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Kel-Suu lake trip

3 Days

Overview

Nestled amidst the rugged landscapes of Kyrgyzstan lies a pristine jewel waiting to be discovered—Kel-Suu Lake. Tucked away in the heart of the Tian Shan mountains, this remote alpine oasis offers a breathtaking escape for adventurous souls seeking serenity and natural beauty. As you embark on a journey to Kel-Suu Lake, prepare to be enchanted by its crystal-clear waters, towering cliffs, and a sense of tranquility that is second to none.

From Bishkek to Kel-Suu

  • Access to Kel-Suu Lake can be an adventure in itself. From Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, you'll embark on a journey through rugged terrain, crossing rivers and navigating challenging roads. It's recommended to hire a local guide and a robust off-road vehicle for this expedition.

Itinerary

Morning: Arrival at Manas International Airport

Arrive at Manas International Airport in Bishkek and complete immigration and customs formalities.
Meet your pre-arranged driver or transfer service at the airport.
Midday: Transfer to Silk Road Guesthouse

Enjoy a comfortable transfer from the airport to Silk Road Guesthouse, located in the heart of Bishkek.
Check-in to your accommodation and unwind after your journey.
Take some time to relax and explore the surroundings at your own pace.
Afternoon: Rest and Relaxation

Spend the afternoon at leisure, taking in the atmosphere of Bishkek.
Consider exploring nearby attractions such as Ala-Too Square, Oak Park, or the State Historical Museum.
Take advantage of the guesthouse's amenities, such as a cozy courtyard or a rooftop terrace, to relax and rejuvenate.
Evening: Order Border Permit and Dinner

Utilize the evening to arrange your border permit for the journey to Kel-Suu Lake.
Discuss your travel plans with the staff at the guesthouse, who can assist you with the necessary paperwork and logistics.
Enjoy a delicious dinner at the guesthouse or venture out to sample local cuisine at nearby restaurants.

Morning: Departure from Bishkek to Naryn

After breakfast, check out from Silk Road Guesthouse and meet your driver for the journey to Naryn.
Enjoy scenic views of the Kyrgyz countryside as you travel towards your next destination.
Midday: Arrival in Naryn and Lunch

Arrive in Naryn and check-in to your guesthouse or accommodation.
Take a break for lunch and savor traditional Kyrgyz dishes at a local eatery.
Afternoon: Trip to Kel-Suu Lake

Embark on an excursion to Kel-Suu Lake from Naryn, either by private vehicle or as part of a guided tour.
Journey through breathtaking landscapes, including the picturesque At-Bashy region, known for its stunning scenery.
Arrive at Kel-Suu Lake and take in the mesmerizing beauty of the turquoise waters surrounded by towering cliffs.
Evening: Overnight Stay in yurt camps nearby Kel-Suu lake

Spend the evening exploring the area around Kel-Suu Lake, taking leisurely walks or simply relaxing by the lakeshore.

Morning: Breakfast and Departure

Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation in yurt camp at Kel-Suu lake.
Bid farewell to the serene beauty of Kel-Suu Lake.
Midday: Return Journey to Bishkek

Begin the journey back to Bishkek, retracing your route through the scenic landscapes of Kyrgyzstan.
Take breaks along the way to stretch your legs, capture photos, and soak in the beauty of the countryside.
Afternoon: Arrival in Bishkek

Arrive back in Bishkek in the afternoon.
Depending on your departure schedule, you may have time to explore more of Bishkek or relax before your onward journey.
Evening: Departure from Bishkek

If your flight departs in the evening, arrange for transportation to Manas International Airport.
Bid farewell to Kyrgyzstan as you depart from Bishkek, carrying with you memories of an unforgettable journey to Kel-Suu Lake and beyond.

Includes

  • Accommodation: The cost includes accommodation for the specified nights at Silk Road Guesthouse in Bishkek and a guesthouse in Naryn or At-Bashy, as per the itinerary.
  • Transportation: The cost covers all transportation mentioned in the itinerary, including airport transfers, transfers between Bishkek and Naryn/At-Bashy, and any transportation required for the trip to Kel-Suu Lake.
  • Meals: Breakfast may be included at the guesthouses or provided as part of the accommodation package. Other meals are generally not included unless specified.
  • Guide Services: If mentioned in the itinerary, the cost may include guide services for the trip to Kel-Suu Lake or other excursions.
  • Permits and Entrance Fees: The cost includes necessary permits, such as border permits for the journey to Kel-Suu Lake, as well as any entrance fees to attractions mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Activities: The cost may include certain activities or excursions as outlined in the itinerary, such as visits to local attractions or cultural experiences.

Excludes

  • International Flights: The cost does not include international flights to and from Bishkek.
  • Visa Fees: Visa fees, if applicable, are not included in the package cost.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance for medical emergencies, trip cancellations, or other unforeseen events is not included but highly recommended.
  • Meals and Beverages: Unless specified, the cost does not include lunch, dinner, or beverages throughout the trip.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses such as souvenirs, additional snacks or drinks, laundry, or optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary are not included.
  • Tips and Gratuities: Tips for guides, drivers, and other service providers are not included and are at the discretion of the traveler.
  • Optional Activities: Any optional activities or excursions not specifically mentioned in the itinerary are not included in the package cost.
  • Additional Transportation: Any additional transportation required for personal reasons or outside of the planned itinerary is not included.
  • Additional Nights: The cost does not include accommodation or transportation for any additional nights or extended stays beyond the specified itinerary.
Is Kel-Suu Lake accessible year-round?

Kel-Suu Lake is typically accessible from June to September when weather conditions are more favorable. During winter months, access roads may be impassable due to snow and ice.

Do I need a special permit to visit Kel-Suu Lake?

Yes, visitors to Kel-Suu Lake need to obtain a border permit, especially if traveling near the Chinese border. These permits can be arranged with the assistance of your accommodation provider or tour operator.

Border Permit

What type of accommodation is available at Kel-Suu Lake?

Accommodation options near Kel-Suu Lake are limited and often consist of guesthouses or yurts operated by local families. Camping is also a popular choice for visitors seeking a closer connection to nature.

How physically demanding is the trip to Kel-Suu Lake?

The journey to Kel-Suu Lake involves off-road driving and potentially hiking, depending on your chosen route and mode of transportation. Visitors should be prepared for rugged terrain and variable weather conditions.

Are there facilities such as restaurants or shops near Kel-Suu Lake?

Facilities near Kel-Suu Lake are minimal, with limited dining options and no commercial shops. It’s advisable to bring essentials such as food, water, and any necessary supplies with you.

Can I swim in Kel-Suu Lake?

Swimming in Kel-Suu Lake is possible, but water temperatures can be cold even in the summer months. Visitors should exercise caution and be aware of potential risks, such as strong currents or sudden changes in depth

What should I pack for a trip to Kel-Suu Lake?

  • Essential items to pack include sturdy hiking shoes, warm clothing layers, sunscreen, insect repellent, a first aid kit, and a reusable water bottle. Additionally, a camera or binoculars can enhance your experience of the stunning scenery.

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