- Places to visit: Bishkek, Chui river, Konorchak, Kalmak-Ashu, Issyk-Kul, Karakol, Djety-Oguz, Bokombaevo, Bishkek.
Day 1: Airport – Bishkek. Arrival to Bishkek, transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing tour: Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Philharmonic hall, Statue of Manas, Victory Square. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2: Bishkek – Chui river. In the morning transfer to Chui river (150km). En route visit Burana tower, which marks the original site of the Karakhanid town, Balasagun. After lunch you will have rafting on Chui River, category of difficulty is 3,4. Experience guides will be with tourist group during the rafting. Dinner. Overnight in the tent camp.
Day 3: Chui river – Konorchak canyon – Kalmak-Ashu. After breakfast you will have the walking to Konorchak canyons. They were formed about one and a half to two million years ago and since that time erosion by wind and water has turned a plain plateau into gigantic stone pillars, some of which are 400-500 meters high. Picnic. Return to the camp. Transfer to Chon-Kemin. Acquaintance with the family who welcomes you. Short excursion through the locality. Dinner. Overnight in the guest house.
Day 4: Kalmak-Ashu horse back riding. After breakfast ride toward Kalmal-Ashuu pass. The tour from Chon-Kemin to Balykchy is a very interesting cross over the Kalmak-Ashuu pass. The pass is at height of 3000 meters above sea level. The travel penetrates through a beautiful mountain gorge that is surrounded by evergreen coniferous forests. Picnic. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 5: Horse back riding – Issyk-Kul. In the morning ride over the Kalmak-Ashu pass. From the pass you will see magnificent view of the Issyk-Kul Lake. Picnic. Ride down till a car. Drive toward Issyk-Kul Lake. Accommodation in the hotel on the North Shore of Issyk-Kul Lake.
Day 6: Issyk-Kul - Karakol. In the morning is a sailing trip on the Issyk-Kul Lake. Lunch. Driver to Karakol (140 km). En route in Cholpon-Ata visit open-air art gallery of stone, said to date from 500 BC – 100 AD, they depict wolves, long-horned ibex, goats, horses, snow leopards, sacrifices and some hunting scenes. Arriving to Karakol. Experience folk music during the dinner. Overnight in Karakol.
Day 7: Karakol – Jety-Oguz gorge. In the morning city tour in Karakol. Visit the wooden Russian orthodox church, Dungan Mosque and Prezhevalsky Museum. Drive to Jety-Oguz gorge, which is a lush valley with some striking red sandstone rock formations (the “seven Bulls” from which the valley takes its name). Picnic. Dinner and overnight in yurt (Kyrgyzstan dwelling).
Day 8: Jety-Oguz gorge – Skazka – Bokombaevo - Bishkek. Transfer to Bishkek (380 km). En route visit “Skazka”, fantastic gorge with red mountain formations. One of the best views on the Issyk-Kul Lake is guaranteed. Next stop in Bokonbaevo, where you will experience the procedure of making felt carpets. Continue driving to Bishkek. Farewell dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 9: Bishkek – Airport. Transfer to the airport (30 km), departure.
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Asia Kyrgyzstan Outdoor: Land Rambler Multi-activity Archeology/History
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