Almaty to Bishkek and surrounding in 8+ days
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 1, 2012 2:05 AM Last Post By: JdBonaparte
Aug 22, 2012 11:37 PM
Three of us will be arriving in Almaty from China on the evening of September 29th and will be returning to China via the Bishkek airport on October 8th. We are looking for itinerary suggestions. We plan to get a single entry Kazakhstan visa so once we enter Kyrgyzstan it will be for good.
Before you say things like Kazakhstan is lame, your time is insufficient, go to Uzbekistan, etc. please understand we all work full time jobs, are limited by holidays/flight schedules, do not wish to travel within China during domestic holidays and have visited many other peripheral countries.
Arrive Almaty Night, September 29
September 30: Stay in City, Big Almaty Lake?
October 1: Tamgaly Petroglyphs (en route to Bishkek)
October 2: Arrive Bishkek
????? (Al-Archa National Park)
October 7: ______, stay in Bishkek for flight next morning
October 8 (morning) return to China
Any help for some rad nature/hiking or historical sites during or before the question marks is very much appreciated. I am very ignorant of both countries. We probably want 2 nights of Central Asian bars/clubs or whatever it is they do.
Thanks a ton!
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Edited by: treybien
Edited by: treybien
Aug 23, 2012 12:11 PM
About Kazachstan I can only suggest to go jnto the mountians near the Medeo skating ring,
I know more about Kyrgyzstan. As you are busy people and have limted time I would suggest to contact a local company that makes a proposal (and price) according to your whishes. In this way you do not waist time, finding out about possible trips and looking for transportation. It is even possible to get an interpreter to travel along if you want.
I would suggest; visit south side of lake Issyk-Kul., hiking and/or horse riding in the mounains, visit Burana tower, and if not already seen, petroglyohes in Cholpon Ata. Back in Bishkek you can make a daytrip to Ala Arcah or Alamedin ( with hot spa) If you send me a private mail I can give more details. I know the country rather well have been there many times
Aug 23, 2012 8:13 PM
Aug 23, 2012 8:22 PM
3Can anyone compare petroglyphes at Tamgaly to Cholpon Ata? Could one be considered more worthwhile than the other?
Aug 23, 2012 8:46 PM
4Also wondering if there will be any color turning/fall foliage by first week of October in Northern Kyrgyzstan?
Aug 26, 2012 11:31 PM
5I see. Thank you. Wikitravel describes them as on the way to Bishkek. Say we leave Almaty for Tamgaly one day, is it easy to do:
Day 1: Leave Almaty for Tamgaly, See Tamgaly
Day 2: Leave Tamgaly for Bishkek, arrive Bishkek before dinner
Do you have any insight into Almaty-->Tamgaly, Tamgaly-->Bishkek travel times or how much time is needed at Tamgaly?
Thanks very much
Aug 26, 2012 11:39 PM
6In terms of tour operators, does anyone have any recommendations? http://www.ecotour.kg/ was recommended to me. Thoughts?
Oct 1, 2012 2:05 AM
If you are going to Kyrgystan. You must visit the lake. Its beautiful. You can visit the pethroglyfs of Cholpon Ata and visit the lake.
Bishkek is good for 1 day.
Almaty same. You shoould visit the park with the wooden church (Ascension Cathedral) and the most impressive sovjet WW 2 monument ever.
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