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Tash Doeboe (Song Kul)

Blue jewels of Kyrgyzstan

Rivers and lakes of Kyrgyzstan

In one week, you will discover the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan, the heart of Tien Shan, including Chong Kemin National Park, Issyk Kul Lake, the 2nd largest mountain lake in the world, and the mythical Song Kul Lake, great summer meeting of Kyrgyz nomads.

The best way to see the heart of Kyrgyzstan

7 DaysDiscovery toursKyrgyzstan

  • 2 people: $1,020

  • 3 people: $790

  • 4 people: $660

  • 5 people: $610

  • 6 people: $560

  • 7 people: $530

  • 8 people: $499

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Program


            Manas International Airport - Chong Kemin
Meeting at Bishkek's airport, visit of the capital and Burana tower, then drive to Chong Kemin National park
Manas International Airport - Chong Kemin

Arrival by air in Bishkek. Meeting with your guide at Manas airport. Transfer to Bishkek. City tour in Bishkek, then transfer to Chong Kemin valley through the Burana tower. Night in homestay.

BreakfastLunchDinner
150 km
02:00
1000 m

            Chong Kemin - Tamchy
Drive to Tamchy with walk in the red canyon of Kyzyl Terek
Chong Kemin - Tamchy

In the morning transfer to Issyk Kul lake, on the way visit of Kyzyl Terek red canyon (1470 m. alt.), a red canyon similar to the Creek canyon, but smaller. Picnic in the canyon. We continue our road to the lake Issyk Kul (1606 m. alt.), second biggest mountain lake of the world. Arrival in Tamchy village, visit of eagle-man. Then meeting with our local family. Dinner and night in homestay. Musical evening.

BreakfastLunchDinner
125 km
02:00
03:00
200 m
200 m

            Tamchy - Kochkor
After a swim in Issyk Kul lake, drive to Kochkor
Tamchy - Kochkor

Free morning on Tamchy beach, then drive to Kochkor along Issyk Kul lake and Orto Tokoy dam lake. Arrival in Kochkor, visit of the village and a craft center. Night at the inhabitant.

BreakfastLunchDinner
110 km
01:30
200 m

            Kochkor - Tash Doeboe (Song Kul)
Drive to Song Kul's lake (Tash Doeboe) through the Kalmak Ashuu pass with a walk
Kochkor - Tash Doeboe (Song Kul)

In the morning we continue our journey that will climb to the pass of Kalmak Ashu (3470m. Alt.). From the pass we  walk to a peak or to the lake, and then we drive around the lake to join a jailoo (alpine) along the south shore of the lake. Traditional meal and overnight in yurts. (3090m. Alt.)

BreakfastLunchDinner
131 km
03:00
02:00
1454 m
432 m

            Tash Doeboe (Song Kul) - Tash Doeboe (Song Kul)
Discovery's day at Lake Song Kul
Tash Doeboe (Song Kul) - Tash Doeboe (Song Kul)

The whole day is at our disposal to enjoy the silence and to discover the daily life of nomadic yurt. (options: demonstration nomadic games; hunt petroglyphs, walk or riding to the lake; discovery of nomadic lifestyle; Kyrgyz cooking classes.) Dinner and overnight in yurt.

BreakfastLunchDinner
5 km
02:00
02:00
100 m
100 m

            Tash Doeboe (Song Kul) - Bishkek
Drive to Bishkek through Karakitchi pass and Kekemeren valley
Tash Doeboe (Song Kul) - Bishkek

In the morning, drive to Kyzyl Oy village where we will have lunch, through the Karakitchi pass 3350 m. Then we drive to the high valley of Suusamyr, visit of the Kojumkul village, name of a Kyrgyz hero of the last century. After, the road cross by a tunnel the mountains of the Kyrgyz Alatoo, and down to Bishkek. Dinner in local restaurant. Night in guesthouse.

BreakfastLunchDinner
400 km
08:00
1970 m
4190 m

            Bishkek - Manas International Airport
Transfer from Bishkek to Manas International Airport.
Bishkek - Manas International Airport

Depending on your flight time, your guide will join you to the airport and help you check in for your flight.  If your flight is later in the day your guide will show you more places in Bishkek before your flight.We hope you enjoyed your trip to Kyrgyzstan and we hope you come back again to explore other counties in Central Asia with us. 

BreakfastLunchDinner
40 km
00:40
0 m
100 m

Great team here, they know how to take care of you. Very humble and friendly. We spent a week in southern part and they managed it really well. The place in Bishkek is great, on a quiet street but not too far from centre. Very impressed and will highly recommend.

Ankur Saxena

Tailor-made trip, flexible and welcoming team, super friendly guide and hikes adapted to our abilities and our desires. Wonderful way to discover Kyrgyzstan!

Julie Francois

On your way

Chong Kemin National Park KG

This park encompasses the entire Chong Kemin Valley. There are many trails still virgin or almost. Several passes between Issyk Kul Lake or Kitchi Kemin Valley.

The total area is 126,514 hectares. Here in the park the river Chon Kemin flows. More than 780 species of plants grow and rare mammals such as snow leopard, brown bear, maral, Eurasian lynx, golden eagle, himalayan griffon vulture (Gyps himalayensis),  bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus), saker falcon and sablefly are found.

Kochkor KG

Kochkor is a town of shepherds located in Naryn oblast 200 km from Bishkek. It is located at 1800m. alt. The city has 17,000 residents. Most of them are shepherds or farmers. With the Kyrgyz hospitality, tourism is an increasingly important for economy. It is a starting point to reach the sights as Lake Song Kul, Sarala-Saz pastures, Lake Koelykoek, the salt mine Chong Tuz, and also the crossroads between Issyk Kul lake and City Naryn. Places for visiting: the women cooperative "Kochkor Kutu" which develops Kyrgyz crafts. Opportunity to see a demonstration of the production of livestock market mouton. The cattle market held each Saturday is always a colorful and lively event,don't miss it.

Issyk Kul lake KG

The Issyk-Kul lake has a length of 182 km, a maximum width of 60 km and covers an area of ​​6,236 km². This makes it the second largest mountain lake in the world behind Lake Titicaca. Located at an altitude of 1,606 m, it reaches 668 m deep. About 118 rivers and streams flow into the lake. The largest are the Djyrgalan (Jergalan) and Tyup. It is fed by springs, including many hot springs and snowmelt, and it has no outlet. Its south side is dominated by the Tian Shan mountain range of wild beauty. The lake water is slightly saline and level down about 5 cm per year.

The Issyk-Kul lake is an important step on the Silk Road, a dirt road for travelers from the Far East to Europe. Many historians believe that the lake was the point of origin of the plague that hit Europe and Asia in the early and mid 14th. The status of the lake as a place of passage for travelers allowed the plague spread across the continents through the medieval merchants who unknowingly took away the vermin infested with them. Armenian monastery from the 14th century was found on the northeast coast of Lake retracing the steps of a medieval map used by Venetian merchants on the Silk Road.

Burana Tower KG

Burana Tower is seven km. far from the city of Tokmok. It is an 11th century minaret, and one of the first buildings of such type in Central Asia. The original height of minaret was 45 meters. Today the tower is 24.6 meters high, the remaining part came down during an earthquake in the 15th century. In the 10th to 12th centuries, Karakhanids khanate was a great feudal state of Central Asia and Kazakhstan.

The founders, "karakhans", chigil tribes by birth, lived in the Tien-Shan and for a short time of the second half of the 10th century they conquered a large territory. One of the capitals of this state was Balasagun. In Karakhanids' time new towns and settlements were developing, the centers of big cities were improved and Moslem religious buildings were built in the town of Balasagun. Burana tower, mausoleums and other buildings found after archeological excavations are the witnesses of that build up. The town's life declined slowly, people left it, the buildings fell apart and finally in the 15th century it ceased to exit.

Info

What is included

  • All transportation in a private vehicle

  • All airport transfers

  • Accommodation as described in the program

  • Meals (3 per day)

  • Bottled water & tea

  • English-speaking guide

  • All the activities listed in the program

  • Entry fees at national parks and/or border zones listed in the program

  • Entry fees at museums and historical sites listed in the program

  • Domestic flights mentioned in the program

  • A contribution to our sustainable development projects

  • Organisation of the trip & local taxes

What is not included

  • International flights

  • International banking fees (PayPal, ...)

  • Travel & repatriation insurance

  • Visas / LOI (if applicable)

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Additional costs due to unexpected personal events (health, loss of luggage, ...)

  • Tips for guide & driver (always optional, always appreciated)

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From Tumlingtar airport we reach by jeep the small town of Kahandbari where we are greeted by Kibutie and his family. From there, we climb to the small village of Gontala, in the heart of the actions of Nepalko Sathi (three days of walking), then we go up to Saissima, where Tendi Sherpa is rehabilitating the hamlet of his childhood. From Saissima it is possible to continue and make a loop towards Makalu and the impressive surrounding peaks (under tent).

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Samuel Maret

5 November 2021

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