Yurt setting workshop
Yurt is an inevitable part of culture and history of Kyrgyz people that serviced them as home for more than 2000 years. Even nowadays it didn't lose its importance and nomads use them in mountains during the summer time. In Kyzyl Tuu village, southern shore of Issyk Kul lake you can visit a local family who produces yurt. They will show their workshop and explain step by step the whole procedure of erection of yurt. Guests can also participate in it and learn. The process lasts 1-1,5 h.
Cost is ~ 75-90 $ per group (depends on number of people in the group)
Eagle hunting show
Hunting with an eagle is one of the most unique and beautiful types of hunting, preserved since ancient times by nomadic peoples of Central Asia, particularly Kyrgyz. It has been practiced for many years in order to feed people during the middle of winter. The season lasts from October to March. Experienced hunters caught freedom-loving eaglets and taught them to hunt badgers, marmots, hares, foxes and even wolves. This is a very long and laborious process. Today in the village of Bokonbaevo on the southern shore of Issyk Kul there is the eighth generation of hunters, who still continues this tradition. They can show you a demonstration of eagle hunting on a rabbit during which you can get acquainted with the hunter closer, learn many interesting facts about this kind of hunting, take a picture with an eagle to capture the brightest moments of the attack of the wayward bird of prey on his victim.
Cost is ~ 80 $ (in Bokonbaev village), 120 $ per group in Ala Archa gorge
Folklore show is a reflection of the rich history of the nomadic customs and traditions of the Kyrgyz people. Today, centuries later, by the folk creativity tourists from around the world can better enjoy the atmosphere of their centuries-old traditions. During the folklore show in Bishkek, your attention will be dragged to a small concert of 40 minutes by the most talented artists and musicians in Kyrgyzstan
, which have received international awards. During the concert you will get acquainted with the basic kinds of musical instruments of the Kyrgyz people and enjoy folk songs.
Cost is ~ 90 $ in Bishkek, ~ 75 $ per group in Kochkor
Traditional horse games show
Horses play an irreplaceable role in the life of Kyrgyz
nomads. It served as the means of transport, the index of wealth and prosperity, as well as meals: horse meat is a very respected delicacy and mare's milk is a favorite traditional drink. Boys learnt to ride horses from the early childhood. Big parties and holidays were accompanied by such horse games as "ulak tartysh" ("dragging a goat"), "kyz kuumai" ("chase the girl"), "tyiyn engmei" ("pick up the coin"), "oodarysh" (‘wrestling on a horse"). All these games are performed on the open area within one hour in order to see the beauty and power of horse games, preserved from the ancient times.
Cost is ~ 220 $ per group
1 hour bot ride in Issyk Kul
In order to see the beauty of the majestic Lake Issyk Kul, so-called "The Pearl of Central Asia", you can take a pleasant cruise in the Soviet boat (new vip boats are privately owned, are not given to tourists). The duration of the common walks is 1 hour. Skillful captain of the ship and staff create an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation throughout the whole cruise. Your attention will be drawn to a magnificent Terskey and Kungei Alatau mountain ranges covered with snow-white peaks. On board you can really breathe the sea air deeply and enjoy the amazing clarity and blueness of the water of the lake. Yacht Club is located in the small resort town of Cholpon-Ata.
Cost is ~ 80 $ (1-20 pax), 210 $ (20-60 pax)
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