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Herd of horses grazing in picturesque mountains in Kyrgyzstan

Highlights of Kyrgyzstan

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Duration

11 Days

Prices Start from

£2,250 ex. flights

This holiday is designed to showcase Kyrgyzstan’s stunning scenery, from alpine forests to snow-capped peaks and high altitude lakes.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Traditional yurts, Song Kul, Tian Shan Mountains, Kyrgyzstan 1

Lake Son Kul

Spend a night in a traditional nomadic yurt on the shores of Lake Son Kul.

Traditional Kyrgyz Felt Hats, Kyrghyzstan 2

Bishkek Bazaar

Explore the sprawling Osh Bazaar in Bishkek searching for traditional Kyrgyz wares.

View of lime green grassland leading to shores of curved lake and snowy distant mountains. 3

Lake Issyk-Kul

Visit Lake Issyk-Kul the second largest alpine lake in the world.

Gateway to Caravanserai, Tash Rabat, Kyrgyzstan 4

Tash Rabat

See the ancient Tash Rabat caravanserai – one of the silk roads great wonders.

Why we like it

Kyrgyzstan is blessed with immense natural beauty plus it offers visa free travel. This trip offers plenty of opportunities to explore the spectacular scenery on foot or on horseback. Towering mountains hide huge alpine lakes where peaceful nomadic life continues, following their cattle and observing ancient traditions. Spend time with locals experiencing life in a yurt on the shores of Lake Son Kul. This holiday is perfect for anyone seeking the luxury of unspoiled nature.

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Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Bishkek
  • Day 2
    Bishkek - Cholpan Ata
  • Day 3
    Cholpan Ata - Karakol
  • Day 4
    Karakol - Altyn-Arashan
  • Day 5
    Altyn-Arashan - Karakol
  • Day 6
    Karakol
  • Day 7
    Karakol - Kochkor
  • Day 8
    Kochkor - Naryn
  • Day 9
    Naryn - Son-Kul Lake
  • Day 10
    Son-Kul Lake - Bishkek
  • Day 11
    Bishkek
Song Kol Lake, Kyrgyzstan Mountains, Kyrgyzstan
Song-Kol Lake

Lakeside Nomadic Life

Kyrgyzstan is home to around 2,000 lakes ranging in size and origin. During this holiday you will visit two of the largest, Son-Kul and Issy-Kul. Sitting at an altitude of over 3,000 metres above sea level Son-Kul Lake measures 29 by 18 kilometres and is surrounded by grassy steppes which are used by nomadic shepherds during the summer months. Camp in a traditional yurt on the shores of the lake, surrounded by mountain peaks, spending days spotting birdlife and experiencing nomadic life.

 

Rock with ancient art of two carved creatures on.
Rock art at Cholpan ata

Ancient Petroglyphs of Cholpan-Ata

Littering a boulder field, the ancient petroglyphs of Cholpan-Ata are said to date back as far as the sixth century BC. Mainly depicting scenes related to hunting, the carvings show animals that are now rarely spotted, such as wolves, long-horned ibex and snow leopards.

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Karakol, Kyrgystan
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Karakol

Karakol

Formerly known as Przhevalsk, after the Russian explorer, Karakol is a peaceful, low-rise town. Shaded by rows of white poplars, its winding backstreets hide Russian timbered gingerbread cottages. Sitting at over 1,800 metres, the town is slightly inland from the enormous Issyk Kul Lake, pressed up against the foothills of the Tien Shan. The area is famous for its apple orchards which can be found around the town. Visit the Chinese mosque, built in 1910, by 20 Chinese artisans, for the local Dungan community. Built without nails it resembles a Mongolian Buddhist datsan.

Explore the surrounding Karakol Valley – flanked by tall, snow-covered peaks, this steep-sided valley is dominated by the fast flowing Karakol River.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchase through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
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From £2,250 Per person

When to travel

Kyrgyzstan in January

November to March is low season, during which roads are sometimes blocked due to snowfall and electricity black outs are common. We would not recommend travelling at this time unless you are keen to go skiing, as it is very cold.

Kyrgyzstan in February

November to March is low season, during which roads are sometimes blocked due to snowfall and electricity blackouts are common. We would not recommend travelling at this time unless you are keen to go skiing, as it is very cold.

Kyrgyzstan in March

November to March is low season, during which roads are sometimes blocked due to snowfall and electricity black outs are common. We would not recommend travelling at this time unless you are keen to go skiing, as it is very cold.

Kyrgyzstan in April

April to June is a great time to visit as the country warms up, and is generally mild with lower visitor numbers. There is more rainfall at this time, but the benefit is that the landscape is lush and green. Higher mountains may still be snowbound though, limiting hiking opportunities.

Kyrgyzstan in May

April to June is a great time to visit as the country warms up, and is generally mild with lower visitor numbers. There is more rainfall at this time, but the benefit is that the landscape is lush and green. Higher mountains may still be snowbound though, limiting hiking opportunities.

Kyrgyzstan in June

April to June is a great time to visit as the country warms up, and is generally mild with lower visitor numbers. There is more rainfall at this time, but the benefit is that the landscape is lush and green. Higher mountains may still be snowbound though, limiting hiking opportunities.

Kyrgyzstan in July

July and August is the peak of summer across the country, making it the only time to access mountains over 3000m and trek through spectacular pristine landscapes. This is the busiest time of year so expect to book well in advance to secure the best accommodation.

Kyrgyzstan in August

July and August is the peak of summer across the country, making it the only time to access mountains over 3000m and trek through spectacular pristine landscapes. This is the busiest time of year so expect to book well in advance to secure the best accommodation.

Kyrgyzstan in September

September and October is a great time to explore the cities, as the searing summer heat dissipates and visitor numbers drop. Glacial melt is high, making it a popular time to enjoy kayaking or rafting. Hiking remains a good option, with less snow around and more predictable conditions than earlier in the season.

Kyrgyzstan in October

September and October is a great time to explore the cities, as the searing summer heat dissipates and visitor numbers drop. Glacial melt is high, making it a popular time to enjoy kayaking or rafting. Hiking remains a good option, with less snow around and more predictable conditions than earlier in the season.

Kyrgyzstan in November

November to March is low season, during which roads are sometimes blocked due to snowfall and electricity black outs are common. We would not recommend travelling at this time unless you are keen to go skiing, as it is very cold.

Kyrgyzstan in December

November to March is low season, during which roads are sometimes blocked due to snowfall and electricity black outs are common. We would not recommend travelling at this time unless you are keen to go skiing, as it is very cold.

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