Expedition to Issyk-Kul and Son-Kol lakes, and to the cattle breeders and hunters of the Tien-Shan


July 30 – August 5, 2023
Tour Kyrgyzstan

Tour to Kyrgyzstan travel to Kyrgyzstan Ethno-expedition to Issyk-Kul cattle breeders and hunters Tien Shan Pamir-Alai Lenin peak golden eagles

Traditional cattle breeders and hunters with golden eagles of the Tien Shan, mountain passes and the purest mirror of Lake Son-Kul, canyons, valleys and historical sites of different eras scattered around the unique Issyk-Kul.

Our expedition to Issyk-Kul and the Central Tien Shan will open for you the country of mountains, which you can not help but fall in love with.

Traditional stock breeders and hunters with golden eagles of the Tien Shan, gaping peaks and wild valleys of the Pamir-Alai overlooking the seven-thousand-meter high Lenin Peak mountain and the unique Issyk-Kul Lake.
Our ethnic expedition actoss Kyrgyzstan will open for you the country of mountains, that you fall in love with.
of Central Asia.

Dates: July 30 – August 5, 2023

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

Number of participants: 7 – 10

Cost of participation per person:
– 1 080 USD subject to 10 participants.
– 1 190 USD subject to 8 – 9 participants,
– 1 290 USD subject to 7 participants.

Everything included (as well as full board) except:
- international flight to Bishkek and back,
- medical insurance,
- visa of Kyrgyzstan (not required dor Russia citizens)

Estimated cost of flight Moscow – Bishkek – Moscow: USD 400 – 500 (Usually bought on your own, we consult you).

Single supplement: 140 USD (single accommodation is provided throughout the whole itinerary, but the availability is upon request)


Day 1. July 30, 2023 (Sunday). Manas Airport (Bishkek) – Buranu Tower – Chon-Kemin (170 km)

Arrival by international flight to Manas airport no later than 9 am. Meeting in the morning at the airport with a driver and guide.
Departure to the jorney. We will visit the tower-minaret of Burana on our way (the ancient settlement of Balasagun of the IX-XIII centuries), and make a quick tour of the historical site, which is on the UNESCO heritage list.
Then we go to the Chon-Kemin valley, which is the national reserve of the country.
There is a village In the center of the valley where we will stop to spend the night. Rest.
In the evening, before dinner, we will take a walk along the surrounding foothills, take a walk to the panoramic observation point, where a view of the mountain valley opens. Those who wish can organize a separate ride on horseback or carts.

* Recommended flights:

- direct flight from Moscow to Bishkek by Avia Traffic Company on July 29 at 22:10, arriving in Bishkek at 5:15 am on July 30,
- direct flight from Moscow to Bishkek by Ural Airlines on July 29 at 22:30, arriving in Bishkek at 5:40 am on July 30,
- direct flight from Moscow to Bishkek by Aeroflot on July 30 at 1:45 am, arriving in Bishkek at 9:05 am on July 30,
- or any other flight arriving in Bishkek no later than 9 am on July 30.

Accommodation: guest house (double)
Meals included: lunch, dinner

Day 2. July 31, 2023 (Monday). Chon-Kemin - Lake Issyk-Kul - Karakol (300 km)

Departure to the beautiful mountain lake Issyk-Kul through the Boom gorge along the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul.
Lunch on the way to the city of Cholpon-Ata. Visiting ancient petroglyphs of the Saka period VIII-IV centuries BC.
At the request of the group, you can organize a boat trip on Lake Issyk-Kul (optional, additionaly paid).
Visiting the picturesque Grigorievskoe or Semyonovskoye gorge.
Upon arrival in Karakol - sightseeing tour of the city. We will see the old Russian merchant houses of the XIX century, the Dungan mosque, the Orthodox Church, the museum of the explorer-traveler Przhevalsky 1839-1888.
Kyrgyzstan is a multinational country, 80 nationalities and small ethnic groups live here. One of these peoples are the Dungans, who moved to the territory of Kyrgyzstan from China after the uprising of 1877.
We will learn the ethnic characteristics of the Dungans in Karakol and try national dishes.

Accommodation: Green Yard guest house or similar (double)
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3. August 1, 2023 (Tuesday). Karakol - Jety-Oguz Gorge - Skazka Canyon - Beltam (145 km)

After breakfast, we drive along the southern shore of the lake, we drive into the Jety Oguz gorge. At the beginning of the Jety-Oguz gorge, we will admire the picturesque rocks - Broken Heart, Seven Bulls, a health resort where famous cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin and Alexei Leonov rested and recovered after spacewalk.
In the gorge we will meet the families of pastoralists who graze horses. You can try the national drink koumiss - fermented mare's milk.
After lunch, we continue along the southern coast of Issyk-Kul and drive into the Skazka canyon.
And after that, our path lies to the yurt camp on the shore of Issyk-Kul, where you can swim in the warm water of the famous lake and relax.

Accommodation: Beltam yurt camp or similar (3 - 4 people in each yurt)
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4. August 2, 2023 (Wednesday). Bel-Tam - Bokonbaevo - Kyzyl-Tuu - Kochkor (130 km)

Departure to the village of Kochkor along the southern coast of Issyk-Kul lake.
In the foothills of the Bokonbaevo village, we will get acquainted with Berkutchi, a hunter with an eagle, and learn about the features of traditional hunting with birds of prey in Kyrgyzstan.
Lunch in the village of Kyzyl-Tuu in the house of a local resident, a master in the manufacture of wooden frames of yurts - the traditional dwelling of nomads. We will be able to see his workshop and get acquainted with his inventory.
Then we head to the central part of the Tien Shan mountains past the Orto-Tokoy reservoir to the village of Kochkor.

Accommodation: guest house (double)
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5. August 3, 2023 (Thursday). Kochkor – Son-Kul Lake (105 km)

In the morning we leave for the Son-Kul lake - a high-altitude summer camp of modern shepherds, livestock breeders, nomads.
Son-Kul is a beautiful alpine lake with a harsh alpine climate, which is located at an altitude of more than 3000 meters above sea level.
The road to it goes through high mountain passes and picturesque serpentines, where you can meet herds of yaks along the way.
Evening walk through the Alpine mountain meadows. Those who wish can ride horses (optional, additionaly paid ).
Accommodation in a yurt camp in a Kyrgyz family. Acquaintance with the traditions and life of local Kyrgyz.

Accommodation: yurt camp in a Kyrgyz family (3 - 4 people in each yurt)
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6. August 4, 2023 (Friday). Son-Kul Lake – Bishkek (300 km)

After breakfast we return to the capital city of Bishkek. We will walk through the historical center of the city. We will visit Central Square, Victory Square, Theater Square. Dinner at a restaurant with a folklore concert and Manaschi, the narrator of the Manas epic.

Accommodation: Central Park Residence in Bishkek or similar (double)
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7. August 5, 2023 (Saturday). Bishkek - Return flight

Breakfast. Transfer to Manas airport (Bishkek). Departure from Bishkek.

* Recommended flights:
- direct flight from Bishkek to Moscow by Avia Traffic Company on August 5 at 8:05 am, arriving in Moscow at 9:25 am on August 5,
- direct flight from Bishkek to Moscow by Avia Traffic Company on August 5 at 19:45, arriving in Moscow at 21:05 on August 5,
- direct flight from Bishkek to Moscow by Ural Airlines on August 5 at 17:15, arriving in Moscow at 18:50 on August 5,
- direct flight from Bishkek to Moscow by Aeroflot on August 5 at 16:50, arriving in Moscow at 18:30 on August 5,
- direct flight from Bishkek to Moscow by Aeroflot on August 5 at 10:20 am, arriving in Moscow at 12:00 pm on August 5,
- or any other flight departing from Bishkek at any time on August 5.

Accommodation: no
Meals included: breakfast

* The operator reserves the right to change the order of the program subject to keeping of all activities.

Cost includes:

• Transport according to the program, transfers to and from the airport
• Minibus Mercedes Sprinter along the entire route (1 bus for up to 10 participants)
• Accommodation in hotels and guest houses on the basis of double occupancy
• Accommodation in yurt camps (3 - 4 pax in each yourt)
• Three meals a day along the entire route: breakfasts, lunches, dinners
• Drinking water along the route (2 bottles of 1 liters per person per day)
• Experienced English and Russian speaking guide
• Russian and English speaking team leader
• Performances, concerts according to the program (Folklore concert, Berkutchi demonstration of hunting with a golden eagle)
• Entrance tickets to museums and excursions (Burana, Petroglyphs, Przhevalsky Museum, Mosque in Chinese architectural style)
• All permits and payments to local communities

Cost excludes (to be additionally paid):

• International air tickets (to Bishkek and back)
• Medical insurance
• Drinks and alcohol
• Tips for guides and drivers
• Horseback riding
• Boat trip on Issyk-Kul lake (1 hour)
• Single occupancy

To take with:

• 2 sets of clothing suitable for weather conditions (trousers, long-sleeved shirt, T-shirt, underwear, socks, sun hat);
• light hiking jacket, warm jacket with windstopper for mountainous terrain, light gloves and a mountain hat (it can be cold, up to +5 / +15 С in the mountains);
• comfortable and practical footwear: 1) light for the city; 2) trekking boots (waterproof); 3) slippers;
• raincoat;
• bathing suit;
• sun and wind protection (cream, sunglasses, sun hat)
• head torch;
• a backpack with a capacity of no more than 80 liters or a hiking bag;
• a small backpack for personal belongings and photo and video cameras;
• personal first aid kit (analgesic, antiseptic, antibiotic, antiviral, intestinal, multivitamins, rehydron, patch, motion sickness medicine, your personal medicines);
• personal hygiene items (towels, wet wipes);
• repellents;
• photo and video camera;
• additional batteries for cameras and a power bank

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