Joining this tour you will explore all the best sights of south shore of Issyk-Kul lake in Kyrgyzstan, not just natural places like Canyon “Skazka” (Fairytale) and historical sight - the Burana Tower, recognised as UNESCO Heritage, but as well the cultural and local lifestyle. Live like a nomad in a yurt, meet Berkutchi - a golden eagle hunter, enjoy the national food and folklore, walk in the amazing place where sandy red formations take various fabulous forms and blow your imagination.
ItineraryDay 1: BokonbaevoStop At: BokonbaiThe tour starts early in the morning. Our guide will meet you from earlier agreed spot. Your first stop at the Burana Tower - today it is the heritage of UNESCO and Kyrgyzstan as one of the Great Silk Road sight. Burana itself is a tower-minaret, was built in the 10th-12th centuries under the Karakhanids. You will have an unforgettable excursion in the entire complex territory, visiting the museum and a panoramic view from the Tower itself. Concerning the tower, you will also learn some legends regarding the meaning of the symbols on the walls and stone monuments around the area. In addition to the tower, you will also be able to see the balbals (stone gravers) that are located around and were created by the ancient Turkic tribes. This whole trip around the territory will help you to move into the atmosphere of the 12th century and see firsthand the most ancient artefacts. Then you will continue the way towards Bokonbayevo village. On the scenic drive you will travel through Boom Gorge canyon along the Chu river with views of the mountains in the distance. You will stop for lunch in of the local cafes. Bokonbayevo village is a picturesque village on the southern shore of the lake Issyk-Kul, which is the center of ecological tourism in Kyrgyzstan. You will acquaint with simple rural life and with the original Kyrgyz traditions.You will check-in at the Yurt camp on arrival (during winter time CBT guest house). In the afternoon you will meet with experienced Berkutchi -hunter with golden eagle, who will share with you the story of eagle hunting, features of bird and more details of this nomadic tradition. If it is interesting for you, eagle hunting demonstration can be arranged for an additional fee.In the evening you will have some free time to relax after the long-drive. You can walk to the beach, ride a horse as optional activity for an additional fee. You will have national food for the dinner.Overnight at Yurt Camp (CBT guest house during winter time).Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Yurt camp or guest houseDay 2: Bishkek-BokonbaevoStop At: Bishkek-City, BishkekAfter breakfast, you will go to the Skazka (Fairytale) Canyon. The canyon is an amazing place where sandy red formations take various fabulous forms. Soft rocks of different shades are very flexible to the action of external forces. After the next rain, the relief of the Fairytale can really change noticeably. And shades of colors on the slopes of the canyon can change dramatically and with strong gusts of wind. Moreover, staying in the Fairytale with complete calm and clear skies from morning till night, the observer every hour will discover new details of the landscape. They will be differently illuminated by the movement of the sun in the sky and the movement of shadows on the ground.Walking along this canyon during the rest on Issyk-Kul lake brings not only aesthetic pleasure but also unity with nature. With care, you take every step so as not to disrupt the creation of the nature. These blocks impress with their uniqueness and grandeur.You will see a canyon called "China Wall" with a length of about 5 kilometers, it seems to guard the peace of sleeping castles and amazing animals created by nature itself from red clay and sandstone - elephants, hippos, snakes and some very unseen animals. Then you will visit Barskoon Gorge and walk to its famous waterfall - “Tears of Snow Leopard”. On the road you pass Yuri Gagarin (USSR Cosmonaut) established here during USSR time as a symbol that he has been here, resting after his space expedition. Surrounding nature with the mountains and high spruces, as well as different plants will amaze with its beauty and serenity.We can organise lunch boxes for you to enjoy the nature during picnic or you will stop for lunch in CBT/Yurt Camp on your way back to Bishkek.Return to Bishkek the same way. Drop off at the earlier agreed spot. End of the tour.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Hotel 3* in Bishkek