Activity: Cultural tour
Duration: 7 days
Places to visit: Torugart - Tash Rabat Caravanserai - Son Kul - Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
This tour is for people who have transit from Chinese-Kyrgyz border on Torugart pass and then to Bishkek city. Traveling during this trip you will be able to feel a complete relaxation far from civilization and busy world you will see ancient caravansary Tash Rabat which from Kyrgyz translated as Stone castle.
Day 1: Torugart - Tash Rabat Caravanserai (Stone castle)
Your guide will pick you up at Torugart pass and then you will be transferred to the Tash Rabat- Caravanserai one of the site on the Great Silk Road (Stone Castle from the 14th century). The building is a unique one. Tash Rabat is located at the very heart of Tian Shan Mountains it was made of stones and furthermore it was built inside a mountain at a height 3200 m above sea level. Local people never come in it after sunset they believe that the building is fill of evil spirits. In total there are 31 rooms inside the castle. The thickness of walls is 1 m. There are also underground prison cages for ancient thieves. National dinner will be at 7 p.m. You will spend the night in yurts near by the Tash Rabat caravanserai.
Day 2: Tash Rabat - Son Kul Lake
After having breakfast you will go to the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan Son Kul. 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.This place is perfect to relax because it is far from civilization. Many Herders of the Naryn region come to the lake to use it as a pastureland. After our arrival, you will be free to explore and enjoy its virgin nature and its surroundings. Dinner and overnight will be organized in nomadic collapsible dwellings - yurts. It is made of a wooden skeleton, covered with felt coverings and have been used for two thousand years.
Day 3: Son Kul (3013m. above sea level)
Breakfast time is 9 o'clock. After breakfast is your free time. You can have horse back riding for several hours, or just to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the wild, but calm nature. Lunch time is 2 p.m.. Then you will see also ancient petrogliphs and ritual stones of shamans. It is a great chance to get acquainted with nomadic way of life and to know more about their culture traditions and customs. National dinner will be served for you in the nomadic dwelling yurts. There you will also spend night.
Day 4: Son Kul
Today you can have a short hiking along the beach of the lake or to walk around your yurts camp. During a day you will feel complete freedom from all your problems. Son Kul Lake is situated at the place that is completely out of the civilization! There is no traffic, TV set, radio, crowds of people... it is a perfect chance to feel as if you are one thousands years ago among nomads...and forget about all your problems.
Day 5: Son Kul - Bishkek
After breakfast we will go back to the Bishkek city. Along the whole way you will see unforgettable views of our mountains. You will see famous Boom gorge and its mountain river that flows along the gorge. As soon as you are in Bishkek you will go to your hotel and then we will have a farewell dinner at about 7-8 o'clock.
Day 6: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
Then you will be transferred to Natural Park Ala-Archa to have an excursion. This park is situated in the Ala-Archa gorge, on the Kyrgyz ridge (a spur of Tien-Shian), in 45 km from Bishkek-capital of Kyrgyzstan. This gorge situated on the altitude of 2100 m above sea level and it is one of the most beautiful gorges in Kyrgyzstan because slopes of mountains are covered with juniper and spruce forests, there are mountain river, waterfall and snow white peaks that are possible to be seem from a far distance. You will have a track to Ak-Sai falls, about 5-6 hours. From your path you can see the highest peak of the Kyrgyz range - Ala-Archa peak (4000 m lunch is near fall. Descent to the gorge Ala-Archa. After that you will return to Bishkek. You will spend the night in a hotel***.
Day 7: Bishkek - Tashkent
Our tour-guide will meet you at your hotel and accompany to the International Airport Manas according to the time and details of your flight.