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Kyrgyzstan trekking: Tour 3

Activity: Trekking tour

Country: Kyrgyzstan

Duration of the tour: 7 days

Our company and professional team will help you to discover Kyrgyzstan, a unique sunny country lying in the heart of the Tien-Shan Mountains Massif. It is a land of contrasts offering multitude of spectacular landscapes: wide steppes, green fields, sandy deserts, turquoise lakes, snowy mountains, fast rivers and streams, abundance of wild life with many rare and endangered species, historical and archeological places connected with the Great Silk Road and people preserving traditions of their nomadic forefathers. All this makes Kyrgyzstan a pearl of Central Asia.

Places to visit: Bishkek - Karakol - Mokraya Polyana - Eastern Irdik Lake - Western Irdik Lake - Karakol - Kochkor - Bishkek

 

Day 1: Bishkek - Karakol (450 km - 8 h) (1 650 m. a. s. l.)
In the morning we will start our way to Karakol city which is situated in the eastern part of the high mountain Issyk-Kul Lake. On our way, we will visit the Burana Tower (minaret from the 11th century) and an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). Then you will be transferred to the incredible Issyk-Kul Lake - the second largest alpine lake in the world (1609m.above sea level). The Lake is also called "the pearl of Central Asia". You will really enjoy the amazing view of the Tien -Shan Mountains that surround the whole lake. Thanks to the salty water, Lake Issyk Kul possesses curative qualities and doesn't freeze in winter. On the way, we will make a short break to give you the opportunity to visit ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.). They were depicted by local tribes of Saks and Usuns that believed that Issyk Kul Lake was the center of the world. During transfer to Karakol town you will drive along the whole northern shore of Issyk Kul Lake. Overnight will be  in guesthouse "Elita" in Karakol.   

Day 2: Karakol - « Mokraya Polyana » glade-upper circus (2790 m a. s. l.)
In the morning we will visit the Dungan mosque. One of its highlights is the fact that it was built in Chinese architectural style without using a single metal nail. After that we will visit an old wooden Orthodox Church. It was made of wood more than 100 years ago and even nowadays attracts a lot of visitors. Afterwards transfer to Karakol gorge. It is an amazing gorge that is situated at the heart of the Terskey Mountains. Here we can see Turkestan spruce trees that are widespread only here in Kyrgyzstan. The height of the tree can reach 18 meters and the girth of its trunk - 1.5 meters. We will have hiking to the foot of the glade with the name « Mokraya Polyana » (7 h). Overnight will be in tents on the altitude of 2790 meters above sea level.

Day 3: « Mokraya Polyana » glade - Eastern Irdik lake (3 200 m. a. s. l.)
In the morning we begin our hiking to the eastern Irdik Lake (3200 m, 7 hours hiking). We will hike over the Bokovoi pass (3300 m). During the hike we will see constant changing of the landscapes. We will see steep cliffs and precipices, high rocks, green mountains; we will go through the juniper forest where you feel absolutely clean air. There we can see a wonderful and unforgettable sunset over the most beautiful peaks of Kungey Range: Fuchika (4010m), Morozov (3960m), 800 years of Moscow (3872m). Overnight will be in tents.

Day 4: Eastern Irdik Lake - Western Irdik Lake (3 300 m. a. s. l.)
Today we will have seven hours hike. On the way we will see a lot of edelweiss fields (the flowers of love) and pastures that are used by Kyrgyz nomads. We will see a lot of marmots at the altitude of 3650 m. On the way we will hike over Severnyi pass that is 3380 m. above sea level. While hiking at these places you start to forget about busy civilization and you can really relax enjoying the amazing views of our Mother Nature. Camping will be at the altitude of 3300 meters above sea level. Overnight will be in tents. 

Day 5: Western Irdik Lake - Karakol (1 650 m. a. s. l.)
After breakfast we start our hiking with descent to Diychin valley (5h) where a lot of dungan people live. Dungans are Chinese Muslims that were prosecuted by the Chinese in the 19th century and fled to Kyrgyzstan. Today we will visit a Dungan family, and you will try traditional lagman soup. While hiking to the village it is possible sometimes to meet real nomadic families on the way. Every year they go up to the mountains with their cattle and live in yurts. Yurts are collapsible nomadic dwellings made without using a single nail! Afterwards transfer to Karakol town (10 km - 25 min). Overnight will be in "Elita" guesthouse (1650 m).

Day 6: Karakol - Kochkor (280 km - 5 h, 1800 m. a. s. l.)
In the morning after a good sleep will be transfer to Kochkor. Being in Karakol we will visit a local bazaar and try national dishes, such as ashlyamfu and shashlyk made of beef or lamb. Then we will start or way to Kochkor village. On the way we will visit Djeti Oguz Mountains that are very popular because of their beauty and of course you will see the Broken Heart Mountain. Then while driving along the southern side of Issyk Kul Lake we will visit a private family factory for producing yurts. Your lunch will be in Bokonbaevo village in Talgat's House. He is a famous hunter with golden eagles. Hunting with golden eagle is very popular in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia and Talgat will tell us about this kind of hunting and in the afternoon we can do some photos of the birds.  Talgat will also tell us the way he trains his birds of prey. After arrival in Kochkor village we will find out about national traditions and customs. You will watch the process of making traditional Kyrgyz carpets and even take part in it!  After it traditional dinner in a yurt, we will listen to a folk concert.  This night you will spend in a home of local family.

Day 7: Kochkor - Bishkek (210 km - 5 h)
In the morning you will have a traditional breakfast together with hosts. After breakfast we will drive you to the capital of Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek city. After arriving you will have time to have a nap in your guesthouse and then will be the last dinner in national restaurant with national music. Last night you will spend in «Asia Mountains» guesthouse. Our tour guide will see you off to airport according to the time of your flight.

 

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