Kyrgystan Tour - 6 Days – 5 Nights
Start and end in Bishkek! With the Adventure tour Beneath the Stars at Son-Kul Lake, you have a 6 days tour package taking you through Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and 2 other destinations in Kyrgyzstan. Beneath the Stars at Son-Kul Lake includes accommodation, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Bishkek – Kochkor
Arrival in Bishkek early in the morning. Transfer to the hotel. Rest till noon. Short city tour in the center of
Bishkek with visiting the central square, Osh bazaar (oriental market). Transfer to Kochkor village (260 km).
Lunch on the way. Optionally visit felt carpet workshop, where you can not only buy souvenirs but make
them yourself. Dinner with Kyrgyz family.
Kochkor - Kilemche– Jaman Echki
Early breakfast transfer to Jumgal valley to starting point of the horse ride below the Kyzart pass. Meeting
with the guide and horsemen. Within sight of the road, cross Kyzyl-Kiya jailoo, an enormous, relatively flat
sea of grass. Continue over the Chaar-Archa Pass (3 061 m) into the Chaar-Archa Valley and eat a tasty
lunch at Kilemche jailoo, with views of holy 4400 m Baba-Ata Mountain. The name means “like a carpet,”
and this swathe of grass covers whole mountain ranges, with shadings as subtle as any shyrdak (shyrdak
is a Kyrgyz felt carpet).
After lunch riding to Jalgyz Karagai pass (3400 m), over the Song-Kol Mountains and into the lake’s basin.
The afternoon ride affords wonderful views of Kilemche jailoo, and the pass itself is rocky and exciting.
From the pass, Song-Kol is still distant, but as you ride down the slopes, it gets larger and larger; the
mountains on the other side get higher and higher, until finally the lake fills most of your field of view and
the southern mountains tower above it.
Riding time about 5-6 hours.
Jaman Echki - Tulpar-Tash
Breakfast. Horse riding about 4-6 hours along the lake. Local people live and graze their livestock on the
meadows (jailoo) around the lake, from June till September. You will taste the wilderness and freedom of
nomadic life here. It will be possible to taste the Kyrgyz traditional drink kymyz (fermented mare’s milk)
Riding time about 4-6 hours
Tulpar Tash – Tulga-Tash
Breakfast. Horse riding about 4-6 hours. Stone circles on the southern shore of Son-Kul lake. “Tash-Tulga”
or “Tulga-Tash” means hearth, built of stones (trivet). In the archaeological literature they are called “eightstone memorial fences”. These eight-stone memorials date to I century BC, which have analogies on the
territories of Altai, Tuva and western Mongolia. In the Central Tien-Shan, they are rare and “not in all
cemeteries of the Saks era”, which means that it must be assumed that the custom of construction of
memorials from eight stones was not typical to the whole population of the Saks in Tien-Shan time. TashTulga consists of altars – eight-stone ones, and is not tied to the mounds, which in turn distinguishes them
from the same Altai monuments. Each altar presents a laid out eight stones, arranged in a circle, with an
average diameter of 1-1.3 meters. Nine such eight-stone memorials are lined up in a single line facing
north-south for 200 m. Thus, Tash-Tulga has a planned structure with a numerical symbolism. Tash-Tulga,
according to many researchers, from ancient times served as a ritual centre and a gathering place for the
nomadic herdsmen. With the onset of warm season pastoralists dub their flocks on juicy, abundant with
grass and water High Mountain pastures. North of the stone circles, closer to the lake, is where the burials
are located on top of which broken up rubble is spread
Riding time about 4-6 hours
Song-Kul lake – Bishkek
After breakfast Transfer to Bishkek (350 km). On the way a visit to visit Burana Tower, a place on the Great
Silk Road, the remaining of ancient town Balasagun (11 century). Arrival in Bishkek.
Transfer to Airport early in the morning. Flight home.