary
Breakfast. Hiking in the area for flower watching, Lunch in guest house. Transfer to Bishkek. On the way sightseeing of Burana Tower - it was the site of an older settlement; the tower’s minaret is one of the oldest of its kind in Central Asia. The minaret was built in the 11th century and was originally 45 m tall.

Arrival to Bishkek. Short sightseeing tour in the center of Bishkek.

Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation in hotel in Bishkek.

Meals
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Accomodation
Hotel
Day
8
Bishkek - Almaty
Itinerary
Breakfast. Transfer to Almaty. Lunch at local café on the way.

On arrival – short City sightseeing Tour in Almaty, Panfilov Park, Zenkof Cathedral, Green Bazaar.

18:00 – Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening transfer to airport for flight home.

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Accomodation
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