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Kyrgyzstan Highlights Tour. This one week individual tour to Kyrgyzstan shows you all highlights in just one week. This tour can be tailor made to your wishes by Pyala Travel.

Classical Kyrgyzstan Tour

private tour

Ruins of Silk Road, barbeque in Natural Park, native visiting

Explore Kyrgyzstan in one week and meet the nomads in mountain pastures, visit old Silk Road ruines, marvel at great scenery with mountain lakes and visit the buzzlin markets in the capital city Bishkek.

from 1195,-
8 days

Classical Kyrgyzstan Tour
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Day 1. arrival Bishkek /excursion Ala-Archa Park.
Upon arrival at the international airport “Manas” your guide meets you and you have a transfer to a hotel. After a short rest and breakfast at the hotel transfer to Ala Archa National Park located in a picturesque gorge of Ala Archa 45 km far from Bishkek. It is a popular place for hiking, skiing and mountaineering including trips to more than 20 glaciers. It covers the area of 200 km² - mostly forested valleys, waterfalls and rivers rich in trout. The altitude of ranges varies from 1500m to the highest point 4895m (Peak Semenov Tien Shanskii). Several rare species of fauna and especially traditionally revered juniper trees are under protection in the Natural Park. It has very diverse fauna: mountain meadows are the habitat for wild goats, deer and marmots. Ala Archa National Park is one of the few places of the habitat of the rare snow leopard. Hike in the gorge.

In the afternoon we drive back to Bishkek and start our city tour. Start city tour after late breakfast. Sightseen tour includes the Monument of Kyrgyz National hero Manas, Changing of Guards of Honor, Kurmanjan Datka and Lenin statues, main Ala Too Square, governmental buildings, Oak park and Fine Art gallery. A sightseeing tour of Bishkek comes to an end at the Victory Square.
Day 2. Bishkek city - Son-Kul Lake via Burana Tower.
In the morning, after breakfast, one hour drive to Burana Tower (UNESCO site) near Tokmok town.
That minaret was constructed in Balasagun town, one of the capitals of Karakhanid State existed in 11-12 centuries AD. Explore ruins of that important trading point at the Great Silk Road and visit a little local museum telling about that civilization. Also watch a collection of Balbals, Turkic ancient tombs.  

Optionally: On the area around the tower it is possible to organize horse riding games. Along with hunting dogs and birds, horses have always played an important role in the life of Kyrgyz people. They were used in everyday life as true assistants in household and as thoroughbred racers. There are festivals of Horse Games (Ulak Tartysh, Kyz Kuumai, Tyiyn Enmei, etc) held throughout the year.    


Today we step into the nomadic life at the Son Kul Lake . Here the Kyrgyz people still live in traditional simplicity. We spend the night in the summer pastures of the mountains. We spend time with always friendly Kyrgyz families and taste their fresh airan (yogurt) and kumis (a fermented national drink from mare's milk).  

Dinner and overnight at the yurt camp.
Day 3. Full day on Son-Kul Lake.
Full day.

After breakfast you can walk in the area of Son Kul Lake. 

Optionally: It is possible to organize for our guests a demonstration of Yurt setting up. You can not only watch, but also take part in it.  
Yurt is a traditional shelter for the people of the Tian - Shan mountains in Central Asia, nomadic dwelling which is constructed of a many-pieced wooden frame that is overlaid with several felt coverings. It takes only about two hours to put a yurt together.  The felt is made of wool sheared from sheep. There are usually many blankets and carpets to be found inside, as well as “dastorkon” – a low table with delicious food.

Optionally: On the area around the tower it is possible to organize horse riding games. Along with hunting dogs and birds, horses have always played an important role in the life of Kyrgyz people. They were used in everyday life as true assistants in household and as thoroughbred racers. There are festivals of Horse Games (Ulak Tartysh, Kyz Kuumai, Tyiyn Enmei, etc) held throughout the year.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at the yurt camp.
Day 4. Son Kul Lake – Kochkor village – Karakol town.
Today you drive to Kochkor village where local people make felt, various carpets, embroidering and spinning, and other handicraft stuff. We also visit a handicraft museum and a shop, where you can buy different masterpieces – starting from huge felt-silk blankets, finishing with small Christmas tree decorations.  

Optionally: If you want it is also possible to take part in “shyrdak show” yourself and try to make your own felt rug!    

In the afternoon we drive to Karakol town situated in the east of the lake area, at the foot of the most picturesque mountains of Tien Shan.
This sleepy but very interesting old Russian town was first erected by Cossacks in the middle of 19th century and became an important garrison settlement.  

Upon arrival to Karakol town check in a hotel/guest house.
Overnight in the hotel/guest house.
Day 5. Karakol – Djety Oguz gorge – Juuku Gorge – Karakol town.
First of all that day you can do the sightseeing tour in Karakol town. You visit Dungan mosque, a unique construction in Chinese style, but serving as a mosque. Also you will see an old Russian Orthodox Cathedral made of wood without any nails.  


After the sightseeing tour you drive to Djety Oguz gorge.
Djety Oguz in Kyrgyz means “Seven Bulls”. This picturesque gorge is named so because of the red rocky sand formations covered with forests of Tien Shan spruces. On this day you get acquainted with nomadic way of life of the Kyrgyz people and enjoy beautiful views of the gorge.  

Optionally:In the late afternoon you can also visit a Hunting Birds Performance on the one of the mountain slopes.   

After a walk in the gorge we drive to Juuku gorge. The gorge is divided in two parts. In one part of the valley you can walk, and in another part of the valley you can bathe in hot springs.  

After that we drive back to Karakol town. Overnight in a hotel in Karakol.
Day 6. Karakol town – Grigorievskoe gorge – Cholpon Ata town.
After breakfast we drive along the northern shore of Issyk Kul to Chon Ak-Suu (Grigorievskoe) gorge, where we can walk.  

On the way visit the museum of N. M. Przhevalski, the outstanding Russian explorer of Asian continent.  


We continue our journey around the lake.
Issyk Kul Lake is the second largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America. Measuring 182 km long by 58 km wide, the lake appeared as a result of volcanic activity. It is heated from below by thermal activity and never freezes even in the depths of winter. In the summer the water temperature reaches 25-28 degrees centigrade (warmer than the air) and you can swim in the lake enclosed on all sides by the snowy peaks of Tien Shan Mountains. Extremely deep and nicely warm, over the centuries the lake has been something of an oasis in this inhospitable mountain environment. With diverse flora and fauna Issyk-Kul Lake and the surrounding environments are rightly considered to be one of Central Asia most remarkable locations.  

Walk in Chon Ak Suu gorge.
Overnight in a hotel on the lake shore.
Day 7. Issyk Kul Lake - Bishkek city.
Optionally: You can go on an hour boat cruise in the lake to admire clear water of Issyk Kul with snowcapped Tien Shan Mountains in the background.

That day you visit so called “Stone garden” or Cholpon Ata Petroglyphs site, the temple in the open air of Scythians and Hung suns civilizations dated back 9-8 centuries BC till 3-4 centuries AD. The area of those stone drawing lies at the foot of Kungei Alatau Ridge with a beautiful view of the whole lake.
You visit the Ethnological Museum in Cholpon Ata town, where you can acquaint the history of the Kyrgyz people from 8th century BC until to the present day.


In the afternoon, we drive back to Bishkek.
We pass through "Boom Gorge", which lies at the eastern end of the Kyrgyz Range and provides the only corridor between two Chui and Issyk Kul regions.

Converging together through this narrow canyon are a highway, a railway (rising high above the road apparently it was built by German prisoners of war, the first train to travel along the 189km track to Balykchi was in 1948)., and the Chu River (so bellowed by white-water rafters). The name "Boom" means "evil spirit" – and the gorge acquired this name in recognition of the trials and tribulations it presented to anyone who tried to pass through. The first "outsider" to do so was the 19th century Russian explorer Pyotr Semenov (Tienshansky) in 1850. Nowadays there are walls at various places along the gorge designed to prevent landslides cascading down onto the road below.  

Upon arrival to Bishkek accommodation in the hotel.    

Optionally: During dinner we take the unique opportunity to listen to the Manaschi (a singer performing the national Kyrgyz epos, Manas) and see Kyrgyz folklore show. The musicians in traditional Kyrgyz costumes present you a wide range of national musical instruments – starting from Komuz (a three-stringed wooden musical instrument) to Chopo Choi (wind instrument made of mountain reed). You hear the fascinating singing of young Kyrgyz ladies and men.  

Overnight in a hotel.
Day 8. Bishkek – “Manas” International Airport.
In the morning you will be transferred to the international airport “Manas” to catch your flight back home.

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