Tour Program

Day
1
Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek
Itinerary
Arrive in Bishkek and transfer to a hotel. After you have taken some time to freshen up and rest a little from your flight, we'll drive out to Ala-Archa National Park (40 km). Ala Archa contains a large alpine gorge through which the fast flowing Ala-Archa River runs, flanked by tall, snow-covered peaks with steep, forested mountain slopes. After breaking for a picnic lunch, you will have your first yoga session in the gorge surrounded by peaks covered in snow. In the afternoon, return to Bishkek and go on a sightseeing tour of the city. Places we will visit in the city include: Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, the Bishkek Concert Hall, Statue of Manas, Victory Square, and a local open-air market – Osh Bazaar. Overnight stay in a hotel.
Meals
B L D Breakfast at the hotel Picnic lunch in the gorge Dinner at a Chinese restaurant
Accomodation
Hotel
Day
2
Day 2: Travel to the Bel-Tam Yurt Camp
Itinerary
After breakfast, check-out of the hotel and travel to Bel-Tam Yurt Camp. On the way we will visit Burana Tower, the original site of the town of Karakhanid, Balasagun. Continue driving to Bel-Tam. After we arrive, you can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery around Lake Issyk Kul. In the evening: When it gets cooler we will begin our yoga session in the area around (~1h) Bel-Tam. Overnight stay in yurts near Bel-Tam.
Meals
B L D Breakfast at the hotel Packed lunch on the way Dinner at the yurt camp
Accomodation
Yurts
Day
3
Day 3: Yoga practice at the yurt camp
Itinerary
Morning: meditation and yoga practice (1-1.5h) followed by a fresh breakfast at the yurt camp. After breakfast, you will have some free time to do whatever you would like. Feel free to go swimming in the lake, go for a hike or just relax. Late afternoon/evening: When it gets cooler, yoga practice in the nearby area (~1h).
Meals
B L D Breakfast / lunch / dinner at the camp
Accomodation
Yurt camp
Day
4
Day 4: Yoga practice at the yurt camp
Itinerary
Morning: meditation and yoga practice (1-1.5h) followed by a fresh prepared breakfast at the yurt camp. After breakfast, you will have some free time. Take a rest or swim in the lake. Late afternoon/evening: When it gets cooler yoga practice in the near surrounding (~1h)
Meals
B L D Breakfast / lunch / dinner at the camp
Accomodation
Yurt camp
Day
5
Day 5: Visit Tamga Tash Gorge on foot or via a horseback ride
Itinerary
Meals
B L D Breakfast and dinner at the camp Lunch in the mountains
Accomodation
Yurt camp
Day
6
Day 6: Visit Barskoon Gorge
Itinerary
Morning: meditation and yoga practice (1-1.5h) followed by breakfast at the yurt camp. After breakfast, drive to one of the most beautiful gorges in Kyrgyzstan – Barskoon. Its mountainsides are covered in forests and reach up only to end in the peaks Panfilov Heroes (4,610 m) and World Peace Council (4,310 m). However, the main draw of this gorge is the numerous waterfalls located within.Go hiking in the gorge with your guide. Have some lunch along the way. Yoga practice / meditation (~0.5-1h) in the gorge. Particularly brave souls can go for a swim in the crisp, crystal clear waters of the gorge. In the afternoon return to the car and drive back to the yurt camp. Finish the day with a short meditation in the evening (~30min).
Meals
B L D Breakfast and dinner at the camp Lunch in the mountains
Accomodation
Yurt camp
Day
7
Day 7: Transfer to Karakol
Itinerary
Morning: meditation and yoga practice (1-1.5h) followed by breakfast at the yurt camp. Leave the yurt camp shortly after breakfast and drive to Karakol. After checking-in at the hotel, we will go on a sightseeing tour around Karakol. Visit of the museum of M.V. Prejvalsky, one of the world's greatest explorers. His main achievements were crossing the great Taklamakan Desert and discovering more than 4,000 different animals, including the Prejevalsky Horse. Later, visit a Dungan mosque. What makes this mosque so unique is the fact that it is built using Chinese architecture without the use of a single metal nail. Afterwards we will visit an old wooden Orthodox Church. Eat dinner with a Uigur family. Tonight you will be able to try some authentic Uigur cuisine as well as chat with the family and learn about their culture and traditions. Overnight stay in Karakol.
Meals
B L D Breakfast at the camp Lunch on the road Dinner with a Uigur family
Accomodation
Hotel
Day
8
Day 8: Karakol - Jeti Oguz – Karakol
Itinerary
Start the day with a healthy breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards we will drive to Jeti Oguz Gorge, a lush valley with some striking red sandstone rock formations. After a short break, meditation/yoga practice in a cool section of the gorge. Drive back to Karakol. Free time in the evening.
Meals
B L D Breakfast at the camp Lunch on the road Dinner with a Dungan family
Accomodation
Hotel
Day
9
Day 9: Drive to Bishkek
Itinerary
After breakfast, leave Karakol and drive back to Bishkek along the north shore of the lake. On our way back to Bishkek, stop by Cholpon Ata where we will visit an open-air petroglyph museum. The petroglyphs at this site are said to date back to 500 BC – 100 AD; they depict wolves, long-horned ibex, goats, horses, snow leopards, sacrifices, and hunting scenes. Enjoy a farewell dinner at an Indian restaurant.
Meals
B L D
Accomodation
Hotel
Day
10
Day 10: Bishkek – Manas International Airport
Itinerary
Transfer to the airport (30 km).
Meals
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Accomodation
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More information about our Yoga instructor

Chernousov Roman – Roman was born and raised in Kyrgyzstan and is a certified yoga trainer (global world standard Yoga Alliance® RYT 200 (USA)). He graduated from several yoga schools such as the Academy of Himalayan Yoga Rishekesh (India); “Tiger and Dragon”; and he successfully completed an introductory course for instructors at the Sankt Petersburg Yoga Flow School. He conducts classes in the following styles: Hatha yoga, Ashtanga vinyasa yoga, kundalini yoga, qigong, and yoga nidra. Roman has 9 years of experience instructing yoga. “I was five years old, when my father first introduced me to yoga and martial arts. I liked it from the beginning. For me, yoga is not just my job, it is my passion. It defines my way of life and gives me endless opportunities to develop myself. If I had to pick out the most important part of yoga practice, it would probably be the state of perfect equilibrium, crystal clarity, and adequacy of consciousness that gives us the opportunity to live a full, successful, and happy life. I organize my sessions using a sequence of static and dynamic elements, starting with pranayama (breathing exercises) and then tendon-articular complexes and vinyasa (dynamic exercises) which engage all parts of the body. As part of the practice safety rules, the principles of harmonious interaction and compensation of asanas are observed. Most asanas are offered in varying degrees of complexity (simplified, basic and complex), depending on the training skills of practitioners. The practice ends with deep relaxation.”