Photo tour – “Five Lakes”

Guaranteed departure date: 7th of August, 2016

Don’t miss an opportunity to join our photo tour – “Five Lakes”.

Price:

1600 USD per person (accommodation in DBL)
1700 USD per person (accommodation in SGL)

Contacts

ClimberCA International Consortium
www.ClimberCA.com
www.ClimberCA.ru
e-mail: PageTour@ya.ru
skype – dmitriy.page
tel. +99898 3039846 – telegram

Route:

Bishkek city – Toktogul reservoir – Burana canyon – Sary Chelek reservation – Chychkan gorge – Son Kul Lake – Kara Koun canyon – Tash Rabat caravanserai – Chatyr Kul Lake – Tash Rabat caravanserai – Kara Koun canyon – Eki Naryn area – Bishkek city.

Highlights:

– Visit the biggest reservoir of Kyrgyzstan – Toktogul.
– Visit Burana canyon
– Visit beautiful Sary Chelek reservation and walk up to its famous Sary Chelek Lake (the biggest among seven).
– Boat cruise across the Lake.
– Night inside of reservation
– Visit high altitude lake – Son Kul
– Meeting nomadic culture
– Visit caravanserai Tash Rabat on the way of the Great Silk Road
– Visit Chatyr Kul Lake.
– Visit Eki Naryn area where two rivers turn to a big one.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1. Sunday 7 of August.
Bishkek city – Toktogul water reservoir (330 km).
Meeting with the group. Leaving Bishkek city for Toktogul water reservoir. Toktogul is the largest water reservoir in central Asia. Its maximum depth is about 215m. It is very popular to bathe in the reservoir and there are a lot of locals in summer as the water gets very warm.
Lunch picnic en route.
Accommodation in a hotel (very basic). Dinner and overnight.
L- picnic; D- picnic. Accommodation «Kok Bel» Hotel.

Day 2. Monday 8 of August.
Toktogul water reservoir – Burana canyon (150 km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am).
Sunrise shooting of Toktogul water reservoir. Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Kara Djygach village in Djalal Abad oblast (region). The locals call it Burana. We drive as far as possible and set our tent camp. A several kilometers hike into the gorge and to a cave. Sunset shooting. Return to the camp. Dinner and overnight.
B- hotel; L-picnic; D- picnic. Accommodation – tents.

Day 3. Tuesday 9 of August.
Burana canyon – Sary Chelek Nature Reserve (90 km)
Sunrise shooting, breakfast, Gathering the camp and drive to Sary Chelek Nature Reserve. Lunch picnic en route. Setting our tents at the higher lake.
Sary Chelek Lake translates from Kyrgyz as “Yellow bucket”. Its maximum depth is 246m. The reserve was created in 1959 for saving the flora and fauna of the walnut forest and alpine landscapes. Sunset shooting. Dinner overnight in the camp.
B- tents; L-picnic; D- picnic. Accommodations – tents.

Day 4. Wednesday 10 of August.
Sary Chelek Nature Reserve
Sunrise shooting at the higher lake. Breakfast and packing. Transfer by boat to the Northern shore of Sary Chelek lake. Setting the camp, lunch. Sunset shooting from the view point. Return to the camp for dinner. Overnight in the tents.
B- tents; L-picnic; D- picnic. Accommodation – tents

Day 5. Thursday 11 of August.
Sary Chelek Nature Reserve – Chichkan gorge (300 km).
Wake up an hour and a half before the sun rise and hike to the view point for sunrise shooting. Return to the camp for breakfast and packing. Return by the boat to the Southern shore. Transfer to Chichkan gorge. Chichkan gorge lies at 2000m above sea level. The name translates as “mouse” because it is very narrow and reminds the mousetail. There are Tien Shan blue spruces covering the slopes, as well as birches and juniper (”Archa” in Kyrgyz). Accommodation and dinner in the hotel.
B – tents; L – picnic; D – hotel. Accommodation – «Oson» Road hotel.

Day 6. Friday 12 of August.
Chichkan gorge – Son Kul Lake (310 km).
After breakfast we leave for Son Kul lake.
Son Kul lake – is located in Tien Shan at 3016m above sea level. The territory around the lake is summer pastureland for nomads from Kochkor, Naryn and At Bashi regions. It is considered as the best jailoo. The road up to Son Kul lake windes up through mountains and disappears in the sky. This is why the lake is called Son Kul which means “the last lake”.
Lunch picnic en route.
Arrival to Son Kul lake. If we get before sunset we take pictures from the view point at petroglyphs.
Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.
B- hotel; L-picnic; D- yurt camp. Accommodation – yurt camp.

Day 7. Saturday 13 of August.
Son Kul lake.
Early morning wake up. Transfer to the viewpoint for sunrise shooting. Return to the camp and breakfast. Rest until noon and lunch. Later we go to watch the horse games of the nomads. They demonstrate “Kok Boru” or “goat tearing” game. It is very popular in Central Asia. Return to the camp. At 6 pm we drive to the view point (on the big bridge) for sunset shooting. Return to the camp. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.
B,L,D – yurt camp. Fccjmmodation – yurt camp.

Day 8. Sunday 14 of August.
Son Kul lake – Kara Koyun gorge (260 km)
Wake up at 8 am. Packing and departure to the yurt camp in Kara Koyun gorge near Tash Rabat Caravanserai (7 km). After lunch and rest in the afternoon we head into the mountains where we take pictures of the petroglyphs, rock drawings, and Ak-Tash range. Sunset shooting at Ak-Tash. Return to the camp at about 9pm. Dinner and sauna. Overnight in the yurt camp.
B- yurt camp; L-picnic; D- yurt camp. Accommodation – yurt camp.

Day 9. Monday 15 of August.
Tash Rabat Caravanserai – Tash Rabat pass – Chatyr Kul lake (12 km)
Wake up at 7 am, breakfast and transfer to Tash Rabat caravanserai.
Tash Rabat is build of stone and located on the bank of Tash Rabat river which is a tributary of Kara Koyun river. It lies at higher than 3500m above sea level.
We take pictures of the caravanserai outside and inside (please bring stands (beds), it is very dark inside). Later we get on the horses and leave for Chatyr Kul lake. Those who can not or do not want to ride can walk. The hike is about 12 km. The horses take our luggage. Lunch – lunch boxes.
We reach Chatyr Kul lake in the afternoon. We photograph the lake from Tash Rabat pass (3800m), but as it is not the best time for shooting we do not spend much time here, we descend towards the lake and set our camp. Before sunset we get on the horses and return to the top of the pass to take good pictures. Return to the tent camp, dinner and overnight.
B- yurt camp; L-picnic; D- picnic. Accommodation – tents.

Day 10. Tuesday 16 of August.
Chatyr Kul lake – Tash Rabat pass – Tash Rabat Caravanserai – Kara Koyun gorge (12 km).
Wake up before sunset. We take horses and ride up to the pass again. We are planning to take photos of Chatyr Kul lake at morning light.
Chatyr Kul lake is located in Aksai valley close to Chinese border at 3500m above sea level. Its depth is 16,5 meters. The lake is the winter stay for several wild bird species, though there is no fish in the lake.
Return to the camp, breakfast, packing and return to the yurt camp. Arrival to the yurt camp, dinner and sauna. Overnight in the yurt camp. B- tents
L-picnic; D- yurt camp. Accommodation – yurt camp.

Day 11. Wednesday 17 of August.
Kara Koyun gorge.
Late wake up, breakfast and rest after the hike on the previous day. Lunch at 1 pm. Short rest and an easy hike along the big circle to a cave and wonderful views over Ak Tash rocks. Today we are going to photograph them at sunset from the other side of the gorge.
Return to the yurt camp, dinner and sauna. Overnight in the yurt camp.
B,L,D – yurt camp. Accommodation – yurt camp.

Day 12. Tuesday 18 of August. Kara Koyun gorge – Eki Naryn (170 km).
Wake up at 8am, breakfast, packing and departure for Naryn town. Lunch in a local café. Transfer to the place at coinfluence of Naryn and Kichi Naryn rivers. Sunset at the coinfluence. Setting up the tent camp higher the river flow.
Naryn river is the longest river in Kyrgyzstan. Its length is 535km. It is formed by Big Naryn and Small Naryn rivers that start in Central Tien Shan. There are several hydropower stations on Naryn river.
Dinner (snacks and hot tea boiled on a gas burner). Overnight in tents.
B- yurt camp; L-café; D- tents. Accommodation – tents.

Day 13. Tuesday 19 of August.
Eki Naryn – Bishkek city (400 km).
Sunrise shooting on Naryn river bank. Gathering the camp and transfer to Naryn town for breakfast. Lunch in Kochkor village. Demonstration of felt making. Departure for Bishkek city. Farewell dinner in Bishkek city.
B- cafe; L-local family; D- cafe. Accommodation – Hotel 3*

Day 14. Tuesday 20 of August.
Bishkek city – Airport “Manas” (30 km).
After breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to the International Airport “Manas”.
B – hotel.
End of our service

Faces of heavenly mountains

Guaranteed departure date: from 12th of June till 23rd of June, 2016

Country: Kyrgyzstan
Duration: 12 days, 11 nights
Best season: June – September
Features: photograph, landscapes, nature, hiking.

Don’t miss an opportunity to join our photo tour “Faces of heavenly mountains”!

Prices:

1500 USD per person (accommodation in DBL)
1600 USD per person (accommodation in SGL)

Please note: The payment must be done 10 days before departure via bank transfer. The tour will not be booked until the payment is received.

Services included in the price:

Accommodation: 11 nights
* Meal – full board
* Transfers according the program
* Master classes and workshops
* Professional guide-photographer

Services not includef in the price:

* Airfares
* Alcohol drinks
* Personal expenses
* Tips for guide and driver
* Insurance (please consider we don`t work with GLOBAL VOYAGER insurance system and companies that work with this system, chose other available options)

Contacts

ClimberCA International Consortium
your.climberca@ya.ru
skype – dmitriy.page
tel. +99898 3039846 – telegram

Route:

Bishkek city – Konorchek canyon – Skazka canyon – Barskoon canyon – Kumtor pass – Arabel plateau – Kichi Kyzyl Suu canyon – hot springs – Kyzyl Suu canyon – Djety Oguz gorge – Karakol town and Sunday cattle market – Salt Lake near Issyk Kul – Son Kul Lake – 33 Parrots pass – Bishkek city.

Highlights:

• Eol Castles
• Tracking to the Konorchek Canyon
• Teaching how to shoot at night with artificial light and without it. (star tracks and starry sky also)
• Sunrise photography
• Shooting sunset pictures
• Visit hot springs in Juuku Gorge
• Shooting some classical Tien-Shan landscapes with mountains and needle-like fir-trees
• Workshop on how to process pictures, stitch panoramas and make pictures with high dynamic range (HDR)
• Visit cattle bazaar of Karakol where we will experience and take pictures of the life of bazaar, nomads and their cattle.
• Visit Salt Lake where it`s impossible to sink in it
• We will watch how the local felt handicraft shirdak is made. Also we will visit souvenir store at the same place and a museum of yurt decoration items called tush-kiyiz
• Short track to the mountains to reach the place with great panoramic view of the Son-Kul lake.

Photo tour “Faces of heavenly mountains” – Northern Kyrgyzstan. Detailed itinerary.

Day 1. Sunday. 12th of June.
Bishkek city – Konorchek Stone town (140km)
The group gathers to have a breakfast in a local cafe. Transfer Bishkek city – start of the trek in Konorchek canyon. There is an adventure for us – we are heading along a twisting canyon to Eolian castles – the red canyon. Martian landscapes similar to Grand Canyon. There is a feeling of being a pioneer. We set our tents and have a lunch in the field – picnic. We start exploring the canyon and find the spots for taking sunset and sunrise pictures.
Sunset shooting. Picnic dinner.
If it is a nice clear weather and a small moon we take pictures of the starlit sky and the canyon with artificial light. Overnight in the tents.

NB: Konorchek trail seems to be difficult. It is necessary to be fit and ready for a hike. Please bring your hiking boots. If there are participants in the group who are not confident about their walking abilities they may get to the camping by car.
B – cafe; L – picnic; D – picnic. Accommodation – Tents.

Day 2. Monday. 13th of June.
Konorchek – Skazka canyon (170km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Morning shooting in Konorchek canyon. Breakfast in the open air. Departure at 9am. We leave for Skazka canyon (“Fairy Tale”). It is situated on the Southern shore of Issyk Kul lake. We sert our tents. Lunch picnic and sunset shooting of the canyon. Dinner in the open air. Overnight in the tents.
B – camp; L – picnic; D – picnic. Accommodation – Tents.

Day 3. Tuesday. 14th of June.
Skazka canyon – Barskoon gorge – Kumtor pass – Arabel plateau (80km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Shooting the sunrise in Skazka canyon. Breakfast in the open air. Slowly we put the camp together and leave for Barskoon gorge. It is located about 80km. We get to Kumtor pass where we stop for taking pictures. Lunch picnic. Further drive to Arabel plateau. We look for a nice place and set our tents. After choosing the view point we take evening pictures. Dinner in the open air. Overnight in the tents.
B – camp; L – picnic; D – picnic. Accommodation – Tents.

Day 4. Wednesday. 15th of June.
Arabel plateau – Chon Kyzyl Suu gorge- hot springs (105km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Shooting Arabel plateau at sunrise. Breakfast in the open air. Further drive from the plateau to Chon Kyzyl Suu gorge. It is about 105km. We drive deep into the gorge, take pictures of it, its rivers, sandbars and mountain landscapes. Lunch picnic. After hard work we get an award – hot springs! We take baths, rest. Dinner and overnight in a guest house near the hot springs.
B – camp; L – picnic; D – guest house. Accommodation – Guest house.

Day 5. Thursday. 16th of June.
Kichine Kyzyl Suu gorge (35 km)
Wake up at 9am. Breakfast. We leave for Kichine Kyzyl Suu gorge. The drive is about 35km. We get to the view point at the red rocks. Shooting in the gorge the amazing mountain landscapes with fir-trees. Lunch picnic. We return to the gorge entrance and set our tents. Shooting at sunset. Dinner in the open air. Overnight in the tents.
B – guest house; L – picnic; D – picnic. Accommodation – Tents.

Day 6. Friday. 17th of June
Kyzyl Suu gorge – Djety Oguz gorge (55 km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Shooting sunrise. Gathering the camp and driving towards Djety Oguz gorge. The drive is about 55km. We park the car at the river bank and stay near the red rocks until sunset. Lunch picnic. After the sunset in the twilight we go further along the gorge to the yurt camp. Overnight in the yurts. If we are lucky we might meet the shepherds, take photos of them surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.
B – tents; L – picnic; D – yurt camp. Accommodation – Yurt camp.

Day 7. Saturday. 18th of June.
Djety Oguz gorge – Karakol town (35 km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Sunrise shooting. We slowly get ready to move to Karakol town. The drive is 35km. Accommodation in a guest house. Lunch in a local café. After lunch we meet in the hall and discuss the pictures that we had taken. We explain the mistakes, learn to work with the material, compose panoramic pictures, etc. At sunset we go to the view point in Karaol gorge. Dinner in a local café. Overnight in the guest house.
B – yurt camp; L – cafe; D – cafe. Accommodation – «Green Yard» guest house.

Day 8. Sunday. 19th of June.
Karakol town – Cattle market – salt lake at Issyk Kul Lake (180km)
Wake up at 5am. Light snacks. We are going to the Cattle market! Sheep, horses, noise and dirt! It is so picturesque! We arrive rather early in the morning to see the trade. And further to the food market. Again reportage photography, we buy fruit, berries, etc. Return to the hotel where we take our luggage and check out. The breakfast is in a local cafe.
We are going to a salt lake near Issyk Kul lake. Check in to a guest house. Lunch in the guest house. We can swim in the lake and apply the mud, which has medicinal qualities. At sunset we take pictures of the lake and the mountains (Terskei Alatoo range). Dinner and overnight in the guest house.
B – snacks and in a local cafe; L,D – guest house. Accommodation – Guest house.

Day 9. Monday. 20th of June.
Sunrise at salt lake – drive up to Son Kul lake (225 km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Shooting the lake and the mountains at sunrise. Breakfast and drive towards Son Kul lake at 9 am. The drive is about 225km. En route we stop at Kochkor village to visit the local handicraft museum-shop. We will watch and participate in felt carpet making. The museum-shop contains a lot of tushkiyiz (felt carpets and embroided textile). The owner of the museum-shop will tell you the story and the symbols of the pieces. Lunch in a local Kyrgyz family. Further drive to Son Kul lake over Kalmak Ashuu pass (3446m). There are several stops with amazing views. If we are lucky we might see herds of yaks and we will try to take photos of them. Kyrgyz yaks are half wild and are afraid of a human. We will have to sneak up to them, crawl or use telephoto.
Arrival to the yurt camp located on the Southern shore of Son Kul lake, Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp. B – guest house; L- local family; D-yurt camp. Accommodation – Yurt camp.

Day 10. Tuesday. 21st of June. Full day at Son Kul Lake.
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Drive to the view point. After shooting we return to the camp for breakfast. Rest and lunch in the yurt camp.
After lunch we leave for the nomads. Meeting a family, communication, reportage shooting. The traditional game on the horses is organized for us – Kokboru (goat tearing). Before sunset we move to the view point – sandbars of a mountain river. We learn to take pictures of the soft water. Return to the yurt camp. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.
B,L,D – yurt camp. Accommodation – Yurt camp.

Day 11. Wednesday. 22nd of June. Son Kul lake – “33 parrots” pass – Bishkek city (400km)
Wake up at 8 a.m., breakfast in the camp. After breakfast we leave for Bishkek city over “33 parrots” pass (3133m). The drive is about 400km. Lunch in a cafe en route.
Farewell dinner in Bishkek. We exchange the impressions and communicate. Overnight in a hotel in Bishkek city.
B – yurt camp; L – cafe; D – hotel. Hotel 3*

Day 12. Tuesday, 23rd of June.
Bishkek city – “Manas” airport (30km)
Breakfast in the hotel.
Departure home (transfer to the airport).

If you depart later we suggest paraplane flight (not included into the package price). The flights are held in tandem with a professional instructor at 200 and 1000m. The flights depend on the weather.

B – hotel. End of our service.

Tour Program Culinary Tour in Kyrgyzstan

Country: Kyrgyzstan
Duration: 8 days, 8 nights.
Best Season: June – September
Group Size: maximum 9 persons. (Every next group will have separate guide and vehicle).
Trip Features: Central Asian cuisine, overland travel, history, culture, sightseeing, walking.

Attention!!! Guaranteed departure date: August 20, 2016

Do not miss your chance and join our fixed date group for this

“Culinary Tour in Kyrgyzstan”!

Guaranted departure date: Aug 20, 2016

Prices:
TWIN base accommodation – 1445 USD/pax
SGL room accommodation – 1575 USD/pax

Booking:
ClimberCA International Consortium
e-mail: your.climberca@ya.ru
skype – dmitriy.page
tel. +99898 3039846 – telegram

Route:

Bishkek city – Chon Kemin Valley – Issyk Kul Lake – Kochkor village – Karakol city – Bishkek city.

Highlights:

Excursion to Ala Archa Natural park
Sightseeing tour in Bishkek city.
Handicraft museum-shop in Kochkor.
Karakol sightseeing tour: Dungan mosque, Russian Orthodox cathedral, Przhevalskii Memorial Complex.
Cholpon Ata – Petroglyphs site.
Burana Tower Historical complex (UNESCO)
“Kuksi” preparation in a Korean restaurant in Bishkek.
Pilaf preparation in Uzbek family house in Bishkek.
Lecture about traditional Kyrgyz cuisine at “CACSA” and demonstration of products.
Tasting of Ice cream and fruits at “CACSA.
Lamb butchering in Chon Kemin. Preparing delicacies, traditional drinks, tea from herbs.
Lunch in Russian family house with degustation of honey, jams and homemade wine. Jam cooking in Cholpon Ata.
Picnic in Grigorevski gorge. Vegetables and meat on the grill.
Dungan cuisine in Karakol. Master Class.
Uyghur cuisine in Karakol. Master Class.
Bread making in Kochkor village.
Kazakh cuisine in Tokmok city. Master Class.
Visit to the Bishkek Wine and Champagne Factory. Degustation.
Visit to the “Shoro” factory in Bishkek. Degustation of traditional drinks.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1. Saturday. 20 of August. Korean cuisine.
Arrival to Bishkek city. Transfer airport – hotel in the city (30 km., 30 min.)

Meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel, check in. Free time. After a short rest and breakfast you meet with the guide. Short introduction and details of the tour. Transfer to the city center for a walking tour around Ala Too square to see the White House, Parliament, Lenin Statue, Manas Monument, etc.
Transfer to a local cafe for learning about Korean cuisine and culture.

The Koreans used to come to Kyrgyzstan for many reasons, mainly in search of a new better life. The first ones came in the 30s during the repressions. Nowadays there are about 18 thousand Kreans living in Kyrgyzstan. The majority arrived from Uzbekistan or Kazakhstan. Despite the fact that there are only 0.30% of Koreans in the population, their cuisine is extremely popular among the locals. This is why there are many restaurants and cafes that offer Korean food in the national interior.

You taste one of the main dishes of the Korean cuisine – Kuksi – and before that you can participate in the master class. Transfer to the hotel after the dinner.

Breakfast – in the hotel; Lunch – in a local cafe; Dinner – in a local cafe.

Accommodation – Shah Palace/Asia Mountains/Baikhan 3*

Day 2. Sunday. 21 of August. Uzbek cuisine. Full day in Bishkek city.

After breakfast you leave for the house of Dinara Chochunbaeva. She is the leader of CACSA – the association of women who do various handicrafts. You meet the women, see their products, talk about the Kyrgyz culture and try summer dessert – ice cream and fruit. After the visit you leave for an oriental market where you purchase the ingredients necessary for cooking our dinner. You learn how to make Uzbek pilov (rice with meat and spices).

Uzbeks used to live in the southern-western part of Fergana valley before Kokand Khanate. They settled at the territory on the border with Osh and Jalal Abad regions. The Uzbeks in the Northern part of Kyrgyzstan are decendands of Kokand Khanate fortress citizens.

After the masterclass you taste the dish. Dinner together with the Uzbek family in their usual style, and transfer to the hotel.

Breakfast – in the hotel; Lunch – in CACSA house; Dinner – in a Uzbek family.

Accommodation – Shah Palace/Asia Mountains/Baikhan 3*

Day 3. Monday. 22 of August. Kyrgyz cuisine
Bishkek city – Chon Kemin valley (150 km., 3 hrs.)

After breakfast you leave for the National Nature park Chon Kemin. It lies at the altitude of 1400-2800 m and covers about 500hectars. En route you stop for an excursion at Burana tower cal complex. It is enlisted to the World Heritage list of UNESCO. The lunch is set on the territory of the complex with the veiw of the tower. It is a fish lunch today. The fish is cooked on the open fire. After the lunch you are transferred to Chon Kemin valley. There is a special procedure of sheep preparation that you watch here. You also participate in the master-class of bread baking (boorsoks, Kattama, and Chak-Chak). We taste it with herbal tea gathered on the territory of the park.

The Kyrgyz is one of the most ancient Turkic nations in Central Asia. According to the census held in 1897 there were only 600 thousand Kyrgyzs living on the territory of Russian Empire. Their language is the state language of Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz live all over the territory of Kyrgyz republic.

Kuurdak – the traditional Kyrgyz dish is cooked on the open fire. You taste it and have dinner with the local Kyrgyz family. You also try the national drinks: Kumis and Bozo.
Return to the guest house for overnight.

Breakfast – in the hotel; Lunch – in the park; Dinner – in a Kyrgyz family.

Accommodation – Ashuu Tor guest house/home stay

Day 4. Tuesday. 23 of August. Russian cuisine.

Chon Kemin valley – Cholpon Ata town at Issyk Kul Lake (160 km., 3,5 hrs.)

Morning departure to Issyk Kul lake through Boom gorge. In the town you visit open air museum of Petroglyphs that dates back to the 8th century BC. You drive to a Russian family to try the national dishes, home-made wine and honey.

The Russians arrived to Northern Kyrgyzstan in the 60s in the 19th century. They arrived to the Southern part of the country in 1893. The Russian Empire was colonising territories and started mass resettlement. The second stage of the resettlement was registered in 1941—1945 during the Great Patriotic war. They evacuated the largest factories and works, as well as high professional staff. Russians live all over the territory of Kyrgyzstan.

You go to a bazaar for purchasing berries and watch jam cooking. Accommodation in a hotel on the lake shore some 10-15km from Cholpon Ata town. You have some free time to walk down to the beach.
Optional: It is possible to organize a short boat cruise on the lake. Please consult your guide in advance.
Breakfast – in the guest house or home stay

Lunch – in a Russian family; Dinner – in the hotel.

Accommodation –
Karven /
Ak Maral/
Caprice 4*

Day 5. Wednesday. 24 of August. Dungan cuisine.
Cholpon Ata town – Karakol town (150 km., 3 hrs.)

Morning transfer to Karakol town – the largest town at Issyk Kul region. En route you visit Grigorievskoe gorge. After a short easy hike you have a lunch – picnic with barbeque. Before entering Karakol town you visit Przhevalskii museum, grave and memorial complex. It is located 10km from the town. Upon arrival to Karakol town you get accommodated in the guest house. Check in and rest. Transfer to the main sights of the town: Dungan mosque and Orthodox church, central bazaar and Victory park.
Transfer to Dungan family house where you watch the master class – cooking traditional Dungan dishes.

Dungans arrivaed to Kyrgyzstan in the end of 19th century (1877—78) from Northern-Western part of China. They participated in Tsin uprising and had to flee.

You learn how to cook lagman. The procedure consists of sauce and noodle cooking. You have dinner with the family who tell about their roots and ancsestors. Return to the guest house.

Breakfast – in the hotel; Lunch – picnic; Dinner – in a Dungan family.
Accommodation –
Green Yard /
Tagaitai/ Altamira Guest house

Day 6. Thursday. 25 of August. Uighur cuisine.
Karakol town – Kochkor village (260 km., 5,5 hrs.)

In the morning we leave for Uighur family house. You watch Manty cooking (similar to dumplings or raviolli). This dish is called “the food of djigits”, who are young and strong men. There are many variations of the dish depending on the stuffing. You also try Laza sauce and tasty home made pie.

There were two waves of Uighur migration. The first – in the 20s of 19th century from Xin Dzian province of China, the second – after the Chinese “culture revolution” in the end of 50s of 20th century. Unlike the Dungans Uighur ethnic group is Turkic, like the Kyrgyz. They are differrent from the main mass of Chinese population in the religion, culture and language. Today there are about 53 thousand Uighurs living on the territory of Kyrgyzstan.

After lunch in the Uighur family we leave for Kochkor village along the Southern shore of Issyk Kul lake. En route we stop in Djety Oguz gorge to watch Golden Eagle hunting demonstration and to see the famouse red rock formations – Broken Heart and Seven Bulls.

Upon arrival in Kochkor village you visit the local handicraft museum and see felt making master class. You stay overnight in the houses of the local people (very basic facilities).
Breakfast – in the hotel; Lunch – in a Uighur family; Dinner – in a Kyrgyz family;
Home stay in Kochkor village.

Day 7. Friday. 26 of August. Kazakh cuisine.
Kochkor village – Bishkek city (230 km., 5 hrs.)

Transfer to Bishkek city. We pass by Orto Tokoi water reservoir and through narrow Boom gorge. Lunch is in Tokmok town in a local Kazakh family. You taste their traditional dishes. The main one is Beshbarmak which means “five fingers”. The nomad did not use any cutlery and ate with their hands.

There are about 43 thousand Kazakhs living in Talas and Chui regions. They are involved in trade and cattle breeding. Some of them are native population, others arrived to the territory of modern Kyrgyzstan in the 30s of 20th century during the forced collectivisation. There are stories when whole families came from Kazakhstan looking for food in Kyrgyzstan, asking for help. Some died of hunger, others settled down and still live here.

Upon arrival to Bishkek city we can visit “Bishkek Wine-Champaign” Factory and “Shoro and Toitalkan” factories to taste their products. The visit depends on the factories’ administration. The factories might be closed for visits and there is no possibility to know in advance. A shopping tour in ZUM department store, where you can purchase souvenirs. Farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant in Bishkek city. Return to the hotel.

Breakfast – at home stay; Lunch in a Kazakh family; Dinner in a local restaurant

Accommodation – Shah Palace /Asia Mountains /Baikhan 3*

Day 8. Saturday. 27 of August.
Bishkek city – airport (30 km., 30 min.).

After breakfast you are transferred to the international airport “Manas”.
Breakfast – in the hotel

End of our service

INCLUDED:
Accommodation
* Shakh Palace hotel 3* in Bishkek (or similar) – 3 nights (including early check-in on Day 1);
* Ashu Guest House in Chon Kemin Valley – 1 night
* Home stay in Kochkor village – 1 night;
* Green Yard guest house (or similar) in Karakol town – 1 night;
* Karven Hotel (or similar) at Issyk Kul Lake – 1 night.
* Accommodation – 8 nights
* Meals – Full Board
* Transfers from arrival till departure
* Entrances according to the program
* Bottled water (1 liter/pax/day)
* Guide services
* Master Classes and shows according to itinerary

NOT INCLUDED:
* Services not included in the main program
* Personal expenses
* Tips for guide and driver
* Airfares
* Photo/video in museums
* Porter services
* Alcohol beverages
TRANSFERS Groups 1-3 pax: minivan Mitsubishi Delica (or similar) or Toyota Sequoia jeep
Groups 4-9 pax: Minibus Mercedes Sprinter or similar
GUIDE English, Spanish, German, French, Russian speaking guides
MEALS Full Board (Breakfasts – 8, Lunches – 7, Dinners – 7)

Recommended:
1. Rain-coat
2. Sweater/fleece
3. Wind-stopper
4. Enough t-shirts and other underwear (think of taking sth with long sleeves to avoid sunburns)
5. Hat (remember – the sun can be violent)
6. Sun-screen cream (30 or higher)
7. Insect repellent (skin + clothes)
8. Good trekking boots for easy hikes in the mountains.
9. Walking shoes (don’t need heavy ones) for the city walks
10. Personal first aid kit (most likely problems: blisters, sunburns, allergy, diarrhoea, sore muscles after hikes. Take painkillers, anti-histaminic, antibiotics of general action, and anything you need for your usual medical conditions).
11. Personal hygiene kit (disinfection gel is highly recommended) + some toilet paper.
12. A small towel
13. Swimming suit (for Issyk-Kul)
14. Sunglasses

Cultural tour “Colors of Kyrgyzstan”

Attention!!! Guaranteed departure dates: 16 and 23 July, 2016

Do not miss your chance and join our fixed date group for cultural tour “Colors of Kyrgyzstan”!

Maximum group size – 9 persons.

Itinerary:

Bishkek city – Son Kul Lake – Tash Rabat Carawanserai – Naryn town – Kochkor village – Jety Oguz canyon – Karakol town – Cholpon Ata town – Bishkek city.

Highlights:
Excursion to Ala Archa Natural park
Sightseeing tour in Bishkek city.
Overnight at high altitude Lake Son Kul (3016m asl) where the local nomads graze their flocks of sheep and herds of horses.
Moldo Ashuu mountain pass (3665m asl) with stunning views.
Tash Rabat Caravanserai.
Naryn town – visiting the Central mosque, central square and art gallery (if it is open).
Kochkor village over Dolon pass (3030m asl). In Kochkor we visit a handicraft museum-shop.
Jety Oguz gorge with unusual red sand rock formations (Broken Heart and Seven Bulls).
Karakol sightseeing tour: Dungan mosque, Russian Orthodox cathedral, Przhevalskii Memorial Complex.
Cholpon Ata – Petroglyphs site.
Burana Tower Historical complex (UNESCO)

Contacts:

Skype: dmitriy.page
Email: pagetour@ya.ru

Tel: +99898 3039846

Guaranteed departure dates: 16 July and 23 July 2016

Price: 1000 USD /Pax on half twin basis.

Single room accommodation – 1150 USD/pax

The payment must be done 10 days before departure via bank transfer. The tour will not be booked until the payment is received.

Detailed itinerary
Day 1 – Airport – Bishkek city.
Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Early check in is included. After some rest and breakfast, we meet with the group and the guide in the lobby. On 09.00 we depart and start our excursions. Excursion to Ala-Archa Natural park (45 km one way). Easy hiking along the river. Lunch picnic. We return to the city, stop at Baytik Baatyr mausoleum (local tribe) and start sightseeing tour (walking tour): Ala Too Central Square, State History Museum (closed on Monday), White House, Parliament House, Lenin Statue, Change of Guard of Honor, etc. B, L, D (B – hotel, L- picnic barbeque in the park, D- local cafe) Hotel – Shakh Palace 3*

Day 2 – Bishkek city – Son Kul Lake(360km).
The drive is quite long ), so we leave early. Today we reach the high altitude Lake (3016m asl) where the local nomads graze their flocks of sheep and herds of horses. It is a nice opportunity to meet nomads, learn more about their life and take photos. Our way goes through narrow Boom gorge, passing by Orto Tokoi water reservoir and over Kalmak Ashuu mountain pass (3445m asl). Lunch in a Kyrgyz family. Dinner and overnight in a yurt camp. Accommodation in yurts, 4-6 Pax in one yurt, toilets outside, no shower available.
B, L, D (B-hotel, L- local Kyrgyz family, D- yurt camp) Nightt in Ak-Sai yurt camp.

Day 3 – Son Kul Lake – Tash Rabat Caravanserai (280km).
We drive over Moldo Ashuu mountain pass (3665m asl) with stunning views. Lunch in a local family in Naryn town. Continue to Tash Rabat, upon arrival we go inside the Caravanserai. Time to explore the area. Dinner and overnight in a yurt camp. Accommodation in yurts, 4-6 Pax in one yurt, toilets outside, no showers available. For extra charge you can use the local sauna (heated room with hot water to pour on yourself), you can order on the spot, the price is about 5-7USD. B, L, D (B- yurt camp, L- local Kyrgyz family, D- yurt camp) Night in Ak-Sai yurt camp.

Day 4 – Tash Rabat Caravanserai – Naryn town – Kochkor village (230 km).
Drive to Naryn town. Lunch in a local café. In Naryn we visit the Central mosque, central square and art gallery (if it is open). Continue our drive to Kochkor village over Dolon pass (3030m asl). In Kochkor we visit a handicraft museum-shop. Dinner and overnight in the houses of local people. You have your own room (per rooming list), but share the facilities with the locals and the other members of the group. B, L, D
(B-yurt camp, L-local cafe, D-local family) Night in CBT local family house

Day 5 – Kochkor village – Jety Oguz canyon – Karakol town (270 km.)
Drive along the Southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest high mountainous lake in the world after Titicaca. Hiking up to panoramic view point or along the river and photo opportunity in Jety Oguz gorge with unusual red sand rock formations (Broken Heart and Seven Bulls). Dinner in a local Uigur family. Overnight in a guesthouse. B, L, D (B-yurt camp, L-local cafe, D-local family) Night in Green Yard guest house

Day 6 – Karakol – Cholpon Ata town (150 km.)
In the morning Karakol sightseeing tour: Dungan mosque, Russian Orthodox cathedral, Przhevalskii museum. En route we stop at Scythian burial mounds, in Cholpon Ata we will visit Petroglyphs open air museum. Lunch in a loca cafe. Dinner and overnight in a hotel on the lake shore, time to visit the beach.
B, L, D (B-yurt camp, L-local cafe, D-local family) Royal Beach Resort 3*

Day 7 – Cholpon Ata town – Bishkek city (280 km.)
Drive along the Northern lakeshore to Bishkek. En route we stop for an excursion in the historical complex “Burana tower” (UNESCO site). Lunch in a local Kazakh family. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in a Hotel in Bishkek. B, L, D (B-yurt camp, L-local cafe, D-local family) Shakh Palace 3*

Day 8 – Bishkek city – Airport.
B (B- hotel)

End of our service

Note: B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner

What is included:

– accommodation:
* Shakh Palace hotel 3* in Bishkek (or similar) – 3 nights (including early check-in on Day 1);
* Yurt Camp at Son Kul Lake (4-6 Pax in one yurt) – 1 night;
* Yurt Camp at Tash Rabat (4-6 Pax in one yurt) – 1 night;
* Home stay in Kochkor village – 1 night;
* Green Yard guest house (or similar) in Karakol town – 1 night;
* Royal Beach Hotel (or similar) at Issyk Kul Lake – 1 night.

Total: 8 nights

NB! In yurts, there are no single or double accommodation, 4-6 pax per yurt.

– meals – full board (B – 8; L – 7;D – 7)
– English speaking guide
– transport as per program (18-seat minibus Mercedes Sprinter)
– entrance tickets
– bottled water (1 liter per person per day)

What isn’t included:

– Airfares
– Visa and visa support (if needed)
– Alcohol beverages
– Personal expenses
– Tips

Clothes and equipment

Take whatever you like but remember that our trip will start in Bishkek, where the temperature may go up to 45 C. By contrast, the horse-riding part is at the altitude of 3000 m., where the temperature can go below 10C in the night. Therefore, you should be prepared to all weather conditions. As to the dress-code remember that Kyrgyzstan is a “mild Muslim” country (so, please, no minis, guys))).

Recommended:

1. Rain-coat
2. Sweater/fleece
3. Wind-stopper
4. Enough t-shirts and other underwear (think of taking sth with long sleeves to avoid sunburns)
5. Hat (remember – the sun can be violent)
6. Sun-screen cream (30 or higher)
7. Insect repellent (skin + clothes)
8. Good trekking boots for easy hikes in the mountains.
9. Walking shoes (don’t need heavy ones) for the city walks
10. Personal first aid kit (most likely problems: blisters, sunburns, allergy, diarrhoea, sore muscles after hikes. Take painkillers, anti-histaminic, antibiotics of general action, and anything you need for your usual medical conditions).
11. Personal hygiene kit (disinfection gel is highly recommended) + some toilet paper.
12. A small towel
13. A flask for water (at least 2 litres), which should be easily accessible when you hike. Though you get normal 0,5 bottles of water, in the mountains you may want something more solid.
14. Swimming suit (for Issyk-Kul)
15. Gloves (for sleeping at 3000m above sea level, if you are sensible to low temperatures or sun).
16. Sleeping bag and Slippers for yurts
17. Sunglasses
18. Photo camera
19. Leggings for sleeping in yurts
20. Notepad and a pen to make notes as you travel
21. A smaller backpack, except for your normal suitcase.
22. Flash light (torch)
23. You may want to have a small walking stick, if you are going on a hike – it is up to you.
24. Hygienic lipstick for the trekking part.