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Colours of Kyrgystan

Private Travel | General interest 10 Days & 8 Nights Lead-in price: £2925 Current prices from: £2925
Discover the spectacular landscapes of one of Central Asia’s most picturesque countries. From the white peaks of the Tien Shan mountain range and the deep-blue of Lake Issyk-Kul, to the striking red cliffs of Djety-Oguz and the green alpine meadows of Chon Kemin valley, this tour explores the country’s most colourful highlights and the nomadic lifestyle of some of its inhabitants.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Scenic boat ride on Lake Issyk-Kul, the second highest navigable lake in the world
  • Walk beneath the striking red sandstone cliffs of Djety-Oguz
  • Discover the prehistoric petroglyphs at Cholpon-Ata
  • Stay overnight in a yurt on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul
  • Learn about the ancient art of hunting with eagles


  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 236 337 1050 1864 2373 2882 3188 3086 2577 1763 1050 541
Min temp (C)(F) -916 -818 -130 643 1152 1559 1763 1559 1050 439 -130 -621
Sunshine hours 4 5 5 7 9 10 11 10 9 6 5 4
Daylight hours 9 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 261 281 482 632 602 351 171 100 141 392 412 321
Rainy Days 9 9 12 12 11 9 6 5 4 8 9 9
Humidity N N N N N L M M N N N N
UV 1/L 2/L 4/M 7/H 8/VH 10/VH 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L


  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) -719 -621 236 1152 1661 2068 2373 2272 1864 1050 134 -523
Min temp (C)(F) -19-2 -171 -916 -130 439 745 948 846 439 -228 -1014 -163
Sunshine hours 5 5 6 7 8 10 10 10 9 7 6 4
Daylight hours 9 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 90 100 191 351 512 562 602 532 371 251 171 110
Rainy Days 7 8 9 9 12 12 11 8 6 7 7 7
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L
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Discovery Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Bishkek

Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Bishkek, via Istanbul, with Turkish Airlines. (N)

Day 2: Bishkek

Early morning arrival. Transfer to the Orion Hotel Bishkek for 2 nights (including immediate occupancy). Afternoon sightseeing tour of Bishkek with a visit to Osh Bazaar. (B, L)

Day 3: Chon Kemin valley

Drive to Chon Kemin valley. On arrival, have lunch at a local guest house. This afternoon, walk through a village and enjoy panoramic views of the valley, where alpine meadows are surrounded by mountain peaks. There will be an opportunity to take a gentle hike within the Chon Kemin gorge. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Lake Issyk-Kul

Drive to the northern shore of Lake IssykKul, via Boom gorge. Visit the prehistoric petroglyphs that lie around the nearby town of Cholpon-Ata and stay overnight at the Karven Issyk-kul hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 5: Karakol

Take a boat ride on the lake then travel to a nearby gorge for a walk among the stunning scenery. In the afternoon, drive around the northern lake shore to Karakol, stopping en route at a museum dedicated to the great Russian explorer Nikolay Przhevalsky. Stay for 2 nights at the Green Yard Guest House (or similar). (B)

Day 6: Karakol

Travel to the Djety-Oguz gorge, known for the ‘Broken Heart’ and ‘Seven Bulls’ red rock formations. Return to Karakol to visit the wooden church and mosque. (B)

Day 7: Bokonbaevo village

Drive along the southern shores of Lake Issyk-Kul, stopping at several scenic viewpoints along the way. Stop at Fairy Tale canyon, where it is possible to take a hike (weather permitting). On arrival at Bokonbaevo village, visit a workshop and see a carpet making demonstration. Continue to the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul for an overnight stay in a yurt camp*. (B, D)

Day 8: Chonkurchak

This morning, meet a local eagle hunter to learn about this tradition followed by a show. Later, travel to Chonkurchak via Burana Tower, an ancient 24-metre minaret. Stay overnight at Supara Chunkurchak. (B, D)

Day 9: Bishkek

Day at leisure to relax in this green mountain setting or enjoy a walk through the pristine scenery. Drive back to Bishkek this afternoon and stay overnight at Orion Hotel Bishkek. (B)

Day 10: Fly to London

Morning transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Istanbul, with Turkish Airlines. (B)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information *Yurt camp

Please note that the yurt camp accommodation on day 7 is very basic and has shared bathroom facilities.

*Yurt camp

Please note that the yurt camp accommodation on day 7 is very basic and has shared bathroom facilities.

Single supplement

From £445pp.

Tailor-made travel

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Discovery private tour accommodation

  • Supara Chunkurchak
    Supara Chunkurchak

    The Supara Chunkurchak is a located in Alamedin about 15km from Ala-Archa National Park. Rooms are yurt-style and are staggered up in the mountain offering excellent views with steps to the rear, large windows, wooden floors with traditional Kyrgyzstan-style rugs and bed spreads. The rooms have showers only. Features: 29 rooms, restaurant, bar, sauna, terrace, garden, gym. Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, fridge, tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryer.

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  • Orion Hotel Bishkek
    Orion Hotel Bishkek

    The Orion Hotel Bishkek is situated in the business district on Erkindik Boulevard, a picturesque tree-lined road, a 15-minute walk from Ala-Too Square and the National Historical museum. Rooms are carpeted and furnished in rich reds and blues with gold trimmings and dark wood furniture and large floor to ceiling windows. The Symphony restaurant serves an extensive menu, featuring fresh and seasonal produce with a European influence, the Grand Terrace on the second floor offers light breakfast, snacks, wine and cocktails whilst the Pishpek bar provides an extensive spirits menu, cocktails and cigars. Features: 84 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, terrace, gym, spa, indoor swimming pool, Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, media hub, remote controlled lighting and curtains, tea & coffee making facilities, minibar, safe, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

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  • Karven Issyk-Kul Hotel
    Karven Issyk-Kul Hotel

    The Karven Issyk-Kul Hotel is located about 20km from the centre of Cholpon-Ata, on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul and has its own stretch of private beach with umbrellas, sun loungers and a beach bar. Features: 45 rooms, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, gym, games room. Room amenities: Cable television, minibar, safe, Wi-Fi.

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  • Green Yard Guest House
    Green Yard Guest House

    The Green Yard Guest House in Karakol is a small, friendly, family-run property. The rooms are simply furnished and all offer en suite facilities. The guest house comprises of two houses, each one has a communal dining area where breakfast is served while other meals can be ordered in advance. The property is located off an unmade road, so vehicle access is limited to cars only. Larger buses must stop at the main street and it will be necessary to walk a short distance to the property. Features: 16 rooms, dining room, bar, picnic area, sun terrace, barbecue facilities, garden, steam room, sauna, massage facilities. Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, hairdryer, heated bathroom floors, Wi-Fi.

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  • Ashu Guesthouse
    Ashu Guesthouse

    The Ashu family-run guesthouse is set amid the Chon Kemin valley in its own large gardens within the Bystrovka village. The valley is perfect for hiking, horse riding and fishing, and provides local produce used in the guesthouse's home cooked food, served in the dining room or on the terrace overlooking the wonderful valley. The rooms are furnished and decorated in Kyrgyz style with locally made handicrafts, hand-carved wood and colourful embroideries, and are all en suite, if a little compact. Features: 40 rooms; large dining room with fireplace; Wi-Fi; table tennis; karaoke. Room amenities: En suite bathroom; heating;

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  • Almaluu Yurts
    Almaluu Yurts

    Almaluu Yurts A yurt is the home of the nomads of Central Asia. One of its special features is its round shape, which not only provides optimal wind resistance but also peace and security. The individual components are made exclusively from high-quality, natural raw materials. The base material is wood, the concertina is soffit, and roof poles are made of wood. The floor is just like the yurt walls and roof, insulated by felt as in the old tradition. The door of the yurt is covered with felt and decorated with typical Kyrgyz ornaments. There are no beds, just mattresses, and no chairs, just matting, so you can live like the nomads; however, there will be enough provided to sleep and sit in relative comfort. The yurt village in the Bokonbaevo is located in close proximity to the legendary Issyk-Kul lake. Issyk-Kul is the second-largest lake in the world and is situated ...

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £2925 per person

High season from £3095 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.


Destinations on this tour

  • Bishkek

    The capital of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek is a green, tree-lined city locate...

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  • Issyk-Kul

    Issyk-Kul lake is situated in the northern Tien Shan mountains in north-wester...

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  • Bishkek

    The capital of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek is a green, tree-lined city locate...

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  • Karakol

    The small town of Karakol is located at the eastern end of Lake Issyk- Kul and...

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