ISSYK KUL SOUTH TOUR

Duration: 4 days

Issyk-Kul lies on 1600 m and is the second largest alpine lake in the world after the Titicaca lake. A road orbits the entire water body, where the north shore is very popular in summer amongst local tourists.

The southern shore has up to today successfully escaped seasonal mass-tourism and is therefore wilder and more authentic.

The variety of the south shore promises a diverse and informative tour with impressive sceneries and close contact with the locals and their trade: the felt and yurt production.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 – KYZYL-TUU

Morning: Drive from Bishkek to Balykchy at Issyk-Kul (3h).

Lunch: Balykchy is known for its smoked fish. We will have some for lunch at a local diner.

Afternoon: Drive to Kyzyl-Tuu (1h). Most Kyrgyz yurts are produced there. We will show you how a yurt is built and how to set one up.

Evening: Dinner at Ruslan‘s Homestay.

Accommodation: Ruslan‘s Homestay.

Note: There is no shower in the house but a banya (a Russian sauna which is used for showering). The toilet is outside.

DAY 2 – BOKONBAEVA

Morning: A swim in the Salt Lake – a miniature Dead Sea near Issyk Kul. 

Lunch: Restaurant by choice in Bokonbaeva.

Afternoon: We will visit the felt manufactory of Bokonbaeva. Felt is one of the main products of Kyrgyzstan.

Evening: Dinner at the yurt camp Bel-Tam.

Accommodation: Bel-Tam yurt camp.

Note: Shared western toilets and warm showers outside.

DAY 3 – KAJY-SAI

Morning: We will explore the ruins of a former Soviet pioneer camp.

Lunch: Lunch or picnic at the lake shore in Kajy-Sai.

Afternoon: Sweet wine tasting in Vitaly’s garden (when in season).

Evening: Dinner at yurt camp Bel-Tam.

Accommodation: Yurt camp Bel-Tam.

Note: Shared western toilets and warm showers outside.

DAY 4 – SKAZKA (FAIRY TALE VALLEY)

Morning: Drive to Skazka (1h). One or two hour hike through the surreally colourful canyon.

Lunch: Lunch in Kajy-Sai or picnic at the shore of Issyk-Kul.

Afternoon: Drive to Bishkek (4.5h).

PRICE LIST

2 persons

3 persons

4 persons

5 persons

690 USD pp

550 USD pp

450 USD pp

390 USD pp

6 persons

7 persons

8 persons

9 persons

490 USD pp

450 USD pp

390 USD pp

350 USD pp

Would you like to customise your tour? Change the duration or the attractions? No problem!