Off-Road tours to Ala Archa, Song Kul and Suusamyr valley

Off-Road tours to Ala Archa, Song Kul and Suusamyr valley

Month: May - September 
Exploration of Song-Kul and Kyzyl-Oi by horseback riding. 
Visiting historical place – Burana Tower. 
Experience nomadic life and feel the hospitality of Kyrgyz families.


Level of comfort: medium

Level of physical training: medium


  • Exploration of Song-Kul and Kyzyl-Oi by horseback riding
  • Visiting historical place – Burana Tower
  • Experience nomadic life and feel the hospitality of Kyrgyz families

Route: Airport - Bishkek - Burana Tower - Song-Kul – Kyzyl Oi village (Suusamyr valley)– Bishkek - Airport


Day 1. “Manas” International airport – Bishkek

Arrival in international airport “Manas”, transfer to the hotel. Rest, lunch and city tour. 

Bishkek – is the capital and industrial center of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek is a city of wide avenues, handsome buildings, and Soviet heritage. The gesturing statue of Lenin can still be seen in the city’s vast central square, yet it is the permanently snowcapped Kyrgyz Ala-Tau mountain range which towers over Bishkek providing a quite stunning backdrop. 
We visit Manas Monument, the main national hero of the Kyrgyz people. Then excursion to the State History Museum and transfer to the main Ala Too Square to watch the ceremony of changing of the Guard of Honor, main governmental buildings, and finish at the Old Square with Parliament House. 
We drive to Victory Square to finish our excursion visiting ZUM department store for souvenirs.  

Meals:  Breakfast, lunch, dinner 


Day 2. Bishkek – Ala-Archa National Park - Bishkek

We drive to Ala-Archa National Park. It’s located in 40 km from Bishkek, which is a very popular area for having a picnic, trekking, horseback riding and making kebabs among Kyrgyz people. The national reserve is rich with great mountains, long rivers, pine forests growing on the slopes of the mountains and various fauna and flora. The main point is Ak-Sai waterfall (elevation is 2500m) cascades 25-30 meters down the hillside. The distance from the entrance to the waterfall is 2 hours. During the trekking, we can have a rest or have a picnic by enjoying good views of the canyon and Ala Archa river. Further, driving back to your hotel.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Lunch is near Ak-Sai waterfall (as a picnic)


Day 3. Bishkek - Burana Tower – Song-Kul lake

On our way, we will visit Burana tower, an 11th-century minaret which is one of Kyrgyzstan’s best known archaeological sites. Burana is also home to a museum of important archaeological pieces that tell the history of the Silk Road and Kyrgyzstan’s place on it. Lunch will be in one of the cafes in Kochkor city on the way to Song-Kul. After arriving at yurt camp we will go horseback riding to the hills to watch the panorama of the lake.


Accommodation: yurt camp (no shower, the toilet is outside)

Meals:  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Altitude: 3016m



Day 4. Song Kul

Time to horse riding!  After breakfast, we will start our horse riding accompanied by an owner of a yurt camp in an hour. In the first part of a day, we will be riding near the shore of the lake till the mausoleum of a Kyrgyz hero – Olzhobolot uulu Andash who proudly fought in the battle against the offensive of Kazakhs Kenensary and Noruzbay in 1847. The distance is 1.5 hour one way. After coming back to the yurt camp you and horses have time to have a rest.  After having lunch we will ride to the mountains and see a small nice waterfall there. The main thing is not the waterfall itself, but the stunning nature on the way to it. The way is quite long, you will have several times to have a rest and take beautiful pictures of nature. It takes 2-3 hours to get to the waterfall. Further, we will ride up to the hill on our way back to the yurt camp in order to see the amazing panorama of Song-Kul lake.


Accommodation: yurt camp (no shower, the toilet is outside)

Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner


Day 5. Song Kul - Kyzyl-Oi village

After breakfast, we drive to Kyzyl-Oi village. Kyzyl Oi is a unique village that was one of the few Kyrgyzstan silk road villages that existed pre-collectivization in the 1900s. Therefore, the village differs from other villages with the Central Asian flavor of its reddish clay houses. We will stay in a guesthouse and walk around the village to see the typical life of local people.

In the afternoon we go to the “Masar-Tash” sacred place. It is 2 km from the guesthouse. Staying there for 1-1.5 hours, further pass Chong-Suu valley within 3 hours where the yurt of a local family is. Lunch is in this local yurt. A nice local lady shows the process of milking a mare and making “Kymyz”, Kyrgyz national drink. Then, we return to the guesthouse by 17:00-17:30.

  Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner 


Day 6 Kyzyl-Oi village -Bishkek

Transfer Kyzyl-Oi-Bishkek. 

Suusamayr valley 

Too-Ashuu  pass 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner  


Day7 Home flight

Morning transfer from the hotel to the airport. Home flight.

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  • All transfer
  • A driver with a car
  • Accommodations: yurt camp, homestay
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, except lunches in cafes
  • Horses
  • Mountainous guides for accompanying during the horse riding. 
  • A tour guide