Off-road Issyk-Kul

Our off-road trip around Issyk-Kul combines a fascinating journey around the beautiful lake with  exploration of the culture and traditions of the nomads. Along the way the lake will be your constant companion, so you will always have the opportunity to relax your mind by plunging into the warm waters. During your off-road trip you will have the opportunity to participate in the following activities: walking through the most picturesque corners of the region, the conquest of steep passes on horseback, rafting a mountain river, studying the petroglyphs of the ancient Scythians, visiting architectural attractions, and golden eagle hunting!

You may also enjoy other aspects of local culture, with masterclasses where you can take part in yurt building. At the end of this off-road trip, you can visit the place where the real color of the eastern market reigns wandering in search of souvenirs in the spectaular Osh bazaar of Bishkek.

Tour characteristics

July - September
7 days
3 km
915 km, 17 h
Complexity 
Book now from $ 650

You are going to love it

  • Storm the mythical kalmak-Ashuu pass on horseback.
  • Visit the sacred stone at Tulpar-Tash.
  • Hunt with eagles and hounds.
  • Get a master Class in yurt building.
  • Experience the magic of Osh Bazaar.
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1 Day. Arrival in Bishkek and rest in the natural park of Chon-Kemin region.

Meet at the airport by Baibol Travel team. Transfer to the beautiful natural park, Chon-Kemin. The rich vegetation of the park makes this place one of the most picturesque corners of Kyrgyzstan. Here you will have time to acclimatize and relax after the long flight. On the way to the park, you can get adrenalin rush by rafting mountain river Chuy. After lunch in the guesthouse, we continue our exploration of the natural attractions, taking a walk along the beautiful gorge. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse.

Accommodation

Economy: Guest house
Standard: Guest house
VIP: Guest house

Locations

Bishkek
Kemin District
7-8 km
4 h
150 km, 2.5 h
B L D

2 Day. Storm of Kalmak-Ashuu pass on horseback

Today is a day of experiences. After choosing a horse, we set off to conquer the Kalmak-Ashuu Pass. From the peak, you can admire a magnificent view of the Chon-Kemin and Issyk-Kul valleys. Enjoy the greatness of the mountains, the wild nature and catch beautiful shots before we descend along the gorge to Balykchy. From here we take a short drive to our guest house in Cholpon-Ata.

Accommodation

Economy: Hotel
Standard: Hotel
VIP: Hotel

Locations

Issyk Kul District
Kemin District
24 km
4-5 h
85 km, 1.5 h
B L D

3 Day. Study of petroglyphs on the sacred stones of Tulpar-Tash

Today we are going to explore the sacred stones of Tulpar-Tash. In the morning we will go to Jyrgalan village for accommodation in our guesthouse; we will have lunch and go on a walking tour. Along the route we drive the coast of Issyk-Kul Lake ("Hot Lake" in Kyrgyz) - one of the six deepest lakes in the world. Here are we can find countless traces of ancient nomads and Scythians, and the 8-meter high sacred stone of Tulpar Tash is one of them. There are mysterious petroglyphs on this stone. The locals consider it sacred, they believe, that the stone keeps the hoof imprint of the horse of the epic hero of the Kyrgyz people - Manas. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse.

Accommodation

Economy: Guest house
Standard: Guest house
VIP: Guest house

Locations

Ak-Suu District
Issyk Kul District
5 km
2 h
180 km, 3,5 h
B L D

4 Day. A gift of a Chinese architect to the local Muslims

Morning transfer to Karakol city. After lunch, we will go on an exciting walk to local attractions. Visiting the Orthodox Church and the last creation of the Chinese architect Zhou-Sy - the wooden mosque built by him without a single nail for the Dungans (local Chinese who accepted Islam). The architecture of the mosque is like a Buddhist pagoda made in traditional colors of green, yellow and red. We then continue our excursion to the museum of the Russian traveler N. Przhevalsky. Overnight at the guesthouse.

Accommodation

Locations

Karakol
Ak-Suu District
2-3 h
60 km, 1,5 h
B L D

5 Day. Hunting with eagles and hounds

This day is full of impressions. In the morning, we go for a walk to the Farytale Skazka Canyons. In the afternoon, the guardians of the ancient hunting traditions will show you an exciting hunt with eagles and hounds. The eagle (berkut) is the strongest predatory bird and can catch a fox, a wolf, a roe deer and even a mountain goat. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse.

Accommodation

Economy: Hotel
Standard: Hotel
VIP: Hotel

Locations

Karakol
Tong District
3-4 h
100 km, 1,5 h
B L D

6 Day. Yurts: we learn how to collect and install.

Today we travel to Kochkor village. On the way, we will have a nice walk by the sunny lake. We stop for lunch in Kyzyl-Tuu village, which is famous for the manufacture of yurts – the traditional homes of the nomads. After lunch during the master class, you can try to collect and install the yurt by yourself. In the evening, a real nomad dinner will be set for you featuring the kyrgyz national dish, Besh-Barmak (five fingers), cooked at the stake. We will spend the night in a cool yurt where we can watch the stars through the tunduk (hole in the dome).

Accommodation

Economy: Hotel
Standard: Hotel
VIP: Hotel

Locations

Tong District
Kochkor District
2 h
120 km, 2,5 h
B L D

7 Day. Osh bazaar - the place where the oriental flavor reigns. Departure home

After our transfer to Bishkek and our stop at the Burana tower – all that remains of an ancient Karalhanid capital, we will enjoy lunch. Following this, we tour around the city, passing the central square, Manas monument, the State Historical Museum, a monument to the Soviet politician Vladimir Lenin. Then we will go to the famed Osh Bazaar for souvenirs. This is the true soul of the orient. On our return, we will have a farewell dinner with the Baibol Travel team. Overnight at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for departure home the following morning.

Accommodation

Locations

Kochkor District
Bishkek
Ysyk-Ata District
3-4 h
220 km, 4 h
B L D

Create your own group and travel profitably!

If you have been waiting for the right time to go on a journey in the footsteps of the ancient nomads of Central Asia, it has come! For the first time in Kyrgyzstan, "Baibol Travel" gives you a unique opportunity to travel at affordable prices, collecting a group of travelers from your relatives, friends, colleagues, as you are hungry for new experiences and incredible discoveries! We are happy to adapt our services to your requests and requirements, so we suggest you choose the conditions of travel with the comfort and conditions that suit you. The more people in your group, the greater the benefits will be received by all its participants!

Tour cost

The prices are indicated according to the classification of the tour and the number of people.

Number of persons / Class Economy Standard VIP
1-2 $ 1200 $ 1345 $ 1625
3-4 $ 840 $ 970 $ 1200
5-6 $ 740 $ 870 $ 1080
7-8 $ 680 $ 820 $ 995
9-10 $ 650 $ 790 $ 970

Conditions     

Suite of services

VIP

Standard

Econom

Transport (all transfers according to the program)

SUV premium class

High-end SUV

Class 4x4 minivan

Accommodation (in hotels, guest houses and yurts according to the program)

Guide

Horse guide

The grooms

Horses

Three meals a day (+ snack for trekking trips)

Four  meals a day

Three meals a day

Three meals a day

National games

National equestrian games

Master classes

Excursions

Folklore concert

Hunting with an eagle

Rafting

Satellite connection

 

Auto-tours recommendations

Our universal list for auto-tours is designed to take into account the weather, terrain and altitude where we travel. It includes both the most necessary items and additional things (the list can changes only in the case of a complex tour).

Please the following as a guide:

  • small rucksack and expeditionary bag;
  • riding shoes (without heels or a platform, secure and closed), sneakers are preferred;
  • spare pair of shoes (if first is wet or damaged);
  • tight pants for riding in the saddle;
  • windproof and waterproof jacket (windbreaker);
  • long- sleeved shirt;
  • a set of warm clothes in case of cool weather;
  • a pair of T-shirts
  • a head covering (for sun protection);
  • no less than 2 pairs of woolen and 2 pairs of normal socks;
  • gloves;
  • sunscreen;
  • personal hygiene items and personal first-aid kit;
  • sunglasses;
  • camera and batteries;
  • handbag for documents (if any).