2 Days Issyk Kul Lake Canyons Horse Riding and Yurt Stay


This private 2-day tour of the Issyk-Kul Lake region is tailored for those seeking both adventure and culture. Your journey will uncover the secrets of the ancient Burana Tower, navigate the majestic Konorchek and Skazka Canyons, ride horseback for captivating views of the lake, and rest in the traditional comfort of a yurt. With personalized transport and a dedicated guide, this journey promises to showcase the best of Kyrgyzstan's natural beauty and ancient traditions.

Escape to the stunning, serene beauty of Kyrgyzstan and immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural splendor of Issyk Kul Lake, known as the "pearl of Kyrgyzstan". With its crystal-clear waters, surrounded by rolling hills and snow-capped mountains, this magnificent lake is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. As the second largest salt lake in the world, it is truly a marvel of nature that simply cannot be missed.

Whether you prefer the northern coast, where you can soak up the sun on the sandy beaches and indulge in a touch of luxury, or the southern coast, with its stunning cliff-like shores and breathtaking landscapes, there is something for everyone at Issyk Kul Lake. The northern coast is dotted with well-heated beaches and bustling tourist areas, while the southern coast is characterized by its rugged, natural beauty and remote, unspoiled wilderness.

So pack your bags and come see why Issyk Kul Lake is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kyrgyzstan. With its pristine beauty, soothing waters, and breathtaking views, it is the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of the great outdoors.

What to expect

Bishkek - Burana Tower - Konorchek Canyons Bokonbayevo (280km - 4 hours drive)
In the morning, your guide will pick you up from your hotel, and you'll immediately head towards Issyk-Kul Lake. En route, you'll stop at Burana Tower and Konorchek Canyons—two key highlights before reaching the lake.

Upon arriving at Burana Tower, part of the ancient city of Balasagun, you'll get an immediate sense of history. Your guide will take you straight to the local archaeology museum, where the artifacts on display paint a vivid picture of the Silk Road's legacy. Afterward, step outside to encounter the balbals, intriguing stone markers bearing ancient inscriptions and depictions, standing as a silent testament to the area's past. Climbing the tower rewards you with sprawling views of the Chui Valley and Tien-Shan mountains—a perfect spot for photos.

After exploring Burana Tower, you'll drive towards the striking landscapes of the Konorchek Canyons. In the heart of the Boom Gorge, these red sandstone formations stand like nature's own monuments. Your hike takes you through the canyons' dramatic passageways, where each step brings you to yet another stunning view. The path culminates at a viewpoint offering a panoramic spectacle of the canyon's grandeur—a highlight for any camera.

The day's journey culminates as you arrive at the yurt camp by Issyk-Kul Lake. The traditional yurts welcome you with their cozy interiors, offering a blend of comfort and authenticity. A delicious Kyrgyz dinner awaits inside the dining yurt, where you'll savor the local cuisine in a warm, communal atmosphere. Post dinner, gather around the bonfire to share stories and reflections of the day's experiences, the flames flickering against the backdrop of a starry sky, rounding off the perfect adventure day.
Bokonbayevo - Skazka Cayons - Bishkek
(350KM - 5 hours drive)
Start your morning with a hearty breakfast in the yurt camp, preparing you for the day's adventure. Soon after, you'll set off on a horseback ride into the surrounding mountains. This 1-2 hour trek will lead you to a spectacular viewpoint where you can look out over the vast expanse of Issyk-Kul Lake, a perfect opportunity for panoramic photos and unforgettable memories.

After your horseback excursion, a 1 hour drive takes you to the otherworldly Skazka Canyons, also known as Fairy Tale Canyons. These natural wonders, with their stunning formations and vivid colors, provide a dramatic contrast to the morning's serene mountain landscapes. You'll have an hour to explore this Martian-like terrain, wander among its unique rock structures, and take photos to capture the surreal beauty of the canyons before we head back to the yurt camp for lunch.

After lunch at the yurt camp, you'll say goodbye to Issyk-Kul and begin the drive back to Bishkek. The 230 km journey will provide time to unwind as you reflect on the past two days' adventures. You'll be dropped off at your hotel or a preferred location in Bishkek by 8-9PM, ending your memorable excursion.

What is included?

Air-conditioned vehicle with a driver(pick up/drop off hotel)
Eagle hunting show as per request
(50USD for the whole show)
English speaking guide
Horseback Riding Experience
Breakfast x 1 | Lunch x 2 | Dinner x 2

Overnight in a traditional yurt


  • 500 USD

    Private tour for one person

  • 300 USD

    Group of 2 people

  • 240 USD

    Group of 3-4 people


    Group of 5 and more people


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