Discover Pearls of Kyrgyzstan – Issyk-Kul and Song-Kul lakes

We would like to invite you for a Fam Tour to Kyrgyzstan during June 08-13, 2019! 

In June you can use the opportunity to explore the country of Celestial Mountains with a locally organised tour capturing the highlights of Kyrgyzstan’s nature and culture.

We are looking forward to meet you with our Kyrgyz hospitality!

INVITED COMPANIES:  Outbound Tour Operators and Agencies intending to offer Kyrgyzstan.

TOUR START:  June 08, 2019

TOUR END:     June 13, 2019

RECOMMENDED ARRIVAL DATE: not later than June 07, 2019

POSSIBLE DEPARTURE DATE: from June 14, 2019

WE COVER:     All expenses during the familiarization trip, except Bishkek hotel.

YOU COVER:    International flights, travel insurance, Bishkek hotel accommodation, visa fee if needed

 

CONTACT PERSON:

Mr. Asylbek Rajiev, Executive director

Kyrgyz Community Based Tourism Association “Hospitality Kyrgyzstan”

58, Gorkiy Street, 720031, Bishkek

Kyrgyz Republic

Office phone: +996 312 443331

Mobile/Whatsapp/Telegram: +996 772 530575

E-mail: cbtnetworks@gmail.com

Web: www.cbtkyrgyzstan.kg

 

 

TRIP ESSENTIALS

Tour Type: cultural with some soft adventure

Total Duration: 6 days

Time:  June 08-13, 2019

Level of Difficulty:  easy

Maximum Altitude on the Trip:  3 400 meters ASL

Start and End Point:  Bishkek

Accommodation: home stays and yurts in rural areas

Transport: jeep/minivan/minibus depending on the size of the group

Best group size:   up to 12 persons

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Burana Tower – Balasagun was a city in the Chuy region during the Karakhanid Khanate.  Excavations have revealed that the double walls of the settlement enclosed 30 sq km, including a fortress, many workshops, bazaars, a bathhouse, and a plot of arable land.  Water brought by a large pipe from a neighboring canyon.  As the Karakhanid rule was shaken by Mongol invasions, Balasagun began a slow decline, eventually becoming a ghost town in the 15th century.

Burana Tower is the most visible remnant of the old city.  Built in the 11th century, the tower is thought to have been a minaret.  It was originally double it’s current height of 24.6 meters.  Historian’s believe the top half to have been destroyed in a 15th century earthquake.

 

Issyk-Kul Lake – the crown jewel of the Tian ShanLake Issyk-Kul is 6232 sq m of sparkling blue paradise.  The second largest saline lake in the world, its name in Kyrgyz means “hot lake”– though surrounded by spectacular snow capped peaks, the water never freezes.  Silk Road traders stopped here to recover from the grueling trek over the passes of the Tian Shan, and it is still the most popular destination in Kyrgyzstan to relax for both tourists and locals.

 

Lake Son-Kul— in Kyrgyz “the final lake”.  Son Kul gleams like a brilliant sapphire on it’s lush green mountain plateau.  At 3016 m it is inaccessible during winter months, and even in summer weather conditions can change rapidly. “The Last Lake” is considered one of the most beautiful areas for summer pasturing with an area of 270 km sq.  In winter the lake freezes over with ice more than a meter thick.

Nomads have been making the upland trek to this 3016 m asl lake since ancient times with their livestock.  Some left mysterious “standing stone” arrangements.

Lake Son-Kul is a beautiful place to experience life on a jailoo summer pasture.  Ride horses in the surrounding mountains, or stay in a yurt and experience an old-fashioned Kyrgyz summer.

 

 

TRIP ITINERARY of FAM TOUR JUNE 08-13, 2019

Bishkek –Burana Tower – Chong-Kemin Valley –Tamchy – Cholpon-Ata – Karakol Town –Jyrgalan – Ak-Suu – Altyn-Arashan Hot Springs –Chyrak village-Jety-Oguz- Bokonbaevo Village –KyzylTuu village- Kochkor Village-Kyzart village-Kilemche jailoo-Jaman-Echki jailoo-Tuz-Ashuu-Batai-Aral- Bishkek

Days Program Services included NOT included/Remarks Pictures
Day 1

June 07

Arrival day. Arrival at Manas International Airport. Transfer to Bishkek. Accommodation in the hotel of your choice.

Welcome lunch. After lunch short city tour. Dinner at local restaurant.

Airport transfer

Welcome lunch and dinner

Hotel accommodation

 

Recommended hotels:

4 star:

Ambassador Hotel

Solutel Hotel

3 star:

Grand Hotel

Garden Hotel

 
Day 2

June 08

 

This day drive to Karakol city. Visit the Burana Tower architectural complex (10th-11th century, an important point on the Great Silk Road) on the way (15 km from the main road, 1 hour). Also visit Chong-Kemin village. Inspection to Kemin and Ashu guesthouses. Continue drive to Karakol. Lunch in Tamchy village at CBT homestay. Visit Dolinnka resort in Kara-Oi village. On the way make a stop in Cholpon-Ata to visit an open-air petroglyph (rock painting) gallery (5km from Cholpon-Ata, heading to the mountains) and Rukh-Ordo complex. Arrival in Karakol dinner and accommodation in the guesthouse . Tamchy:

Lunch

Karakol:

Dinner

B&B in the guesthouse

7-8 hours drive time  
Day 3

June 09

Morning transfer Jyrgalan valley. On the way visit the Dungan Mosque and the Russian Orthodox Church. Inspection at local guesthouses in Jyrgalan upon arrival. Short hike around the village. En route visit yurt camp. Drive back to Karakol. Dinner with Dungan family. Accommodation in the guesthouse. En-route:

Lunch

Karakol:

Dinner

B&B in the guesthouse

4-5 hours drive time  
Day 4

June 10

Morning transfer to the Ak-Suu Village and Altyn-Arashan resort. Picnic-lunch on the way with beautiful nature view Walk down to Karakol. Leave to the southern shore of Issyk-Kul lake.  On the way we’ll take a walk through the beautiful Kök-Zhaik area, which means “Valley of Flowers”, named for the poppies that are strewn all over the valley. Our next stop will be Jetty Ögüz Gorge, which translates directly into English as “Seven Bulls” Gorge. The name comes from the 35km wall of seven intimidating red-brown cliffs that resemble angry bulls.  Dinner en route in a Kyrgyz family. Arrival in Bokonbaevo, accommodation in home stay or yurt camp. Altyn-Arashan:

Lunch

Chyrak:

Dinner

Bokonbaevo:

B&B

3-4 hours driving

 

This yurt camp was designed by Dutch architect has all facilities like modern WC, hot water, shower.

 
Day 5

June 11

Morning head to the Son-Köl Lake (The Final Lake), 3016 meters above sea level. En route stop in Kyzyl-Tuu village, the Village of Yurt makers. Visit a Kyrgyz family where all family members make a Boz Ui (Yurt) – a traditional Kyrgyz dwelling tent. Further transfer to Kochkor Village, visit CBT Kochkor office, and have a lunch at Local Kyrgyz family. Then drive to Kilemche jailoo via Kyzart  pass. Dinner upon arrival. Overnight in shepherd’s yurt. Kochkor:

Lunch

Kilemche:

Dinner

B&B in a yurt

7-8 hours drive time  
Day 6

June 12

After breakfast start trekking to the shore of Son-Kol lake. Cross the Zhalgyz-Karagai Pass (3 400 meters ASL) and descend to the lake. Lunch in the yurt of shepherds. Afternoon head to yurt camp in Batai-Aral area. On the way pass Tuz-Ashuu jailoo.  Trekking is around 5 hours. Dinner and overnight are in yurt at Batai-Aral Yurt Camp. Jaman-Echki:

Lunch

Batai-Aral:

Dinner

B&B in a yurt

5-6 hours trekking time  
Day 7

June 13

After breakfast we’ll leave Song-Kol lake and drive back to Bishkek. Arrival in Bishkek, accommodation in the hotel of your choice. Farewell dinner. Kochkor:

Lunch

Bishkek:

Dinner

5-6 hours drive time

Hotel accommodation

 

Recommended hotels:

4 star:

Ambassador Hotel

Solutel Hotel

3 star:

Grand Hotel

Garden Hotel

 

 
Day 8

June 14

Transfer to the airport. Departure.   Hotel accommodation

 

Recommended hotels:

4 star:

Ambassador Hotel

Solutel Hotel

3 star:

Grand Hotel

Garden Hotel