Beautiful Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
Program for Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan
Day 1: Almaty
Your guide will meet you at the airport and accompany to Almaty city. Today you will have a city tour. You will visit the Green Bazaar, where it is impossible to refrain from shopping. Then the tour will continue in one of the oldest Almaty parks – Panfilov Park, where one of the most beautiful wooden building in the world – Zenkov Cathedral is located. After exploration of sport, cultural and business areas of the city you will get to the Medeo Gorge, well known due to the highest mountain skating rink in the world and Shymbulak resort. Next destination is the Kok-Tobe hill where the tallest TV tower in the world is located (if to count from the sea level) and where you will get by the picturesque winding mountain road. In Kok-Tobe Park you can stroll along the winding paths of the park, admire the magnificent panorama of the city from the special observation deck and visit the shop of national souvenirs. The tour ends with the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: Almaty – Altyn Emel
Upon arrival to Almaty railway station you will drive to AltynEmel National park. You will visit Kyzylauyz Petroglyphs located in the gorge Taigak, where you can find five groups of inscriptions in Tibetan language, all are of the same content and read as “Om – Mani – Pad – Me – Hum”. Besshatyr” is translated as “five tents”: probably because of the five biggest burial mounds on this territory, part of which has been excavated by the archaeologists in the middle of the past century. Besshatyr necropolis is considered to be the shrine of ancient Saks lived on territory of modern Kazakhstan in the 6th century BC. Altogether 18 royal burial mounds, having diameter from 8 to 70 meters and height from 2 to 20 meters, are concentrated at the territory of 2 sq.km. Today we will visit famous Singing Dune, reaching a height of 120 meters and a length of about 3 km, located in one of the corners of the Altyn-Emel National Park, a few kilometers from the Ili river between the mountains of Big and Small Kalkan. From the top of the Dune you can observe the grand panorama of the surroundings. In the south – thin strip of the Ili River is visible as well as purple mountains of Sogety and Boguty, looking out from the white peaks of the Ketmen ridge. If the weather is dry and windy, the sand-dune will “sing” you its song, which could be heard as far as several kilometers. Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.
Day 3: Altyn Emel – Aktau – Katutau – Altyn Emel
Today you will visit Katutau Mountains (Harsh Mountains) are very ancient ruined mountains with preserved volcanic outputs. The breed is very fragile and breaks down under the physical impact. Aktau Mountains (White Mountains) are world-renowned paleontological field. In the layers of Paleogene lacustrine deposits well-preserved remains of ancient animals whose age is estimated at 25-30 million years have been found. Among the finds there are the remains the giant rhinos, crocodiles, turtles. Huge conical mountains remind the Egyptian pyramids and are a magical scene of the variety of shapes and colors. Return to AltynEmel hotel. Dinner and overnignt in AltynEmel.
Day 4: Altyn Emel – Charyn Canyon – Kolsai – Saty
In the lower reaches of the Charyn River and its tributary Temirlik there is a unique place, where relict species of Sogdian Ash-tree are growing. According to a legend, another 5 million years ago a wind blew a winged seed of Sogdian Ash-tree in this so-called “Valley of Yurts”. The millions of years have passed, mountains and climate have changed, the ancient era has sunk into oblivion and the mammoths have disappeared with it. But Ash-tree is still exist… Then is transfer to Charyn Canyon and sightseeing in the “Valley of Castles”.Charyn Canyon is a natural complex, unique in its kind not only in Kazakhstan but also worldwide. It was formed during Paleogene and reminds the Grand Canyon of Colorado River in North America, although inferior to it in size. The height of the steep slopes of the canyon is up to 150-300 meters. Extraordinary dissection of the terrain is striking: the numerous ravines form a dense, chaotic network. Wind and water have created the beautiful “Valley of Castles”, where you are always surrounded by the fancy towers composed of sedimentary rocks. You can spend hours walking among the strange towers and columns, being surprised by the wild imagination of the nature. Departure to Kolsai Lakes at 16:00.Arrival to Saty settlement, accommodation in the guest house.Dinner and overnight in the guest house.
Day 5: Saty – Kegen border – Karakol
Breakfast, tansfer to Lake Kolsai 1 at 08:00. Trekking from the lake Kolsai-1 to the lake Kolsai-2. Lunch on the way. Kolsai Lakes – “Pearls of the Northern Tien-Shan” – represent a cascade of three lakes. The largest lake is accessible for all visitors. It is the most beautiful lake, having a lack of civilization and the abundance of mushrooms. Horse lovers can order horseback tour to this place. The highest lake is small. It is located on the border of fir-wood and the alpine meadows and amazes by its harsh alpine beauty, as well as the rich flora and fauna. Vertical drop between the three lakes is about 700 meters. The lowest lake can be reached by car. But you should walk few kilometers along mountain trails to see the second and the third lake. Without doubts the tourists are expected to have a wonderful vacation in these places – berries, mushrooms and fishing. The water in the lakes is cold and clean and is home for the rainbow trout – a fish that lives only in the running or spring water. In the around mountains you can see Marals, mountain goats, wolves and even bears. Transfer to border Kegen.
Day 6: Karakol – Altin Arashan
In Karakol you will see a Russian Orthodox Church and a Dungan mosque. After it you will be transferred to the Altin Arashan Gorge by Russian military vehicle. Altin Arashan (“Golden Spa”) gorge is one of the most famous gorges in Karakol because of the Tian-Shan fir trees that grow everywhere there. You will have a picnic in the incredibly beautiful gorge. Night is in a homestay.
Day 7: Karakol – Jeti Oguz
Today we will drive to Jeti Oguz gorge. It’s famous for its red rock formations that are called the Seven Bulls – Jeti Oguz. Also you will see Broken Heart Mountain. We will take as many photos there as you’d like and if you want it is possible to walk to the top of a mountain (20 minutes) to see a panoramic view of the gorge! There are yurts in the gorge and people can offer you Kumis to drink. It is a national drink that is made from fermented mare’s milk, and it is mildly alcoholic. Your night will be in nomadic felt dwellings, yurts.
Day 8: Jeti Oguz – Issyk Kul southern shore – Barskaun – Tamga
For the first half of the day you will have a rest near your yurt camp. It will be possible to meet real nomads. They come to these mountains in the summertime with their cattle. Nomadic families do not live in one place all the time. Every month they move from one pasture to another in order to have better pastures. Nomads still live in their felt houses yurts because it is easier and more portable to transfer from place to place. It takes just one hour to collapse or to erect a yurt. After lunch in yurts you will travel to Tamga village. This time we will drive along the southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake. This is a great chance to see the whole lake from all sides. On the way you will stop at Barskaun gorge. There is a big variety of flora and fauna and you will definitely enjoy the scenery. You will also have a hiking to the waterfalls the gorge is well known for. The first cosmonaut Yriy Gagarin used to come here quite often to have a rest so you can see a monument dedicated to him over there. Night is in a homestay.
Day 9: Tamga – Kochkor – Son Kul
Today we will drive to Kochkor village. On the way we will stop an unusual place called Skazka (Fairy Tale) Canyon. It is a wonderful place where the red sand formation, take various fabulous forms. Walk through this gorge while relaxing on the Issyk-Kul brings not only aesthetically pleasing, but also the unity with nature. With care you do every step in order not to disrupt the creation of the Creator. After it we will have a break in Bokonbaeva village, where we meet a local eagle-hunter. He hunts hares and foxes with the help of eagles (traditional way of nomads hunting). At the Kochkorka village you will meet a family that will show you the way of how national woolen felt carpets are produced. After lunch we start our drive to the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan – Son Kul Lake. This lake is surrounded by mountains and it is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan, situated at an altitude of 3013 meters above sea level. Night is in yurts.
Day 10: Son Kul – Naryn – Kel Suu
After breakfast we will drive to the town of Naryn which is situated right in the gorge. The drive to Naryn traverses over one of the most beautiful passes, along the top of a mountain, called 33 parrots. Then we will stop in Naryn for lunch and continue our way towards the mysterious Kel Suu, one of the most beautiful, high mountainous and rarely visited lake. Night is in yurts.
Day 11: Kel Suu
Kel Suu Lake is located among rocks in the valley of the Kok-Kiya at an altitude of 3514 m. It was formed hundreds of thousands of years ago due to the destruction of the rock mass. Therefore, it has an elongated shape: the length of 9 km width is 0.5-2 km. On all sides Kel-Suu is surrounded by steep cliffs with lots of caves, pits and caves, in the lake there is also a small stone island. Today you will ride horses in order to explore it and enjoy the unforgettable views on the way. Night is in yurts.
Day 12: Kel Suu – Naryn
After breakfast we will drive back along high mountains to the town of Naryn. It is situated right in the gorge. The high mountains, picturesque passes, and nomadic way of life make Kyrgyzstan an irresistible travel destination. Views of this mountain road are absolutely breathtaking. You will drive over mountain pass at an elevation of 3000 meters. This day offers a great chance to experience the variety of mountains which make Kyrgyzstan so popular. On the route it will be possible to meet real nomadic families. Night will be in a guesthouse.
Day 13: Naryn – Chon Kemin – Bishkek
After breakfast we will head towards Bishkek. On the way we will raft inside of the picturesque Chon Kemin gorge, on the river with the same name. This river is very popular among people that are fond of rafting. Even beginners can do it! Professional rafting staff will give a short explanation of what to do. The rafting itself will take 1 hour plus about 40 minutes for preparations. You will remember this day for a long time. After this we will drive to a Hawaii restaurant by the beautiful pond for lunch. Then we will continue to Bishkek. On the way you will visit Burana Tower (an 11th century minaret) and an open air museum of Balbals (stone warriors). Night is in a hotel.
Day 14: Bishkek – Ala Archa – Bishkek – Flight
In the morning we will visit Ala Archa gorge. It is a Natural Park. At the Soviet Time only V.I.P. people had permission to go for a walk here. The Ala Archa gorge is on a spur of the Tien Shan mountain range. It is just 45 km from Bishkek. You can have a short hiking tour to see a panoramic view of the gorge. Afterwards we return to Bishkek. The second half of the day is dedicated to a guided tour of Bishkek. It includes visiting Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic, and many others places of interest. You will also visit local bazar (if you have time for it). Then is transfer to airport.
– Rafting in Chon Kemin (1 hour)
– Horse ride towards Kel Suu Lake and back
Service does not include:
– Single rooms
– Early check-in
– Travel insurance
– Visa and visa support
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