High Passes of Kyrgyzstan

A trip that lasts a lifetime!

This tour is designed for self-drivers on SUV with technical support and staff (guide, cook and mechanic). This tour passes through the picturesque and rough places, that’s why tourists should have 3 years of driving experience and be at the age over 25 years. Provided cars are insured.

Tour Highlights:

  • Off-Road tour in Kyrgyzstan
  • Self driving possibility
  • Cross high pass around 4000 m
  • See Khan-Tengri peak 7000 m if the weather is clear
  • Visit Kel-Suu and Son-Kol lakes
  • Enjoy the scenic views

High Passes of Kyrgyzstan

11 days | July - October

Visit Karakol

This tour is offered by Visit Karakol Tour Company. As a member of Destination Karakol, this business is actively invested in promoting tourism and community development in Karakol and the surrounding region.

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Tour Details


July - October 


11 days

Meeting point

Bishkek city, Manas airport

Good for

Adults and families 


English, Russian


Rain or shine.


  • Transport 4x4
  • Meal
  • Accommodation
  • English speaking guide
  • Payment for national parks
  • Border permits

What Others Say About This Tour

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Tour Itinerary

Meeting at Manas airport. At the airport after signing the agreement with car rental agencies and paying the insurance, you will be be given the documents and keys of the car. Right after receiving the cars, we start our journey to Kashka-Suu valley with further proceeding to Chunkurchak valley. Picturesque valleys are in 45 km from Bishkek. We will reach the Supara 2 restaurant, have lunch and walk around. After lunch, we will move to Kara-Bulak hotel complex, which is at the altitude of 1800 m. Accommodation and dinner in Kara-Bulak hotel. 
We set off on a long journey to Kyzyl-Oi village through the beautiful Too-Ashu pass. The Too-Ashuu pass is a majestic place, which is 135 km away from Bishkek and lies at the altitude of 3400 meters above the sea level and on the way to Son-Kul lake. The road connects the north and south capitals. This place has amazing landscapes, which will take your breath away. After we proceed to Suusamyr valley, which is between Kyrgyz and Talas Ala-too ranges. The Suusamyr valley is located on the altitude of 2000-3200m and its length is 155 km. Suusamyr is one of the best grasslands in Kyrgyzstan.  Accommodation and dinner in CBT guest house in Kyzyl-Oi village. 
Morning departure to Son-Kul lake. It lies at an altitude of 3016 m, it is the second largest lake after Issyk Kul Lake, and the largest fresh water lake in Kyrgyzstan. Son-Kul is surrounded by a broad summer pasture and then mountains. Accommodation and dinner in yurt camp at Son-kul lake. Demonstration of national equestrian games Kok-Boru, Kyz-Kumai and Tyiyn-Enmei. 
Our next point is Tash Rabat, it is a well-preserved 15th century stone caravanserai. We will get there through picturesque Moldo-Ashu 3343m, Mels passes and few amazing valleys. Further moving to Naryn town, accommodation and dinner at hotel «Khan-Tengri/Celestial mountains».
We are moving early in the morning to the magic and mysterious lake Kel-Suu located at 3500 m elevation in the Tian Shan Mountains, probably most beautiful and scenic place in Kyrgyzstan. In these places, you can see big number of yaks, beautiful landscapes, Mountain Rivers, high mountains and glaciers.Kel-Suu lake is surrounded by steep cliffs on every side with a lots of caves, pits and small stone islands. If the water level in river are too high to pass via SUV (vehicle), we will cross-river on horses.Walking to the lake and feeling the majesty of this place. Moving back to Naryn, driving back to Naryn taking around same 5 hours and the scenery is stunning all the way with lovely marmots running on hills. Dinner and accommodation at hotel «Khan-Tengri/Celestial mountains».
We will have an exciting off road tour by highland road, which connects Issyk-Kul and Naryn regions. On the way, we will pass through Tosor pass, which is located on Terskey-Ala-Too range at altitude 3893m, where amazing view on Issyk-kul lake opens. Tosor pass is difficult enough for passing, steep descent and stony snowy pathways. On arrival main highway we will move to to Tamga village accommodation and dinner in family guest house.
Next point is Djety-Oguz valley. We will visit main local attractions, Broken heart, Seven bulls, brief walking in Djety-Oguz Canyon, which looks like small Grand Canyon. Further, we will proceed by cars to Kok-Jayik valley and then walking to the waterfall which name is Lady’s Plat (40 min). After lunch we will proceed deeper to Yrdyk valley, we will pass through grazing animals and we will see nomad way of life. Reaching Karakol town and enjoying with folk show of local group Azem, who will sing national songs with playing on national instruments. Accommodation and dinner in hotel Green Yard/Amir/Altamira/Tagaytay/Argo. 
Moving to Chon-Ashuu pass 3822m, further to Sary-Jaz valley and Karkara. This tour is perfect for people who would like to see High summits and wild nature of Tian-Shan Mountains, beautiful landscapes and pristine nature. Unique possibility to take perfect photo shoots for photographers. On the way, we will visit the Ak-Chunkur cave (which means «white hole») which is on the height of 3150m in 7 km to the east from Echkili-Tash. You can see many snow peaks of Sary-Jaz range and summit of famous Khan-Tengri peak (7010) in clear weather. We will visit Tamerlane’s stones after, not far from Santash village, there are kurgans and remains of the Caravanserais, where the Tamerlane’s troop used to pass. Return back to Karakol through Basharin pass. Accommodation and dinner at a hotel. 
On the way to Cholpon-Ata along the north shore of Issyk-kul lake we will visit Semenov gorge with further proceeding to Grigoriyev gorge and short trekking to small mountain Holy lake. On arrival to Cholpon-Ata accommodation and dinner in hotel. 
After breakfast we set off to Bishkek. On arrival to Bishkek – lunch in popular national café named Faiza, accommodation in hotel Asia mountains/Green city/Deluxe hotel. A brief town sightseeing and return cars. Festive dinner in traditional Kyrgyz style restaurant Supara. 
Meeting in the hotel. Transfer to the airport Manas. Finish of service. 

*NOTE: In addition you need to deposit 500 $ to the car rental company, in case of detection of small defects on the car obtained during the tour, the amount of money proportionate to the amount of maintenance will be deducted. In case of absence of defects, the full sum will be returned. In case of serious damage of the car due to your incorrect actions and other circumstances which caused serious damage or complete unsuitability of the car, you will need to pay additional $ 1,000 , the rest expenses will be covered by insurance company. At least 3 years of driving experience and age over 25 years is required.

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