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.