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Song Kol Lake is a large alpine lake and truly a gift of nature. It is located at an altitude of 3016 m above sea level, being so high, only in summer you can fully enjoy its blue, get acquainted with the life of modern nomads, live in Kyrgyz yurts and taste the national dishes of our hospitable Kyrgyz people. We learn about everyday life and Kyrgyz traditions, national games, huge flocks of sheep, horses, cows, we may meet camels and yaks. We will plunge into the habitual habitat of a nomadic people, which for decades has not lost its uniqueness.

Altyn-Arashan (Golden Source) is a high-mountain gorge in the eastern part of theTerskey-Ala-Too ridge. This gorge is one of the most popular tourist places in Kyrgyzstan due to its unique nature, hot springs located right in the gorge, extensive spruce forests and stunning views. In the evening it is possible to take a thermal water bath. They are located at a record height of 2600 meters and have a healing effect due to the content of radon and hydrogen sulfide in water, maintaining high temperatures all year round: 35 degrees for a radon source and 41 degrees for hydrogen sulfide.

DETAILED ITINERARY:

  • DAY 1: MANAS AIRPORT - CHONG KEMIN NATIONAL PARK

      Meeting at the airport. Departure to Chong Kemin. National Park is a uniquely beautiful natural zone with a length of fifty kilometers in the valley of the Chong Kemin River serves as a treasure trove of rare species of flora and fauna. Glaciers here harmoniously coexist with forest zones and steppe areas, the landscapes are natural and untouched by time. The natural park covers an area of ​​500 hectares; the height of its location smoothly increases from 1,400 to 2,800 m. After resting, a short horse ride to the panorama, where a magnificent view of the valley opened up. Overnight at the hotel.

  • DAY 2: CHONG KEMIN - KYZART - SONG KOL LAKE

      Transfer to Jumgal valley to the starting point of the horse ride (driving time: 3 hours). You will have lunch in a small local house. The horseback ride to the lake will start through the pass Tuz-Ashu (3,400m). The ride will last up to 4.5 hours. The pass offers a magnificent panoramic view of the Son Kul mountains. After a short rest on the top, we will go to the yurt camp where the family will welcome you. If you like, you can drink hot tea and kymyz (horse milk) or enjoy the last lights of the day to walk around the pasture. At sunset, the whole family is getting busy. The shepherds prepare to release the herds and cows to feed them at night and the women prepare dinner in the yurt for the guests and family. Really like this moment (sunset, horses by the lake, warm yurt, beautiful views, silence). Dinner and night in yurt camp. Dinner and overnight in yurt camp. Note: the living conditions in the yurts are very traditional, which means that a person will have the opportunity to share a toilet outside the yurt and experience a real Kyrgyz way of life. Single accommodation is not available, 3-5 people in the yurt.

  • DAY 3: BATAI ARAL - TAILAK BAATYR MAUSOLEUM

      Horse ride to Batai Aral. On the northern shore of the lake is the only stone building in the entire valley - the Tailak Baatyr mausoleum, built at the end of the 19th century. This place is great for galloping horses. In the evening, it's time to swim in the crystal clear lake. Overnight in yurt camp.

  • DAY 4: SONG KOL - ISSYK KUL LAKE

      Continue our trip to Issyk Kul Lake. We will go to Teskey Torpok pass (or serpentine called "33 parrots"). The pass extends from Song Kol to Naryn. One of the most famous and beautiful passes. It is named because of the same number of turns of the mountain serpentine (3133m). Which in fact seems to be more. In the evening, it's time to swim in the crystal clear lake. On the way we will watch the show hunting with golden eagles (Salbuurun) in Kyrgyzstan is a unique chance to comprehend all the secrets of this ancient art, adopting a thousand-year experience of hereditary nomad hunters. During the hunt, you will be able to trace and experience for yourself how a graceful, dexterous and proud bird shoots from the hand of the host to the very clouds and rapidly falls on its prey. Also, you will have the opportunity to consider the bird closer and even hold it in your arms. Overnight at the guesthouse.

  • DAY 5: FAIRY TALE CANYON - ALMALUU GORGE

      The next day we will drive to Almaluu and start horse riding to Almaluu gorge. We will summit Almalu (Ortok) pass (3650m). On the way we will visit Fairy Tale Canyon. Among weird rock formations there is a ridge that resembles two walls of fortification, which looks like the Great Wall of China, it rises vertically out of the surrounding sandstone. The rocks vary in color from a sandy yellow to red and orange, there are colorful striations visible in places, which show the different chemical composition of the rocks. Overnight in tents.

  • DAY 6: ALMALUU GORGE - ALTYN ARASHAN GORGE

      Horse riding to Altyn Arashan Gorge. This day is the time to relax in the stunning beauty in the Altyn Arashan gorge and take hot springs in the pools in nature. Altyn-Arashan (Golden Source) is a high-mountain gorge in the eastern part of the Terskey-Ala-Too ridge. This gorge is one of the most popular tourist places in Kyrgyzstan due to its unique nature, hot springs located right in the gorge, extensive spruce forests and stunning views. In the evening it is possible to take a thermal water bath. They are located at a record height of 2600 meters and have a healing effect due to the content of radon and hydrogen sulfide in water, maintaining high temperatures all year round: 35 degrees for a radon source and 41 degrees for hydrogen sulfide. Overnight in yurt camp.

  • DAY 7: ALTYN ARASHAN - KARAKOL CITY TOUR

      The next last horse riding route will be in the direction of the Peak Palatka (5020 meters). In the evening, back to Karakol by Soviet car (UAZ) along the gorge. Overnight at the hotel.

  • DAY 8: KARAKOL - CHOLPON ATA - BISHKEK CITY TOUR

      Day of return to Bishkek (driving time: 6-7 hours). On the way the equestrian hippodrome in Cholpon-Ata, where the World Nomad Games took place, covers an area of twenty-five hectares. The arena is the only one in Central Asia located on the lake. The total capacity of the hippodrome is 10 thousand people. In the evening Bishkek city tour: the central Ala-Too square, Victory Square, National Philharmonic, Opera and Ballet Theater, the largest mosque in Central Asia. Overnight at the hotel.

  • DAY 9: BISHKEK - MANAS AIRPORT

      In the morning transfer to the airport (driving time: 40min).

PACKAGE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation (hotel, yurt)
  • Meals (full board)
  • Transport (minibus, SUV)
  • English speaking guide
  • Horses for horse riding
  • Local horseman
  • Chef
  • Horses for equipment, luggage
  • Eagle hunting show
  • Tents
  • Entrance fees to sights according to the program
  • Drinking water

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TALK TO OUR ADVENTURE EXPERT

Damir Alymbek Uulu

Founder "Kyrgyz Twins Adventures" & "Kyrgyzstan4All" Project

Your Private Tour Expert, I specialize in developing and managing unique tours that are tailored to the specific wishes and preferences of my guests. My passion for adventure and exploration has led me to develop the "Kyrgyzstan for all" project, which offers inclusive and accessible tours of our beautiful country. I have a particular love for trekking and horse riding, as well as singing, which is a great way to connect with the local culture. I have traveled to Singapore, Malaysia, Georgia, and the countries of Central Asia.