Cultural tour in Kyrgyzstan: Tour 04

Do you want to have an adventure? Are you looking for something new? We invite you for a cultural tour in Kyrgyzstan! This is a country where you can steel meet nomads in the mountains and even to spend a night with them. You will find out during your cultural tour about nomadic life and their unbelievable traditions! This holiday you will remember for a long time! Kyrgyzstan is waiting for you!

 

The itinerary of the cultural tour:

Day 1: Europe - Bishkek

Arrival in Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic. After breakfast sight-seeing tour of Bishkek. From 1926 to 1991 the city was known as Frunze named after the Bolshevik military leader Mihail Frunze. After the independence it was renamed Bishkek. Visiting Ala-Too Square, the main square of Kyrgyzstan, The State Historical Museum, providing different founds and exhibits relating to the Kyrgyz history, Old Square, Manas Square called after Kyrgyz legendary hero Manas, "ZUM" shopping center where you can buy different souvenirs. Lunch at a local restaurant. Visiting colorful Osh Bazaar, the main open-air market in Bishkek. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 2:  Bishkek - Issyk-kul( 300 km-6 h)

Leaving Bishkek. Setting off for the Issyk-Kul Lake, the second largest mountain lake in the world and the biggest lake in Kyrgyzstan. On the way visiting the Burana Museum, a site of a medieval city of Balasagun, the capital of the Karahanid Kaganate, a Turkic dynasty of the 11 century.  Then in Boom gorge hiking to mystical gorge Konorchek (3 hours). Arrival in Cholpon-Ata, a resort town on the shore of the lake. Visiting the Petroglyphs Museum, where we will see a big collection of rock drawings, dating back from the 8th C BC till the 5th C AD. Leisure time on the beach. Overnight in guesthouse. (alt.  1600m)

Day 3: Issyk-kul - Karakol (150 km-4 h)

 We drive to Karakol, an administrative center of the region. On the way visit of the Prjvalsky Memorial Complex, devoted to the famous Russian explorer of Central Asia. Lunch in Karakol. In order to understand the Kyrgyz people life of the 19th century visit of the Holy Trinity Cathedral and the wooden mosque, made in the Chinese style.  Dinner and overnight in the hotel (alt.  1700 m).

 

Day 4: Karakol -  Djeti Oguz - Kochkor(320 km-7 h)

In the morning an excursion to Djety-Oguz Gorge, where there was a very famous sanatorium of the Soviet time. Soviet president and famous astronauts visited it. We will see the famous rocks "Seven Bulls" and "Broken Heart". Hiking to the waterfall. Picnic on the bank of the river.  We leave the gorge and drive along the southern coast of the lake to Bokonbaevo village where famous hunter with golden eagles will show us his birds, he will tell us about way of training of these birds. Arrival in Kochkor village, where we can explore national traditions and customs, watch the process of making traditional Kyrgyz carpets and see a folklore concert.  Overnight in guesthouse. (alt.  1800m)

 

Day 5:  Kochkor-Song-kul(130 km-4 h)

Getting up early in the morning for a visit of a local animal bazaar and a small museum of handicraft. Then setting off for Sary-Bulak, where we can try fried fish from the Son-Kul Lake. In the afternoon drive to a small valley of Toeloek, then to the Kalmak-Ashu Pass. Then walk (2h) from one yurt to another to the Son-Kul Lake ("Last Lake"),  situated at the high of 3016. We can see the life of nomadic people, traditions and customs of Kyrgyz ancestors. We meet a Kyrgyz family that hosts us in their yurt for a night.

 

Day 6: Song-Kul

In the morning an excursion to the mystical stones of Manas. Then drive along the coast of the lake towards the jailoo (summer pasture) of our nomads. We will try Kumyz, a traditional Kyrgyz drink (fermented mare's milk) and other dishes made of milk. In the afternoon we will watch national horse riding games and    participate in the process of assembling a yurt.

Free time. Overnight in yurt. (Shower on 3000 m)

 

Day 7: Song-Kul - At-bashi (170 km-6 h)

In the morning walk towards  petroglyphs (rock drawings). Drive to the Naryn River, the longest river in Kyrgyzstan, come down to the Kurtka valley and then to Ak-Taala (white fields). Drive to the bank of the river. Then drive to Naryn city (2h), the administrative center of the Naryn region, the last city on the road to the Torugart Pass, Kyrgyz-Chinese border. Visit of the city, its  bazaar, the Art Gallery. Drive to At-Bashy village, visit of the ruins of an old fortress Kosho-Korgon. In the evening dinner with local people who will tell us about the famous  Kyrgyz Epic « Manas », the biggest oral epic in the world, telling about the life of a legendary hero of the Kyrgyz. Homestay in the family.(alt.2000 m)

 

Day 8: At-bahi-Tash-rabat.(150 km-4 h)

In the morning we continue to follow  the way of ancient traders, the route to Kashgar. On the way visit to Tash-Rabat, a Karavan Sarai of the 15th century and a unique stone building in Central Asia of that time.    It served as an inn for travelers and traders. Enjoy the nature, opportunity to see yaks, that are very popular animals in the Naryn region. Hiking in the mountains in order to see panorama of the valley. Possibility to take banya. Overnight in yurt.(3100 m)

 

Day 9: Tash-Rabat - Kosh-Debe (230 km - 8 h)

Setting off for the most unexplored corners of Kyrgyzstan. Drive over the MELS Pass (Marks, Engels, Lenin, Stalin). Comming down to the basin of the Naryn River. Opportunity to watch wild nature, see different birds and animals such as griffins, eagles, falcons, ibex, Marco Polo rams. Overnight in tent.(1800 m)

 

Day 10: Kosh-Debe - Arslanbob( 300 km-8 h)

Drive through Kazarman village, then one of the highest passes of the Great Silk Road (3350 m). Immersion into the green kingdom of the Pamir-Alai, one of the two mountain chains on the territory of Kyrgyzstan. Overnight in guesthouse.(alt.1400m)

 

Day 11: Arslanbob

Walking in Arslanbob walnut forests covering 11 000 hectares and sometimes called "the Royal Woods of Kyrgyzstan". It is known that nuts from this area were exported along the Great Silk Road in the Middle Ages. Here we can enjoy the wonderful nature and have a hike to a small waterfall. Overnight in tent.

 

Day 12: Arslanbob walnut forests-Osh(220 km-6h)

Coming down to the Fergana valley towards Osh city, the southern capital of Kyrgyzstan  . On the way visit to a town of Uzgen that once was an important city of the Karakhanid Kaghanate (a Turkic dynasty) and a major trading point on the Great Silk Road. The architecture complex consisting of 11th century minaret and three mausoleums dating from the 11th and 12th centuries makes Uzgen one of the unique architectural sites of medieval Central Asia. Arrival in Osh city. sightseeing tour of Osh. We will have an opportunity to see famous Sulaiman Too (Solomon's Mountain), that is situated in the city center and has four slopes and that is considered to be a pilgrimage place for local Muslims, because,  according to the legend, biblical prophet Solomon (Suleiman in the Koran) was buried at the foot of it.   At the top of the mountain  (about 30 minutes climb) there is a flagpole and a mosque built by Babur, the founder of the Mogul Dynasty in India, who was a king of the  Fergana Valley in the 15th century. In one of the caves of Suleiman Too there is the  Suleiman Mountain Museum, where we can see different things that were found in  the immediate vicinity of the mountain, photos of the mountain's petroglyphs, that date back to different centuries.

In the afternoon visit of a traditional chaihana (tea-house), where you can try traditional Kyrgyz and Asian dishes, including plov, lagman, samsy- baked meat dumplings that are very popular in Central Asia.

After lunch a walk around the city. You will have an opportunity to see ordinary people's life. Visit the famous Osh Bazaar, a classical example of an eastern market, situated on the bank of the Ak-Bura River and a three-storey yurt. In the evening dinner and overnight in guesthouse. (alt.600 m).

Day 13: Osh - Bishkek

Early in the morning setting off for the Kyrgyz capital. We will come back to Djalal-Abad and then to the Naryn River. We will see Toktogul reservoir, the biggest reservoir in Kyrgyzstan. After picnic we will round the reservoir and ascend to Chichkan Canyon and to Ala-Bel Pass (3184m). Then we will come down to a wide valley used as a huge pasture land called by Kyrgyz nomads "jailoo". We will stop at yurts to try Kyrgyz drink Kumyz (fermented mare's milk) once more. After that the road will lead us to Toe-Ashuu Tunnel (Camel's Pass) at the altitude of more than 3100m and enjoy a wonderful scenery from the top. Then we will descend to Kara-Balta Canyon to get to the Chui Valley. Arrival in Bishkek. Overnight in guesthouse.  (alt.800m)

Day 14: Bishkek - Europe

Transfer to airport.

 

 

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