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My name is Cholpon. I grew up in a small town of Naryn in the south-eastern part of Kyrgyzstan. From the early ages my passion was to travel and discover new places. I enjoyed showing around to my friends and teachers who came from abroad to teach English. Further I entered the University to study linguistics but to connect my life with tourism it was not enough. Therefore I went through special courses of guiding by local mentors in Bishkek who run tourist agencies. This is how I got involved into this world of adventures and new experiences.
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The World of Ancient Time

Tour 3: The World of Ancient Time
Duration: 9 days
In short: Bishkek – Ala Archa – Kochkor − Son Kul − Tash Rabat − Issyk Kul southern shore − Karakol − Issyk Kul northern shore − Chon Kemin − Bishkek

Day 1: Bishkek – Ala Archa – Bishkek
The driver will pick you up at Manas International Airport and then accompany to the capital city of Kyrgyzstan (30-minute drive from the airport). We will visit Ala Archa gorge. This is amazing natural park will not leave anyone indifferent. It is important to note that before the access to this mountain was strictly controlled in Soviet time. The Ala Archa gorge is located on a spur of the Tien Shan mountain range. It is just 45 km from Bishkek. Being there you will enjoy a panoramic view of the gorge. Then we will return to Bishkek. The second half of the day is dedicated to a guided tour of Bishkek where you can visit the Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic, and many other interesting places. The night is in hotel.

Day 2: Bishkek – Burana – Kochkor
We are glad to present the next day of a tour visiting our Asian Bazaar! This noisy and colorful market will not leave anyone indifferent. Being there you will have the chance for bargaining and take interesting photos. You will find there colorful tapestry of fabrics. After that you will drive to Kochkor where you can see the Burana Tower (an 11th century minaret) and an open air museum of Balbals (stone warriors). When you arrive in Kochkor village, you will meet with a local family. They will teach you how to make carpet. You can also make your own. Visit a small handicraft museum there and find many silver decorations, coats made of wolves, horse saddle decorations, carpets and more. Overnight is in a home stay. 

Day 3: Kochkor – Son Kul
In the morning we will travel to the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan – Son Kul Lake. This pristine lake is surrounded by mountains. It is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan and situated at an altitude of 3013 meters above sea level. Usually nomads come to this lake for rest. Some Naryn herders use it as a pastureland for cattle. Being in Son Kul Lake you will enjoy meadows, green valley and just relax. Today you will spend the night in nomadic collapsible dwellings – yurts.

Day 4: Son Kul – Tash Rabat
Having a hearty breakfast you will drive to the Tash Rabat Caravanserai on the Great Silk Road. It is the Stone Castle from the 14th century). The Tash Rabat will not leave anyone indifferent because of its rich history. The building is located at the very heart of Tian Shan Mountains and made of stone blocks inside a mountain at an elevation of 3200 m above sea level. There are 31 rooms in the mountain where walls are 1 m thick. It is important to note that there is underground prison (zindan) used for thieves in ancient times. The night will be spent in yurts near Tash Rabat Caravanserai.

Day 5: Tash Rabat – Kochkor
This day is dedicated for enjoying in Kara Koiun gorge. It is the great time to walk around the gorge and talk with locals. The fact is that you will see wild mountain animas as yaks. They reproduce meat, milk and wool. Talking about Kara Koiun, it means "black valley" because you can find there much snow. Actually the rocks serve as barrier against a very heavy snow which is common for this area starting with October till mid-April. The temperature can reach -50 C in this period of year. Then you will be transferred to Kochkor village. The road will pass by amazing gorge over mountain pass that of 3 000 meters high. Overnight is in home stay. 

Day 6: Kochkor – Issyk Kul southern shore – Karakol 
The tour will start by driving to the celestial Issyk Kul Lake. It is considered to be the second largest alpine lake in the world and also called "the pearl of Central Asia". The fact is that 1 500 years ago local people thought that this lake is sacred. You will have the opportunity to see mountains from all four sides. Then we will drive to Bokonbaeva village. You will have the chance to meet with a local eagle-hunter. He will tell you more about eagles. They usually hunt hares, foxes and other small anumals. Then will be drive to the famous gorge of Jeti Oguz, Red Rocks where you can find the Broken Heart Mountain. Then we continue our way to Karakol town. Overnight is in a guesthouse.

Day 7: Karakol – Issyk Kul Lake northern shore – Chon Kemin
Be ready at 8 a.m. The guide will pick you. We will transger to Issyk Kul Lake along the northern shore. In this case you will have the opportunity to see whole lake from all sights. This is one of the most visited places in Kyrgyzstan and perfect for swimming. The perfect place for exploring the lake and find many entertainments. In the afternoon you will visit a small local museum and find handicraft, music instruments as well as artifacts. The night will be in a home stay in Chon Kemin village.

Day 8: Chon Kemin – Burana – Bishkek
We will have 3 hours of horse riding. Chon Kemin is one of the best natural parks of Kyrgyzstan. It is famous for mountains! Being there you will have the opportunity to ride horses as real nomads! Don’t miss this chance! Your route will go high in the mountains and mountain forest. There is an excellent chance to see the panorama view of the gorge! Afterwards you will be transferred to Bishkek city. Overnight will be in a hotel.

Day 9: Bishkek – Airport
In the morning is transfer to airport. 

02 pax – Mitsubishi Delica
04-10 pax – Mercedes Sprinter 

Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
      Bishkek – “Discovery” 3* or “Garden” 4*
      Kochkor – Homestay
      Son Kul – Yurts, “Nomad’s Dream” camp (4 pax in 1)
      Tash Rabat – Yurts (4 pax in 1)
      Karakol – “Karagat” Hotel 4* or “Green Yard” Guesthouse
      Chon Kemin – Homestay
- Entrances to all museums
- Horse riding in Chon Kemin
- Mineral water during the tour 

Service does not include:
- Meals
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide

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