Ethnographic tour in the vicinity of Issyk-Kul, 10 days

Ethnographic observations and descriptions are the most common and attractive pursuits for travelers to any country in the world, wherever they are. Ethnographic tours and expeditions are the best way to get acquainted with the country, with the culture of the people, national traditions and peculiarities. An ethnographic journey becomes unforgettable, especially when you have a photo or video camera. Our professional guides who are representatives of the local ethnicity and local culture will lead you wonderful ethnographic tours around the country. Kyrgyz culture has rich ethnographic resources. During the tour, you will explore home crafts and folk crafts. You will see national games and customs. Get to know the local cuisine, clothing and jewelry. With free live communication with the local population, you will get acquainted with their rituals, family and public holidays, which have long been accompanied by games. You will live in a yurt, participate in national games and customs. You will eat local specialties.


Day 1. Arrival in Bishkek

Briefing, meeting with an expert-guide. Hotel accommodation.

Day 2. Bishkek - Tokmok - Kegety - Bokonbaevo

In the morning after breakfast, a trip to the historical and archaeological complex – a cultural heritage of UNESCO – the ancient city of the Karakhanids (IX-X centuries) – Balasagun. Visit to the Burana minaret and museum, ancient petroglyphs. Excursion to the waterfall in the Kegety gorge. Further excursion to the Issyk-Kul lake. A story about the origin of the lake and the ancient flooded cities. Lunch and dinner at local cafes. Overnight in a yurt camp on the shore of Issyk-Kul Lake.

Day 3. Bokonbaevo - Kaji-Sai - Tamga

On this day, in Bokonbaevo village, you will learn the secrets of local cuisine, try new dishes. In the vicinity of Bokonbaevo, you will visit the healing springs “Manzhaly”, the museum of stones “Ton motives”, as well as a workshop for the manufacture of products from felt. You will also visit a shop with felt products, you can buy souvenirs and gifts for your friends and family. Next, we will visit the famous Skazka canyon – where you will see a bizarre landscape that has been transformed by wind and water into fabulous stone figures over the years. In the Barskoon gorge, you will see magnificent waterfalls. In the 16th century, it was here that the headquarters of Tagay-biya, the first capital of Kyrgyzstan, was located. Ascent 4200 meters along the mountain road by car to the “Slezy Barsa” waterfall. Overnight at the guest house in Tamga.

Day 4. Tamga - Jety-Oguz - Kyzyl-Tuu - Karakol

In the morning, we go to Kyzyl-Tuu village. This village is famous for its yurt-making craftsmen. Local residents make a living by craft, making various details and decorations for yurts: a wooden frame, felting, embroidery, etc. Here we will visit the local handicraft museum and see how different types of carpets are made. Further, those who wish can take a horse ride to the local waterfall. Then we will go to one of the most interesting cities of Issyk-Kul – the Karakol city. This city was founded by Russian travelers and explorers of the Tien-Shan at the end of the 19th century. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5. Excursions in the vicinity of Karakol

In the morning you will visit the museum of the Great Russian traveler N.M. Przhevalsky. The grave of the great traveler is located on the territory of the memorial complex. According to the will of Przhevalsky, he was buried on the banks of the Issyk-Kul near Karakol. In total, the museum has collected more than 2000 exhibits. These are items brought by Przhevalsky from expeditions, his personal belongings, photographs, documents, models of animals, as well as an ethnographic exposition. Next, you will visit an old wooden Christian church, an ancient Dungan mosque. After lunch, you will go to the Ak-Suu gorge, where the famous resort with thermal mineral springs is located. Those who wish can take a water bath or take a dip in the pool. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6. Karakol - Grigorievskoe gorge

After breakfast we will continue our journey. This day will be devoted to the production of felt carpets in the local Zharkymbaevo village. You will see from beginning to end the entire process of making national felt carpets, which the Kyrgyz lay on the floor in yurts (national dwellings of nomadic Kyrgyz) and try to lay out an interesting pattern yourself. After a master class and a hearty lunch, we will go to the Grigorievskoye gorge, where we will stop for the night in yurts.

Day 7. Grigorievskoe gorge - Cholpon-Ata

In the gorge, you can take part in the eagle show. Since ancient times, specially trained birds of prey have served local residents as a hunting tool. Those who wish can take a horse ride along the gorge. Lunch in a yurt with local nomads. Then you will head to the Cholpon-Ata city. Overnight at the hotel by the lake.

Day 8. Cholpon-Ata - Tamchi

In the morning you will visit the open-air petroglyph museum. This site is a UNESCO heritage site. Thousands of petroglyphs are painted on granite stones. You will also visit the Ethnographic Museum in Cholpon-Ata. Next, you will head to the Tamchi village, which is located on the northern shore of Issyk Kul Lake. Here we will be greeted by a local family, where we will learn how to make woolen rugs. The hostess will teach you all the intricacies of this needlework. In the evening we will have enough free time to walk to the lake and enjoy the sunset on its shore. Dinner and overnight at a family guesthouse.

Day 9. Tamchi - Bishkek

On the way, you will visit the Kok-Moinok canyons. These are natural formations in sandstones and clays that formed at the bottom of the ancient Issyk-Kul Lake. Final banquet in Bishkek. Hotel accommodation.

Day 10. Bishkek - airport

Transfer to Airport

  • - Meeting and seeing off at the airport
    - Accommodation in 3 * hotels according to the program (double occupancy)
    - Three meals a day throughout the program,
    - Separate meals for vegetarians,
    - Transport according to the program,
    - Expert guide,
    - Chef,
    - Entrance fees to reserves and museums,
    - Equipment rent
    - Bottled water
  • - International airfare to Bishkek and back
    - Equipment rental
    - Surcharge for single occupancy
    - Cost of visa and consular services
    - Personal expenses in a hotel: bar, international calls, etc.
    - Insurance
    - Any changes to the program

Ethnographic tour in the vicinity of Issyk-Kul lake, USD
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Price depends on the number of participants Optimal group from 2 to 25 persons


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