Horseback-riding tour, 9 days
Bishkek Issyk-Kul Lake:
Your guide will pick you up at Manas International Airport and accompany you to Bishkek (30 min. drive), where you will start the day with a breakfast. Then you will be transferred to the celestial Issyk-Kul Lake (200 km), the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608m.above sea level). The Lake is also called the pearl of Central Asia. On our way, we will visit the Burana Tower (minaret from the 11th century) and an open air museum of Balbals (stone warriors). After a traditional lunch, we continue our way to the lake. As soon as we are in «Avrora» Hotel you will have a rest on the northern beach of the lake where you can lie on the warm sand or swim in the lake. Thanks to the salty water, Issyk Kul Lake possesses curative qualities. Your dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
«Avrora» Hotel or similar
Issyk-Kul Lake Karakol:
The day starts with a breakfast at 8 oclock. Then you have free time to swim in the lake till 12 pm. Afterwards, you will start your trip to Karakol city by car (200 km). On the way, we will make a short break to give you the opportunity to visit ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.), including the local museum. You will have a second stop during the trip at 12 oclock, where you can enjoy lunch in a relaxed atmosphere, before continuing our way to Karakol city along the northern shore of the sparkling pearl of Central Asia, which beauty you will be able to enjoy to the full during another break, where you go on a one hour cruise on a steam boat. Then you will be transferred to Karakol city. Night in a guesthouse.
Karakol Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley:
You will be served breakfast at 8 oclock. The entire morning is dedicated to a guided Karakol City Tour. The tour includes the visit of the Dungan mosque. One of its highlights is the fact that it is built in Chinese style without using a single metal nail. This will be followed by the visit of an old wooden Orthodox Church. Later, you will visit the museum of M.V. Prejvalsky, one of the worlds greatest explorers. His biggest achievements were the crossing of the great desert Taklamakan and the discovery of more than 4000 animals, including the Horse of Prejevalsky. We will end the City Tour with a traditional lunch and leave Karakol at 1 p.m. and start our way to impressive Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley (70 km). On the way, you will see red mountains in different shapes, just before we will visit the mineral sources of hot springs at Jeli Suu (Dungan Village), where you will have the possibility to take a bath. Afterwards, a horseback riding tour to the Physical and Geographical station of Chong Kyzyl Suu is waiting for you (1 hour). Your dinner and overnight stay will be in yurts. A yurta is an original nomads dwelling. It is made of a wooden skeleton that is covered by felt. This is a collapsible dwelling that is built without nails.
Chong Kyzyl Suu Ashu Tor - Chong Kyzyl Suu (6h):
After a strengthening breakfast, we will leave the camp at 9 am and start our horseback riding tour to the Ashu Tor pass (2800m). After your lunch you will have an ascent on horses to an amazing mountain lake, which finds its origin in a glacier. With a bit of luck you might see mountain goats. After enjoying the view of the mountain lake we come back to the station. Dinner is served at 8 p.m. Overnight in yurts.
Chong Kyzyl Suu - Kishi Kyzyl Suu:
After an early breakfast at 7 am, you will ride off to the valley of Kishi Kyzyl Suu (lunch on the way) it is a gorgeous canyon that you will definitely like (6h). You will be carried away by the amazing scenery offered through views the untouched nature. We will arrive in Kishi Kyzyl village at 7 pm, where you will have half an hour time to settle in your tents, before being served a traditional dinner.
Kishi Kyzyl Suu village Jumakuchak:
After breakfast we continue our horseback riding tour from the Kishi Kyzyl Suu valley to Jumakuchak (6h) via the small Jumalai pass, where we will have a picnic. There is a gorgeous sight of the surface of Issyk-Kul Lake. You will have a chance to explore its virgin nature on your own. Traditional dinner is served at 7 p.m. Overnight in Jumakuchak in tents among nomadic yurts of Kyrgyz people.
Jumakuchak Kok Terek village:
The day starts with a breakfast at 8 am, before you will mount your horse to take the ride from Jumakuchak to Kok Terek Village under the hoofs (6h). On the way you will come across the red cave that is called 500 rams and a picturesque mountain waterfall. You will have your lunch at the bottom of the waterfall. The waterfall is situated not far from hot springs (40 degrees Celsius) that are also possible to visit if you wish. After having a rest we continue our way to Kok Terek village. Our dinner and overnight will be in a home stay.
A house of a local family
Kok Terek Bishkek:
After packing your backpacks, you will be served breakfast at 8 oclock. Then you will be transferred to Bishkek city by car along the southern shore of the famous Issyk-Kul Lake
(380 km). You will arrive in Bishkek in a gueshouse at around 7 pm, where you will have the time for yourself until your pick up at 8 pm. Then you will have a farewell dinner.
Your guide will meet you at the guesthouse at the pick up time arranged previously according to your flight details and accompany you to Manas International Airport.
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