Cultural tour: Celestial lakes
Duration: 13 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Sary Chelek Lake - Arslan bob - Jalal Abad - Osh city - Kazarman village - Tash Rabat Caravanserai - Son Kul Lake - Kochkor village -Konorchek canyons - Chon Kemin - Burana Tower - Bishkek
Welcome to our Kyrgyzstan - wonderful country of Celestial mountains. We are presenting you a special tour for tourists who love the Nature. We made a special route that goes to the south of Kyrgyzstan and then to the north part. During this tour you will see our perfect mountain lakes Sary Chelek and Son Kul. You will sleep not only in guesthouses but also in traditional nomadic dwellings made of wood and felt - yurts.
Day 1: Bishkek - Sary Chelek Lake
After meeting with your guide in Manas Airport you will be attended to Sary Chelek Lake. Sary Chelek is one of the most interesting lakes in Kyrgyzstan. Thousands years ago there was a gorge with a mountain river but after an avalanche the water start to collect right in the gorge and now we have an excellent opportunity to see its beauty! The altitude of this mountain lake is 1873 m . a. s. l. This famous for its matchless nature and varied fauna and you surely must visit it!
Day 2: Sary Chelek - Arslan bob
The day starts with a breakfast at 8 o'clock. We start our transfer toward Arslan Bob forest by car. Arslan Bob is one of the most famous places in Kyrgyzstan. Here the huge trees 30 meters high are found growing wild on mountain slopes and along river banks at an altitude of between 1000 and 1800 meters above Sea Level. Arslan Bob itself lies at 1700 m. a. s. l. You will will move to this town by a narrow mountain road that has many brilliant sights on the way. Night in a guesthouse
Day 3: Arslan bob
This day is fully dedicated to exploring this place. You will go for guided hiking to touch the beauty of this incomparable beautiful place and to see a small waterfall there. Then you can continue walking around or just relax in a peaceful atmosphere of this forest.
Day 4: Arslan bob - Jalal Abad
After a breakfast we will start our way to Jalal Abad town. One of Kyrgyzstan's main routes of the Silk Road passed through Jalal Abad and the region has played host to travelers for thousands of years. You will drive to this southern town along a dodge mountain road that will provide many fascinating views on the way. Night in a guesthouse.
Day 5: Jalal Abad - Osh city
Day starts with a breakfast at 8 o'clock. . Then we will move to the second biggest city Osh. People say that the city is older than Rome, it is more than 3000 years old. You will have a chance to explore the Oriental bazaars in the city. These colorful and crowded bazaars are famous all around Kyrgyzstan. You can make hundreds of brilliant pictures there and after that you we will visit legendary Suleiman Mountain. On the way to the city we will cross Uzgen town. There is a complex of ancient minaret and 3 fancy decorated mausoleums that were built in the 11-12 century. Overnight is in a guest house.
Day 6: Osh city - Kazarman village
We will move back to Uzgen in order to cross Pamir Alai Mountains and then will move in the heart of celestial Tien Shan Mountain system. We will drive along majestic mountains and you will have a great chance to print this beauty in your memory. As soon as we are in Kazarman you will have a dinner and then you will spend a night in a home stay.
Day 7: Kazarman - Tash Rabat Caravanserai
After packing your backpacks, you will be served breakfast at 8 o'clock Then you will be transmitted to the mysterious Stone Castle Tash Rabat- Caravanserai on the Great Silk Road (14th century). The stout building is a unique one there no other building like Tash Rabat in the whole world. It located at the very middle of celestial Tian Shan Mountains at an altitude 3200 m above sea level. The walls are 1 m thick. There are also underground prison cells for ancient pilferers. Night and traditional dinner will be served at 7 p.m. in yurts near by the Tash Rabat caravanserai
Day 8: Tash Rabat - Son Kul Lake
After breakfast we start drive to the primeval Son Kul Lake (the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan). Lunch will be taken on the way. Son Kul Lake is situated at an altitude of 3013 meters above sea level and surrounded by mountains. Since ancient times Kyrgyz nomads used to come to this amazing area to use it as a pastureland for their herds. After our arrival our dinner and overnight stay will be in yurts. And yurt is enough comfortable, fancy decorated dwelling of nomads. Traditionally it builds without nails, just wood and felt.
Day 9: Son Kul Lake (3013 m. a. s. l.)
The entire day is dedicated to exploring adorable nature of Son-Kul Lake. You can stay in camp relaxing in the atmosphere of the wild, but calm nature or you can ride a horse along the lake. Lunch will be served at 2 pm. Then you visit the site with ancient petrogliphs and ritual stones. It is a great fortuneto introduce nomadic customs and culture that preserves from the old times. National dinner will be served yurts. You will spend the night in yurts as well.
Day 10: Son Kul Lake - Kochkor village
After breakfast you departure to Kochkor village (185 km). At the Kochkorka village you meet a family that produces national woolen felt carpets. You even can create your own carpet. You will have national music show and traditional dinner with a local family. Overnight in the Kochkor Guesthouse.
Day 11: Kochkor village - Konorchek canyons
Today after breakfast you will be transferred to our magnificent Konorchek canyons. There we will hike in a wonderful place of red canyons. These marvelous mountains are completely different from all other mountains in Kyrgyzstan. The canyons are differently formed that make your hiking so interesting. This is a real heaven for people who like to make unusual pictures!
Day 12: Konorchek
Today we will continue hiking in this mythical place. You will have a chance to go along the bottom of canyons and then along the top of it. You will be impressed by the unpredictable views during the tour. This place has really unique nature that is waiting for you!
Day 13: Konorchek - Chon Kemin
After breakfast you will be transported through Boom gorge along the rushing stream to impressive Chon Kemin valley. But before that you will have to walk a little. You will spend the night in Kalmak-Ashuu guesthouse.
Day 14: Chon Kemin - Bishkek
You will have breakfast at 8 o'clock. Then you will be transferred to Bishkek city. On the way you will stop at Burana Tower (25 m minaret 11 century) and a Cemetery of Balbans (museum of stone warriors). When you will come in Bishkek you will have a guided city tour.. At 7 pm a farewell dinner is served. Night is in a hotel***.
Day 15: Bishkek - Europe
Your guide will take you from the Hotel and accompany to the Manas Airport according to the time in your flight tickets.