Tour 4: Along the Paths of Caravans
Duration: 9 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Kyzyl Oi - Son Kul - Tash Rabat - Naryn - Tosor - Tamga - Karakol - Cholpon Ata - Bishkek
Day 1: Bishkek - Kyzyl Oi, 200 km, 65% asphalt, 35% dirt road.
Our guide will meet you in the airport. You will drive to Bishkek to have an early check-in in 3* hotel to have a short rest. After it we will drive outside Bishkek. Today our tour goes to Kyzyl Oi village. The road travels through the southern part of Kyrgyzstan. During the journey be prepared for amazing views of impressive mountains and gorges. Today you will see the panoramic views of Tue Ashuu pass which is more than 3 000 meters high. This road is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Kyrgyzstan. You will have many opportunities for photo stops to remember this day. The night you will spend in home stays. Kyrgyz family will prepare a traditional dinner for you.
Day 2: Kyzyl Oi - Son Kul, 140 km + free ride along the lake, 100% dirt road.
After breakfast we start our drive to the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan - Son Kul Lake. This lake is surrounded by mountains and it is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan, situated at an altitude of 3013 meters above sea level. Kyrgyz nomads started to come to this wonderful area with their families for rest and relaxation. Herders of the Naryn region come to the lake to use it as a pastureland. Picnic is on the way. After our arrival, you will be free to explore and enjoy the virgin nature of the lake and its surroundings. Free ride is along the shore of the lakes, meeting of nomadic families on the way. Dinner and overnight is in nomadic collapsible dwellings - yurts. They are made of a wooden skeleton, covered with felt coverings.
Day 3: Son Kul - Tash Rabat, 255 km, 20% asphalt, 80% dirt road.
In the morning we will continue our amazing nomadic tour. You will drive to the Tash Rabat Caravanserai on the Great Silk Road (Stone Castle from the 14th century). The building is unique. Tash Rabat is located at the very heart of Tian Shan Mountains. Tash Rabat was built of stone blocks inside a mountain at an elevation of 3200 m above sea level. In total there are 31 rooms in the mountain. The walls are 1 m thick. There is also underground prison cells formerly used to incarcerate thieves in ancient times. On the way we will drive along the most beautiful Moldo Ashu pass. It is more than 3 000 meters high. On the way you will drive along the top of a mountain! There will be a traditional dinner and the night will be spent in yurts near Tash Rabat Caravanserai.
Day 4: Tash Rabat - Naryn, 115 km, 100% asphalt
In the morning you can go for a walk or have horse riding (20 $ per person) till lunch time. It is a great chance to feel as a nomad and to see local people. After lunch we will drive along high mountains to Naryn town. It is situated right in the gorge. These passes on the way, combined with high mountains and nomadic way of life - make Kyrgyzstan an irresistible travel destination. Views of this mountain road are absolutely breathtaking. This day offers a great chance to experience the variety of mountains which make Kyrgyzstan so popular. On the way it will be possible to meet real nomadic families. Night will be in a guesthouse.
Day 5: Naryn - Tosor - Tamga, 365 km, 10% asphalt, 90% dirt road.
Today you will have the most exciting drive over the spectacular pass named Tosor - its high is 3 950 meters. The views during this day are going to change from one to another so fast! Be ready to take pictures of breathtaking views of the snow-topped mountains with the view to the lake. Picnic is at 1 p.m. In the evening you will arrive to Issyk Kul Lake. It is the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608m.above sea level). The lake is frequently called "the pearl of Central Asia" and is the main touristic highlight in our country. You can come up to the lake and to see mountains all around it. Your dinner will be in a guesthouse. Night is in a guesthouse.
Day 6: Tamga - Karakol, 120 km, 80 % asphalt, 20% dirt road.
Day 7: Karakol - Cholpon Ata, 190 km, 70 % asphalt, 30% dirt road.