Nomadic Lands of Kyrgyzstan 8D/7N

Discover all cultural, historical and natural treasures of Kyrgyzstan.

During the trip you will see and experience many aspects of the ancient nomadic lifestyle that is still vital amongst the Kyrgyz people.

At the same time you will get familiar with many interesting historical sites and monuments and, for certain, admire magnificent panoramic views of the beautiful Tien Shan Mountains. And last but not least you will experience the warm hospitality of the local people.

Tour Highlights

  • Experience many aspects of the ancient nomadic lifestyle that is still vital amongst the Kyrgyz people
  • Admire magnificent panoramic views of the beautiful Tien Shan Mountains
  • Experience the warm hospitality of the local people
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Tour Information


  • - Accommodation in a shared double room at 3* hotel in Bishkek with private facilities (day 1 + day 7); in a guesthouse in Karakol (day 6) with private facilities; home stay in Kochkor and Tamga (day 4 + day 5) with shared facilities and in yurt camps with basic outside facilities at Son Kul Lake and Tash Rabat (day 2 and 3 - up to 4 persons/tent)
  • - 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • - Bottled mineral water
  • - Transport according to the program with a local very basic English speaking driver
  • - Entrance fees (according to program)

Departures - Small-Group Adventure / Private Adventure

Daily departures, June - September
Group Size
  • - 4 to 10 people
  • - Supplement for 2 - 3 people travelling together (please enquire)


Day 1: Bishkek

Arrival to Bishkek and transfer to the hotel (about 30 min).

City tour – Pobeda (Victory) Square, Duboviy (Oak) Park, Central Ala-Too Square, Fine Arts Museum, the Asian bazaar.

Overnight in Bishkek.

Day 2: Bishkek - Suusamir - Son Kul Lake

After breakfast we start driving to the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan, Son Kul Lake.

Lunch en route.

Son Kul Lake is surrounded by mountains and it is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan, situated at an altitude of 3010m above sea level.

Since ancient times Kyrgyz nomads have come to this wonderful area with their families for rest and relaxation. We will cross Tue Ashu Pass (3586m above sea level).

Dinner and overnight will be spent in a yurt camp.

Yurts are made of a wooden skeleton, covered with felt coverings, built without nails.

Day 3: Son Kul Lake - Tash Rabat

Today we head to Tash Rabat caravanserai on the Great Silk Road.

This unique stone castle was built in the 14th century inside Tian Shan Mountains at 3200m above sea level and has 31 rooms with 1 m thick walls.

We will enjoy a traditional dinner at the yurt camp near Tash Rabat, where we will also overnight.

Day 4: Tash Rabat - Kochkor village

Today we drive to Kochkor village.

The road goes along an amazing gorge and over Dolon pass – 3030m above sea level.

In Kochkor you will meet local people, who make national felt carpets. We will also visit a handicraft museum and a shop, where you can buy different masterpieces – starting from huge felt-silk blankets, finishing with small Christmas tree decorations.

Overnight is a home stay.

Day 5: Kochkor - Tamga

Our journey continues to the celestial Issyk Kul lake, the second largest alpine lake in the world.

The lake is called “the pearl of Central Asia”. For more than 1 500 years local people considered the lake to be a sacred one.

We will have a break in Bokonbaeva village, where we will visit a local eagle-hunter. He hunts hares and foxes with the help of eagles (traditional way of nomads hunting).

Then we will drive to Tamga village.

Dinner and overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 6: Tamga - Jeti Oguz - Karakol

Today we will drive to Jeti Oguz Gorge.

It’s famous for its red rocks formations called the Seven Bulls – Jeti Oguz. We will also see the Broken Heart Mountain.

We will have the possibility to climb up to the top of a mountain (20 minutes) to enjoy a panorama view of the gorge!

Then we continue our way to the town of Karakol.

You will visit the Dungan mosque, built in Chinese style without using a single metal nail. This will be followed by the visit of an old wooden Orthodox Church.

Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 7: Karakol - Issyk Kul Lake - Bishkek

We will drive along the northern shore of Issyk Kul Lake with a short break in order to visit the ancient stone inscriptions (800 B.C.).

These petroglyphs were made more than 2000 years ago by shamans.

You can see a panorama view of the Issyk Kul Lake from this place – people thought that it was the middle of the world.

We continue to Bishkek, where we will overnight at a hotel.

Day 8: Departure

In the morning transfer to the international airport “Manas” to catch your flight back home.