Fly to Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, through an intermediate destination.
Bishkek – Cholpon-Ata
Early in the morning we will land in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan capital and largest city. After meeting the local staff and eating breakfast at the hotel, we will tour the land of the 40 tribes and stop at one of the oldest buildings in Kyrgyzstan, constructed in the 10th century AD. We will then visit the Silk Road History Museum and the archaeological complex there. After lunch, we will travel to Lake Issyk-Kul, the second largest alpine lake in the world. We’ll eat dinner and spend the night at the Cholpon-Ata Hotel.
Asphalt – 290 km
Cholpon-Ata – Karakol
After breakfast, we will continue on the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul and visit the Grigorivka wadis and Semimonovka where we will stop for lunch. We’ll then make our way to the village of Chun Urk-too, which is located on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul. There, we can take a swim in hot springs known for their medicinal properties. Then we’ll continue to Karakol, the tourist capital of Kyrgyzstan. We’ll eat dinner and spend the night at a hotel in Karakol.
50% Off-road – 50% Asphalt – 175 km.
Karakol – Altin-Arshan
After breakfast, we’ll leave our jeeps and embark on a challenging journey in a six-by-six Soviet truck to one of the most beautiful valleys in the Issyk-Kul region, the 2,600-meter Altin-Arshan valley. Along the way, we’ll take in the Alpine landscape, glimpsing the snowy peaks, deep fir forests, and torrential rivers. After the truck trek, we’ll take a walk in a nature reserve, have a picnic in the area, and take a dip in the hot springs in the center of the reserve. We will return in the evening for karaoke and then take part in a cooking workshop to make laghman noodles, a special local dish with cooked noodles, meat, and all kinds of spices. We’ll enjoy the results, one of the most popular dishes in Central Asia!
Accommodations in a hotel in Karakol.
Karakol – Kadji-say
After breakfast, we’ll leave our jeeps and embark on a challenging field trip in a six-by-six Soviet truck to one of the most beautiful valleys in Isik-kol, the 2,600-meter alitin-arshan valley. Along the way we will see the Alpine landscape and see snowy peaks, fir forests, and torrential rivers. After the trip we will take a walk in the reserve, have a picnic in the area, and take a dip in the hot springs in the center of the reserve. We will return in the evening to the karaoke and take part in the legman preparation workshop, cooked noodles with meat and a variety of additives, one of the most popular dishes in Central Asia. Accommodations in a hotel in Karakol.
Kadji-say – Naryn
We’ll enjoy breakfast, then head out to the Jeti Oguz Reserve, which is translated as “the seven bulls,” after the seven huge boulders that stand at its entrance. We will ascend to a panoramic view and then take a walk in the reserve. We’ll find a lunchtime picnic awaiting us on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul and then continue along the southern shore of the lake to meet a hunter who will give us a demonstration of the ancient Kyrgyz tradition of hunting with a golden eagle. We’ll enjoy dinner and some well-earned rest at our hotel in Kadji-say.
50% Off-road – 50% Asphalt – 130 km
Naryn – Song-Kol Lake
After breakfast, we will depart for a very full day. We will begin driving toward the mountains on rough terrain and climb to the Tosor Pass, which is 3,893 meters above sea level on the Taskei Alto Range. There, we will stop to look out over the area, which is often called the Switzerland of Central Asia. From there, we will drive through endless scenic expanse, meet herds of yaks and stop for a picnic in the wilderness. In the afternoon, we will reach the Aki-Naryn Valley and take a walk along the banks of the river. We’ll arrive in Naryn for dinner and to spend the night in our hotel.
90% Off-road – 10% Asphalt – 230 km.
After breakfast, we will drive out to the Chinese border, where we’ll leave the paved road, cross an army checkpoint and drive through stretches of wide open spaces with a distant horizon. We’ll reach the area of the Hortat camp before Lake Song Kol, through a convoy and along a gushing river followed by swamps and marshland to, the “hidden lake,” which is located at 3,510 meters and hidden between stone walls. We’ll have a picnic and stroll around, before returning to our hotel in Naryn for dinner and to spend the night.
90% Off-road – 10% Asphalt – 285 km.
Naryn – Lake Song-Kol
We’ll wake up early to hit the road and begin our trip through 33 parrots to the “Pearl of Kyrgyzstan,” one of the most beautiful places in the country, Lake Song-Kol. The lake is located at 3,016 meters above sea level, and its area has been used as a pasture for nomads and shepherds for hundreds of years. So, of course, we will come face to face with many herds of sheep and cows! we’ll leave our jeeps and travel by horse, visit authentic yurts that serve as a home for nomads living around the lake and learn about the traditional Kyrgyz way of life. We’ll have dinner and spend the night in a tent camp.
90% Off-road – 10% Asphalt – 130 km.
Lake Song-Kol – Bishkek
After breakfast, we’ll watch nomadic games that are specially organized for us, and then start the long journey back to Bishkek. On the way, we’ll stop at Kocecor and visit a workshop for manufacturing wool felt. After lunch, we’ll visit the colorful Konorczak Mall. By evening, we’ll arrive in Bishkek for dinner and our hotel, and if you’re not too tired, you can enjoy a night out in a Bishkek pub.
30% Off-road – 70% Asphalt – 330 km.
We’ll spend our last morning taking a shopping tour in the largest market in Kyrgyzstan, one of the largest markets in Central Asia, the Dordoy Bazaar. At the market, we’ll take in plenty of exotic smells and colors and have a chance to purchase authentic spices and souvenirs for home. Next, we’ll head out to a fishing farm, where we’ll enjoy lunch prepared for us by our local hosts. We’ll then continue to a Russian sauna and spa, where we can relax after our long journey. A special farewell meal awaits us in the evening, and then it’s early to bed to rest up for our morning flight home.
Full board, 3 meals a day.
Hotels as specified.
Toyota Land Cruiser
English speaking local guide for the duration of the trip.
Coffee breaks and picnics.
Visit to hot springs
Access to all sites as specified in the program.
A farewell meal in Bishkek.
A farewell gift from Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan map for every couple of hikers.