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Issyk Kul Lake and Altyn Arashan Highlights in 4 days

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Embark on a captivating journey to the hidden gems of Issyk Kul Lake and Altyn Arashan, where adventure meets serenity amidst breathtaking landscapes. This meticulously crafted tour invites you to explore iconic landmarks such as the ancient Burana Tower, the mesmerizing Skazka Canyon, and the majestic Barskoon Waterfalls. Journey through the enchanting Jeti Oguz Gorge and immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Altyn Arashan, renowned for its therapeutic hot springs.

Delve deeper into the heart of Kyrgyz culture and tradition with a range of activities designed to enrich your experience. Feel the thrill of eagle hunting, a centuries-old practice that showcases the symbiotic relationship between man and nature. Engage in a hands-on archery masterclass, and learn about the history and significance of this ancient sport. Navigate the crystal-clear waters of Issyk Kul Lake on a tranquil boat ride, and embrace the opportunity to relax in the soothing natural hot springs of Altyn Arashan.


This tour is not just a journey through stunning landscapes; it's an immersive adventure into the culture, traditions, and history of the Issyk Kul region. From hiking through untouched natural beauty to learning about local customs and enjoying rejuvenating hot springs, every aspect of the tour is designed to provide a memorable and enriching experience. Join us to discover the unique blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural exploration that makes this tour an unforgettable escape into the heart of Kyrgyzstan.

What to expect

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DAY 1
Bishkek - Burana Tower - Boom Gorge - Bokonbaeva
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 on to the Boom Gorge, get ready to be mesmerized by the stunning scenery and flowing waters of the Chu river. This connecting link between the Chui valley and Yssyk-Kul lake is a must-see for any traveler. Enjoy a delicious lunch of national puff cakes and tea boiled in a traditional Russian samovar, for a truly authentic experience.

The highlight of your day will be a visit to Bokonbayevo village, the birthplace of eagle hunting. Meet the Berkutchi, an eagle's owner, and learn about the fascinating art of eagle hunting. Watch in awe as you witness a live eagle hunting show, including flying, catching prey, and hunting. You will even have the opportunity to take pictures with the Golden Eagle and participate in an archery masterclass.

After a full day of exploring, relax and unwind at our cozy yurt camp on the shore of the Yssyk-Kul lake. Indulge in a delicious dinner and spend the night in a traditional yurt, surrounded by the peaceful tranquility of the lake and mountains

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DAY 2
Bokonbaeva - Fairly Tale Canyon - Barskoon waterall - Jeti Oguz - Karakol
Embark on an adventure of a lifetime on the second day of your tour and awaken your senses with a sumptuous breakfast in a traditional yurt. Get ready to marvel at the enchanting beauty of Kyrgyzstan as we drive towards Skazka Canyon. The canyon is a fairy tale land of majestic rock formations and sculptures carved by nature's winds. Get ready to be awestruck by the surreal landscape, with rocks resembling the Great Wall of China, mythical creatures, and even entire castles! The colors of the rocks are just as spellbinding, with hues ranging from rich reds to muted grays.

Next, we venture into the heart of the Barskoon Valley, surrounded by towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, and lush spruce forests. Get up close and personal with the awe-inspiring chain of Barskoon waterfalls, with three waterfalls to choose from depending on your preference. Take in the breathtaking views and let the sound of the gushing water soothe your soul.

Get ready for a journey through history as we visit Jeti-Oguz Canyon, known for its stunning sandstone formations shaped like seven bulls and the "broken heart." This famous landmark has inspired countless poems, paintings, and music videos and is a must-visit for any traveler to Kyrgyzstan. Do 3-4 hours of horseback riding to Kok-Zhaik valley and to its waterfall(optional).

After a day filled with wonder and adventure, unwind in the comfort of natural hot springs surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Recharge your batteries and enjoy a delightful dinner at a top-rated restaurant before retiring for the night in a 3-star hotel. With so much to see and experience, this day promises to be an unforgettable adventure that will stay with you forever!
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DAY 3
Karakol - Altyn Arashan - Karakol
Embark on a thrilling journey from Karakol to the breathtaking Altyn Arashan, aboard a sturdy Russian military vehicle. This 2.5-hour drive through rugged mountain paths offers a unique blend of adventure and stunning natural scenery, making every moment an unforgettable experience.

Upon arriving at Altyn Arashan, nestled in a picturesque alpine valley, you'll find yourself surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in Kyrgyzstan. The area is famed for its soothing natural hot springs and offers a serene escape into nature.

Take the opportunity to explore more of this captivating region with additional hiking. The trails around Altyn Arashan vary in difficulty but consistently offer awe-inspiring views of the surrounding peaks and lush valleys. It's a perfect way to connect with the natural beauty of Kyrgyzstan and enjoy the tranquility of the great outdoors.

After your hike, unwind in the rejuvenating hot springs of Altyn Arashan. These thermal waters, nestled in this tranquil environment, are not only relaxing but are also renowned for their healing qualities.

As the day winds down, you'll journey back to Karakol. The return trip allows you to take in more of the majestic landscape and reflect on a day full of discovery and relaxation.

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DAY 4
Karakol - Semenov/Grigoriev Gorges - Cholpon Ata - Bishkek
Embark on a journey through the heart of Karakol and uncover the town's rich history and vibrant culture. Your knowledgeable English-speaking guide will take you on a tour of the most interesting and lesser-known sites, including the charming Dungan Mosque, the striking Russian Orthodox Church, and the bustling Bugu Bazaar. As you explore the streets and markets, you'll hear the fascinating stories and legends of Karakol, gaining a unique insight into the daily life of the town.

Next, escape to the stunning Grigoriev & Semenov Gorges and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Tien-Shan mountains. As you wander the slopes blanketed in red poppies and listen to the soothing sounds of mountain streams, you'll have the opportunity to taste traditional Kyrgyz cuisine in a cozy yurt. Horse lovers can even take a leisurely ride on horseback, soaking in the breathtaking landscape. Afterwards, we will continue through the Grigoriev Gorge to the Semenovskaye Gorge, surrounded by lush spruce forests and fragrant herbs.

Get ready for a truly awe-inspiring experience as we set sail on the world-renowned Issyk-Kul Lake, the second largest alpine lake on the planet. Surrounded by towering peaks of the Tian Shan Mountains, you'll be enchanted by the clear and cool waters, perfect for a refreshing swim. Take in the stunning scenery, and capture memories to last a lifetime.

Before reaching Bishkek, we visit the Ruh Ordo Cultural Complex, a testament to Kyrgyzstan’s diverse spiritual heritage, and explore ancient Petroglyphs, offering a glimpse into the lives of the region's early inhabitants. Finally, we conclude our journey in Bishkek, ensuring a smooth drop-off at your hotel, where you can unwind and reflect on the remarkable adventure and the seamless blend of nature, culture, and history experienced over these four days.

What is included?

Air-conditioned vehicle with a driver(pick up/drop off hotel)
Eagle hunting show and archery masterclass
Russian Military car - Altyn Arashan
English speaking guide
Breakfast x 3 | Lunch x 4 | Dinner x 4

Overnight in yurt and 3 star hotel

TOUR PRICES

  • 1250 USD

    Private tour for one person

  • 775 USD

    Group of 2 people

  • 650 USD

    Group of 3-4 people

  • BY REQUEST

    Group of 5 and more people

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