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Too much work? Busy in Almaty? Take a break and join this relaxed 5 -day tour!
This tour combines relaxation with culture. Swimming in the Issyk-Kul Lake and enjoying the hot mineral and thermal springs are part of the programme. These springs are a paradise for body and mind. We depart from Almaty Friday after lunch. The way there takes us from Almaty through the mountains via Kegen to Tyup, at the Issyk-Kul Lake. We drive through the impressive Ten-Shan mountains, with both snowy peaks as lush meadows with flocks of sheep and their shepherds, to the Bel-Zhan yurt lodge in Grigorievka, on the North coast of the Lake.
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On day two we make a tour by kayak on the Issyk-Kulmeer. The deafening silence and the vast water surface immediately gives a sense of calm and tranquillity. Along the way we stop n a number of times at an idyllic beach, for tea or coffee and lunch. At the end of the tour, a minibus will pick us up and drive to Bel-Zhan, where the meal is prepared for us by a local cook. As an alternative to kayaking, we offer mountain bikes , that you can use to drive to the lake or the Grigorievka Gorge.
Day three is an active day out in the mountains. There is a choice between horseback riding or hiking. Both options combined with a picnic and fishing in the mountain river. Yiu are introduced to the life and culture of the nomads in Kyrgyzstan. During the horseback ride or walk through the Kurumdu Gorge, there is enough time to enjoy the beautiful nature.
Day four is relaxing in the hot springs of Ürüktü, , 20 minutes drive from Bel-Zhan, combined with a visit to the nearby beach.
In the evening, there is again a freshly prepared meal at Bel-Zhan. The last day the return trip to Almaty via Bishkek is schedules, with a visit to the open-air museum with the petroglyphs in Cholpon-Ata or shopping at the local market.
☼ Day 1 – Transport per minibus Almaty-Kegen-Grigorevka (total 5 hour drive)
☼ Day 2 – Kayaking on the Issyk-Kulmeer *, overnight stay in a luxury yurt at Bel-Zhan
☼ Day 3 – Horse riding, fishing and picnic in Korumdu **
☼ Day 4 – Excursion to the hot springs of Ürüktü and Issyk-Kul Beach
* Optional: mountain biking to the Lake/in the Gorge
** Optional: mountain hike, fishing and picnic
Available between 15 May and 15 September