Day 1: Bishkek - Karakol
Your guide will pick you up at Manas International Airport and accompany you to Bishkek City (30 min. drive). Today we will leave the capital and we will drive to Issyk Kul Lake. First of all we will visit Burana Tower (minaret from the 11th century) and an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). Burana Tower was used during the Great Silk Road as a sign for travelers that there was a city to have a rest. You can still see the outlines of the old city around the tower. Nearby you will see balbals. These grave stones that look like warriors were made in honor of brave soldiers that died for their Motherland.
Afterwards you will be transferred to the celestial Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608m.above sea level). The lake is called "the pearl of Central Asia". Thanks to the salty water, Lake Issyk Kul possesses curative qualities. You can come up to the lake and to see mountains all around it! The water of the lake is very clean. At Soviet time there were built even special houses for the members of parliament - all of them wanted to have a rest near celestial Issyk Kul Lake! The lake is just incredible!!!
In Cholpon Ata town you will have an opportunity to visit ancient stone inscriptions. It is the most ancient place of Kyrgyzstan. The pictures are dating back to 800 B.C. They were depicted on stones by shamans and all these stones are still at the same place where they were 2 000 - 2 500 years ago! It is a great chance to feel the spirits of that time! Also we will visit a local museum that is considered to be the best one in Kyrgyzstan. There are many things connected with nomadic life and it is really worth to see them!!!
After petrogliphs we will start our way to Karakol town along the northern shore of the sparkling pearl of Central Asia. Karakol is an old town that was built by Russians. That is why there are still many old houses with wooden decorated windows and particular style. Today you will visit a Russian Orthodox Church that is more then 100 years old. Also we will visit a Dungan mosque. One of its highlights is the fact that it is built in Chinese style without using a single metal nail. This overnight you will spend in a home stay. Dinner will be at 8 p.m.
Day 2-5: Karakol - Ski Resort
These 4 days you will spend at the ski resort. Every day or car will transfer you to the ski place and pick you up in the evening for transfer to the home stay. This region is the most famous for skiing and you will have great time there. It will take about 1 hour to drive to the ski resort. The name of this resort is Capriz (altitude is 2300m, 7 km from Karakol city). This ski resorts have rope ways and ski runs of different levels of complexity what is good as for the professionals as for the beginners. While skiing in our celestial mountains you will see the surface of Issik Kul Lake - the views are fantastic there! You will have full 4 days to enjoy your time and for skiing there!!!
Day 6: Karakol - Jeti Oguz gorge - Bishkek
In the morning we will drive to the impressive Jeti Oguz gorge, the gorge of 7 red rocks (30km). This is the most beautiful gorge in Kyrgyzstan. You will see there also our Broken Heart Mountain. Your guide will tell you an amazing legend about the red mountains, love and friendship. You will have time to make photos of these places and to go on the top of a hill (15 minutes) to see a panorama view of this place. You will really like it! Also there are some yurts that can offer you to try Kumis drink - alcoholic mare's milk!
After a short walking we will continue our way to Bishkek. During our driving you will have a lot of photo stops. You will move this time along the southern shore of the lake. In this case during your tour you will drive around the whole lake to enjoy its beauty. This side of the lake is wilder and almost all the time you drive near the water. Your guide will tell you a lot of interesting facts about nomads and their unbelievable traditions. Also you will find out information about the real city under the water of Issyk Kul Lake!
Day 7: Bishkek - Almaty - Chymbulak
Your guide will pick you up at the hotel in Bishkek and accompany you to Almaty City. Almaty was the capital of independent Kazakhstan from 1991 to 1997. Despite losing its status as the capital to Astana in 1997, Almaty remains the major commercial center of Kazakhstan. The city is located in a mountainous area of southern Kazakhstan, near the border with Kyrgyzstan. The distance from the Bishkek to Almaty is 230 km. It will take about 4 hours for the transfer. On the way you will pass a border control. In Almaty city you will be transferred to Ski Resort.
It is situated not far from Almaty city. You will have 4 days for skiing there. Chimbulak ski resort is situated in an attractive gorge of the Zailii Alatau at a height of 2,260 m above sea level and 25 km from the city center. The slopes are served by three chairlifts and two tow ropes. The quad chairlift began operation in 2003, and opened a new region for extreme skiing, and for snowboarders there is a new Park. The chairlifts can take you from a height of 2260 m above sea level to the Talgar pass (3,163 m), for a vertical drop of 903 meters. The routes are continuously maintained by professional groomers.
Day 8: Chimbulak - Airport
After these 4 days you will be transferred early in the morning to the airport to have a flight.
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