Tour manager: Ilona Mizina  ilona@celestial.com.kg
Tour in Kyrgyzstan
Season: mid June- mid September
Duration: 19 days
Horseback riding: 9 days
Group size: up to 6 people
Description: The aim of this tour program is to introduce Kyrgyzstan, its nature, Kyrgyz people, traditions and customs.
Recommended list of private things for tour: warm clothes, warm and comfortable hiking shoes, wind stopper and  waterproof jacket, sunglasses, sun block cream (SPF 20-30), sun hat.
ITINERARY

Day 1 Bishkek
   Arrival to Bishkek at 5.00 am. Meeting with the driver at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Rest. After rest city tour. If it is early arrival so, afternoon visit Ala-Archa gorge (40 km from Bishkek).
Meals included:-----

Day 2 Tokmok
   After breakfast meet the guide and driver at the hotel at 9.00 am. Transfer to Tokmok (120 km, 1,5 hrs driving)at the foot of the Shamsy Valley. Visit Burana Tower on the way. Upon arrival have lunch in a camp. After that meet the horses. Horse riding in Ashu Kol Tor valley. ( 2-3 hrs riding) Dinner and overnight in Yurt camp.
Meals included: BLD

Day 3 Karagai Bulak pass
   After breakfast prepare for the horse riding over the Karagai Bulak pass ( 3100 m). The route is steep and the ride is slow. Slow start will give enough time for acclimatization. Lunch on the way. 5-6 hrs riding. Dinner and overnight in tent camp (tents will be provided, you need to bring your own sleeping bags and rolled mats)
Meals included: BLD

Day 4 Shamsy valley
   After breakfast start riding. Today you will cross down into the Shamsy valley. Lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in tent camp  in a beautiful forest area. It takes 5-6 hrs horse riding.
Meals included: BLD

Day 5 Shamsy Pass
   After breakfast start riding horses over the Shamsy Pass 3570 m. (the most difficult, and thrilling one on the trip), and descending on the Kochkor side. Lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in tent camp beside the eastern Karakol River. 5-6 hrs horse riding. 
Meals included: BLD

Day 6 Buchuk pass
   After breakfast you will ride along eastern Karakol River and approach the Buchuk pass. This area is rich in wild flowers and untouched nature. Lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in tent camp.  It takes 5-6 hrs horse riding.
Meals included: BLD

Day 7 Kumbel pass
   After breakfast start riding over the Buchuk pass - 3400 m.  Along the Suek river the route goes up and the next camp near the Kumbel pass by the Suek River. Lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in tent camp. Riding 5-6 h
Meals included: BLD

Day 8 Kumbel pass
   Breakfast. Today you will cross the Kumbel pass 3500 m by horses, 6-7 hrs. Lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in tent camp.
Meals included: BLD

Day 9 Kyzart pass
   Breakfast. Today you will cross the Kyzart pass and after that you will ride along the Char-Archa river by horses, 6-7 hrs. Lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight tent or if it is available- yurt camp.
Meals included: BLD

Day 10 Son Kul
   Breakfast. Today you will cross the last range of mountains onto the plateau, where the remote beautiful Son Kul Lake is located (3016 m). In summertime shepherds bring their livestock to the pastures and establish yurts on the coast of the lake. Lunch on the way. Reach Son-Kul lake afternoon by horses, 4-5 hrs. See off the team and horses. Dinner and overnight in yurt (up to 6 people in one yurt).
Meals included: BLD

Day 11Son-Kul-Tash-Rabat
   After breakfast meet the driver and drive to the ancient caravan sarai Tash-Rabat. Lunch en route. Upon arrival explore the area. Dinner and overnight in a yurt camp.
Meals included: BD

Day 12 Tash-Rabat- Koshoi-Korgon-Naryn
   After breakfast drive to Naryn town. Explore the ruins of the ancient fortress Koshoi- Korgon. Lunch on the way at the local family in At-Bashi village. Continue to Naryn. Explore the town. Dinner and overnight at the guest house or home stay.
Meals included: BL

Day 13Naryn-Kochkor-Bokonbaevo- Tamga
   After breakfast drive to the southern shore of Issyk-Kul lake, the pearl of the Tian-Shan Mountains. Visit Kochkor village, have lunch. After that you will visit Skazka canyon on the way. Drive to Tamga village, where you will have dinner and overnight in a guest house, run by the local family. Explore the area. Walk to the beach to swim.
Meals included: BLD

Day 14 Tamga- Barskoon- Jety-Oguz- Karakol
   After breakfast continue driving along the southern shore of the Issyk-Kul lake to Karakol town. Visit the Barskoon gorge (up to the Gagarin’s monument) and Jety-Oguz gorge. In Jety- Oguz you will see the red rock formations in the shape of the “broken heart” and “heads of the seven bulls”. Packed lunch.. After lunch drive a little bit further to the gorge where the path to the waterfall starts. The short easy hiking to the waterfall “ the girl’s braid” take 40-60 min one way. Return to the car. Drive to Karakol. Dinner in a café (must-try the Dungan dish “ashlyam-fu”). Overnight in a home stay.
Meals included: BL

Day 15 Karakol- Altyn-Arashan
   After breakfast you will be transferred to the starting point of the trek. Hike to Altyn-Arashan gorge (5-6 h) Packed lunch. Short easy hiking to the open thermal pool the Swallow’s nest. Return to the camp. Relax in thermal baths (take swimming suits and towels with you). The fee for the big swimming pool is around 300 KGS per person for 30-40 min. Dinner and overnight in a camp.
Meals included: BLD

Day 16 Altyn-Arashan- Karakol
   After breakfast you can try to hike to the Ala-Kul Lake. To do this you need to book the mountainous guide on the previous day (around USD 35). Or you can continue explore the area a little bit more and after that you will be transferred back to Karakol on UAZ. In Karakol explore the town. Visit Dungan mosque and wooden Orthodox Church. Lunch in a café. Dinner in a café. Overnight in Amir Hotel or a home stay
Meals included: B

Day 17 Karakol- Cholpon-Ata
   After breakfast drive to the northern shore of Issyk-Kul. Before leaving the town you can visit the memorial complex of the great explorer of Central Asia N.M. Prjevalskii. Before going to Cholpon-Ata visit Semenovskoe and Grigorevskoe gorges. Packed lunch on the way. Dinner in a café. Overnight in a resort or guest house.
Meals included: BL

Day 18 Cholpon-Ata- Bishkek
   After breakfast drive to Bishkek (4h). Lunch en route in a café. Arrival to Bishkek (hotel). End of services.
Meals included: B

Day 19 Airport transfer
   Meals included: B