Roundtrip Issyk Kul + Son Kul

Silkway

1 - day

Arrival in Bishkek , transfer to the hotel  “Alpinist or similar”, in hotel you have a breakfast if its early arrival. After 2 or 3 hours city tour visit to Historical Museum, Art Gallery ,national bazar or ( Osh bazar ) ,small walk through the parks . In the evening according to dinner its up to you if you want in hotel or in restaurant .

2 - day

This day transfer to Issyk-Kul Lake at 8 o’clock in the morning  . Before transferring to the issyk –Kul lake  you will go to the super market for buying lunch for yourself and then leave Bishkek for Issyk- kul lake .  On the way visit to the historical complex Burana  which was build in 10 -11 century near this complex you can also visit Balbals (unusual stones which we know as a monument of people  in 7-8 century . lunch on the way  you can stop in nature . You will arrive in Issyk – Kul lake in Guest house or in hotel  about 4 or 5 p.m. Dinner was ordered by your guide.  The dinner will be at 7 p.m in the Guest house .

3 – day

For exploring  the surroundings on the north side of the Issyk –Kul Lake we reserve  full next day  in your program . The breakfast will be at 8 or 9 a.m . After breakfast you will go tj the super market  to buy lunch .Then you wil go to the canyon of Grigorievka ,with higher up beautiful views over the Issyk – Kul Lake . Lunch wil be there . A boat trip  of 2 hours on the Lake ,visit of the petroglyhps (paintings on the stone , belongs to the ancient time when people tried to speak to each other or to show how they live at that time) around Cholpon – Ata , visit Museum ,stroll along beach , in summer possible to swim . The dinner at the same time in a Guest house .

4 – day

Breakfast at 8 or 9 a.m .After  breakfast direction to the Karakol town ,on the way visit to Tuyp to the local women project for making national souvenirs, after it visit memorial complex named after Przhevalsky  and museum .( Nikolay Mikhailovich Przhevalsky is one of the first Russian Scientist-Geographer who started studying in details the geography, flora and fauna of the Central Asian countries. Beginning from 1870, he arranged 4 large expeditions to Mongolia, China and Tibet. During his expeditions he revealed the exact directions of the mountain ranges and borders of the Tibet Mountains. He described the nature, relief, climate, flora and fauna in the territories under his study and discovered over 200 plant species. Przhevalsky also collected an enormous zoological collection which comprised several thousand of species of plant, animals, birds, fishes and insects. In the year of 1888, he died from typhoid fever on the eve of his fifth expedition to Central Asia; he was buried on the Issyk-Kul lakeside not far from the city of Karakol.( The Memorial Museum of N. M. Przhevalsky was opened on 29 April 1957 in Karakol.)  For lunch you can buy as usual in the super market or can go to the restaurants in Karakol. Then city tour in Karakol with visits to the Dungan Mosque .(  There is a Dungan (Chinese) mosque in Karakol built by a Chinese architect and 20 artisans between 1907 and 1910. It was built entirely of wood, without a single nail. The Dungans first arrived in Karakol, as refugees, in 1877 and created a small community.

The Mosque is set into its own territory and the distinctive decoration (it is painted in bright colors – red, green and yellow – and bears reliefs depicting various types of flora and mythical animals such as dragons and the phoenix  that give it an original character). After it visit  the 19th  century wooden Russian orthodox cathedral .( The cathedral was originally built of stone in 1872, when Karakol was a garrison town established as an outpost on the edges of the Tsarist Russian Empire. It was destroyed in 1890 by an earthquake and the current cathedral was built out of wood on a brick base. It took six years to complete, and was finally completed in 1895. It has seen considerable service, not just as a church. During an anti-Russian uprising in 1916 its monks were brutally murdered.

Over the years, particularly following the Revolution in 1917, it has been used as an educational center housing a school, ladies’ gymnasium and an institution of Higher Education; a Sports Hall; a Theater; a Dance Hall and even as a Coal Store. Then, in 1991, following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Independence of Kyrgyzstan, the local authority once again gave the building back to the church, with the proviso that all further restorations were their responsibility).

Dinner  will be in the Guest house or in restaurant .

5 – day

In the morning as usual you will have  a breakfast , after it you will go to the super market for your lunch . This day you will go to Jety – Oguz (translated as Seven Bulls ), the famous valley with red sandstone wall formation it is scheduled for one day .Accommodation in professional yourt camp . All day for exploring the nature of the famous valleys ,horse – riding possibilities ,guided nature walks . Dinner will be there in the Yourt .

6 - day

This day after breakfast , follow the road on the south side of the Issyk Kul Lake to the village of  Bokonbaevo , In Bokonbaevo stay in the home-stay , there  visit the local eagle hunter, accommodation in the Bokonbaevo Canyon,  with fishing possibilities and walking along the Issyk Kul shore, in summer swimming in the Lake. Dinner will be in the home-stay.

7 - day

 After breakfast go to the super market for buying lunch then  transfer to Kochkor  village, in Kochkor also stay in the home-stay . On the way stop for lunch  near the water reservoir  there  visit  the local workshop for making and selling the Kyrgyz national carpets,  and Mosque. Dinner  it is up to you in the home-stay or in the restaurant .

8 - day

After breakfast as usual go to the super market for buying lunch. This day transfer to Song –Kul Lake 260 km via the Kalmak-Ashuu Pass . On the way stop for lunch in nature . In the afternoon exploring the Son Kul high mountain plateau on horse or by foot, experience the nomadic life.  In Song-Kul lake stay in the Yurt ,and the dinner also in the yourt .

9 - day

After the breakfast  transfer to Suusamyr Valley 290km , on the way stop for lunch in nature . Them continue trip  through the heart of Kyrgyzstan, along the Kekemeren River, red rock valleys, small villages, an area with butterflies and flowers. On the way visit ( Kojomkul village named after a local hero who stood 2.3m tall and weighned 165 kilos , remains a legend in these parts . There is a Kojomkul monument in the field behind the school , mausoleum sits on the ridge above, and there is a fascinating ,if tumbledown ,yurt-shaped shrine at the end of town . Built in 1924 it commemorates one of Kojomkuls friend and the large inscribed stone outside the gumbaz was reputedly placed there by Kojomkul single- handedly ). There stay in the home-stay .

10 - day

This day after transferring to Bishkek 250km to the same hotel which was at the beginning of the journey. On the way stop in Kochkor for lunch ,then drive to Bishkek . Dinner in the restaurant .

Departure at night .    

Roundtrip Issyk Kul + Son Kul

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