Kyrgyz Fairytale

Unforgettable journey!

Explore the winter beauty of Kyrgyzstan's Terskey Ala-Too mountains on this loop tour around Issyk-Kol lake. Enjoy short hikes through red-rock canyons above the deep shimmering blue waters of Issyk Kol, explore idyllic wintry villages surrounded by forested slopes (with options to extend the tour for snowshoe hikes or ski days), sleep in a heated yurt tent high in the mountains underneath an unimaginably starry sky, and paddle a kayak across the still waters of Karakol Bay towards a horizon of snow-capped peaks. For keen photographers and travellers who want to see Kyrgyzstan in a new light, this tour is the perfect option to experience it all in short order. 

Tour Highlights:

  • Combine unique cultural experiences and beautiful mountain landscapes with trips to local hot springs and rarely-visited viewpoints. 
  • Experience the diversity of the Issyk-Kol region's landscapes, from snowy pine forests to ruddy deserts and everything in between.
  • Pack in the highlights of Issyk-Kol in the off-season, visiting all the most famous sites and scenery of the area with hardly another visitor in sight.

*Vegetarian menus are available upon request. Please inform of food allergies at the time of booking.

Kyrgyz Fairytale

5 days  | Groups from 2 people

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


Upon request (year-round)


5 days

Meeting point

Bishkek city, Bublik coffee shop (Toktogula 75/1)

Ideal choice for families

Perfect for all ages and skill level


English, Russian


Rain or shine.

Minimum Group Size

2 people

Maximum Group Size

10 people (or upon special request)

What is included:

- Food during the tour (*Except as noted in itinerary)
- Transportation
- Accommodation
- Cultural and outdoor activities
- Karakol Nature Reserve fees

NOT included:

Any expenses not included in the itinerary

Tour Itinerary

The group meets at the Bublik coffee shop (Toktogula 75/1) at 8:00 for a joint breakfast, acquaintance and discussion of the program. After having breakfast (everyone pays for their own breakfast), we leave for an adventure. We drive for about 2 hours and arrive at the Kok-Moinok canyons, the canyon is located in the Boom gorge, it is not large, but very picturesque and great for photographing and walking. After lunch at the Food Zone cafe and drive to the Orto-Tokoi reservoir, closer to sunset we visit the Ak-Sai canyons (the canyons also have a different name, we called the Forgotten Rivers Canyon with the famous photographer from Holland Albert Dros) we meet the sunset on the shore of Lake Issyk- Kul and move to a family guest house in Bokonbaevo, where a wonderful dinner will be provided for us.
Meals: Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: 2-3 people per room
In the morning, a 30-minute drive to the Shatyly gorge and a half-hour light walk for a panoramic view of the beautiful Issyk-Kul lake, Mars canyon and the opposite Kungei Ala-Too ridge. After moving to the Mars gorge, where the participants will be presented with the golden eagle show by the famous hunter with the eagle Ruslan, the participants will be given the opportunity to take a picture with the eagle as a souvenir, after a walk along the canyon and transfer to a winter fairy tale in the Jety-Oguz gorge, where we are accommodated and have dinner in a yurt camp.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: 3-4 people in one yurt
Morning walk along the snow-covered Jeti-Oguz gorge and transfer to Lake Issyk-Kul, where we meet with Sergei's team, instruct us on how to behave during kayaking on the water, put on life jackets and begin our exciting sailing along Mikhailovsky Bay. After moving to Karakol, accommodation at the Green Yard hotel and dinner with a Dungan family, where we will be provided with a delicious Hogo dinner and at the end you will find a story about the Dungan ethnic group.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch (lunch boxes) and dinner
Accommodation: 2 people in one room
We will devote this day to the most important attraction of the city, the Karakol ski base. We leave in the morning to the base and ride all day, skis are not included in the price, everyone can take their own on a tour or rent at the base upon arrival. Evening swimming in the hot springs Ak-Suu Kench. Dinner and overnight at the Green Yard Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner. Everyone dines on their own at the base, there are many cafes and restaurants for every taste or take snacks with you.
Accommodation: 2 people in one room
A quick city tour of the main attractions of the city, Dungan Mosque and Holy Trinity Church. Moving from Karakol to Bishkek along the northern shore, on the way we will climb the mountain in the Bulan-Sogotuu region to once again admire the beauty of our beautiful mountain lake Issyk-Kul. We will have lunch at the Barashek restaurant in Cholpon-Ata and direct transfer to Bishkek. We deliver each participant to their homes within the city of Bishkek.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: not included in the price

*NOTE: The itinerary will be adjusted according to the season and is confirmed at time of request/booking. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any question you might have.


All prices are subject to change without prior notice due to currency fluctuation, fuel prices and/or unforeseen economic circumstances.

Price for a group tour of 4 people

  • Price - 27,000 som per person.

Prices for an individual and private tour:

  • 2 person - 79560 som
  • 4 person - 110520 som
  • 6 person - 185880 som (2 cars)
  • 8 person - 216840 som (2 cars)
  • 10 person - 247800 som (2 cars)

Price include:

  • Meals (except for some points indicated in the program)
  • Transport on four-wheel drive cars Toyota Sequoia
  • Accommodation 4 nights in a guesthouse, yurt camp and Green Yard hotel
  • Hogo Dungan Dinner
  • Ak-Suu Kench hot springs
  • Guided kayaking and all the equipment you need
  • Payment to Karakol National Park

Price not include:

  • Skis and ski pass at the ski base
  • Breakfast and dinner in Bishkek, lunch at the Karakol base
  • Other non-program related expenses

What you should bring: warm winter clothes + ski suit, hat, gloves, sunscreen and glasses, slippers, swimsuit, towel, bathroom accessories, flashlight).