Secrets of Kyrgyzstan Group Tour 202410 Days | Bishkek, Chon-Kemin, Karakol, Kajy-Say, Son Kul, Naryn, Kel Suu

Group Tour US$ 1,180
  • Burana TowerBurana Tower
  • BishkekBishkek
  • NarynNaryn
  • Kel-Suu LakeKel-Suu Lake
  • BishkekBishkek
  • BishkekBishkek
  • BalbalsBalbals
  • Issyk Kul LakeIssyk Kul Lake
  • Cholpon-Ata PetroglyphsCholpon-Ata Petroglyphs
  • Orthodox Church, KarakolOrthodox Church, Karakol
  • Dungan MosqueDungan Mosque
  • Jety OguzJety Oguz
  • Skazka CanyonSkazka Canyon
  • Son Kul LakeSon Kul Lake
  • Son Kul LakeSon Kul Lake
  • Burana Tower
  • Bishkek
  • Naryn
  • Kel-Suu Lake
  • Bishkek
  • Bishkek
  • Balbals
  • Issyk Kul Lake
  • Cholpon-Ata Petroglyphs
  • Orthodox Church, Karakol
  • Dungan Mosque
  • Jety Oguz
  • Skazka Canyon
  • Son Kul Lake
  • Son Kul Lake

Discover the allure of Kyrgyzstan on our 10-day scheduled group tour called "The Secret of Kyrgyzstan 2024". This tour takes you on a remarkable journey through Bishkek, Chon-Kemin, Karakol, Kajy-Say, Son Kul, Naryn, Kel Suu, and back to Naryn and Bishkek. Dive into the stunning beauty of a country often referred to as the "Asian Switzerland," thanks to its pristine, unspoiled natural landscapes.
Kyrgyzstan, a captivating oasis in the heart of Central Asia, boasts a vast array of landscapes, with the majestic Issyk Kul Lake playing a significant role in its scenic diversity. More than just its natural beauty, Kyrgyzstan is rich in culture and historical heritage. The country preserves the traditions of its nomadic roots, evident in the summer when yurts—the nomadic portable dwellings adorned with felt carpets—dot the landscape.
During your visit, you’ll have the unique opportunity to meet nomads, who are incredibly welcoming and may invite you into their yurts to sample traditional Kyrgyz drink kymyz. Join us on this unforgettable journey and uncover the secrets of Kyrgyzstan!

Group size: min. 4 people

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Bishkek (30 km / 35 min)
Arrival in Bishkek. Upon arrival at the International Airport Manas you will be met by our tourist guide at arrival gates. Transfer to the city will take 30-40 min. Hotel check in at 14 pm (Early check in is not included).
We start a sightseeing tour of Bishkek, which includes:
The Monument of Kyrgyz National hero Manas, Kurmanjan Datka Monument, Oak Park, Opera and Ballet Theatre.
A sightseeing tour of Bishkek comes to an end at Victory Square. After excursion we will go to ZUM (Central department store) to buy souvenirs.
Day 2: Bishkek city – Chon Kemin Valley (170 km / 3 hours)
After breakfast, we drive to Chon-Kemin valley. After excursion, drive to Chon Kemin valley. En route you will visit Architectural - Archeological Complex “Burana Tower” (UNESCO). Burana Tower (ancient minaret) is located in 12 km far from Tokmok town. The territory where the tower is located was called Balasagun town. This town had the strategic meaning for Great Silk Road. Here you will see a small museum with exhibits found at excavations, providing more details about this ancient settlement, and become familiar with collection of Balbals, turkic grave marks.
Optionally: horseback riding games near Burana Tower.
Upon arrival, get accommodated in the guest house “Ashuu”.
Options to do:
1) Walking around the village.
2) Renting horses and ride up to the closest mountains (extra cost).
3) Horseback riding games nearby (extra cost).
4) Setting up yurt (nomadic house) (extra cost).
Dinner and overnight at the guest house.
Meals: breakfast, dinner
Day 3: Chon-Kemin – Karakol (305 km/ 6 hours)
Today we take the direction to Karakol city via the north shore of beautiful Issyk Kul lake. Issyk Kul Lake has a tectonic origin. It is a second largest alpine lake in the world after Titicaca located in South America. Its length reaches 182 km, and width is 58 km, maximum depth is up to 668 m. During the summer period the water reaches up to 20-25 Co.
On the way you admire beautiful landscape and changing of scenery.
En route, visit the Nomad Museum and Open-air Petroglyphs Museum. The Nomad Museum is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking to immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of Kyrgyzstan. From the Altai nomadic exhibition to the cultural and ethnographic event, this museum offers a captivating journey into the past. Don't miss the chance to explore the architectural marvels and learn about the fascinating history of the region.
Petroglyphs are dated back Sak-Usun period from 9-8 century up to 3-5 century AD. The territory where Petroglyphs are found lying below the Kungey Alatoo Mountains with a beautiful view of the lake.
Further drive to Karakol town.
Afternoon short sightseeing in Karakol. Visit of Dungan mosque and Russian Orthodox church.
Karakol was founded in 1869 as a Russian garrison, and grew rapidly as explorers passed through the town on their way deeper into the Tian Shan. Overnight.
Meals: breakfast
Day 4: Karakol – Djety Oguz gorge – Svetlaya Polyana - Kajy- Say (130 km/ 2-3 hours)
Today you drive to Kochkor village. En route visit Jety Oguz gorge with “Seven Bulls” and “Broken Heart” mountain formations. This picturesque gorge is named so because of the red rocky sand formations covered with forests of Tien Shan spruces. After the walk, we take the direction to the village of Svetlaya Popyana for visit to a «Komuz» maker.
Komuz is an ancient Kyrgyz three-stringed instrument, resembling a small guitar. It is a significant part of any Kyrgyz folk music group. The instrument is usually fully made from apricot or juniper.
The master will tell you and show you the process of making a musical instrument. We will also taste herbal tea with honey from our home apiary.
Further drive to Kajy-Say village to the yurt camp or guest house. Dinner and overnight.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 5: Kajy-Say – Canyon Skazka – Son Kul lake (285 km/5-6 hours)
After breakfast visit Skazka Canyon which is one of the most stunning places in Kyrgyzstan, a canyon filled with fantastical sandstone shapes that give the spot its name, which means fairytale in Russian. Over millennia of erosion, the red sandstone has taken on forms that some say resemble animals, landmarks, or characters from legends. Then we drive back to Son Kul lake via Kalmak Ashuu pass (3447 m). Lunch in Kochkor village.
Alpine Son Kul Lake is located on Tien Shan range at the elevation of 3016 m. The territory around Son Kul is a pasture for the cattle driven from Kochkor village, Naryn and Jumgal regions. During the summer Son Kul pasture is considered to be the best Kyrgyz jailoo. The road to the lake goes through the windy mountain passes and vanishes in the sky. As a result, Son Kul Lake from Kyrgyz language translates as “Last Lake”.
Optionally: horse riding.
Optionally: horseback riding games.
Optionally: yurt setting up demonstartion of Kyrgyz people.
Accommodation in a local comfortable yurt camp.
Here you can feel like a real nomads and get acquainted with the culture .
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 6: Son Kul lake - Naryn town (150 km /2.5-3 hours)
Today we drive to the most mountainous province in Kyrgyzstan – Naryn province via the Moldo Ashuu pass (3200 m). Naryn is known for some of the best meat and traditional Kyrgyz dishes in the country.
Overnight in the hotel.
Meals: breakfast
Day 7: Naryn – Kel Suu lake (150 km/5-6 hours)
After breakfast, start driving towards to the next treasure of Kyrgyzstan - Kel Suu lake.
The distance is relatively short, but the conditions of the road delay the arrival.
Arrival to Kel Suu in the late afternoon. The camp will be installed to your arrival, all infrustructure ready/ pick up you r tent and get comfortable.
Some free time in the evening to explore the area before dinner.
Remote even by Kyrgyzstan standards, the magnificent Kel Suu lake stretches over 10 km through a sheer mountain gorge that reaches nearly to the Chinese border. Kel Suu means “incoming water” in Kyrgyz, and indeed, sometimes the lake disappears, flowing into underground caves and grottoes, so please be aware that not everybody has the chance to see the lake.
Dinner and overnight in tents/yurt camp.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 8: Kel Suu lake - Naryn town (on foot 8 km / 2-3 hours one way) (drive 150 km / 3,5 hours)
Today you explore the secret of Kyrgyzstan – Kel Suu. From the tents camp to the lake you can walk or drive up as it takes about 2-3 hours on foot. Level of difficulty only prescribed by the altitude (3200-3300 m asl), walking terrain is not challenging, but you need proper hiking boots. Spend time in the area, have lunch boxes on the shore and enjoy your time exploring this treasure.
At the evening we load our stuff into the car and continue the way to Naryn town. Late evening arrival to Naryn and get accommodated at the hotel. Overnight.
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Day 9: Naryn town – Bishkek (350 km / 5 hours)
After breakfast explore the area. walk around to check the nature around Naryn town and drive back to Bishkek city.
En route stop in Kochkor village and visit local women cooperation where ladies produce felt and different items from it.
Optionally: watch felt producing demonstration.
Arrival to Bishkek, check in into the hotel.
Optionally: You can take a wander around Osh bazaar (closed on Monday).
Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Optionally: folklore show.
Overnight at a hotel.
Meals: breakfast, dinner
Day 10: Bishkek – airport (30 km/40 minutes)
Transfer to airport to pick your flight.
Meals: breakfast
  • Accommodation on twin/double base in hotels and 2-4 pax in one yurt – 9 nights;
  • Entrance and ecological fees;
  • Full board (B – 9, L – 4, D – 5);
  • English speaking guide (except the last day);
  • Transport from arrival till departure;
  • Mineral water(1 l per person per day);
  • Visit to a Komuz maker (master class);
  • Border permission to Kel Suu.
  • Single supplement;
  • Airfares;
  • All personal expenses;
  • Alcohol drinks;
  • Tips for guide and driver;
  • Visa fee and visa support;
  • Porter fee;
  • Folklore Show in Bishkek.

Dates & Prices, per person

Jul 14, Sun
Jul 23, Tue
Jul 12
US$ 1,180
Aug 11, Sun
Aug 20, Tue
Aug 9
US$ 1,180
Single supplement: US$ 105

Group size: 4-16 persons

Please note that itinerary and prices are subject to change due to airline and train schedule changes, currency fluctuations and other unforeseeable events.


Bishkek - 2 nights
My hotel / Bridges or similar
Chon-Kemin - 1 night
Karakol - 1 night
Green Yard / Karagat
Kajy-Say - 1 night
Yurt camp “Oimo Tash” (4 pax in one yurt))/Guest house
Son Kul - 1 night
Yurt camp (2 pax in one yurt)
Kel Suu - 1 night
Yurt camp (4 pax in one yurt)
Naryn - 2 nights
Khan Tengri 3* or similar

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