Karakol Ski Tour

10 Days | Bishkek, Ak Tash, Ala Archa, Chon Kemin, Konorchek, Bokonbaev, Skazka, Jeti Oguz, Karakol, Cholpon Ata, Burana, Bishkek
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Program day by day:

Day 1: Airport – Bishkek

When you arrive at FRU airport we will greet you at the airport. Most flights land at 5 pm you will be able to have a rest at a hotel in Bishkek. Dinner in the restaurant.

Day 2: Bishkek – Ak Tash Ski resort

At 9:00 am, we will meet you and transfer to the Ak Tash Ski resort. It will be the first experience of your ski tour. When we arrive at the ski resort, we will be able to have a fun day of skiing or snowshoeing and many winter activities. I and the instructor will teach you how to skiing and snowboarding. After the active day, you will be accommodated at the ski resort and have the chance to have a warm pool or hot banya. After some relax you will be able to enjoy dinner with a great view.

Day 3: Ak Tash Ski resort – Ala Archa – Chon Kemin

After breakfast, we will be able to make our way to the Ala Archa National Park which is just down the road from the Ak Tash resort. You will be able to enjoy a short hike in the national park and see a mix of high mountains and Tian Shan Pine trees. The next stop for the day will be in Chong Kemin where you will be able to unpack your bags at your guesthouse for the night. After lunch, we will be able to meet our horseman and enjoy half a day on horseback in the Chong Kemin National park. There are countless spots to enjoy horseback riding in the Chong Kemin National Park in winter.

After horseback riding, we will share bottomless cups of tea with your hosts over dinner.

Day 4: Chon Kemin – Konorchek – Bokonbaev

After breakfast with hosts, we will make our way to Konorcheck Canyons for a 2-3-hour trek into the dry canyon with great views. The local legend is that you can see statues people in the Konorcheck Canyons. An additional legend is that it was once a volcano million years ago and that’s why it’s so dry. Winter is the best time to see Konorchek Canyons because of the contrast between the snow and sand. Later in the day, you will be able to see the amazing Lake Issyk Kul with its crystal-clear water and countless snow capped peaks all around. When we arrive in Bokombaev valley, make sure you have your camera ready for a great local experience. The hosts will share his traditions and techniques of hunting with Golden Eagles. After the sun sets you will be able to enjoy a Kyrgyz national dish with your hosts in the Bokombaev area with a great family.

Day 5: Bokonbaev – Skazka – Jeti Oguz – Karakol

After breakfast, we will go to the Gorge "Skazka". Gorge "Fairy Tale" - a fantastic place where natural sandy red formations create many fairy-tale forms. Walking along this gorge during the holiday in Issyk-Kul brings not only aesthetic pleasure but also a sense of unity and majesty with nature. There you will see a canyon called the "Chinese Wall" 5 kilometers long, it seems to guard the world of sleeping castles and amazing animals created by nature itself from red clay and sandstone - elephants, hippos, snakes and some fantastic creatures. Drive to the Jeti-Oguz gorge, a picturesque mountain gorge in Kyrgyzstan. The name "Jeti-Oguz" (translated as "seven bulls") came from a chain of weathered red rocks, similar to bulls lying on the ground, and since it has become a visiting card of the gorge. The local point of interest is the rock "Broken Heart", near which you can always take incredibly beautiful photos. Jeti-Oguz Gorge is the second mountainous place of the Issyk-Kul Reserve and one of the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan. For 25 km on both sides of the gorge, there are blue spruce trees that are included in the red book of Kyrgyzstan. In the gorge at an altitude of 2200 m, there is a Jety-Oguz resort known for its healing geothermal springs. Then we will go to Karakol. Lunch and overnight at the guesthouse.

Day 6: Karakol – Karakol Ski base

After breakfast, we will head up to the Karakol ski base to get to know the snow here in Kyrgyzstan. The first winter activity is skiing at the Karakol Ski base. The base has 4 lifts and the top of the ski lift offers a great view of the whole area. We will have lunch at the ski resort. After lunch, we will continue our skiing. In the evening after lunch, we will be skating. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse.

 
Day 7: Karakol Ski base

Today it’s important to have an early breakfast because today is a packed full day of fun winter activities. We will do sledding at high speed. You will have amazing emotion after sledding. Lunch will be had at the ski resort. Then we will do paragliding on top of the main mountain. After paragliding, we will able to go to the freeride zone by snowmobile. The zone is a calm place surrounded by beautiful preserved nature. Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse.

Day 8: Karakol – Cholpon Ata

After breakfast, we will ski at the Karakol Ski base. Lunch will be had at the ski resort. Then we will go from the ski resort to the north side of Lake Issyk Kul where we will enjoy hot springs. After the hot springs, we will go to Cholpon Ata and have dinner.

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Day 9: Cholpon Ata – Burana – Bishkek

After breakfast, enjoy a short walk down to Issyk Kul Lake before go back to Bishkek. The first stop of the day will be at the historical Burana tower where we can see the ancient city of the Balasaugun. It’s a great stop to see a bit of Silk Road History. Then we will stop in Bishkek where you will be able to enjoy a walk thought the city and see a few of the hidden bazars and buy possible gifts for friends back home. Tonight, we will go to the main square to see the biggest Christmas tree and have a farewell dinner with our team before you take a rest at your hotel in Bishkek.

 

Day 10: Bishkek – Airport

After an early breakfast, everyone will be transferred to the airport.  It’s always a good idea to arrive at the airport 2 hours before your flight and the drive from Bishkek to the airport takes 45 minutes one way. We hoped your enjoyed your trip to Kyrgyzstan.  There are so many high mountains pass and amazing places to explore. We hope to meet you or your friends one day.

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