The Pearls Of Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Tour: Issyk Kul Lake, Tien Shan and Pamir Mountains


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Tour duration: 11 days/ 10 nights
Itinerary: Bishkek – Issyk-Kul Lake – KarakolLake Son-Kul – Kazarman – UzgenOsh – Base Camp of Lenin Peak – Osh – Toktogul – Bishkek

An incredible country is upon us – a nomad country… Immense prairies, tall mountains, green hills, alpine meadows, and dense pine woods, deep canyons, wild rivers, and crystal-clear mountain lakes – all these wonders are part of the landscape and nature of Kyrgyzstan. There are, however, not that many ancient monuments, medieval mosques, or countless madrasahs here. It is a whole different culture, different lifestyle. It is a place where you can find boundless scenery and nature’s beauty, witness and experience the way of living of nomads in their traditional housing – yurts, as well as taste the unique Kyrgyz cuisine.


  • Itinerary
    Services & Cost
  • Visa
  • Useful Information


Day 1. Arrival in Bishkek. Bishkek - Issyk Kul Lake (250 km, 4-5 hrs).
Meeting at Bishkek airport at any time of arrival mentioned by tourist.
Transfer to Bishkek.
11:00 – sightseeing in Bishkek: visit the central Ala-Too Square, flagstaff (and changing of the guard), statue of Lenin and Freedom Monument, Philharmonic Hall, monument to Manas.
Transfer to Cholpon-Ata along the northern shore of Lake Issyk Kul - the second largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America.
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Бишкек, тур в Кыргызстан

Day 2. Issyk-Kul Lake – Karakol (150 km, 4-5 hrs). Karakol (sightseeing).
09:30 – transfer to the city of Karakol (transfer along the Eastern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake).
Sightseeing in Karakol: visit visit Przhevalski museum, a wooden Orthodox Russian church and impressive wooden Dungan mosque, built without metal nails by the Dungan people.
After lunch transfer to Jety-Oguz Gorge (25 km) with its famous red rocks, The Broken Heart and The Seven Bulls. Drive back to Karakol. Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Dungan mosque

Day 3. Karakol – Son Kul Lake (390 km, 7-8 hrs).
09:00 – transfer to Son-Kul lake along the southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. A stop for a guided tour at the “Fairytale” canyon – this gorge is formed of colorful hardened clay and resembles fairytale castles.
Afterwards, we move to the Bokonbayevo village, the inhabitants of which are famous for breeding wild predator birds.
Demonstration of a hunting falcon.
Transfer to one of the most beautiful mountain lakes – Song-Köl (altitude – 3016 meters).
Son-Kul lake (3016 m) is the one of the most beautiful mountain lake in Kyrgyzstan. Son-Kul lake well known for its traditional summer pastures (Jailoo) and alpine meadows. Tourists can be acquainted here with the nomadic lifestyle of the native people of Kyrgyzstan.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in camp.

Wild predator birds

Day 4. Son-Kul Lake – Kazarman (200 km, 6-7 hrs).
09:00 – hiking through the Moldo-Ashoo pass (altitude – 3201 meters). The route is laid on a scenic winding mountain road. We will make a stop to take pictures at the highest point of the pass where you will witness a gorgeous unique mountain panoramic view. There will be another short stop on the way.
After that, the road winds around a majestic mountain canyon along the powerful Naryn river.
Arrival in Kazarman.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a local house.

Day 5. Kazarman – Uzgen – Osh (275 km, 6-7 hrs).
08:00 – continuation of the route to the south of Kyrgyzstan. The highway runs across two mountain passes: Toguz Toro (altitude – 2800 meters) and Kaldama (altitude – 3060 meters).
Departure for the eastern side of the famous Fergana Valley.
Further drive to the small town of Uzgen, one of the ancient capitals of the Karakhanid nomadic empire. Sightseeing in Uzgen: Uzgen minaret (XII c) and mausoleum of Karakhanids (X-XII c). Continue driving to Osh.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6. Osh – Base Camp of Lenin Peak (290 km, 5-6 hrs).
Further transfer to Mountain Camp (Base Camp) located on Edelweiss Meadow under the Lenin Peak (altitude of the Base Camp location is 3,600 m). Lunch en route (lunch-boxes).
Arrival in the Base Camp and accommodation in camp. After some rest hike up to Lukovaya (Leek) Meadow (3800 m).
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in Base Camp.

Day 7. Base Camp of Lenin Peak (recreation).
Hiking program to the lakes and the Achik-Tash river valley. Further walking to the yurts of local people, time to get to know the daily life and traditions of the Kyrgyz nomads. Lunch and tasting of the koumiss. Return to the Base Camp. Participation in culinary master class on the preparation of national dishes in the evening.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in Base Camp.

Памирскому тракт, Перевал  Талдык, тур в Кыргызстан

Day 8. Base Camp of Lenin Peak – Osh (290 km, 5-6 hrs). Osh (sightseeing).
09:00 – transfer to Osh through the infamous Alai valley and high-mountain passes Taldyk and Chirchik. Arrival in Osh, check-in at the hotel.
Night visit to Osh and its surroundings: tour to the scared Sulayman mountain and a walking tour of the central square of the city. Visit to the Osh’s farmer’s market and souvenir stores.
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Юрта, тур в Кыргызстан

Day 9. Osh – Toktogul (450 km, 7-8 hrs).
08:00 – transfer to Toktogul. The route lays across the eastern part of the Fergana Valley which is very green and fruitful. In the surrounding areas of Jalal-Abad we will see the vast rice fields which are home to the famous dark Uzgen rice.
The path continues on the high-mountain road along Naryn river and hydroelectric power station waterfall.
Arrival in Toktogul.
Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Overnight at the hotel.

Ош, тур в Кыргызстан

Day 10. Toktogul – Bishkek (280 km, 6-7 hrs).
09:00 – transfer to Bishkek. The highway crosses two mountain passes: Ala-Bel (altitude – 3184 meters) and Too-Ashoo (altitude – 3586 meters). We will make stops at the highest points of each of these passes where you will be able to enjoy the fantastic view of the Suusamyr valley.
Crossing through the mountain tunnels which connect the north and the south of Kyrgyzstan.
Arrival in Bishkek.
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Дыни в Бишкеке, тур в Кыргызстан

Day 11. Bishkek (departure). The end of the program.
Transfer to Manas International Airport (30 km).
Departure from Bishkek.
Meals: breakfast.

Дыни в Бишкеке, тур в Кыргызстан

Cost includes:

  • Meeting/seeing-off at airport according to tourist's flight arrival/departure time;
  • Accommodation at the hotels on twin/double sharing basis with breakfasts, check-in to the hotels at 14:00, check-out at 12:00;
  • Accommodation at homestays and guesthouses in Kazarman village according to the program;
  • Accommodation camp (yurts and tents) in Son-Kul lake;
  • Accommodation in the Base Camp of Lenin Peak (3600 m):
    • Standart Option – accommodation in heated camping tents, 1-2 persons per tent. The tents are equipped with: electricity, individual heaters, beds, mattresses, blankets, pillows and changeable bed linen: flat sheets, bed sheets, and pillowcases.
    • Comfort Option (extra charge) – accommodation in a comfortable yurt, 1-2 persons per yurt. The yurt is equipped with: private bathroom (shower cabin, toilet, hot and cold water); heating, electricity, beds with changeable bed linen, wardrobes, desk, armchairs, electric kettle, toiletries, hairdryer; towels.
  • Transportation services for the whole tour on comfortable vehicles with air conditioning;
  • Accompanying English speaking guide services for the whole tour;
  • Sightseeing tours according to the program;
  • Entrance fees to the monuments and museums, listed in the program;
  • Meals according to the program;
  • Master class on making traditional felt rugs;
  • Falconry demonstration;
  • A bottle of mineral water on each day of the tour;
  • Memorable souvenirs.

Cost does not include:

  • International flights;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Meals (except mentioned).

The cost of the program includes accommodation in cozy hotels often decorated in a national style. We recommend this special type of accommodation because it is unique in Central Asia: it combines modern comfort in every detail and a unique culture of hospitality in a chamber atmosphere with almost home cosines. Hotels of this level characterizing by a warm welcome, empathetic and friendly attitude by the staff and enable you to familiarize yourself with the national culture.

Yurt Camp.
Accommodation in yurts for 1-2 members. Living in a real Yurt far from civilization - is an extremely unusual and memorable experience for a city dweller. Yurt is a traditional dwelling of nomads in Central Asia. The Yurt is cool in summer and warm in winter. The Yurt is ecological, as it is made from simple natural materials: wooden poles and felt rolled from sheep wool. The Yurt Camp is equipped with electricity, hot and cold water. There is a dining area, shower and toilets on the territory.

Accommodation in guesthouses (1-2 persons in a room) will allow you to take a dip into traditions and habits of local people, while maintaining the proper level of comfort. These are traditional houses located in remote mountain villages equipped with all necessary amenities for comfortable stay.

Lenin Peak Base camp.
Accommodation in the tents 1-2 persons per tent. Tent facilities: campgrounds are equipped with electricity, wooden flooring, mattresses, blankets, pillows and bed linen - duvet covers, pillowcases, sheets.

The tour comes with the following accommodation:

Location Accommodation
Bishkek Discovery 3* or similar
Issyk-Kul Lake Kapriz 4* or similar
Karakol Green Yard 3* / Amir 3* or similar
Son-Kul Lake Yurts
Kazarman village Guesthouse
Osh Sunrise 3* or similar
Lenin Peak area Tents
or Yurts
Toktogul Guesthouse Kok Bell or similar

On this route will be used the following type of transport (depending on the number of people in a group):

Group Type of transport
Group 1-3 pax "Mitsubishi Delica"
Group 4-14 pax "Mercedes-Benz Sprinter"


Visa to Kyrgyzstan

Under current rules visa-free stay within unlimited period on the territory of Kyrgyzstan is granted for the nationals of the following countries:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belorussia
  • Cuba
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Laos
  • Moldova
  • North Korea
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Vietnam

List of states granted visa-free stay up to 90 days: Mongolia, Ukraine.

List of states granted visa-free stay up to 60 days

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Britain
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican

Visa-free access to Kyrgyzstan up to 30 days: Malaysia.

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Photos of the tour:

Dungan mosque. Karakol, KyrgyzstanIssyk-kul Lake. KyrgyzstanIssyk-kul Lake. KyrgyzstanRukh Ordo, park in Bishkek, Issyk-Kul, KyrgyzstanKyrgyz marketMonument to Kurmanjan Datka. Bishkek, KyrgyzstanBishkek city center, square in front of the National Museum, KyrgyzstanPresentation of commemorative certificates. Base camp at the foot of Lenin peak. Pamir MountainsLocal resident on horseback. Pamir Mountains, KyrgyzstanCook at the Base camp of Lenin Peak. Mountains of PamirMaster class for cooking pilaf. Pamir, KyrgyzstanVisiting the locals. Kyrgyz yurtAround Base Camp at the foot of Lenin peakWalk to the lakes. Pamir, KyrgyzstanWalk to the lakes. Pamir, KyrgyzstanWalk to the lakes. Pamir, KyrgyzstanMarmots on the Lukovaya meadow. Lenin Peak, Pamir, KyrgyzstanLukovaya meadow, Pamir, Kyrgyzstan

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Video about Kyrgyzstan:

Charms of Kyrgyzstan’s nature
Charms of Kyrgyzstan’s nature
Base Camp surroundings (3600 M) at the foot of Lenin PeakBase Camp surroundings at the foot of Lenin Peak Kyrgyzstan painted with sand Kyrgyzstan painted with sand Trekking to Lake Sary ChelekTrekking to Lake Sary Chelek

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Raul 17.10.2017 09:57

Thank you very much for all your assistance, guidance, information etc. Our trip to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan was one of our best and uforgettable trip of a lifetime... a complete revealation about the region i had been dreaming to visit for so so long... now it was a reality. We are very satisfied with the excellent and highly recommended services of our Guides Lisa, Aruina and Mohammed Ali and all our drivers... please give them 5 stars commendations... our safety, health, comfort, fun and excitements were thier best priorities well taken care of. ALL our hotels the were comfortable (especially at lake Issy Kul and Dushanbe Sheraton) and food provided were likewise very delicious satisfying. We just hope we had more more time but we realized that we were time constrained for a limited sightseeing so it inevitable to see everything Nevertheless, we had a wonderful overview on the beauty of the culture and natural sceneries of this part of central Asia... WE are very satisfied with your agency giving YOU and Your Company a 7 stars excellent recommendation... Definetly we will avail your services for next trip to Central Asia... Thank you very much... MARAMING SALAMAT PO (Thank you very much Filipino) and good luck and God Bless you always.



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