Scenic Kol Tor Lake Hike
and Burana Tower in 1 Day


Designed for those who appreciate both the natural world and historical sites, this one-day excursion combines the serene beauty of Kol Tor Lake with the historical intrigue of Burana Tower, two of Kyrgyzstan’s treasures. Starting from Bishkek, we first explore the Burana Tower, stepping back into Silk Road history. The journey continues with a hike to the tranquil Kol Tor Lake, cradled by the Tien-Shan Mountains. Perfect for adventurers seeking a mix of culture and nature, this tour offers a unique, enriching experience in just one day.

Our journey begins with a visit to the Burana Tower, a historic minaret that stands as a testament to the ancient Silk Road's rich history. As we approach this iconic landmark, you'll be transported back in time, immersing yourself in the tales and architectural marvels of a bygone era. The site also features a collection of balbals, ancient Turkic stone markers, and petroglyphs, offering a unique glimpse into the cultural heritage of Central Asia. Our knowledgeable guide will lead you through the ruins, sharing insights into the tower's significance and the broader historical context of the region. This part of the tour is not just a walk through time; it's an opportunity to connect with the history of the Silk Road in a personal and profound way.

The adventure continues as we transition from the echoes of history to the whispers of nature, making our way to the breathtaking Kol Tor Lake. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Tien-Shan Mountains, our scenic hike to the lake is a highlight for nature enthusiasts. The trail meanders through vibrant meadows, dense forests, and rocky paths, each step offering a deeper connection to the untouched beauty of Kyrgyzstan. Upon arrival, the crystal-clear waters of Kol Tor Lake, reflecting the surrounding peaks, provide a serene setting for relaxation and contemplation. Here, you can immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature, perhaps even spotting local wildlife. The hike not only promises stunning vistas but also a chance to breathe in the pure mountain air, offering a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. This leg of the tour is a perfect blend of physical activity and natural exploration, culminating in a picturesque moment by the lake that embodies the spirit of outdoor adventure.

What to expect

Your adventure starts with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Bishkek. We'll drive directly to Kol Tor Lake, passing through the beautiful landscapes of Kyrgyzstan. The journey to the lake is as picturesque as the destination itself, offering a glimpse into the country's natural beauty. Get ready for a day full of exploration and breathtaking sights!
Burana Tower
Before embarking on our hike, we'll delve into the rich history of the region with a visit to the Burana Tower, located in the ancient city of Balasagun. This historic tower, a significant part of the Silk Road, offers a gateway to the past. Our guide will lead you through the local archaeology museum, where artifacts from the Silk Road era vividly illustrate the region's historical significance. Outside, encounter the mysterious balbals – stone markers inscribed with ancient texts and images, echoing voices from the past. Climbing the tower, you're rewarded with panoramic views of the sprawling Chui Valley and the majestic Tien-Shan mountains – a perfect backdrop for introspection and memorable photos.

Kol Tor Lake

Embarking on our trek towards Kol Tor Lake, we'll navigate a trail that offers a true glimpse into the rugged beauty of the Kyrgyz landscape. This moderately challenging trek spans approximately 4-5 hours and takes us through a diverse terrain that tests both our endurance and rewards our senses. As we ascend, the path weaves through dense forests, alpine meadows, and rocky inclines, each offering a unique perspective of the Tien-Shan range. The trail is not just a physical journey but an opportunity to witness the rich biodiversity of the region. Upon reaching our destination, the serene Kol Tor Lake, we'll take a well-earned break to enjoy our lunch amidst the peaceful mountain environment. After relishing the tranquility and capturing the moment, we'll begin our descent, carrying with us the sense of achievement and the beauty of Kyrgyzstan’s natural landscape.
As our day comes to a close, we return to the starting point of our hike, where our vehicle awaits to take you back to Bishkek. The drive back is a time for relaxation and reflection on the day's adventures. Once we reach your hotel, we'll say our goodbyes, leaving you with lasting memories of Kyrgyzstan's natural and historical wonders.

What is included?

Air-conditioned vehicle with a driver
Professional English speaking guide
Entry tickets to Burana Tower
Lunch Box and bottled water
Trekking poles
Pick up / drop off at hotel


  • 160 USD

    Private tour for one person

  • 90USD

    Group of 2 people

  • 70 USD

    Group of 3-4 people


    Group of 5 and more people


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