Nomadic Trails & Alpine Lakes: A Kyrgyz Odyssey

7 Days


This 7-day journey offers an unparalleled exploration of Kyrgyzstan, blending urban exploration with deep cultural immersion in the nomadic lifestyle. From the bustling streets of Bishkek to the tranquil shores of Son-Kul and the untouched beauty of Ak-Kol, travelers will experience the heart and soul of Kyrgyz culture. Engage in traditional practices, savor local cuisines, and marvel at the breathtaking landscapes that define Kyrgyzstan. This adventure is more than a trip; it’s a journey into the spirit of Central Asia.

Trip Highlights

  • Bishkek City Tour: Start your adventure in Kyrgyzstan's capital, exploring its main attractions, vibrant markets, and cultural sites.
  • Trek to Kol-Ukok: Embark on a trek through the stunning landscapes of the Tien Shan Mountains to reach the serene Kol-Ukok Lake, camping under the stars.
  • Horseback Riding to Son-Kul: Experience traditional Kyrgyz life with a horseback ride to the high-altitude lake of Son-Kul, staying in a yurt camp among nomadic families.
  • Cultural Immersion at Son-Kul: Spend an extra day at Son-Kul engaging in cultural activities, exploring the vast landscapes, and enjoying traditional Kyrgyz hospitality and cuisine.
  • Ak-Kol Visit: Discover the tranquil beauty of Ak-Kol, with opportunities for hiking, photography, and relaxation in pristine nature.
  • Scenic Return via Suusamyr Valley: Journey back to Bishkek through the breathtaking Suusamyr Valley and the town of Kara-Balta, experiencing the diverse landscapes of Kyrgyzstan.


Morning: Arrival at Manas International Airport. Meet and greet with our friendly tour guide. Transfer to your hotel in Bishkek, the heart of Kyrgyzstan, where you can relax and freshen up after your flight.
Afternoon: Embark on a city tour of Bishkek. Explore Ala-Too Square, the heart of the city, visit the State History Museum, and stroll through Oak Park. Enjoy the vibrant local markets and modern shopping centers.
Evening: Welcome dinner at a traditional Kyrgyz restaurant, where you'll taste local delicacies and enjoy folk music.

Morning: After breakfast, depart for Kochkor. The scenic drive offers stunning views of the Kyrgyz countryside.
Afternoon: Arrive in Kochkor and check into a cozy guesthouse. After lunch, start your trekking adventure to the beautiful Kol-Ukok Lake, nestled in the Tien Shan Mountains. The trek offers breathtaking views and the opportunity to experience the serene beauty of Kyrgyz nature.
Evening: Camp near the lake. Enjoy a traditional dinner under the stars. Overnight in tents.

Morning: After breakfast, trek back to Kochkor. Transfer to Kyzart, where your horseback riding adventure to Son-Kul begins. Son-Kul, a high-altitude lake, is known for its stunning landscapes and pastoral summer pastures.
Afternoon: Arrive at Son-Kul. Experience the nomadic lifestyle by staying in a yurt camp. Explore the surroundings on horseback, meet local nomads, and learn about their traditions and way of life.
Evening: Enjoy a traditional dinner with local nomadic families. Overnight in a yurt.

Morning: Wake up to the serene beauty of Son-Kul. After breakfast, the day is dedicated to exploring more of the Son-Kul area. Options include a longer horseback riding excursion to remote parts of the lake or hiking in the surrounding hills for panoramic views of the lake and pastures.
Afternoon: Participate in cultural activities such as felt making, traditional games, or helping with the livestock. These activities provide a hands-on experience of the nomadic lifestyle.
Evening: Another night at the yurt camp. This evening, enjoy a special dinner featuring a traditional Kyrgyz barbecue, known as "Shashlik," accompanied by local music and storytelling under the stars.

Day 5 :

Morning: Depart Son-Kul after breakfast. Today's journey takes you to Ak-Kol, known for its beautiful landscapes and tranquil atmosphere.
Afternoon: Explore the area around Ak-Kol. The day is at leisure for hiking, photography, or simply enjoying the peaceful surroundings.
Evening: Overnight stay in Ak-Kol in a guesthouse or yurt, depending on availability.

Morning: After breakfast, begin your journey back to Bishkek. The route takes you through the stunning Suusamyr Valley, a vast, high-altitude grassland known for its beauty and pastoral life.
Afternoon: Stop in Kara-Balta for lunch and a brief exploration. Continue to Bishkek.
Evening: Arrive in Bishkek. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant, celebrating the end of an unforgettable journey through Kyrgyzstan.
Night: Transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Day 7 :

Morning: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Depending on your flight time, explore any last-minute sights in Bishkek or do some souvenir shopping.
Afternoon: Check-out and transfer to Manas International Airport for your departure flight, taking home memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Trip Includes and Excludes


  • All accommodations as per itinerary
  • All meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transfers and transportation
  • English-speaking guide services
  • All activities and entrance fees as per itinerary


  • International airfare to/from Kyrgyzstan
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
What is the best time to visit Kyrgyzstan for this tour?

The best time to embark on this adventure is from June to September. During these months, the weather is most favorable for trekking, horseback riding, and experiencing the nomadic lifestyle in Son-Kul, with warmer temperatures and minimal rainfall.

Do I need a visa to travel to Kyrgyzstan?

Visa requirements for Kyrgyzstan vary depending on your nationality. Many countries benefit from visa-free entry for stays of up to 60 days. We recommend checking the latest visa requirements with your local Kyrgyz embassy or consulate before planning your trip.

What should I pack for the trip?

Packing for Kyrgyzstan should include warm clothing for cool evenings and high-altitude areas, comfortable hiking boots, a waterproof jacket, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen), a reusable water bottle, and personal medications. Don’t forget your camera and a power adapter for Kyrgyzstan’s electrical outlets.

Is travel insurance mandatory for this tour?

Yes, all travelers are required to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical expenses, emergency evacuation, and repatriation. Please ensure your policy is valid for the duration of your trip to Kyrgyzstan.

How physically demanding is the tour?

This tour is rated as moderate in terms of physical activity. It includes trekking to Kol-Ukok with 4-5 hours of walking per day and horseback riding to Son-Kul. Participants should be in good physical condition, but extensive prior trekking or horseback riding experience is not necessary.

Can dietary restrictions be accommodated?

Yes, we can accommodate most dietary restrictions with prior notice. Please inform us of any specific dietary needs or allergies when you book the tour, so we can make the necessary arrangements.

What is the maximum group size for this tour?

To ensure a personalized and comfortable experience, our group sizes are limited. The maximum group size for this tour is typically 12-15 travelers. For private tours or specific inquiries regarding group size, please contact us directly.

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