issyk kul lake kyrgyzstan
Cultural tour “Three unique lakes of Kyrgyzstan”

Cultural tour 2 «The Beauties of Northern Kyrgyzstan»


Level of difficulty: This tour is recommended for people with experience of making long drives on the mountain roads (about 5 hours per day).


Day 1: Airport – Bishkek

Arrival at Manas airport. Transfer to Bishkek. Hotel accommodation. Rest. After the rest: visiting central square, eastern bazaar. Lunch. Check in hotel.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner


Day 2: Bishkek – Chon-Kemin

After breakfast around 10:00 am transfer to Chon-Kemin (150 km, travel time 2 hours). On the way visiting the Burana tower.  Burana tower is one of the oldest towers of its kind in Central Asia, its construction is dated X-XI cc. The original height of the tower was not less than 40 m, but its upper part was thrown down by an earthquake. Today the height is 21.7 meters. Lunch with a Kyrgyz family on the way. After lunch demonstration of yurt installation. Next stop: transfer to Chon-Kemin. Dinner and accommodation in guest house.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/dinner.


Day 3: Chon-Kemin – Kochkor

After breakfast, walk in the mountains in the gorge, picnic for lunch. After lunch transfer to Kochkor (190 km, travel time 2.5 hours). Upon arrival, lodging in the SBT guest house. For dinner tonight it’s national dish “Besh Barmak”. After dinner Kyrgyz folklore.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner


Day 4: Kochkor – Son Kul Lake

After breakfast visit to the workshop of felting production. You will have the opportunity not only to observe but also to take a direct part in the production. Then drive to the Lake Son-Kul (120 km, 3 hours drive). Picnic lunch on the way.

The second largest alpine lake in the country, located at an altitude of 3016 m. The spacious meadows around the lake have for many years been a summer pasture where local shepherds bring their cattle. Lunch, dinner and accommodation at the SBT yurt camp. If you wish, you will have the opportunity to do a horseback ride. You can also watch local housewives bake bread, milk cows and mares. You will have a chance to taste the national drink made of mare’s milk Kymyz.

Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 5: Son-Kul Lake

Free day on the Son-Kul Lake. You can enjoy the silence of this place, the beauty of nature.

You can read books, ride horses or go by car to the other side of the lake. Meals and accommodation in the yurt camp.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner


Day 6: Son Kul Lake – Cholpon Ata

After breakfast transfer to Cholpon Ata (250 km, travel time 5 hours). In Cholpon Ata visit to the open air museum of petroglyphs. Lunch in a cafe. Accommodation and dinner at a hotel on the shore of Lake Issyk Kul.

Meals: Breakfast Lunch/Dinner


Day 7: Cholpon Ata – Bishkek

After breakfast transfer to the yacht club, boat trip. Lunch. After lunch transfer to Bishkek (260 km).  Hotel accommodation. Farewell dinner at Supara ethno complex.

Meals: Breakfast Lunch/Dinner



Day 8: Bishkek – airport

Transfer to the airport. Flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

You need to bring

Must bring warm clothing and waterproof shoes.


mid June – mid September

Tour duration

8 days