Day 1: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
Today we will visit Ala Archa gorge. It is a Natural Park. At the Soviet Time only V.I.P. people had permission to go for a walk here. The Ala Archa gorge is on a spur of the Tien Shan mountain range. It is just 45 km from Bishkek. You can have a short hiking tour to see a panoramic view of the gorge. If you want we can go hiking a little bit longer to see a small scenic waterfall. Afterwards we return to Bishkek. A traditional dinner will be organized at 7 o'clock. This overnight will be in a hotel.
Day 2: Bishkek - Tamga
In the morning you will start your journey to celestial Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest alpine lake in the world. The lake is called "the pearl of Central Asia". You can come up to the lake and to see mountains all around it. On route you will visit Burana Tower (an 11th century minaret) and an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). After having taken a traditional lunch, we continue our way to the lake. We will have a break in Bokonbaeva village, where we will visit a local eagle-hunter. He hunts hares and foxes with the help of eagles (traditional way of nomads hunting). Then we transfer to Tamga village. Your dinner will be served at 7 p.m. in the guesthouse, where you will also spend the night.
Day 3: Tamga - Barskoon - Chokolu Lakes
Today we will drive 2 hours to Barskoon gorge where we will start our horse riding portion of the tour. There is a road along the gorge which connects Issyk Kul valley with the valleys of Inner and Central Tien-Shan. In the beginning of the gorge its slopes are covered by steppe flora and sparse bushes. At 2800 meters above sea level, juniper forests appear. Also on the way you will see a very beautiful waterfall. Our horse riding starts from the ascent to a mountain pass. During this day we will hike high in the mountains and you will see many small mountain lakes. Night will be in tents (3 663 m).
Day 4: Chokolu Lakes - Jashil Kol Lake - Dzhukuu gorge
We will start our horse riding at 8 o'clock. During this day you will go over Dzhukuu pass (3512 m). The road is just breathtaking and you will fall in love with our mountains. On the top of the pass we will stop for a while to enjoy the amazing views. Also you will see our famous Jashil Kol Lake that is hidden in the rocky mountains. During the course of the day you will see many different mountain landscapes. Today it is quite possible that we will meet real nomads. They come to these mountains in summertime with their cattle. Night will be in tents (2 719 m).
Day 5: Dzhukuu gorge - Ashu Kashka Suu gorge
This day is devoted to horse riding from Dzhukuu to Ashu Kashka Suu gorge. The path will lead us along high mountains that are covered with fir trees and junipers. Fir trees are called the Queens of Tien Shan because of their beauty and juniper trees are the most sacred trees for nomads. Juniper lives more than 2 000 years and people considered it to be the tree of life and rebirth. Very often you can see different pieces of colorful fabric that are fastened on them by locals for good luck and a long life. Our horse riding takes place in the Central Tien Shan, along the Terskey range. Night will be in tents (2 779 m).
Day 6: Ashu Kashka Suu - Jukuchak gorge
You will be horse riding today to Jukuchak gorge and we will cross over pass that is 3 641 m high. Its name is Ashu Tor and it is famous for its panoramic views. In the afternoon we can visit some nomads. All nomads are very hospitable. They will always invite you inside their houses/yurts to drink tea with them. They are not used to seeing many tourists and are always glad to speak with them. At the end of the day you will come to the place where you will swim in natural hot springs. There are several small rooms with healing waters. People come to this place to improve energy and their health. Night is tents (2 223 m).
Day 7: Dzhukuchak gorge - Kichi Kyzyl Suu
You will have breakfast at 8 o'clock. Afterwards we start our horse riding to the foothill of Orto Bulak pass. We will go over it to come to the Kichi Kyzyl Suu gorge. The mountain pass is 2 543 meters above sea level. You will be surprised by its pristine beauty. The landscape of Kyrgyzstan is complicated and varied and it is dominated by mountain chains which crisscross the country - but as well as the peaks, gorges and valleys, there are also steppes and hollows. In a small area it is possible to see a wide variety of landscapes and experience different climates because when you travel even relatively small distances - yet you have large ascents and descents all the time. Night is in tents (2 300 m).
Day 8: Kichi Kyzyl Suu - Jili Suu
In the morning we will start our way to Chon Kyzyl Suu gorge. The gorge is very popular among nomads because it has a lot of green grass and a fast mountain river. You will see some families with their cattle and yurts. It is possible that nomads will offer you to drink Kumis. It is our national drink. Kumis is made of mare's milk and it is an alcoholic drink as a beer. We suggest you not to drink too much for the first time. In the evening you will come to natural hot springs Jili Suu. There is a small pool with curative water. You can take a bath there to improve your health and to relax after your horse riding. Night is in tents (2 531 m).
Day 9: Chon Kyzyl Suu gorge - Jeti Oguz
Today we continue nomadic horse riding tour in the direction of the famous Jeti Oguz gorge. It is one of the most beautiful gorges in Kyrgyzstan. To get to the gorge we will cross a mountain river and go over Kok Dzhayyk pass (2 751 m). From this mountain pass you will see unforgettable views and you can take a lot of photos there. Also during the riding you will repeatedly see panoramic views of Issyk Kul Lake. At the end of the day we will come to the yurt camp. And this night you will sleep like real nomads in Kyrgyz yurts (2 259 m).
Day 10: Jeti Oguz - Oguz Bashi - Jeti Oguz
This day is devoted to a radial horse riding tour. In the morning you will ride to see a view of Oguz Bashi glacier. The name is translated as the Head of a Bull. Its peak indeed looks like a head with horns. We will be going along a green gorge covered with trees. There are nomadic yurts on the way because this place has very nice pastures. We will not come up to the snow itself because it takes 2 days and the road back will be along the same path. Instead оf it you will have a very nice picnic with a view of this snow white peak. After a short rest we will come back to the yurt camp (2 259 m).
Day 11: Jeti Oguz - Karakol - Bishkek
Today you will be transferred to Bishkek city along the northern shore of Issyk Kul Lake. This is a great chance to see the whole lake from all sights. On the way we will drive to Karakol town to visit the Dungan mosque. It was built in Chinese style without using a single metal nail. This will be followed by the visit of an old wooden Orthodox Church. We will make a short break to give you the opportunity to visit ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.). These petroglyphs were made more than 2 000 years ago by shamans. Traditional dinner will be served in Bishkek at 7 p.m. Night is in a hotel.
Day 12: Bishkek - Airport
In the morning is transfer to airport.
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