Tour in Kyrgyzstan: Tour 9
Duration: 8 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Burana - Kochkor - Tash Rabat - Naryn - Kochkor - Bokonbaevo - Issyk Kul southern shore - Barskoon - Jeti Oguz - Karakol - Issyk Kul Lake northern shore - Chon Kemin - Ala Archa - Bishkek
Day 1: Bishkek - Burana - Kochkor
Driver will pick you up and accompany you to the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The road to Bishkek will take 40 minutes from the airport. You will have a guide city tour that where you will see the most prominent sights of Bishkek such as Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, the National Arts Museum, National Philharmonic, and many other sights. Then you will head on to Kochkor village on the way town which you will have a stop to visit Burana Tower. In course of the winter tour you will learn that it is a minaret from the 11th century that was also used as a sign for travelers for the city where they can have a rest. Near the tower you will find an open air museum of Balbals or stone warriors. Night will be in a home stay.
Day 2: Kochkor - Tash Rabat - Naryn
Tash Rabat Caravanserai is your destination. This prominent sight can be found on the Great Silk Road at the very heart of Tian Shan Mountains. You will be impressed by the breathtaking view of Stone Castle from the 14th century during Kyrgyzstan in winter. The building is unique and was built on the elevation of 3200 m above sea level. The sight is constructed by stone block with 31 rooms and walls 1 m thick. Kyrgyzstan winter tours will impress you by the underground prison cells that were used to incarcerate thieves. After the excursion we will drive to the town of Naryn. Night is in a hotel.
Day 3: Naryn - Kochkor - Bokonbaevo
Today you will head on to Kochkor village. You will be impressed to see the beauty of winter Kyrgyzstan during the tour that will go along amazing gorge and mountain pass that is 3 000 meters high. Upon arrival to Kochkor village you will spend some time with a local family that will teach you the way of making national felt carpets. Furthermore you will visit a small handicraft museum. After it you will drive to Bokonbaeva village to see the beauty of nomad way of hunting. Local eagle-hunter hunts hares and foxes with the help of eagles. Enjoy the winter fairy tale during this fascinating activity. Night will be in a home stay.
Day 4: Bokonbaevo - Issyk Kul southern shore - Barskoon - Jeti Oguz - Karakol
Today we will drive to Barskoon gorge. This mesmerizing gorge can be find on the southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake and well known due to the celestial mountains and the monument to Yuri Gagarin. After it is Jeti Oguz gorge or Seven Bulls that is famous for red rocks formations. Also you will see there the Broken Heart Mountain and to reach the top of it you will hike for 20 min. Here you will see the breathtaking view of the gorge that will mesmerize you by its winter beauty! Karakol town will show you the Dungan mosque that was made in Chinese style without using a single metal nail. Then you will explore an old wooden Orthodox Church. Night is in a hotel.
Day 5: Karakol - Issyk Kul Lake northern shore - Chon Kemin
Issyk Kul Lake will show you its striking beauty. By driving along the northern shore of Issyk Kul Lake you will enjoy the view of the whole lake. This lake is known a s the biggest in Central Asia as well as one of the most popular place for rest. Even people from neighbor countries come here to swim and relax. Then you will have an excursion in a small local museum to see examples of handicraft, music instruments and a lot of artifacts. Overnight is in a home stay in Chon Kemin village.
Day 6: Chon Kemin - Bishkek
Today you will explore Chon Kemin village that is situated in a national park. Here you will enjoy the breathtaking mountain views that covered in snow. In course of the tour you will learn that remote areas of the country are preserved customs and traditions while the capital is quite developed. Tourism starts its developing due to it many part of the country are still untouched by foreign visitors. Enjoy the famous Kyrgyz hospitality in Kyrgyzstan winter tours. Today you will enjoy 3 hours of horse riding where you will see striking views of winter tour of a mountain forest. On the top you will see the panorama view of the gorge. Return to Bishkek. Night is in a hotel.
Day 7: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
In course of the tour you will explore famous Ala Archa gorge that will mesmerize you by its winter beauty. It is a Natural Park that at the Soviet Time only V.I.P. people were allowed to enter. You will find Ala Archa gorge on a spur of the Tien Shan mountain range on 45 km from Bishkek. Moreover you will enjoy panoramic view of the gorge by having short hiking tour. Then you will explore the Asian Bazaar that will surprise you by the bustling local life. Here you will enjoy many interesting and colorful goods. This overnight will be in a hotel.
Day 8: Bishkek - Airport
In the morning is transfer to airport.
Kyrgyzstan is a country that attracts tourists with its culture and beautiful nature. In winter, Kyrgyzstan is incredibly closed and is worth seeing with your own eyes. During the winter tour you can enjoy skiing and snowboarding as there are many ski resorts in the old days with tracks of varying difficulty.
Winter Kyrgyzstan is the incredible beauty of snowy mountains and forests that will not leave you indifferent. But due to the low temperature, you will not be able to spend the night everywhere and many roads are blocked, but this is not a hindrance for you to see the famous beauty of Kyrgyzstan.
During the tour you will be able to see and visit places such as Issyk Kul which is known as the pearl of Central Asia. You can also explore ancient stone inscriptions that were made 2000 years ago by shamans as well as enjoy the beauty of the gorge of red rock format also known as Jeti Oguz or Seven Bulls. Bokonbaevo village is famous for the local eagle hunter that use the traditional way of nomad hunting and in Kochkor village you will learn the secrets of making national felt carpets. You can also learn a lot about famous traditional horse games such as at chabysh, kyz kuumai, tyiyn entei and many others. Also, you should try the cuisine of Kyrgyzstan, which mainly consists of meat. Do not miss the chance to try an alcoholic drink kymyz, made from fermented mare's milk. Enjoy the winter fairy tale of snowy mountains.