Sky of Love
Day 1: Bishkek - Burana - Kochkor
Upon arrival at Manas airport, you will be met by your Kyrgyz driver to start your Sky of Love Tour in Kyrgyzstan. He will accompany you to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. On the day of arrival, you will get acquainted with the sights of our capital. The tour of Bishkek includes visits of Victory square, Oak Park, Central Ala-Too square, the National art Museum, the National Philharmonic and many other highlights of the of the city. After having traditional lunch at restaurant, we will start our way to Kochkor village. On the way you will visit Burana Tower. It is a minaret from the 11th century. Burana Tower was used during the Great Silk Road as a sign for travelers that there was a city to have a rest. Nearby you will see an open-air museum of Balbals which means grave stone warriors. Upon arrival to village of Kochkor you will have your dinner. Today's night will be spent in a home stay.
Day 2: Kochkor - Tash Rabat - Naryn
After breakfast we will start our way to the Tash Rabat Caravanserai on the Great Silk Road. This is a unique architectural monument of the early Middle Ages and one of the main archeological sites of Kyrgyzstan, being a symbol of Tien Shan mountain architecture. It is located in Tash Rabat picturesque canyon-gorge of Naryn region on 3200 meters height. In times of the Great Silk road Renaissance "Tash-Rabat" served as a caravanserai, in our understanding an original "hotel", coaching inn for merchants and travelers on ancient caravan roads from Transoxiana to Kashgar. The building will amaze you being unique, having 1meter thick walls, underground prison and inaccurate number of rooms. Some people believe that there are 31 rooms, while others think there are 30. You will have an opportunity to count it for yourself. After the excursion we will drive to the town of Naryn where you will spend the night.
Day 3: Naryn - Kochkor - Bokonbaevo
In the morning you will be transferred to Kochkor village. The road will go along picturesque gorge and you will drive today over mountain pass that is 3 000 meters high. You will have several winter photo stops where you will enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature of Kyrgyzstan and take beautiful pictures. It will leave you good memories. In Kochkor village you will spend some time with a family that will show you the way our national felt carpets are produced. Also, you will visit a small handicraft museum there. Then we will have a break in Bokonbaeva village, where lunch will be served in the house of a local eagle-hunter. He hunts hares and foxes with the help of eagles. It is a traditional way of nomads hunting. Today's night will be in a home stay.
Day 4: Bokonbaevo - Issyk Kul southern shore - Barskoon - Jeti Oguz - Karakol
Today you will visit several places. In the morning you will be transferred to Barskoon gorge, one of the most beautiful in Kyrgyzstan. This gorge is situated on the southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake and famous for its celestial mountains and the monument to Yuri Gagarin. The next place of visit will be Jety Oguz gorge. It's famous for its red rocks formations that have a name Jeti Oguz Seven Bulls. The name is translated as Seven Bulls. Also, you will see there the Broken Heart Mountain. We will make many beautiful photos there and if you want it is possible to go on a top of a mountain which takes 20 minutes to see a panorama view of the gorge. Then we will continue our way to Karakol town. You will visit the Dungan mosque. One of its highlights is the fact that it was built in Chinese style without using a single metal nail. The next destination will be an old wooden Orthodox Church. At the end of the day you will be transferred to the hotel.
Day 5: Karakol - Issyk Kul Lake northern shore - Chon Kemin
The meeting with the guide will be at 8 a.m. Today we will drive along the northern shore of Issyk Kul Lake. You will have a great opportunity to see the whole lake from all its sights in winter Kyrgyzstan. It is not just the biggest mountain lake in Central Asia but also the favorite place for swimming in summer time. People come to have a rest to the lake from the whole neighbor countries. In the afternoon you will visit a small local museum that has examples of handicraft, music instruments and a lot of artifacts. Further you will come to Chon Kemin village. Here you will have your dinner and night in a home stay.
Day 6: Chon Kemin - Bishkek
Chon Kemin village is situated in a National Park and you will see many picturesque mountain views. Rural regions remain delightfully unspoiled, traditional and rich in culture whilst the capital is quite developed. Tourism is still in its infancy and vast areas are largely untouched by foreign visitors. Beaming smiles, open arms and unrivalled hospitality will await you. Today you will have 3 hours of horse riding. Your route will go high in the mountains and you will even ride horses through a mountain forest. On the top you will see the picturesque panorama view of the gorge. It will be the best moments of your tour. After you will drive to Bishkek city. Here you will spend the night in a hotel.
Day 7: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
This day is dedicated to an excursion to Ala Archa gorge which is exceptionally beautiful in winter. It is just 45 kilometers from the center of Bishkek city. Now you have an opportunity to see and enjoy this natural park when in the past only V.I.P. people had permission to go for a walk here. You will have a short hiking tour to see a panoramic view of the gorge. The trip guarantees you number of beautiful pictures. After spending enjoyable time on the mountains, we will return back to the capital city. Then the tour route will take you to Asian Bazaar where you will be able to take a lot of dynamic photos of bustling local life. This bazaar is a noisy and colorful tapestry of fabrics, produce, and people selling and buying goods. Most of tourists buy dry fruits, species and souvenirs. At the end of productive day, your driver will take you to the hotel.
Day 8: Bishkek - Airport
Today you are returning back. In the morning you will have a transfer to the airport. This is the end of your tour in amazing Kyrgyzstan.
Everyone should see the gorgeous and fabulous winter of Kyrgyzstan. Numbers of tourists from all over the world come to Kyrgyzstan. They are interested in history, breathtaking nature of mountains and foothills, a mild climate. Enjoy amazing tours to the most picturesque places, as well as skiing and snowboarding. During the travel you will get to know that in the country there are a large number of ski resorts have been built and are successfully developing. Many bases have tracks of varying difficulty. They have equipment rental points and good, experienced instructors. You will have an option of staying in suites, junior suites and standard rooms. The snow-white mountains of the country will not leave you indifferent with their bewitching beauty. Winter tours to Kyrgyzstan will entertain no worse than in summer.
In winter Kyrgyzstan it is not possible to spend the night freely anywhere because of the weather conditions and many trails are covered with snow. Even though you will have an opportunity to enjoy the tour. You will be able to take jeep rides that will effortlessly drive through deep snow to some of the most magnificent but hard-to-reach places.
"Pearl of Kyrgyzstan" Issyk Kul Lake is beautiful at any time of the year and in any weather. You will surrender to this amazing beauty that you will see during winter tours in Kyrgyzstan. There you will have a great opportunity to visit petroglyphs also known as the ancient stone inscriptions that were made 2000 years ago by shamans. The gorge of red rock formation that is known as Jeti Oguz which translated from Kyrgyz language as Seven Bulls will surprise you by its beauty. In the Bokonbaevo village you will see a local eagle hunter that will tell you interesting facts about eagles and will show his "treasure". Eagle hunting is a traditional way of nomadic hunting. The preys of eagle are hares, foxes, lynxes, jackals and you will have a chance to see the process of imitation of hunting. In the village of Kochkor you will see and learn and even make our national felt carpets by using the special technique.
Kyrgyz people have a proverb like as "The horse is the wings of a man". You will have a chance to confirm this fact by seeing the traditional horse games such as at kok-boru, chabysh, kyz kuumai, tyiyn enmei and etc. With the passage of time, the horse for the Kyrgyz becomes a participant in sports competitions and sports games.
If we talk about the cuisine of Kyrgyzstan, it is not possible to convey with words. The most common meat is lamb, beef, horse meat, while pork is very rare, since the people of Kyrgyzstan are mostly Muslims. You will have a chance to try this indescribably delicious food. The Kyrgyz people's favorite foods are beshbarmak, manti, oromo, kuurdak and others. Dairy products such as kymyz, a drink made from fermented mare's milk, airan - yogurt, sour cream and melted butter are very popular. Boorsok is the traditional bread of Kyrgyz people which is prepared every holiday and when people have guests. There are also different kinds of bread as kattama, tokoch, kuimak, tandyr nan. Under the influence of other Turkic peoples, such dishes as pilaf, lagman and ashlamfu became very widespread.
These are number of examples of what you will discover and visit during winter tour in mountainous Kyrgyzstan. There is certainly a lot to make you excited!
Kyrgyzstan winter tours will show you a snow-white picture that contains fantastic places. You should not miss the opportunity to enjoy a journey that you will remember for your lifetime.