Kyrgyzstan trekking 01
Time of the tour: 7 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Karakol - Mokraya Polyana - Eastern Irdik Lake - Western Irdik Lake - Karakol - Kochkor - Bishkek
Our company will help you to investigate Kyrgyzstan, a unique country situating in the heart of the Celestial Mountains. Kyrgyzstan offers you large amount of spectacular landscapes: wide steppes, green fields, sandy deserts, turquoise lakes, snowy mountains, fast rivers, an abundance of wild life with many rare and endangered species, places archeological and historical importance related to the Great Silk Road and natives preserving the traditions of their nomadic ancestors. All this makes Kyrgyzstan "A second Switzerland of Central Asia". It is a land of bright contrasts!
Day 1: Bishkek - Karakol (450 km - 8 h) (1 650 m. a. s. l.)In the morning we start our 8 hours drive to Karakol - the favorite town of foreign visitors, which took place on the eastern part of the Issyk-Kul Celestial Lake. En route, we will visit the Burana Tower - minaret from the 11th century and an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). Then you will be brought to the incredible Issyk-Kul Lake that possesses curative properties - the second largest alpine lake in the world. The Lake is also called "the pearl of Central Asia". You are going to really enjoy the amazing view of the Tien Shan Mountains that surround the whole lake. On the way, we will make a short break to give you the opportunity to visit ancient carvings on the stones that date back to 800 B.C., however some part of them refers to the much more later Turcic Period. They were carved by local tribes of the Saks and the Usuns who believed that Lake Issyk Kul was the center of the world. During the drive to Karakol town you will drive along the whole northern shore of Issyk Kul Lake (1608m.above sea level). Overnight in a guesthouse "Elita" in Karakol.
Day 2: Karakol - Mokraya Polyana glade (2790 m a. s. l.) In the morning we visit the Dungan mosque. One of its highlights is the fact that it is built of burnt bricks and walnut timber in Chinese style without using a single metal nail. This will be followed by the visit of an old wooden Orthodox Church. It was made of wood more than 100 years ago and even nowadays attracts a lot of tourists. Afterwards transfer to Karakol gorge. It is a wonderful place that is situated at the heart of the Terskey Mountains. Here we can see Turkestan spruce trees that are widespread only here in Kyrgyzstan. The height of the tree reaches 18 meters and the girth of its trunk - 1.5 meters. We will have hiking to the foot of the glade named « Mokraya Polyana » (7 h). Overnight is in tents on the altitude of 2790 m. a. s. l.
Day 3: Mokraya Polyana glade - Eastern Irdik lake (3 200 m. a. s. l.) In the morning we start our hiking to the eastern Irdik Lake (3200 m, 7 hours hiking). We will hike over the pass Bokovoi (3300 m). During the hike we see constant changing of the landscapes. We will see steep cliffs and precipices, high rocks, green mountains; we move through the juniper forest where a sick person starts to feel better. There we could see a wonderful and unforgettable sundown over the most beautiful peaks of Fuchika (4010m), Morozov (3960m), 800 years of Moscow (3872m) of Kungey Ala-Too mountain range. Staying is in tents.
Day 4: Eastern Irdik Lake - Western Irdik Lake (3 300 m. a. s. l.)Today we will hike approximately for 7 hours. On the way we will see a lot of edelweiss fields (the flowers of love) and pastures that are used by Kyrgyz nomads. We will see many marmots at the height of 3650 m. above sea level. We will trek over Severnyi pass that is 3380 m. above sea level. While hiking at these places you are going to forget about busy civilization and you can really relax enjoying the amazing views of our Mother Nature. Camping. Staying is in tents at the altitude of 3300 m. a. s. l.
Day 5: Western Irdik Lake - Karakol (1 650 m. a. s. l.)Today we visit a Dungan family and try traditional lagman soup. After breakfast we start our hiking with descent to Diychin valley (5h) where many Dungan natives live. Dungans are Chinese Muslims who had been prosecuted by the Chinese in the 19th century and fled to Kyrgyzstan. While hiking to the village it is possible sometimes to meet real nomadic families on the way. Every year they go to the mountains with their cattle and live in yurts that are made without a single nail! Yurts are collapsible nomadic habitations. Afterwards transport to Karakol town. 25 minutes trip. Overnight in "Elita" guesthouse (1650 m).
Day 6: Karakol - Kochkor (280 km - 5 h, 1800 m. a. s. l.)In the morning after a good sleep we move to Kochkor. But first in Karakol town we will visit a local bazaar and try national dishes, such as ashlyamfu and shashlyk (kebab) made of beef or lamb. Then we will start or way to Kochkor village. On the way we will visit Djeti Oguz Mountains that are very popular because of their beauty and of course you will see the Broken Heart Mountain, about which you will be told a beautiful tale by your guide. Then whilst driving along the southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake we will visit a private factory for producing yurts. Your lunch will be in Bokonbaevo village in Talgat's House who is a famous hunter (berkutchi in Kyrgyz) with golden eagles. Hunting with golden eagle is very popular in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia and Talgat will tell us about this kind of hunting with these birds of prey and in the afternoon we can do some photos of the birds. Talgat will also tell us the way he trains his birds of prey. After arrival in Kochkor village we will learn on national traditions and customs. You will witness the process of making traditional Kyrgyz carpets and even take a part in it! After it traditional dinner in a yurt, we will listen to a folk performance of the nationalmusic. This night you will spend in a home stay of a local family.
Day 7: Kochkor - Bishkek (210 km - 5 h)In the morning you will have a traditional breakfast together with hosts. After breakfast we drive to the capital of Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek city. After arriving you will have some time to take a break in your guesthouse and then will be the very last dinner in national café with national music performance. Last night you will spend in «Asia Mountains» guesthouse.