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Photo tour "Five Lakes" Southern Kyrgyzstan

Day 1. Bishkek city - Toktogul water reservoir (330 km)

Meeting with the group.

Leaving Bishkek city for Toktogul water reservoir.

Lunch picnic en route.

Accommodation in a hotel (very basic).Dinner and overnight.

Day 2. Toktogul water reservoir - Burana canyon (150 km)

Sunrise shooting of Toktogul water reservoir. Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Kara Djygach village in Djalal Abad oblast (region). Sunset shooting. Return to the camp. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3. Burana canyon - Sary Chelek Nature Reserve (90 km)

Sunrise shooting, breakfast, Gathering the camp and drive to Sary Chelek Nature Reserve. Lunch picnic en route. Setting our tents at the higher lake.

Sunset shooting. Dinner overnight in the camp.

Day 4. Sary Chelek Nature Reserve

Sunrise shooting at the higher lake. Breakfast and packing. Transfer by boat to the Northern shore of Sary Chelek lake. Setting the camp, lunch. Sunset shooting from the view point. Return to the camp for dinner. Overnight in the tents.

Day 5. Sary Chelek Nature Reserve –Chichka gorge (300 km)

Sunrise shooting. Return to the camp for breakfast and packing. Return by the boat to the Southern shore. Transfer to Chichkan gorge.

Accommodation and dinner in the hotel.

Day 6. Chichkan gorge - Son Kul Lake (310 km)

After breakfast we leave for Son Kul lake.

Lunch picnic en route.

Arrival to Son Kul lake. If we get before sunset we take pictures from the view point at petroglyphs.

Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.

Day 7. Son Kul lake

Early morning wake up. Transfer to the viewpoint for sunrise shooting. Return to the camp and breakfast. Rest until noon and lunch. Later we go to watch the horse games of the nomads. They demonstrate “Kok Boru” or “goat tearing” game. It is very popular in Central Asia.

Return to the camp. At 6 pm we drive to the view point (on the big bridge) for sunset shooting. Return to the camp. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.

Day 8. Son Kul lake - Kara Koyun gorge (260 km)

Wake up at 8 am. Packing and departure to the yurt camp in Kara Koyun gorge near Tash Rabat Caravanserai (7 km). After lunch and rest in the afternoon we head into the mountains where we take pictures of the petroglyphs, rock drawings, and Ak-Tash range. Sunset shooting at Ak-Tash. Return to the camp at about 9pm. Dinner and sauna. Overnight in the yurt camp.

Day 9. Tash Rabat Caravanserai – Tash Rabat pass – Chatyr Kul lake (12 km)

Wake up at 7 am, breakfast and transfer to Tash Rabat caravanserai.

Tash Rabat is build of stone and located on the bank of Tash Rabat river which is a tributary of Kara Koyun river. It lies at higher than 3500m above sea level.

Return to the tent camp, dinner and overnight.

Day 10. Chatyr Kul lake – Tash Rabat pass – Tash Rabat Caravanserai - Kara Koyun gorge (12 km)

Wake up before sunset. We take horses and ride up to the pass again. We are planning to take photos of Chatyr Kul lake at morning light.

Chatyr Kul lake is located in Aksai valley close to Chinese border at 3500m above sea level. Its depth is 16,5 meters. The lake is the winter stay for several wild bird species, though there is no fish in the lake.

Return to the camp, breakfast, packing and return to the yurt camp. Arrival to the yurt camp, dinner and sauna. Overnight in the yurt camp.

Day 11. Kara Koyun gorge

Late wake up, breakfast and rest after the hike on the previous day. Lunch at 1 pm. Short rest and an easy hike along the big circle to a cave and wonderful views over Ak Tash rocks. Today we are going to photograph them at sunset from the other side of the gorge.

Return to the yurt camp, dinner and sauna. Overnight in the yurt camp.

Day 12. Kara Koyun gorge – Eki Naryn (170 km)

Wake up at 8am, breakfast, packing and departure for Naryn town. Lunch in a local cafe. Dinner (snacks and hot tea boiled on a gas burner). Overnight in tents.

Day 13. Eki Naryn - Bishkek city (400 km)

Sunrise shooting on Naryn river bank. Gathering the camp and transfer to Naryn town for breakfast. Lunch in Kochkor village. Demonstration of felt making. Departure for Bishkek city.

Farewell dinner in Bishkek city.

Day 14. Bishkek city –airport (30 km)

Breakfast in the hotel.

Transfer to the airport.

Country: Kyrgyzstan
Food: Included
Transfer: Included
Airport: pick up
Registered Member of Tourism board of: ltd
Testimonials (Website,TripAdvisor, etc.): Yes
Link to reviews: http://www.ak-sai.com/en/Fixed-departure-dates/photo-tour-five-lakes
Guide Languages:
English
German
French
Spanish
Experience Level: Moderate
Tour operator name: Ak-Sai Travel
Min group size: 6
Max group size: 6
Duration: 14
Provided Accommodation: Tent and Hostel/Hotel
Included in service: * Accommodation – 13 nights *Felt making demonstration * Meals – Full board (B – 13, L – 13, D – 13) *master classes and workshops * Transport per program
Not included in Service: tbd
Recommended Season:
Spring
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Guaranteed departure dates: 07/08-14/08/2016
Terms and Conditions: The cost for package not include:* Personal expenses * Airfares * Tips and gratitude * Alcohol drinks * Souvenirs * Visa and visa support if required
Listing created Feb 29, 2016

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