Tour Program

Day
1
Day 1: Bishkek - village near Kegeti gorge
Itinerary
Leaving Bishkek you’ll head immediately into the mountains. South-East from Bishkek lies a region of foothills, blanketed in snow, and inhabited by Kyrgyz who follow the traditional lifestyle. On the way there you’ll stop at the frozen Kegeti waterfall. On arrival eat some lunch and explore the area around the village on skis (Nordic style). You will spend the night in a traditional village home with a friendly family and great home-made food.
Meals
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Accomodation
Homestay (outdoor toilet, no shower)
Day
2
Day 2: Village near Kegeti gorge - Karakol
Itinerary
Leaving the village in the morning you’ll make your way back toward the highway and head into Boom Gorge on your way to Issyk Kul. Since there is a lot of distance to drive, the north shore road is preferable and faster. Stop for some stunning pictures of Issyk Kul surrounded by snow shrouded mountains. Arrive in the afternoon or evening to Karakol. After the limited comforts (but splendid hospitality) the night before, spend the night in a great guesthouse with showers and beds. Dinner in a traditional café
Meals
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Accomodation
Guesthouse (indoor toilet and shower)
Day
3
Day 3: Karakol - Ski Base - Karakol
Itinerary
Today is a ski day. You have your choice of hitting the slopes of the popular Karakol Ski base or doing some more Nordic (cross-country) skiing around the area. After a day of exciting skiing, return to the guesthouse and try another of Karakol’s great cafes.
Meals
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Accomodation
Guesthouse (indoor toilet and shower)
Day
4
Day 4: Karakol - Jeti Oguz gorge - Tamga/Bokonbaev/Kyzyl Tuu
Itinerary
Leaving Karakol, head back to the west along the south shore of Issyk Kul. There are a lot of choices you can make on day 4 about what you want to do. Along south shore there is Jeti Oguz with it’s fantastic red rock formations and some short hiking options. Further west there is Barskoon Gorge with it’s three waterfalls, stunningly frozen for most of the winter! Additionally there is Fairtale canyon with truly strange rock formations such as “the Great Wall of China” and more. On the more cultural side there is the opportunity to stop and have an eagle hunting demonstration (this is an additional 5000 som for the demonstration). Choose from Tamga, Bokonbaev, or Kyzyl Tuu for the nights stopping point. In Kyzyl Tuu you can stay with a local family that makes yurts and learn about the process. So many choices!
Meals
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Accomodation
Guesthouse (varies)
Day
5
Day 5: Tamga/Bokonbaev/Kyzyl Tuu - Kochkor - Kyzyl Oi
Itinerary
Finish out the remainder of south shore and head into the heart of the Kyrgyz mountains. The first stop of the day is Kochkor. Eat a nice lunch and stock up on supplies in this larger town. Make a stop at the Altyn Kol handcrafts collective store and pick up traditional handmade Kyrgyz souvenirs while simultaneously supporting the local village economy. After lunch you’ll head over Kyzyart pass and deep into the mountains. Eventually you’ll reach a red rock gorge along the Kokomeren river. Marvel at the varied colors through nearly 20 kilometers of gorge before reaching the remote, peaceful town of Kyzyl Oi. Nestled in the middle of the gorge, this village of 800 is perhaps the perfect Kyrgyz village. Spend the night with a local family in their small guesthouse.
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Guesthouse (outdoor toilet, no shower)
Day
6
Day 6: Kyzyl Oi - Arslanbob
Itinerary
From Kyzyl Oi you’ll pass another 20 kilometers of stunning gorge while continuing upstream along the Kokomeren river. Eventually the mountains open up and you find yourself in the breathtaking, snow-covered expanses of the high Suusamyr valley. Passing through villages where people still use sleighs as a common means of transport, you reach the main Bishkek-Osh Highway. This is a long driving day and after reaching the highway you’ll turn south and work to make good time to reach Arslanbob around nightfall. Dinner in Arslanbob at the guesthouse.
Meals
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Accomodation
Guesthouse (indoor toilet and shower)
Day
7
Day 7: Arslanbob
Itinerary
Arslanbob is in the heart of an ancient, 10,000 hectare walnut forest. This forest is so notable, one of Alexander the Great’s generals even mentioned it! Laced with trails, it’s a stunning place to explore on skis. Spend the day with a local guide exploring the forest on cross-country skis. Other options are available if you do not want to ski.
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Guesthouse (indoor toilet and shower)
Day
8
Day 8: Arslanbob - Suusamyr - Bishkek
Itinerary
Wrapping up the adventure, say farewell to your hosts and head back to Bishkek. Largely a highway day, you’ll backtrack part of the road traveled on Day 6, but after passing the turn to Suusamyr, you’ll enter the stunning Too Ashuu Pass which takes you over 3000 meters and back into the Chui Valley toward Bishkek. After dropping you off at your hotel to clean up and get refreshed, the group heads out to a restaurant in Bishkek for a last group dinner.
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Hotel (your choice)