The Sacred Places in Kyrgyzstan 11 days

The Holy Mountain “Suleiman Too” in Osh is perhaps the most significant, and almost certainly the best-known religious pilgrimage site in Central Asia. In 2009, it was the first mountain to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. In no other single place of Central Asia, you can find such a concentration of sacred sights; that people are visiting. People are uttering a prayer to have children, being healthy and wish for happiness from God, on the top of the Mountain. Suleiman Too, is also well known for being Central Asian Hajj destination for Muslim pilgrims before going to Mecca.

 

The Valley of Sacred Springs of Manzhyl-Ata is located on the southern shore of Issyk-Kul lake. The name Manzhyl-Ata comes from the name of the visionary, who spread Islam among the local population. There are 8 sacred willows here, near which those miraculous springs are sheltered: 12 springs. Each spring has its own name and unique properties. Mineral deposits and underground waters give the area a unique energy, completing the miraculous image of the valley.

Today, pilgrimages enjoy the pure healing water - all this can be done in the wonderful Manzhyl-Ata valley.

Useful information

Season: June-September

Duration: 10 nights/11 days

Type of tour: Special tours

Height: 3500 m

Accommodation: Hotel/Yurts/LH

Visas: Visas for UK and EU citizens are not required.

Visa information: www.mfa.gov.kg

Air carrier: TK

Currency: Som (KGS)

Time difference: GMT/UTC +4, +5;

ITINERARY

Day 1. DAY OF ARRIVAL. BISHKEK

Meet the group at the “Manas” International Airport. Transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon city tour: Central square Ala-Too, a monument to the legendary national hero Manas. Walk through the Oak Park. Visit to the Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 BISHKEK-ALA ARCHA-OSH

Breakfast. Drive to Ala-Archa National Park. Easy walk and picnic. Return to Bishkek. In the evening transfer to the airport for the Flight to Osh (second largest city of Kyrgyzstan). Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 OSH-SHAKH FASIL

Breakfast. Visit sacred "Suleiman-Too". The mountain was once a main place of pilgrimage for Muslim and other believers. According to UNESCO, this place is the best example of a sacred mountain in Central Asia, which has been revered for thousands of years. The site is still a popular place among local Muslim pilgrims. If you follow the stairs to the highest point, you will find a mosque founded by Babur in 1510. Afterwards departure to the waterfall Abschir-Sai. Overnight in the guesthouse.

 Day 4 SHAKH FASIL-KAZARMAN

Breakfast. Departure to Zhalalabad. Visit to the Safed, Bulan and Shah Fasil Mausoleum. Continue to Kazarman. Overnight stay in a local house.

 Day 5 KAZARMAN-SON-KUL  

Breakfast. Departure to the pearl of Kyrgyzstan - Lake Son-Kul. Lake Son-Kul lies at an altitude of 3,016 meters above sea level. Overnight in the traditional nomadic yurts.

 Day 6 SON-KUL-TASH-RABAT

Breakfast. Horse riding around the Son Kul lake. Afternoon departure to Tash-Rabat, a well-preserved  15th century caravanserai in the At Bashy district of Naryn Province. Tash-Rabat is located at an altitude of 3,000 meters. In the south is the Chatyr-Kul Lake and the Torugart Pass. In the north Koshoy Korgon, a castle ruin of unknown age. The area is a popular destination for hiking and horse riding. Afterwards dinner and overnight in a yurt camp.

 

Day 7 TASH-RABAT-TAMGA

Breakfast. Departure to Tamga. The village is located on the southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. Drive along the southern side of Issyk-Kul Lake. Visit of the holy place Manzhyl-Ata. Overnight stay in the guesthouse.

 

Day 8 TAMGA-KARAKOL

Breakfast. Departure to Karakol. On the way excursion in Jeti-Oguz gorge. Easy hike. After arrival in Karakol, city tour: Dungan Mosque, Russian Orthodox Church. Visit to the museum of the famous Traveller M.V. Prejvalskiy. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 9 KARAKOL-TUP-CHOLPON-ATA

Breakfast. Departure to Cholpon-Ata, stop in the village of Tup. Visit St. Matthew relics. Upon arrival in Cholpon-Ata, visit the petroglyph an open-air museum. Boat cruise at Issyk-Kul Lake. Overnight stay in the guesthouse.

 

Day 10 CHOLPON-ATA-BISHKEK

Breakfast. Departure for Bishkek via Tokmok. Visit the ruins of Ak-Beshim and the Burana Tower. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11. DEPARTURE DAY

Transfer to the airport. See the group off.

 

***At Son-Kul Lake and in Tash-Rabat temperatures can reach freezing even in summer, so it is recommended to bring warm clothes.