Itinerary: Bishkek – Burana Tower – Tamchy Village – Karakol Town – Altyn - Arashan Hot Springs - Jety-Oguz Gorge – Bokonbaevo - Bishkek
All tours can be changed due to your convenience and preferences
Best season: May - September
Duration: 9 days
Category: combined – 4 days auto / 3 days medium-level trekking and 1 day horse riding
Level of Difficulty: Easy to medium
Group size: Any
Transport: Jeep or Minivan (2-6 pax); Minibus (6-12pax).
Requirements: Weatherproof warm clothes, trekking boots, hat, sleeping bag with mat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Day 1: Arrival at Manas airport. Meet and transfer to Bishkek. Accommodation in a hotel.
Day 2: Leave for Tamchy village, the north shore of the Issyk-Kul lake (4-hour drive). On the way, visit the Burana Tower architectural complex (10-11th century, an important point on the Great Silk Road), 16km from the main road. At lunch time arrival in Tamchy, after lunch walking around the village or to the lakeshore. Dinner, bed and breakfast at a home-stay.
Day 3: Continue the drive to Karakol (about 3-4 hours). On the way, we make a stop in Cholpon-Ata to visit an open-air petroglyph (rock painting) gallery (3km from Cholpon-Ata, heading to the mountains). Lunch en-route in a cafe. Afternoon arrival in Karakol followed by a city tour: visit the Dungan Mosque and the Russian Orthodox Church. Dinner, bed and breakfast at local home-stay.
Day 4: Morning transfer to the Ak-Suu Village (about 30 km). Start the trekking. Lunch-picnic on the way. Trek to the footsteps of the Ortok Pass. Camp in the tent near the Pass. Trekking time: 5-6 hours.
Day 5: Hike through the Ortok Pass, 3560 m. Amazing views of the valley, and the small beautiful mountain lakes. Lunch after descend. Walk to the Altyn-Arashan resort, which is situated 2450 m above sea level. Camp at this wonderful place which is surrounded by magnificent rocks and from where a lot of streams begin from the glaciers. A great panoramic view of the the snow-capped "Tashtanbek Tor Bashy" (Peak Tashtanbek), 4600 m. Overnight is available in a mountain hut or in tents. Trekking time: 6-7 hours.
Day 6: At the "Altyn-Arashan" resort is possible to take a thermal water bath. You will never be able to forget the sight of the snow on Peak Palatka (Tent) 5260m or "Swallow's Nest Pool", nestling beneath the open sky. After breakfast walk from Altyn Arashan resort down by Arashan Gorge (4 hours). Drive to Karakol (30 minutes). Dinner, bed and breakfast at a local home-stay.
Day 7: After breakfast transfer to the Jeti-Oguz Gorge (it means "Seven Bulls"), 1 hour. Visit the Kok-Jaik area (Valley of Flowers), 2-3 hours. Picnic lunch en-route. Continue to the southern shore of Ysyk-Kol Lake, 3 hours. Dinner and overnight stay at a yurt camp near Bokonbaevo village.
Day 8: In the morning start the day horse riding along the lakeshore and local hills. Picnic lunch during the tour. Dinner and overnight in a yurt camp.
Day 9: Morning departure to Bishkek (5 hours). Arrival in Bishkek, hotel accommodation.
Day 10: Transfer to the airport. Departure.