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Cultural tour “Three unique lakes of Kyrgyzstan”


Level of difficulty: This tour is recommended for people with experience of long mountain drives (about 5-6 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 at local cafe. Check in hotel.

Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner


Day 2: Bishkek – Toktogul

After breakfast, approx. 10: 00 am transfer to Toktogul (296 km, travel time 4.5 hours).  Today we will drive along the main highway from Bishkek to Osh, which connects the North and South of the country. The road climbs serpentine and comes to the tunnel located inside the mountain. The length of the tunnel is 3 kilometers. The road will go through one of the high passes To Aoshuu (height 3400 m above the sea level).  Further on you will discover a beautiful Suusamyr valley where you can see a lot of yurts of the shepherds who drive their cattle to this pasture in summertime. You will be charmed by indescribable natural beauty of Suusamyr valley.

Lunch in a cafe in Chychkan Gorge. Then we will continue our way to Toktogul village. Dinner and accommodation with family.

Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner


Day 3: Toktogul – Sary Chelek

After breakfast transfer to the Sary Chelek nature reserve (320 km, travel time 5.5 hours). On the way you will see the biggest water reservoir in Central Asia, which is very important for the hydropower industry of the country. The area of the reservoir is 284 sq.m., the average depth is 215 m.

En route, picnic lunch. Then transfer to Sary-Chelek.  On the territory of the protected area is Sary-Chelek Lake of the same name, at an altitude of 1878 meters above sea level.  The lake’s shores are covered with walnut forests of natural origin. This is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Walking. After the walk we move to the village of Arkyt. Dinner and accommodation in a private home.

Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner



Day 4: Sary Chelek – Suusamyr.

After breakfast transfer to Suusamyr Valley (450 km, travel time 6.5 hours). Suusamyr is a high mountain valley which is located at an altitude of 2200 meters above sea level.  Picnic lunch. Dinner and accommodation at the guest house.

Meal: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


Day 5: Suusamyr-Kochkor

After breakfast transfer to Kochkor Village (300 km, travel time 4 hours). Upon arrival in Kochkor lunch with a Kyrgyz family. After lunch visit to the felt production workshop, and demonstration of ala-kiyiz (national felt carpets). You will have the opportunity not only to observe, but also to take a direct part in the production. Dinner and accommodation with the SBT family. For dinner tonight is the national dish “Besh Barmak”. After dinner Kyrgyz folklore.

Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner


Day 6: Kochkor – Son-Kul Lake

After breakfast transfer to Son-Kul Lake (120 km, drive time: 3 hours).

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.

Meal: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


Day 7: 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.

Meal: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner


Day 8: 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.

Meal: Breakfast Lunch/Dinner


Day 9: Bishkek – airport

Transfer to the airport. Flight home.

Meal: Breakfast




Level of difficulty: This tour is recommended for people with experience of long mountain drives (about 5-6 hours per day).

Conditions: Must bring warm clothing and waterproof shoes.

You need to bring

Must bring warm clothing and waterproof shoes.


mid June – mid September

Tour duration

9 days