Nomad's Ethnography

Best season:
Mid June - August








Meet the group at the airport. Transfer to Hotel, check-in and rest.

Morning excursion to Ala-Archa Nature Park (45 km from Bishkek, 40 minutes drive one way) – 1-3 hours of hiking in Ala-Archa. City sightseeing: Fine Arts Museum, State Philharmonic Society, Ala-Too Square, Victory Square, handicraft studios & shops, eastern bazaar. Accommodation in Hotel.

Optional extra at additional cost (available on request): Folklore show including traditional music, songs and instrumental performance.

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3* Hotel



Bishkek – Chon-Kemin Nature Park (140 km).

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Chon-Kemin Nature Park via the XI Century Burana Tower (140 km, 2.5 hours drive). Lunch at the Guest House. Free time: hiking in the park (2-3 hrs), visit local Kyrgyz families.

Optional extras at additional cost: Horse & cart (telega) riding, folklore show on request at the time. Accommodation and dinner at Guest House. 

B – D

Guest House



Chon-Kemin – Cholpon-Ata (200 km).

Breakfast. Transfer to Lake Issyk-Kul (200 km, 3.5 hours drive).

Optional extra at additional cost: Visit to Kyrgyz village Tamchi for Borsok show (Kyrgyz traditional cuisine).

Free time on the beach. Accommodation in the hotel on the beach of the lake.

B - -

3* Hotel



Cholpon-Ata – Karakol (140 km).

Breakfast in Hotel. Tansfer to Karakol (140 km, 2 hours). On the way visit the open air petroglyphes museum (collection of stone drawings). Arrive in Karakol. Sightseeing in Karakol: Przhevalsky Museum, Moslem Mosque built in the shape of a Dungan pagoda, Orthodox Church, oriental bazaar. Accommodation in the hotel.

B - -

3* Hotel



Karakol – Tamga (100 km).

Breakfast. Check-out. Excursion to Jety-Oguz Gorge (40 km). Optional hiking and horseback riding. Drive to Tamga village (100 km, 2 hours). Accommodation and dinner in Guest House.

B - D

Tamga Guest House



Tamga – Kochkor (350 km).

Breakfast in Guest House. Drive to Kochkor (350 km, 6 hours drive).  Excursion to local museum to see Kyrgyz carpet (“Shyrdak”) making techniques (at additional cost). Accommodation in CBT (Community Based Tourism) Home Stay Guest House. Dinner in Guest House.


B - D

CBT Home Stay



Kochkor – Son-Kul Lake (120 km).

Breakfast. Drive to Son-Kul Lake (120 km, 3 hours drive). Walk around pastures, visit yurts of local families and fishermen.

Optional extra at additional cost: Horseback riding. Accommodation and dinner at Yurt Inn.

B - D

Yurt Inn


Son-Kul Lake – Tash-Rabat (260 km).

Breakfast. Drive to Tash-Rabat via the town of Naryn (260 km, 5 hours drive). Lunch. Excursion to Tash-Rabat caravanserai, explore the ruins, walk in the valley.

Optional extra at additional cost: Horseback riding. Accommodation and dinner at Yurt Inn.

B - D

Yurt Inn


Tash-Rabat – Bishkek (470 km).

After breakfast transfer to Bishkek (470 km, 8 hours drive). Accommodation in the hotel.

B - -

3* Hotel



Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Departure.

End of services in Kyrgyzstan.

B - -



End of service





  • Yurt Inns in the area of Son-Kul Lake operate from mid-June until the end of August.
  • Accommodation in any Yurt Inn is usually 4-5 persons of the same gender in a yurt.  However if the Yurt Inn is not fully booked at the time of the group arrival, double occupancy may be arranged at no extra cost.
  • Weather in the area of Son-Kul Lake and other mountain areas of the Kyrgyz Republic is quite cold at night.  It is highly recommended to bring warm clothes and a raincoat. 

Price 2020                   

Group of 2 people – USD 1465 per person

Group of 4 people – USD 960 per person

Group of 5 people – USD 885 per person

Group of 6 people – USD 785 per person

Group of 7 people – USD 730 per person

Prices include the following services:

  • Twin bed accommodation in the Guest House, Home Stay and Hotels – standard rooms
  • Transport: Car (3 seats) for groups of 2 people

      Minivan (7 seats) for group of 4 people.

       Minibus Mercedes Sprinter (15-17 seats total) for group of 4 to 10 people

       Extra vehicle for luggage for groups of 11 people or more

  • Meals as specified in the programme itinerary
  • Bottled water (1 liter per person per day)  
  • English speaking local Guide
  • Entrance fees for museums 



Additional services available at extra cost:

  • Shyrdak making demonstration in Kochkor – USD 50 per group
  • Borsok show in Tamchi village – USD 70 per group
  • Folklore show in Bishkek – USD 150
  • Photo fee in museums
  • Alcoholic beverages in cafes and restaurants 



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