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$200 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Fishing in river Kokomeren tour

The first stopping place will be the Too-Ashuu Pass, where you can take photos on the beautiful view of the pass, admire the panoramic view. You will pass the longest tunnel in the country before, and on the road you can stop to try Kyrgyz snack “Kurut”-  small dried salty yogurt balls. Literally every moment of the trip will be accompanied with a view of beautiful mountain slopes, forests and a big river. Going down with the bank of the river you will see the confluence of Karakol and Suusamyr rivers. Then you will stop in the village of Kojomkul, there you will have an excursion to the Kojomkul Museum - the museum is named after the legendary Kyrgyz strongman-hero, who lived in the late XIX - early XX century. You will have lunch in the mountain village Kyzyl-Oi - in the valley of Kokomeren river. The red clay covering the mountains from the foots to the peaks gives wonderful color to whole place. Around the village of Kyzyl-Oi there are many untouched places with unique flora and fauna and wonderful ecology that will allow the traveler to have a good rest away from civilization and to comprehend unity with nature.After lunch the rest of the day will be dedicated to Fishing in Kokomeren River.  It is exciting experience and entertainment - fishing. It can be very thoughtful and peaceful, at the same time very active, bringing you unforgettable feelings of catching the fish by your own. Dinner, rest and overnight in the village.   The second day of the tour begins in the morning after breakfast. You will drive back along the road through the village of Kochkor on the way back to Bishkek. Lunch in the Kochkor village. You can do souvenir shopping at the local bazaar. The next stop will be in the water reservoir Orto - Tokoi. The picturesque views of the Orto-Tokoi will help you to leave memorable photos. You will return back to Bishkek through the Boom Gorge. The Boom gorge is a kind of thread that connects the three regions - Chui, Issyk-Kul and Naryn. You will visit Ak-Tyuz Gorge. Translated from Kyrgyz language  “Ak-Tyuz ” means "white valley". Here the clay has a whitish color, because it contains a large amount of salt. You can see the unique sight of the Ak-Tyuz valley - the fountain, striking to a height of 15 meters. It's worth to see how water rises even above the tops of conifers. It also beautiful place for a short hike and horse riding (if available). Return to Bishkek in the evening.

$1064 Multi-day & Extended Tours

WORLD NOMAD GAMES TOUR

After you are picked up at the airport, enjoy a comfortable ride to Cholpon-Ata city with a stop for a meal. Upon arrival to the city, you may take a rest, stroll along the lake Issyk-kul and have delicious dinner. The next day you will explore the city and have excursion in the famous cultural center “Ruh Ordo”. Then you will visit petroglyphs of Cholpon-Ata, that constitute a temple under the open sky, where the religious rituals were performed associated with the spiritual world and life of the nomadic population of Issyk-Kul, optional visit to historical museum. In the evening, you will witness the Grand Opening Ceremony of The World Nomad Games, which includes many famous entertainers from the participating countries and around the world.On the 3rd day, you will head to watch competitions in the ethnic sport games, such as: Kok-Boru, Ordo or Salburun - the hunting with eagles, and many more. You will also be able to see cultural performances and ethnic bazaars at different locations. Enjoy the traditional dinner and rest in the evening. The next day will be spent in the Kyrchyn Gorge, where colorful performances of different cultures will take place. You will be able not only watch the different sport games, but also enjoy the culture, ethnic dances, songs, crafts and food. You will have the chance to see and participate in the amazing nomad fest and ethnic fair. This evening you can choose to stay in the Yurt for overnight to feel the nomadic lifestyle inside (optional on prior request) or return to the hotel.The 5th day enjoy the continuation of festival and witness ethnic sports of Er-Enish, Toguz Korgool, Jirith, archery and many others.In the evening optional to stay for Nomadic Fest “Universe of Nomads” with concert performance and bazaar. The 6th day  will be packed with all the actions of the nomadic games, watch the finals of all equestrian competitions: Er-enish, Jirith and etc.      This day it also will be closing of Kyrchyn Gorge and Nomadic Fest “Universe of Nomads”. Have a relaxed evening and dinner. The next day you will head to Karakol, on the way there is a stop for swimming in hot springs for 1 hour in Oruktu. It will be good resting experience for you to try different temperature of swimming pools with hot springs. Explore the city of Karakol with our experienced guide and and enjoy local traditional food for lunch. Return to Cholpon-Ata city for the overnight.The 8th day you can spend time on the beach, or independently choose the locations and watch the final games. In the evening, watch a spectacular Closing Ceremony of the World Nomad Games. Return to the hotel. Rest. The next day head to Bishkek and on the way visit tower of Burana, a UNESCO heritage site and Kyrgyzstan. Upon arrival to Bishkek, have a city tour and visit its famous sights. Enjoy a traditional dinner in the best restaurant of the city and have a rest in the evening. Depart the next day.

$899 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Highlights of Kyrgyzstan around Issyk-Kul lake

On a first day, you will be picked up and head to the village of Bokonbaevo.On the way  you will visit Burana Tower an ancient minaret, UNESCO Heritage. You will have an excursion throughout the complex, go to the museum and see the panorama view.  Arrival to Bokonbaevo village, where you will acquainted you with simple rural life and with the original Kyrgyz traditions. Lunch will be served in traditional way in one of the yurts, where you will have national food. At a yurt camp, you can learn about the yurt installation process. (Optional to arrange demonstration of yurt installation where you can even participate.) Watch the Kyrgyz Folklore performance for the Dinner. In the evening, on the open area, they will set up a movie for your, if it rains, the film will be shown in the guest yurt.On a second da, travel to the Canyon Skazka (Fairytale). The canyon is an amazing place where sandy red formations take various fabulous forms. Walking along this gorge brings not only aesthetic pleasure, but also unity with nature. On the way back, you will have the chance to meet berkutchi, who will share the story of hunting with golden eagles, their habits and features. Demonstration of the eagle hunting can be arranged for tourists for an additional fee. Visit Jeti-Oguz gorge the next day, a picturesque mountain gorge in Kyrgyzstan. On the way you will also visit Barskoon Waterfall and the holy place of "Mandjyly-Ata". "Mandjyly-Ata" is a valley, with  labyrinth of shallow gorges between clay hilly steppes and healing springs. The name "Jeti-Oguz" (translated as "seven bulls") came from a chain of weathered red rocks, similar to bulls lying on the ground, and became a visiting card of the gorge. For an additional fee, you can ride horses and try traditional dishes in yurts. On a fourth day, you will have an excursion in Karakol city. For lunch, try the famous local dish - Ashlyan-Fu. Contiue the excursion and rest in the evening.The 5th day you will head back to Bishkek through the northern shore of the Issyk-Kul lake. You will stop at Oruktu village for hot springs swimming for 1 hour. Continue your trip with the stop for lunch in Cholpon-Ata. After lunch you will visit the famous cultural center of Ruh Ordo. Then you will visit the petroglyphs located between the northern and north-western outskirts of the city of Cholpon-Ata and the southern part of the Kungei Ala-Too mountain range. Petroglyphs (rock carvings) of Cholpon-Ata represent a big open-air temple where religious rituals related to the spiritual world and the life of the nomadic population of Issyk-Kul were performed. Depart to Bishkek. On a 6th day, there is a short trip to National Park Ala-Archa. There you will have a small trek to the river, surrounded by high junipers on the snow covered peaks even during summer time. In the afternoon explore the Bishkek city with our experienced guide. Departure the next day.

$796 Cultural & Theme Tours

Pearl of Kyrgyzstan and Prey of Birds Festival in Issyk-Kul

You will be picked up from the “Manas” airport and have a ride  to Cholpon-Ata city. During the trip you will enjoy the fascinating scenery of the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.In Cholpon-Ata you will visit famous places like Ruh-ordo, a cultural center; and get to see and know the origins of petroglyphs, which represent a grandiose open-air temple where religious rituals related to the spiritual world and the life were performed. The next day you will travel to the Oruktu village for a swimming in the hot springs and continue the trip to Karakol for a city tour. You will visit: the Dungan mosque, the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, the memorial complex of the museum with the tomb of the Russian ethnographer of Central Asia - NM. Przewalski, Victory Park, the River park and the Ashlan-fu Alley. For lunch you may try the famous local food Ashlan-fu.On a third day, you will drive to one of the most famous valleys around Issyk-Kul Lake the magnificent Jeti-Oguz. Its fame comes from the 'Seven bulls' red sandstone formation, and the gorge has picturesque views to offer. For extra payment you can ride horses and try traditional food in yurts. Then you will depart to Bokonbaevo, on the way you will visit the holy place of "Mandjyly-Ata", known for labyrinth of shallow gorges between clay hilly steppes and healing springs.You will continue the trip and visit the Gorge "Skazka” - an amazing place where natural sandy red formations create many fairy-tale forms. Walking along this gorge during the holiday in Issyk-Kul brings not only aesthetic pleasure, but also a sense of unity and majesty with nature. The next day witness the exciting “Prey of Birds” festival which takes place in the Bokonbaevo village. The festival program includes: exhibition of hunting birds (e.g., golden eagles, falcons, etc.), traditional horse games, folklore dancing and music, yurt construction, and exhibitions by local artisans.On 5th day,  you will head to Bishkek city, on the way you will visit Tokmok city and have an excursion around Burana Tower (UNESCO heritage site). Once you arrive to Bishkek, you will have a Bishkek city tour. You will experience and see famous and historical sights. For dinner time you may choose one of the many restaurants with different cuisines from local to Asian/European ones. The next day transfer to airport early morning for departure.

$755 Cultural & Theme Tours

Pearl of Kyrgyzstan and Salbuurun Festival in Issyk-Kul

You will be picked up from the “Manas” airport and have a ride  to Cholpon-Ata city. During the trip you will enjoy the fascinating scenery of the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.In Cholpon-Ata you will visit famous places like Ruh-ordo, a cultural center; and get to see and know the origins of petroglyphs, which represent a grandiose open-air temple where religious rituals related to the spiritual world and the life were performed. The next day you will travel to the Oruktu village for a swimming in the hot springs and continue the trip to Karakol for a city tour. You will visit: the Dungan mosque, the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, the memorial complex of the museum with the tomb of the Russian ethnographer of Central Asia - NM. Przewalski, Victory Park, the River park and the Ashlan-fu Alley. For lunch you may try the famous local food Ashlan-fu.On a third day, you will drive to one of the most famous valleys around Issyk-Kul Lake the magnificent Jeti-Oguz. Its fame comes from the 'Seven bulls' red sandstone formation, and the gorge has picturesque views to offer. For extra payment you can ride horses and try traditional food in yurts. Then you will depart to Bokonbaevo, on the way you will visit the holy place of "Mandjyly-Ata", known for labyrinth of shallow gorges between clay hilly steppes and healing springs.You will continue the trip and visit the Gorge "Skazka” - an amazing place where natural sandy red formations create many fairy-tale forms. Walking along this gorge during the holiday in Issyk-Kul brings not only aesthetic pleasure, but also a sense of unity and majesty with nature. You may choose to stay for a night in a guesthouse or a yurt camp.The next day witness the exciting  “Salbuurun” festival, the hunting of wild animals with a golden eagle, an integral part of Kyrgyz nomadic culture. In addition, you will have the opportunity to enjoy national dances and songs, folklore shows, national games, the exhibition and fair of traditional items and, of course, local cuisine. The main focus of the Salbuurun Festival is demonstrations of the different elements of traditional Kyrgyz hunting: archery and hunting with golden eagles and taigans (Kyrgyz hunting dogs). You'll also have an opportunity to see other traditional nomadic horse games like Tyiyin Enmei, Kyz-kuumai, and Kok Boru. And, like any good Kyrgyz festival there will be music, food and lots of yurts. Return to the guest house/yurt camp.On 5th day,  you will head to Bishkek city, on the way you will visit Tokmok city and have an excursion around Burana Tower (UNESCO heritage site). Once you arrive to Bishkek, you will have a Bishkek city tour. You will experience and see famous and historical sights. For dinner time you may choose one of the many restaurants with different cuisines from local to Asian/European ones. The next day transfer to airport early morning for departure.

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