5 days around the hidden gems

of Issyk-Kul lake

Embark on an unforgettable journey around the stunning Issyk Kul Lake region in Kyrgyzstan! This tour offers a unique blend of culture, history, and outdoor activities that are sure to make it one of the best trips of your lifetime.

During your journey, you'll have the opportunity to explore +10 destinations and experience numerous authentic activities that can only be found in Kyrgyzstan. From the modern resorts on the northern coast to the wild and pristine nature on the southern, you'll get to see the full spectrum of what this incredible lake has to offer.

You'll indulge in the national cuisine, take a horseback ride up to a waterfall, sail on the endless lake aboard a boat, sleep in a traditional yurt, encounter wild animals, visit museums with parks, and roam the canyons with gorges, just to name a few of the activities.

Whether you're interested in learning about the history and culture of Kyrgyzstan, or you're looking for an adventurous and active vacation, this tour has something for everyone. Don't miss out on the opportunity to embark on this incredible journey and create memories that will last a lifetime!

What to expect

Bishkek - Burana Tower - Chon Kemin National Park
Your adventure begins with a pick-up from your hotel in Bishkek, as you make your way to the Burana Tower in the small town of Tokmok.

At the Burana Tower, be prepared to be transported back in time as you explore the ancient mausoleums, buildings, and artifacts discovered by archaeologists. Climb to the top of the tower and take in the breathtaking views of the Chui valley and Tien-Shan mountains. Visit the small museum, where you will learn about the rich history and culture of Kyrgyzstan and the open-air museum, showcasing gravestones, rock drawings, and other fascinating historical objects.

Continuing our journey, we'll stop at a local Kyrgyz street food spot to sample some of the best cuisine the country has to offer. Here, you'll get to try samsy, a traditional Kyrgyz dish made from dough and fillings that is cooked in a traditional tandoor oven made of clay. Additionally, we'll make a stop at Boom Gorge where you can enjoy the famous tea with milk and kattama, a delicious Kyrgyz swirled onion flatbread.

Finally, we will arrive at Chon Kemin National Park where we will embark on a breathtaking horseback riding excursion to the mountains of Chon Kemin. During the 3-hour ride, you will experience the natural beauty of Kyrgyzstan and the stunning views of the Tien Shan mountain range.

After the horseback riding, we will have a hands-on cooking masterclass where you will learn how to make boorsok, a popular Kyrgyz puff cake. You will have the chance to learn the secrets of Kyrgyz cuisine from a local family and taste the delicious results of your cooking efforts during dinner.

Our accommodation for the night will be in a cozy local guest house, surrounded by pristine nature and the tranquil ambiance of Chon Kemin National Park. As the sun sets, we will be surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the Kyrgyz landscape, making for an unforgettable end to our first day of this 5-day tour.
Chon Kemin - Cholpon Ata - Grigoriev Gorge - Karakol
On the second day, we'll wake up to a delicious breakfast in the heart of Chon Kemin National Park. From there, we'll head to Cholpon-Ata city, where we'll explore the fascinating open-air petroglyphs museum and the Ruh Ordo cultural center, which provides a unique insight into Kyrgyz culture and history.

For lunch, we'll dine at one of the best restaurants in town, where you'll savor the flavors of traditional Kyrgyz cuisine. Afterward, we'll board a boat for a thrilling ride on the crystal-clear waters of Issyk Kul Lake, one of the largest alpine lakes in the world. During the hot season (May-September), you can even take a refreshing dip in the lake's cool waters and enjoy a surreal swim. Don't worry, life jackets will be provided for your safety.

Continuing our adventure, we'll journey to the stunning Grigoriev and Semenov Gorges, which are among the most popular and picturesque gorges in Issyk Kul Lake. You'll be amazed by the natural beauty of the area, and our knowledgeable guide will provide insight into the history and significance of the area.

As the sun sets, we'll arrive in the charming town of Karakol, where we'll visit natural hot springs nestled in the mountains near a river. Relax and unwind in the soothing mineral-rich waters, surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

Finally, we'll enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant, followed by an overnight stay in a comfortable hotel room. Get ready for another exciting day of adventure and discovery on this 5-day tour of Kyrgyzstan!
Karakol - Jeti Oguz(Seven Bulls) - Kok-Jaiyk Valley
On day 3, we will start the day with a delicious breakfast in our comfortable hotel and begin our exploration of Karakol city. We will visit the Duncan mosque, an outstanding example of Islamic architecture in the region, and the Russian Orthodox church, which showcases the diverse cultural influences that have shaped Kyrgyzstan's history.

Afterward, we will venture out of the city and make our way to the breathtaking Jeti Oguz valley, where we will marvel at the stunning natural wonder of the seven bulls rock formation. From here, we will mount our horses and journey deeper into the Kok Jay valley, surrounded by majestic mountains and crystal-clear rivers flowing from glaciers.

For the next 2-3 hours, we will ride our horses through the picturesque valley, soaking in the stunning scenery and immersing ourselves in the tranquility of nature. As we finally reach our yurt camp, we will be treated to a delicious lunch and some well-deserved rest.

Before sunset, we will explore the surrounding area and capture some amazing photos of the breathtaking landscape. We will then enjoy a hearty dinner and spend the night in the cozy comfort of our traditional yurt.
Jeti Oguz- Barskoon - Skazka Canyon - Bokonbaevo
On day 4, we will start our day early with a breathtaking sunrise at the Seven Bulls rock formation. This unique rock formation is a must-see in Kyrgyzstan and we will have the opportunity to witness its beauty at its best.

Our first stop will be in the beautiful Barskoon valley, known for its impressive natural beauty and stunning waterfalls. We will also have the opportunity to visit the giant monument of Yuri Gagarin's head, the first Russian cosmonaut, which is located in this area. The monument is a tribute to Gagarin's training in the Issyk Kul lake and is a must-see for history buffs and space enthusiasts alike. We will then embark on a 1-2 hour hike to reach the famous waterfall in the area and take in the incredible scenery along the way.

Continuing our journey along the south shore of Issyk Kul lake, we will arrive at Skazka Canyon, also known as the Fairytale Canyon. This stunning canyon is one of the few canyons in Kyrgyzstan and is popular for its unique rock formations that resemble different shapes and objects. We will hike for 30 minutes to the top of a small hill where we can enjoy a bird's-eye view of Issyk Kul lake.

Finally, we will arrive at our yurt camp on the shore of Issyk Kul lake, where we will enjoy a delicious dinner and spend the night in cozy yurts. The yurt camp has all the necessary facilities to make your stay comfortable, including showers, toilets, water sinks, and laundry. Additionally, there is a bar where you can enjoy a drink while taking in the stunning views of the lake. Sleeping in a cozy and warm yurt with the gentle sound of the lake's waves lapping against the shore will be one of the loveliest highlights of your trip. You will have some free time to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings before dinner. After dinner, you will spend the night in your yurt, feeling connected to nature and the rich cultural heritage of Kyrgyzstan.
Bokonbaevo - Ak Sai Canyons - Bishkek
On day 5, we will start with a delicious breakfast followed by free time until 11am to fully immerse ourselves in the beauty of Issyk Kul lake. Take a refreshing swim or simply relax and enjoy the serene atmosphere.

The highlight of the day awaits as we head for the eagle hunting show. Our experienced eagle hunter will put on a spectacular show, showcasing the incredible hunting skills of these majestic birds. You will witness three amazing demonstrations, including the eagle being called from a distance to the hunter's hand, the imitation of a hunting scene with the fur of a fox, and finally, the eagle hunting a live rabbit. This unique experience is only found in Kyrgyzstan. After the show, we will indulge in an archery masterclass.

Our next destination is the Ak Sai canyons, where we will explore the hidden and charming Canyon of Forgotten Rivers. At the entrance of the canyon, you can observe traces of dried-up rivers that flowed many years ago. The winding roads will lead us to breathtaking and otherworldly views that are sure to leave you in awe. After we drive down from the canyon, we will head to a nearby wild beach for a lovely picnic and to take in the stunning views of the lake, saying goodbye to this magical region before we move on to Bishkek (200km).

Upon arrival in the capital city, you will be dropped off at your hotel (not included). This marks the end of the tour, and we thank you for sharing this unforgettable experience with us.

What is included?

Air-conditioned vehicle with a driver(pick up/drop off hotel)
Eagle hunting show and archery masterclass
Entry/Admission according to the program
English speaking guide
Breakfast x 4 | Lunch x 5 | Dinner x 5

Accommodation for 4 nights


  • 1400 USD

    Private tour for one person

  • 900 USD

    Group of 2 people

  • 650 USD

    Group of 3-4 people


    Group of 5 and more people

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