Travel around Kyrgyzstan: Tour 9
Duration: 8 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Burana - Naryn - 33 parrots Pass - Kochkor - Issyk Kul southern shore - Barskoon - Jeti Oguz - Karakol - Issyk Kul Lake northern shore - Chon Kemin - Bishkek
Day 1: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
You will be met and transferred to the capital of Kyrgyzstan to see the prominent sights under snow of winter Kyrgyzstan. In course of the travel the road to Bishkek city will take about 40 min. You will visit such prominent place as Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic, and many others places. In the afternoon we will visit Ala Archa gorge that is also known as a Natural Park. You will be impressed to know that at the Soviet Time only V.I.P. could enter to this site. The Ala Archa gorge can be found on a spur of the Tien Shan mountain range. It is just 45 km from Bishkek. In course of the tour you will enjoy the breathtaking view of winter Kyrgyzstan as well as a panoramic view of the gorge that is laying under the sparkling snow. Afterwards we return to Bishkek. This overnight will be in a hotel.
Day 2: Bishkek - Burana - Naryn
Today you will head on to Burana Tower (an 11th century minaret) and an open air museum of Balbals (stone warriors). After exploring it you will continue your drive to the Kochkor village. Upon arrival you will meet local family that will teach you the way of producing our national felt carpets. More to it you will have an opportunity to create your own carpet together with them! Then is visit of a small handicraft museum that possesses many examples of silver decorations, coats made of wool, horse saddle decorations, carpets and more. On our way to the town of Naryn we will drive over mountain pass (3000 m) that will show you the beauty of winter tours in Kyrgyzstan. Night is in a hotel.
Day 3: Naryn - 33 parrots Pass - Kochkor
In course of the tour you will be transferred to the second highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan that is known as Son Kul Lake. The road to it will go via the famous 33 parrots pass the altitude of which is 3 133 m. This lake can be found among the celestial mountains on the altitude of 3013 meters above sea level. People of the country come here for rest while Naryn herders use this area as the pastureland. Then we will drive to the village of Kochkor. Night will be in a home stay.
Day 4: Kochkor - Issyk Kul southern shore - Barskoon - Jeti Oguz - Karakol
Barskoon gorge is your destination of the winter tour. You can find it on the southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake. Here you will visit celestial mountains and the monument to Yuri Gagarin. Then is Jeti Oguz gorge or Seven Bulls that is famous for its red rocks formations. Furthermore you will have an opportunity to hike (20 min) to the top of Broken Heart Mountain. Here you will enjoy the fabulous view of winter panorama view of the gorge! Then we continue our way to Karakol town where you will explore the Dungan mosque that was built in Chinese style without using a single metal nail. And then is an old wooden Orthodox Church. Night is in a hotel.
Day 5: Karakol - Issyk Kul Lake northern shore - Chon Kemin
Today the route of the tour goes to Issyk Kul Lake. This time we will drive along the northern shore of Issyk Kul Lake due to it you will see the beauty of the lake that never freezes in winter. This lake is the biggest mountain lake in Central Asia where people of neighbor countries like to swim and rest. In the afternoon you will visit a small local museum to see examples of handicraft, music instruments and a lot of artifacts. Night will be in a home stay in Chon Kemin village.
Day 6: Chon Kemin - Bishkek
Chon Kemin village is situated in a national park. Here you will enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of winter Kyrgyzstan in mountain. During the tour you will learn that remote places still possess unspoiled traditions and rich culture while capital is quite developed. Moreover our tourism is still developing due to which many parts of the country are still untouched by foreign visitors. In course of the tour you will enjoy smiles, open arms and unrivalled hospitality. Today you will have 3 hours of horse riding through the fabulous mountain forest. Here you will see the prominent beauty of winter tours to Kyrgyzstan while enjoying the panorama view of the gorge. Then you will drive to Bishkek. Night is in a hotel.
Day 7: Bishkek - Airport
In the morning is transfer to airport.
The first thing that comes to mind when you hear about winter Kyrgyzstan is ski resorts. In Karakol you can find one of the most popular ski resorts in Central Asia. We will be happy to tell you what kinds of entertainments are waiting for you in winter Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous country and in winter some of the roads are closed but you will still have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of picturesque places in winter Kyrgyzstan.
During tours in winter Kyrgyzstan, you can enjoy the view of the largest mountain lake in Central Asia. It is located at an altitude of 1, 600 meters and you can also see an open-air museum dating back to the second millennium BC. Jeti Oguz also known as the Seven Bulls and Broken Heart mountain will allow you to enjoy an incredible view of a winter fairytale covered with a blanket of white snow. In addition, you will also learn a lot about the traditional hunting of the ancient nomads with the help of eagles. Kochkor village will allow you to learn the produce national carpets method. Don't miss your chance to enjoy the ride horses or sleighs at Chon Kemin gorge. Here you can enjoy Kyrgyz cuisine and meet many people. There is a chance to visit Naryn region to see more of the beautiful Tien Shan mountains with endless gorges, valleys and rivers.
Winter Kyrgyzstan will charm you with its beauty and introduce you to the culture and pristine nature.