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With its huge mountain ranges, transparent rivers and refreshing valley, there is a reason Kyrgyzstan is called the Zwitserland of Asia. This trip will take you to experience the bustling local life in Bishkek, relax at the Issyk-Kul Lake with its curative qualities and get lost in the impressive mountainous views.
This tour is perfect for the people who are in love with mountains and unusual cultures as 93% of the country is mountainous with nomadic life in remote places. This tour will take you along to these remote gems of Kyrgyzstan, the stone castle of Tash Rabat Caravanserai and a two day hike through the wonders of the Arslanbob forest.
This tour will not only bring you along the highlights of Kyrgyzstan, but gives you the chance to immerse yourself within the lives of traditional nomads with overnight home stays, traditional meals and the opportunity to create your own carpet with the support of a local family.
Your guide will pick you up at Manas International Airport and accompany you to the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, just a 30-minute drive from the airport.
Upon arrival, you will be able to check in at the hotel after which there will be a guided tour through the streets of Bishkek planned for you. Within this tour, you will stroll down the Pobeda Square (Victoria Square), visit the Duboviy Park (Oak Park), the Central Ala-Too Square, The History Museum, The National Philharmonic and many other places of interest. One of the highlights of the tour will be the Asian Bazaar where you will be able to take plenty of dynamic photos of the bustling local life. This bazaar is a noisy and colorful tapestry of fabrics, products, and people selling/buying goods.
After the impressive city tour, a traditional dinner will be served after which you will have an overnight stay at the hotel.
Early in the morning, your guide will pick you up to the hotel after which you will head to Issyk Kul Lake which is surrounded by the celestial mountains. The Issyk Kul Lake is the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608m above sea level) and is also known as “the pearl of Central Asia”. Due to the salty water, the lake possesses curative qualities along with its mud; so it’s the perfect spot to get some rest and improve your health.
On the way to the lake, you will visit the Burana Tower, an 11th century minaret, and the open air museum of Balbans, stone warriors. You will get to enjoy a traditional lunch and then you’ll continue onwards to the lake.
Even as your lunch, you will have a traditional dinner at a local restaurant after which you will have an overnight stay at the hotel.
In the morning you will be transferred to Kochkor village. On the way, there will be a short break providing you with the opportunity to visit ancient stone inscriptions, dating back to 800 B.C.. In the Kochkor village, a local family will show you how national felt carpets are made. There, you even have the possibility to create your own carpet with the family. Afterwards, you will continue to visit a small handicraft museum including examples of silver decorations, horse saddle decorations, carpets and more. You will end the night at your home stay.
After breakfast, you will head to the second largest lake in Krygyzstan – Son Kul Lake. It is one of the highest alpine lakes in Kyrgyzstan as it is situated at an altitude of 3013 meters above sea level and is surrounded by mountains. This was the typical spot for Kyrgyz nomads to come to with their families for rest and relaxation. Additionally, Herders of the Naryn region come to the lake to use it as a pastureland.
After your arrival, you will be free to explore and enjoy the virgin nature of the lake and its surroundings. Your dinner will be served in nomadic collapsible dwellings (yurts) where you will also have your overnight stay.
Today, you will get the chance to meet real nomads and get acquainted with their traditions, culture and great hospitality. Nomads will always invite you inside their yurts to drink some tea with them and are happy to have a chat with you as they are not used to many tourists. Hospitality is one of the main laws among nomads and they used to say; “Guests are sent by God”.
A traditional dinner will be served in original nomadic houses, Yurts, and you will have your overnight stay there.
Today, you will head to the Kurtka village. This route takes you onto roads that wind along incredible gorges, providing you with breathtaking views of the impressive mountains and gorges. Kyrgyzstan is a real paradise for people that are in love with mountains and unusual cultures as 93% of the country is mountainous with nomadic life in remote places. Upon arrival at the village, you will get the chance to see how the nomads are living in this region. You will have your dinner and overnight stay in this village, also seen as a very remote village adding on to your experience.
In the morning, you will head to the town of Naryn, situated right in the gorge. The drive here, traverses over one of the most beautiful passes along the top of a mountain. Upon arrival, you will be able to visit the art museum of Naryn and enjoy your lunch. As well as the previous two nights, you will stay the night in a local house.
After breakfast, you will be taken to the Tash Rabat Caravanserai on the Great Silk Road which is a stone castle dated back to the 14th century. This unique building is located at the very heart of Tian Shan Mountains. Tash Rabat Caravanserai was built out of stone blocks inside a mountain at an elevation of 3200 m above sea level. In total, the mountain is home to 31 rooms and underground prison cells formerly used to incarcerate thieves in ancient times. There will be a traditional dinner waiting for you after which you will spend the night in yurts near the Tash Rabat Caravanserai.
Today, you will leave Tash Rabat Caravanserai and drive to the Kazarman village. Along the way, you will be crossing MELS (Marks, Engels, Lenin and Stalin) pass at a level of 3300m and enter one of the most wild regions of Kyrgyzstan. This is the perfect place to spot a wide range of animals as it hosts wolfs, bears and marmots among others. After crossing a couple of small hills, you will finally reach the Kazarman village where your dinner awaits you and you will have your overnight stay.
Early in the morning, you will be taken to the village of Arslanbob along the most beautiful serpentine on the Great Silk Road where you will cross kok art pass at 3140m and enter the green Ferghana valley. Enjoy your lunch in Jalal Abad and continue onwards to the famous walnut forest of Arslanbob.
You will end the night with a local dinner and overnight stay at a local house.
A hike is planned for not only this but also the following day, taking you on an incredible hike through the Arslanbob forest; known for its export of Arslanbob walnuts. The hike will take you to the two waterfall located in the area which attracts pilgrims and other visitors. One of the waterfalls is 23 meters in height and has two prayer caves, one of which is known as the Café of the 40 Angels.
You will spend your night in a tent and the lunches and dinners are served by cook.
In the morning, you will leave the wild and untamed nature of Kyrgyzstan when heading back to the city of Osh. It will take you about six hours driving with a magnificent mountain view. There will be a stop along the way, showing you Djalal Abad town and its famous Uzgen Tower dating back to the 11th century where it was built by Karakhanids. This tower is surrounded by mausoleums that were used as burial chambers for the leaders in the past. The whole road will surprise you with its celestial mountains and excellent panoramic views. There will be many photo stops for you to remember this tour for a long time. You will have your overnight stay in a home stay in Osh.
It is time to close the doors of Kyrgyzstan and head back home with your lovely memories!
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