Classic Kyrgyzstan

Suggested Itinerary

9 Days From $2,170

Overview

Kyrgyzstan may not be your first thought for a getaway but, for the visionaries out there, this is a country instilled with a very real sense of adventure. From the peaks of the spectacular Tien Shan Mountains to the rural heartland of the Chon Kemin Valley, this is a land of old Silk Road folk tales and deep-rooted nomadic traditions.

It begins in Bishkek, the country’s dramatically located capital. After a chance to tour the city, lose yourself amongst the meandering stalls of ...

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Get lost in the twisting aisles of Bishkek’s Osh Bazaar
  • Stay with nomads of the shores of Lake Son Kul
  • Trek or horse-ride in the majestic Jety Oguz Canyon
  • Explore the rural village of Ashu
  • Hike in the Chon Kemin and Kol Say Valleys
  • Witness an eagle hunting demonstration

Suggested Itinerary

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE BISHKEK: CITY TOUR

DAY 1: ARRIVE BISHKEK: CITY TOUR

Early this morning, arrive into the capital, splendidly set against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Your guide will be waiting to pick you up from the airport and, after a chance to check in and freshen up, will take you on a tour through the city. Highlights include the main square, the State National History museum and Bishkek's Osh Bazaar which is filled with aromas of freshly baked Kyrgyz bread.

Navat Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 2: BISHKEK: ALA ARCHA NATIONAL PARK EXCURSION

DAY 2: BISHKEK: ALA ARCHA NATIONAL PARK EXCURSION

Escape the city and enjoy a full day excursion to Ala Archa Canyon, part of the Ala Archa National Park. Here, you can walk one of the various routes into the mountains for amazing views over the pine and juniper-covered park. The national park is a favourite getaway of the citizens of Bishkek and you can follow their lead by hiking through its unspoilt nature and a stopping for a rest by a waterfall. There is also the opportunity to pre-arrange bikes for a cycling trip if preferred over hiking.

Navat Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 3: BISHKEK - BURANA TOWER - SON KUL LAKE

DAY 3: BISHKEK - BURANA TOWER - SON KUL LAKE

Leaving Bishkek, drive south through picturesque mountain gorges to Son Kul Lake via the Burana Tower and petroglyphs, said to date from between 500 BC to 100 AD. This evening will be spent in a yurt, the traditional home of the Kyrgyz nomads, where you can enjoy local hospitality surrounded by the fresh mountain scenery and scenic lake.

Son Kul Lake Yurt Camp
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: SON KUL EXCURSION

DAY 4: SON KUL EXCURSION

From your cosy yurt you'll be able to explore the striking nature around the lake via horseback or on foot. The meadows are dotted with other nomadic yurts and you will learn about traditional life in the Kyrgyz summer pastures. During your stay you are bound to be offered kumyz, the Kyrgyz national drink made from fermented mares' milk.

Son Kul Lake Yurt Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: SON KUL LAKE - BOKONBAYEVO - JETY OGUZ CANYON

DAY 5: SON KUL LAKE - BOKONBAYEVO - JETY OGUZ CANYON

In the morning drive to Lake Issyk Kul, the second largest mountain lake after Titicaca in South America, passing along its southern shore. See an eagle hunting demonstration in Bokonbaevo village in which the hunters demonstrate the art of using these regal birds to catch hares and other small animals. Continue to a family run felt workshop where you will learn about this intrinsic craft in Kyrgyz culture. Witness the full felt making process and try your hand at some creative finishing touches. Next, drive to Jety-Oguz Canyon to see the magnificent Oguz-Bashi peak.

Jety Oguz Canyon Yurt Camp
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: JETY OGUZ CANYON: HIKE OR HORSE TREK

DAY 6: JETY OGUZ CANYON: HIKE OR HORSE TREK

Enjoy a full day of horse trekking or hiking in this beautiful area dotted with green valleys, fir forests and high glaciers. Enjoy walking along pristine trails, following crystal-clear streams and taking in the breathtaking views.

Jety Oguz Canyon Yurt Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: JETY OGUZ CANYON - KARAKOL - CHON KEMIN VALLEY

DAY 7: JETY OGUZ CANYON - KARAKOL - CHON KEMIN VALLEY

Early this morning, drive to Karakol at the eastern end of the lake and visit one of the oldest Orthodox Churches in Kyrgyzstan along with a Chinese-style mosque in the Russian-style town; then drive to the Chon-Kemin Valley looping around the lake’s northern shore.

Ashu Guesthouse
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8: CHON KEMIN VALLEY: HIKE OR HORSE TREK

DAY 8: CHON KEMIN VALLEY: HIKE OR HORSE TREK

Spend the day hiking or horse riding through the beautiful Chon Kemin Valley, stopping for a scenic picnic lunch along the way. This afternoon drive for two and half hours back to Bishkek where you can enjoy a final local dinner in the capital.

Navat Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9: DEPART BISHKEK

DAY 9: DEPART BISHKEK

Depending on your flight time, you may have an extra morning at leisure for some last-minute shopping or relaxation, before being transferred to the international airport in time for your onward flight where the tour ends.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

Flexible booking conditions regarding transfers and cancellations

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Book With Confidence

We understand that flexibility is now a key factor when booking a holiday, and we believe our Covid Promise and Covid Viable Test provide that.

We believe these terms and conditions for making a booking are amongst the most generous in the travel industry right now, and we hope they will give you the confidence, when you feel ready, to go ahead and book your next adventure.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is per person, based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

Positive Impact of this Trip

Tree
Ten trees are planted per passenger on this trip
Community
Supports Wild Frontiers Foundation community projects
Wind Turbine
A contribution to renewable energy projects

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Kyrgyzstan is truly the breathtaking and ‘wild’ Stan, perfect for landscape and activity lovers. Each day brings new spectacular vistas; from lakes and valleys to mountains and canyons.

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