Day Trip to Burana Tower and Konorchek Canyons


If you're looking for a quick day trip from Bishkek but don't want anything too remote, then it is the best choice. During this full-day private tour, the guide will introduce you to the history of Silk-Road-era Burana Tower, with a hiking to the marvelous trails of Konorchek Canyon.

Konorchek canyon is one of the places worth visiting for a whole day. Canyon is hidden behind the mountains of a Boom gorge, so, the trip is going to be an unique experience, because you will be able to see what is hidden from the sight of others. Every day here thousands of people pass this road and do not even realise that that only a few kilometers away there is an amazing natural treasure!

The unique beauty of the Konorchek canyons is related to their majestic cliffs, dry and transparent air and long shadows falling from nature-created sculptures, illuminated by the late afternoon sun of the Tien Shan. There was a sea millions of years ago. Subsequently, the bottom of the ancient sea lifted up and a plateau was formed. Then the work of water and wind completed the work of the great sculptor - nature, creating fancy shapes of clay cities, figures of people and animals.

What to expect

In the morning you’ll be picked up from a hotel to start your exciting tour. We’ll head towards Burana Tower to the small town of Tokmok (80km from Bishkek). You will drive along the border with Kazakhstan and, if the weather is clear, you will see the beautiful scenery of the Tien Shan mountains. Tokmak was the second largest industrial city in Kyrgyzstan during the Soviet times, and you can see some of the Soviet monuments while driving through the city. Then you will pass through several small but picturesque villages, and you will be able to see the life of the locals outside the capital.
Burana Tower
Your guide will show you the mausoleums and other buildings discovered by archaeologists during excavations, you will have a chance to climb to the top of the ancient tower, where there is a beautiful view of the Chui valley and the Tien-Shan mountains open. Visit the small museum, which presents various archaeological artifacts, as well as an open-air museum, which contains ancient gravestones, rock drawings, and other interesting historical objects found on the territory of our country.
Konorchek Canyons
The hike begins in Boom Gorge at the Red Bridge, which arches over the Chu River. Your 1 hour hike (one-way) winds through a maze of rocks and red sandstone columns. The trail provides ample photo opportunities and has many fun twists and turns. Follow a dried up river through the narrow gorge until you reach a small plateau, from which you’ll have a sweeping view of the red-earth Eolian Castles. The climax of the hike is the panoramic view where you can observe layers of canyons from the north and green meadows and mountains from the south. Enjoy a picnic lunch and a time of rest, admiring the striking beauty of the cliffs, before beginning the return trek.
Return to Bishkek. Dropping you off at the hotel will be the end of our gorgeous tour. Have an amazing evening!

What is included?

Air-conditioned vehicle with a driver(pick up/drop off hotel)
Entrance fees to the Burana Tower and Konorchek Canyons
English speaking guide
Bottled water and snacs for hiking
Trekking poles
Lunch at a national restaurant


  • 150 USD

    Private tour for one person

  • 80 USD

    Group of 2 people

  • 60 USD

    Group of 3-4 people


    Group of 5 and more people


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