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Highlights of Kyrgyzstan

14 Days | From £1899 | Guided Group Departures

This journey takes through the highlights of Kyrgyzstan, from Soviet-era Bishkek, to the breath-taking Tien Shan Mountains and the ancient Silk Road. Explore the dramatic gorges on foot, stay in a nomadic yurt camp, experience hunting with a golden eagle and cruise on Lake Issyk Kul in one of central Asia's most fascinating countries.

14 Days | From £1899 | Guided Group Departures

  • Meet the Golden Eagle Hunters
  • Stay in a yurt and meet the Kyrgyz nomads
  • See the magnificent peaks of the Tien Shan
  • Walk through beautiful mountain flora, alpine meadows and coniferous forests

The journey takes you to the must-see sights of the this captivating country beginning with a tour of the capital, Bishkek before heading out to the forested valleys of Ala Archa National Park. Take a boat cruise on Lake Issyk Kul, the second largest alpine lake in the world and on to the town of Karakol. Walk alongside the river in the impressive Seven Bulls Gorge and continue into the mountains to meet the Golden Eagle Hunters.

Spend a day hiking among the forests and alpine meadows of the Altyn Arashan valley and take a dip in the area's hot springs. Cross over the dramatic Dolon Pass into Silk Road country and then on the shore's of Kyrgystan's second largest lake, Son Kul as we step into Nomadic life and stay in yurts, exploring the lake and nearby petroglyphs on foot.

Day 1. Depart UK
Depart the UK for an overnight flight to Bishkek.
Day 2. Arrive Bishkek
Arrive this morning in Bishkek. There is time to relax at the hotel before a sight seeing tour of the city.
Day 3. Full day in Ala Archa National Park
Visit a traditional Kyrgyz cemetery and Mausoleum of Baitik Baatyr before spending the day walking in Ala Archa National Park.
Day 4. Visit Burana Tower
Drive to Tokmok to visit the famous Burana tower and ancient Turkic tombs. Afterwards continue driving to the Chon Kemin Valley.
Day 5. Walking in the Chon Kemin Valley
Walk deep into the gorge and up to the panorama for spectacular views of the surrounding area. Later, drive to Cholpon Ata and visit the Museum of Petroglyphs and Ethnographical museum.
Day 6. Lake Issyk Kul and on to Karakol
Join a boat cruise of Lake Issyk Kul for spectacular views of the lakeshore and mountains. Afterwards drive to the town of Karakol at the foot of the Tien Shan mountains.
Day 7. Seven Bulls Gorge and the Golden Eagle Hunters
Morning walk in the Seven Bulls Gorge, following the course of the Djety Oguz mountain river. This afternoon meet the Golden Eagle Hunters in the mountains with their eagles.
Day 8. Altyn Arashan Gorge
Spend the day hiking in Altyn Arashan, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Tien Shan. Swim in the hot mineral springs.
Day 9. Drive to Kochkor
Drive along the southern shores of Lake Issyk Kul to Kochkor. Walk in the Fairy Tale canyon along the way. Visit the locals making carpets and other handicrafts and try your hand at making your own rug.
Day 10. Scenic drive to Tash Rabat
A long, but scenic drive over the 3030m Dolon Pass, through the lush At Bashi Mountains to Tash Rabat. Visit a hidden gorge housing a caravanserai of the Great Silk Road.
Day 11. Full day walking in Tash Rabat
The walking in this area is beautiful and varied with a number of different walking options available through lush green valleys or over the 2500m Tash Rabat Pass.
Day 12. Drive to Son Kul Lake
Drive through increasingly wild scenery over a dramatic pass to a peaceful Nomadic camp. Spend time with the nomadic families to learn about their way of life and try some local produce.
13. Full day hiking in Son Kul
Spend the day exploring the beautiful plateau. Explore the lake shores, see wild flowers and hike up surrounding hills to see ancient petroglyphs.
Day 14. Return to Bishkek
Another panoramic drive back to Bishkek. Pass nomads, spectacular gorges and picturesque valleys alongside the snow covered peaks of the Tien Shan. Afternoon at leisure in Bishkek.
Day 15. Depart Bishkek
Depart Bishkek at anytime for your onward flight.
  • Trip Grade : B - Moderate
  • Duration: 15 days
  • Trip Code: TKHK
  • Group Size : 3-12
  • Max Altitude : 3100m
  • Accommodation: hotel x 1, guesthouse x 1, homestay x 1, yurt camp x 4
  • Meals : breakfasts x 14, lunches x 13, dinners x 13
  • Departs : August and September
  • Overseas Joining Point : Bishkek
  • Important: Make sure your chosen holiday is guaranteed to run before you purchase your air tickets and make any other travel arrangements.