KAZAKHSTAN, KYRGYZSTAN AND CHINA 19 DAYS

Kazakhstan is a unique Land with particular climate and nature. We visit the largest and most famous National Park “Altyn Emel”, which is located in the desert and mountainous areas of Almaty Province. Onwards, a unique complex of true rock art masterpiece with impressive "sun-headed" images of dancing and praying people in Tanbaly Petroglyphs, listed in UNESCO World Heritage.

 

Our next destination. Kyrgyzstan is a land of gorgeous mountainous landscape. We visit the best favored places; including national park Ala-Archa, Issuk-Kul Lake-pearl of Central Asia, Son-Kul lake- heart of Tien-Shan Mountains, dramatic scenery of Karkyra summer pasture, astonishing gorges and peaks, as well as heritage of the Great Silk Road ancient Caravanserai Tash-Rabat. 

Xinjiang Province of China is mysterious and amazing scenery Land. We will be in the most popular destinations, such as; Kashgar, Urumqi and Turpan. Once upon a time, these cities were main centers in ancient Silk Road. Geographical position of Xinjiang represent amazing nature views; deserts, mountains, lakes and rivers.

Useful Information

Season: June - September

Duration: 18 nights / 19 days

Type of tour: Cultural tours

Height: 3500 m

Accommodation: Hotel/GH/Yurt/tent

Visas: In Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, visas for UK citizens for are not required.

Visa information for China, please visit: www.fmprc.gov.cn

Air carrier: TK, KC

Currency: Tenge (KZT); Som (KZS); Yuan(CNY)

Time difference: GMT / UTC +4; +5

ITINERARY

ITINERARY:

Day 1 ARRIVAL DAY. ALMATY AIRPORT

Meet the group at Almaty airport from evening TK flight. Transfer

to the hotel.

Day 2 ALMATY - ALTYN-EMEL

After breakfast, drive to Altyn-Emel National Park. Lunch en route. Upon

arrival free walking around the park. Dinner and overnight in

guesthouse.

Day 3 ALTYN-EMEL - ALMATY

AM excursion to Altyn Emel. PM drive to Almaty. Dinner at local

restaurant. Overnight at the hotel

Day 4 ALMATY - TANBALY - BISHKEK

After breakfast, excursion to Almaty. Visit Panfilov Park, Zenkov

Cathedral, Museum of Musical Instruments.

Drive to Tanbaly. Lunch en route. Continue to Bishkek.

Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 BISHKEK - ALA-ARCHA

After breakfast, CSS of Bishkek: Ala-Too Square, Panfilov Park,

Victory Square, Fine Arts Museum and Osh bazaar. Lunch at local

restaurant. After lunch, drive to Ala-Archa National Nature Park.

Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 BISHKEK - ISSYK-KUL LAKE

After breakfast, drive to Issyk-Kul Lake - the 2nd largest mountain

lake in the world (northern shore). En route, visit Burana Tower of

X-XI Century and have a lunch at local restaurant. Upon arrival

free time for walking. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 CHOLPON-ATA - KARKYRA

After breakfast visit open-air museum of petroglyphs and boat cruise

(opt). Then drive to Karkyra. Dinner and overnight in base camp.

Day 8 KARKYRA

Full day in Karkyra. After breakfast we fly to Base camp under

Khan-Tengri Peak. Lunch in BC, after lunch short hiking around

camp, return to Karkyra BC, dinner and overnight.

Day 9 KARKYRA - DJETY-OGUZ - KARAKOL

After breakfast, drive to Karakol. En route visit Djety-Oguz

gorge. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch CSS: visit Dungan

Mosque, Orthodox Church and Prjevalskii Museum. Dinner at local

restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 KARAKOL - BARSKOON - KOCHKOR

After breakfast, drive to Kochkor via Southern shore of Issyk-Kul lake.

En route visit Barskoon waterfall. Lunch en route. Dinner and

overnight at the guest house.

Day 11 KOCHKOR - SON-KUL LAKE

After breakfast, drive to Son-kul lake. Upon arrival have a lunch.

After lunch eagle hunting show. Dinner and overnight in yurts.

Day 12 SONKUL - TASH-RABAT

After breakfast, drive to Tash-Rabat via Naryn. Lunch en route.

Upon arrival visit Tash-Rabat caravan sarai. Dinner and overnight

in yurts.

Day 13 TASH-RABAT - TORUGART - KASHGAR

After breakfast, drive to Torugart border. Meet the Chinese guide after border cross. After custom formalities drive to Kashgar. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14 KASHGAR

City tour in Kashgar including visit to Apakh Khoja Mausoleum,

Eidkagh Mosque, Old Towns and small lanes of Kashgar, Sunday

Market daily section and Yusuf Has hajib Tomb.

Day 15 KASHGAR - KARAKUL LAKE

Day trip to Karakul lake along the Karakorum Highway, the lake is

only the destination, but road to the lake is so picturesque with

endless photo stops. Enjoy the lake with local Kyrgyz people at

the foot of the Muztagh Ata mountain, then drive back to Kashgar.

Day 16 KASHGAR - URUMQI

Transfer to the airport, fly to Urumqi (CZ6812, 1045/1235 or else).

Then drive to Heavenly lake, boat trip on the lake, then drive

back to Urumqi, visit Grand Bazaar.

Day 17 URUMQI - TURPAN

Drive to Turpan, afternoon visit to Emin Minaret, Karez

underground Irrigation Channels and YarGhol Ancient City, which

was listed by UNESCO.

Day 18 TURPAN - URUMQI

Visit Astana Graveyard, Gaochang Ancient city, Tuyuq Ancient

village and have lunch at local farmer Kurban Kasim’s courtyard

under the grape vineyard, drive back to Urumqi.

Day 19 URUMQI AIRPORT

Transfer to the airport. See the group off.

 

***Please kindly note, guests should have warm clothes even in the middle of summer,

at some places can be “below zero” temperature, like in Sonkul & Tashrabat.

Khan Tengri is a mountain in the Tian Shan mountain range. It lies on the

border between China, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, east of Issyk-Kul Lake.

Its geological altitude is 6,995 m (22,949 ft), but its glacier cap rises to

7,010 m (22,999 ft). For this reason, it is considered a mountain climber,

including the Soviet Snow Leopard Award, as a 7,000-meter high peak.

The name «Khan Tengri» means «king of heaven» and may refer to the deity

Tengri. In some other local languages it is known as Khan Tangiri Shyngy,

Kan-Too Chokusu (Bloody Mountain Peak), Khan-Tengri Peak and Hantengri

Feng.