Kyrgyz Nomads at lake Son Kul

Kyrgyz Nomads at lake Son Kul

In addition to a 'soft' tour around the Issyk Kul lake and a visit to Bishkek, you will travel further into the mountains to the lake Son Kul, located at 3000 meters altitude, and Suusamyr valley deep into the mountains and in the heart of Kyrgystan.

In case you are travelling in summer, the tour could include swimming in lake Issyk Kul, a popular summer tourist destination with Kyrgyz and Kazakh people.
Bishkek, formerly Frunze, is lush green, spacious and still has a Soviet face.
You will visit some historical attractions, the town of Karakol, and you will stay mainly in nature, especially in the more pristine south side of the lake. Accommodations are mainly homestays and in yurts - more luxureous variations are possible on request.
Hiking and horse riding are possible on different days and locations.
Finally, embedded in the program, are visits to workshops for making carpets and national souvenirs, as well as a visit to a hunter with eagles!

The program is very varied with visits to museums, historical attractions, the Issyk Kul lake and swimming, hiking and horseback riding, the city of Bishkek, several workshops and accommodation in homestays, hotels and yurts. The last three days before returning to Bishkek are the most adventurous and offer you the chance to witness and join life of the Kyrgyz nomads at the Son Kul lake and Suusamyr valley! Here you enter the high mountains, while adding to the adventure the facilities get more basic.

Photos of this trip

Program Summary

Days Day description Distance
Day 1 Arrival in Bishkek 10 kms
Day 2 The Burana complex 250 kms
Day 3 The northern side of Issyk Kul 200 kms
Day 4 Life in Karakol 10 kms
Day 5 Yeti Oguz and the yurt camp 45 kms
Day 6 The south side of Issyk Kul 100 kms
Day 7 Handicrafts a.o. in Kochkor 150 kms
Day 8 The Son Kul plateau 80 kms
Day 9 Through the heart of Kyrgystan 110 kms
Day 10 Back to Bishkek 100 kms

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Additional travel information

Tour title: Kyrgyz Nomads at lake Son Kul
Length of tour: 10 days
Number of persons: 2-10
Group or indiv. tour: Individual travel
Departure dates: n.v.t.
Total distance of tour: approx. 1,055 kms
Accommodation: hotel, yurt, homestay
Transportation: car or minibus, 4x4 jeep
Included: all transfers, all accommodations with bed & breakfast, 6x dinner, services of English speaking driver
Not included: lunches, remaining dinners, entrance fees
Price: €650 - 795 - 1,095 p.p. resp. at resp. 6,4 and 2 persons
Physical effort:
Areas: Kyrgystan
Themes: Round Tours