Nomad's winter path
Period: 8 days
Highlights: Burana, Kochkor, Tash Rabat, Naryn, Kochkor, Bokonbaevo, Issyk Kul southern shore, Barskoon, Jeti Oguz, Karakol, Issyk Kul Lake northern shore, Chon Kemin, Ala Archa, Bishkek.
Day 1: Bishkek - Burana - Kochkor
Upon arrival you will meet your driver at Manas International Airport and then drive to Bishkek. Bishkek is an amazing city and is considered one of the greenest cities in the CIS. After coming to the capital you will explore the fascinating sights of the city such as: Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic, and many other highlights. In the second part of the day you will transfer to Kochkor village. This is an amazing sight to watch in the winter tour of Kyrgyzstan, on the way you will have a chance to enjoy the views of the architecture of the middle ages Burana Tower. Burana tower is one of the most significant towers, which was built in the 10th-11th century. It is considered one of the oldest buildings in Central Asia. You can climb to the top of the tower and take beautiful photos of winter landscapes. Also you can move to open air museum of Balbals (stone warriors). You will spend the night in home stay.
Day 2: Kochkor - Tash Rabat - Naryn
This day you will drive to the Tash Rabat Caravanserai. This significant caravanserai is located in the Naryn region and is located in the Tien Shan Mountains. This amazing structure played an important role in the route of the Great Silk Road. There are 31 rooms in the building and each of them had its own meaning. The caravanserai dates back to the 14th century, and is located at an altitude of 3200 meters. The walls are 1 m thick. In ancient times, the caravan served as a refuge for merchants, but also served as a fortification during the raids of robbers. Through Tash-Rabat, trade caravans went to the cities of the Ferghana valley. Then you will transfer the town of Naryn. You will spend the night in the hotel.
Day 3: Naryn - Kochkor - Bokonbaevo
After breakfast you will departure to fascinating Kochkor village. You will transfer along picturesque gorge and admire the beauty of winter landscapes. Mountain pass will be more than 3000 meters. After arrival to Kochkor you will In Kochkor village you will see an interesting display of national felt carpet manufacturing that will show your local family. En route you will feast your eyes upon souvenirs and some artifacts in small handicraft museum there. Afterwards you will directly transfer to Bokonbaeva village, where you will find a traditional Kyrgyz lunch prepared by the family of an eagle hunter. You can learn a lot of interesting and fascinating facts about ancient hunting with eagles. Your night will be in the home stay.
Day 4: Bokonbaevo - Issyk Kul southern shore - Barskoon - Jeti Oguz - Karakol
After breakfast you will transfer to wonderful Barskoon gorge. Barskoon gorge is one of the most beautiful gorges in Kyrgyzstan, known for its dense spruce forests and beautiful waterfalls. There you will observe the monument to Yuri Gagarin. After wards you will drive to explore Jeti Oguz gorge. Jeti Oguz is a magical place especially in winter where you can enjoy the views of 7 bulls - 7 stone statues, in the gorge you can also enjoy the views of the Broken Heart Mountain that make up beautiful legends. In course of the tour you will take photos of winter Kyrgyzstan. And if you want you can climb to the top. (20 minutes) where you will admire the fascinating panorama view of the gorge! After it you will drive to Karakol town. Then you will explore the Dungan mosque. This is one of the best attractions in Karakol, built in the Chinese style in the 19th century. After you will discover an old wooden Orthodox Church. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Karakol - Issyk Kul Lake northern shore - Chon Kemin
You will start today at 8 a.m. This day you will drive along the northern shore of Issyk Kul. This lake is one of the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan, a picturesque diamond in the bowl of Mountain ranges. Many tourists come to Issyk Kul, as well as local residents who come here to relax and cure their diseases. In translation, it is considered as hot and since ancient times the lake was considered Sacred, which is composed of beautiful legends. After you will explore a small local museum that has examples of handicraft, music instruments and a lot of artifacts. You will spend the night and have a dinner in a home stay in Chon Kemin village.
Day 6: Chon Kemin - Bishkek
This is a unique and picturesque settlement Chon Kemin village that is located in a national park. On your winter tour you will contemplate upon virgin nature and admire amazing mountain views. Rural life in Kyrgyzstan is quiet. Kyrgyz people are very hospitable by nature and they are always ready to offer any traveler a cup of tea and help. Tourism in Kyrgyzstan is developing more and more every year and tourists all want to see the beautiful clean areas of Kyrgyzstan, and even better it will be on winter tours. This day you will have 3 hours of horse riding. You can enjoy views of the mountain gorge from the top as well as powerful forests. After you will come back to the capital of Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek. You will spend the night in the hotel.
Day 7: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
This day you will have an adventure to Ala Archa gorge. This place is very picturesque and is only 45 km from Bishkek. People like to come here to relax and enjoy the views of dense juniper forests, which are considered healing in Kyrgyz medicine. You will have a hiking tour where you will observe the fascinating views of panorama. Then you will drive back to Bishkek and you will continue your tour with visiting Asian Bazaar. This is the most colorful place in Kyrgyzstan. Here the locals come for food, as the prices are reasonable, you can also bargain with the sellers and get some discounts. You will spend the night in the hotel. You will spend the night in the hotel.
Day 8: Bishkek - Airport
In the morning is transfer to airport.
Kyrgyzstan is a beautiful country that attracts tourists from all over the world with its beautiful nature, beauty and cultural prosperity. The customs and traditions of the country are very unique and passed down from generation to generation. Winter is a great time of year to visit Kyrgyzstan. This is the season when Kyrgyzstan opens its doors to the fabulous world of nature. You can enjoy views of picturesque landscapes; try yourself in winter sports, such as skiing, snowboarding, climbing mountains. During the tour, you will be able to enjoy the winter recreation areas, which have been improving over the years. Many mountain resorts have different levels of difficulty for skiing. Here you can also purchase equipment or buy it, and you can also contact professional instructors. You can spend the days in suites, junior suites and standard rooms. Snow-capped mountain peaks will amaze you. You will love winter Kyrgyzstan as much as in summer.
Unfortunately, the winter climate of Kyrgyzstan does not allow you to spend the night in yurts, and many paths are covered with snow, but you can enjoy your tour perfectly. You have the opportunity to choose a jeep ride that will be able to drive to the most inaccessible places, but they will be very beautiful and the most memorable in your life.
Issyk Kul lake is beautiful at any time of the year and in any weather. Issyk Kul diamond of Kyrgyzstan it is beautiful at any time of the year in any weather. On your winter tour, you can explore the beauty of the lake, which is surrounded by the heavenly Tien Shan mountains. In this area, you can also explore the history of ancient petroglyphs that are more than 2000 years old, which depict animals, hunting scenes and people. Amazing Jeti Oguz or Seven Bulls with a Broken Heart. In the village of Bokonbaevo you can meet an eagle hunter who will tell you amazing facts and stories of hunting foxes, hares, jackals and lynxes. And in Kochkor, you will have a great experience in making carpets using a special ancient technique that a local family can show you.
On your winter tour you will be able to watch national games such as: chabysh, kyz kuumai, tyiyn enmei and others. The horse in Kyrgyzstan in ancient times was a means of transportation and an assistant at home in the household, and athletes used the horse in sports games.
In course of the tour you will taste delicious cuisine of Kyrgyzstan. The cuisine in Kyrgyzstan is very tasty and you will like it in the diet is used most often lamb, cow, in turn; pork is very rare, since the main Kyrgyz are Muslims. The best dishes in Kyrgyzstan are beshbarmak, manti, oromo, kuurdak and others. Products from mil are very popular, such as kymyz, a drink made from fermented mare's milk, airan - yogurt, sour cream and melted butter. Kyrgyzstan is also known for its delicious dishes:pilaf, lagman and ashlamfu.
This is just motivation for how you can spend your winter tour in Kyrgyzstan. You should definitely enjoy the winter beauty of nature, because you deserve it!