Cultural tour 6

Kyrgyzstan tourTour 6

Destination: Kyrgyzstan

Activity: Cultural tour

Duration: 7 days 

There is tour for travelers, who have journey from Torugart Pass and then to Bishkek City (the capital of Kyrgyzstan). During this adventure you will have an opportunity to live in the places that are absolutely far away from the busy cities and towns. Traveling by the one of the Silk Way routes you will see famed caravanserai of Tash Rabat that is built inside the mountain, and also you will have time to relax in a tranquil atmosphere of Son Kul. 

Places to visit: Torugart Pass - Tash Rabat Caravanserai - Son Kul Lake - Bishkek City - Ala Archa Gorge - Bishkek 

Tour summary:   

Day 1: Torugart - Tash Rabat Caravanserai (Stone Castle)
Transfer from Torugart pass to the Great Silk Road Tash Rabat- Caravanserai. Tash Rabat is translated as Stone Castle; its construction refers to the 14th century. In total there are 31 rooms in the mountain. The thickness of walls is 1 m. There are also underground prison cells for ancient thieves.  Tash Rabat is located at the very heart of Tian Shan Mountains, at a height 3200 m. above sea level. This building is a unique one, it has no analogue in the world, because it was constructed out of layered stones and moreover it was built inside the mountain. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Nearby Tash Rabat Caravanserai you will spend the night in yurts.   

Day 2: Tash Rabat - Son Kul Lake
Breakfast. After that we will be transferred to the 2nd biggest lake in Kyrgyz Republic - Son Kul. The Kyrgyz nomads with their families started to come to this wonderful area for rest and relaxation since ancient times. Naryn region herders come to the lake to use it as summer pastureland. Son Kul Lake is surrounded with the mountains; it is situated at an altitude of 3013 m. above sea level and is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan. On the way, lunch will be taken. You will be free to walk around and enjoy lake's virgin nature and its surrounds, after our arrival. Dinner and overnight stay are in the collapsible nomadic abodes - yurts. Yurts are built without nails. They are made out of wooden skeleton that is covered with thin felt mats.  

Day 3: Son Kul (3013m. above sea level)
9 a.m. breakfast. Today you will have the opportunity to explore its nature on your own having spare time. You can ride on a horse along the lake, or just relax in the wild, but calm natural atmosphere. It is a great chance to get acquainted with nomadic traditions and culture. Our lunch will be served at 2 p.m. Then you will visit also ancient petroglyphs that came into being in the 8 c. B.C. Dinner will be served in the yurts. You will spend the night as nomads do, in yurt.  

Day 4: Son Kul 
You can go on walking today along the lake or around your yurts camp. Son Kul Lake is situated at the place that is completely out of the civilization. It is a perfect chance to feel as if you are one thousands years ago among nomads... For the duration of this day you will feel an absolute freedom, because there is no traffic, TV set, radio, crowds of people.   

Day 5: Son Kul - Bishkek
You will have drive to Bishkek city - the capital of heavenly Kyrgyzstan after breakfast. You will observe unforgettable views of our mountains along the whole way. You will see famous Boom Gorge and Chui River that flows down the Gorge. As soon as you are in the capital you will go to your hotel. At 7 p.m. we will have a dinner in the café.   

Day 6: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
This day you will be transferred to Ala-Archa Natural Park to have an excursion there. This place is located 45 km. from Bishkek - capital of Kyrgyzstan in the gorge of Ala-Archa, on the Kyrgyz Ala - Too Range (Tien-Shian spur). This gorge situated at the altitude of 2100 m a. s. l. and is one of the most stunning Kyrgyz gorges, because it has fur tree and juniper forests, mountain river that mover down the gorge, cascade and snow white peaks of the surrounding mountains. You will have a track to Ak-Sai cascade; it takes about 5-6 hours. From the path you could see one of the Kyrgyz range highest peaks - Ala-Archa (4000 m). You will have your lunch nearby cascade. After that we will descent to the gorge. Trip back to Bishkek. You will spend the night in the hotel***.  

Day 7: Bishkek - Tashkent
At the time arranged beforehand, according to your flight details you will be transferred to Manas Airport.