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Tulip tour in the Tien Shan mountains

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Tour itinerary: Bishkek –Kashkasu ski base – Ala Archa Natural park - Salty gorge – Bishkek – Sary Chelek Natural reserve – Talas – Besh Tash gorge - Bishkek
Season: 20th of April - 5th of May
Days: 9Nights: 8
Price: By request
Tour description:

Everybody knows that Holland is Tulip state, but native land of Tulips is Kyrgyzstan. Here you can find more than twenty-two types of tulips, eight of which are very rare. 

So we start hunting for Tulips and invite you to join us!

Day 1
Bishkek  – Kashkasu ski base – Archaly hills – Ala Archa

Upon arrival at “Manas” airport transfer to Bishkek. Rest time, then transfer to the national park Ala Archa.
Ala Archa National Park is located in a picturesque gorge of Ala Archa 40 km from Bishkek. It is a popular place for hiking, skiing and mountaineering including trips to more than 20 glaciers. It covers an area of 200 square km. mostly forested valleys, waterfalls and rivers rich in trout. The altitude of ranges varies from 1500m to the highest point 4895m. Several rare species of fauna and especially traditionally revered juniper trees are under protection in the Natural Park.
Lunch barbeque in the park. Transfer to the ski base Kashka Suu. Accommodation in the cottages. After a short rest and an introduction lecture from our mountain expert we spread out in search of tulips. Drive to Archaly hills and find here Zinaida tulips.
Dinner and overnight in the cottages at the ski base.

Day 2
Kashkasu ski base  – Salty gorge - Bishkek


In the morning drive to so called Salty gorge and hunt for tulips. The gorge has got its name from the salt that can be seen very brightly on the contrasting red clay slopes.
Then lunch time. Dinner in a local café en route.
In the evening drive to Bishkek, visiting botanical garden to see some rare tulips.
Dinner in a local restaurant.
Overnight in a hotel in Bishkek. 

Day 3
Bishkek  – Sary Chelek Lake


For the whole day transfer to the most beautiful place in Kyrgyzstan – Sary Chelek Lakes area. It is a Natural park there and the gorge is rich in different flowers including tulips. On the way several stops – at Tua Ashuu pass to have a picturesque view over Suusamyr and Chu valleys; at Toktogul water reservoir (the biggest in Kyrgyzstan) and Toktogul hydropower station; at Naryn River and so on.
Lunch in a café en route in the Chychkan gorge. Arrival at the village Arkit in the evening.
Dinner in a local family house, overnight in houses of local families houses (CBT houses).

Day 4
Sary Chelek Lake


Full day hiking in the park and tulip hunting. Lunch picnic in the park.
Dinner in a local family house, overnight in the houses of local families houses (CBT houses).

Day 5
Sary Chelek Lake – Talas town


Morning drive to Talas region. The road takes all day. Upon arrival stop at the houses of local families (CBT houses or home stay).
Talas is a little-known town in a valley of the same name. It is cut off from the rest of Kyrgyzstan by mountain ranges.
This region is known as the Land of Manas, reputedly the birthplace of the legendary hero, and is home to his mausoleum a few kilometres outside the city itself. Watching the Gumbez of Manas (legendary hero of the Kyrgyz people).
Lunch in a café en route.
Dinner and overnight in the houses of local families.

Day 6
Talas town – Besh Tash gorge


In the morning transfer to Besh Tash gorge near Talas town and all day tulips hunt.
To the south from Talas town, lies the valley of Besh Tash (from the Kyrgyz language «five stones»). The road climbs up and follows the Besh Tash River to the height of 2997 metersabove sea level, where some mountain lakes are situated. Constantly changing, wild, spectacular mountain scenery and the fact that you are unlikely to meet other foreigners make this an interesting venue for everybody.
Lunch picnic in the gorge.
Dinner and overnight in the houses of locals.

Day 7
Talas town – Southern  slopes of Kyrgyz range of the Tien Shan Mountains


We spend all day tulip hunting on the Southern slopes of Kyrgyz Ala Too (one of the ranges of Tien Shan Mountains). Lunch picnic en route. Dinner and overnight in the local houses.

Day 8
Talas – Bishkek


In the morning driving to Bishkek. Lunch in a local café.
Dinner in a local restaurant with folklore performance. The musicians in traditional Kyrgyz costumes present you a wide range of national musical instruments – starting from Komuz (a thre- stringed wooden musical instrument)  to Chopo Choi (wind instrument made of mountain reed ). You will hear the fascinating singing of young Kyrgyz ladies and men.
Overnight in the hotel of Bishkek.

Day 9


Start city tour with visiting Manas Monument, the main national hero of the Kyrgyz people. Then excursion to the State History Museum and walking tour around main Ala Too Square to watch ceremony of changing of the Guard of Honor, main governmental buildings, and finish at the Old Square with Parliament House and Lenin Statue. Transfer to the Victory Square to finish the city tour by short excursion there.
Lunch in a local café. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the international airport Manas for your back flight home.
End of the tour.






Ak Keme / Asia Mountains

Archaly hills


village Arkit

Guest house

Sary Chelek Lake

Guest house


Guest house

Besh Tash

Guest house

Ala Too

Guest house



Prices are available by request. In the case of interest and further reservation, please contact us by e-mail:

Tour Price includes:

- Hotel accommodation in double / twin sharing rooms with breakfasts;
- Entrance fees to the monuments and museums as specified in the program ;
- Full transportation service and all transfers on vehicles with a/c
- Escort-guide for the entire tour;
- Visa invitation letters

Tour Price does not include:

- Air tickets for international flights;
- Fees for the use of photo and video cameras at the monuments;
- Meals (lunches and dinners).


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