23 days in Kyrgyzstan Itinerary

23 days in Kyrgyzstan Itinerary

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23 days in Kyrgyzstan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Bishkek
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Cholpon Ata
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
3
Karakol
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Tosor
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Kochkor
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Naryn
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Osh
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

5
nights
Bishkek

Bishkek ©
Wandering the grid-like, tree-lined streets of Bishkek, you'll discover the friendly atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, and Soviet-era architecture of the country's political center.
Step out of Bishkek to go to Tokmok and see Burana Tower, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Ala-Archa Gorge, hunt for treasures at Osh Bazaar, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, and do some two-wheel cruising with Too-Ashu Pass.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bishkek holiday site .

Amsterdam, Holland to Bishkek is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Bishkek due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in July, with highs in Bishkek at 38°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Cholpon Ata.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Burana Tower
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Too-Ashu Pass ©
Too-Ashu Pass
Boom Gorge ©
Boom Gorge

1
night
Cholpon Ata

Cholpon Ata ©
A well-established resort town, Cholpon Ata lies on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul, backed by the alpine peaks of the Tian Shan range.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take an unorthodox tour of Abandoned Airport Cholpon Ata, enjoy some diversion at The Equestrian Hippodrome, examine the collection at Historical Museum, then get outside with Ruh Ordo Cultural Center, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Petroglyphs.

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You can drive from Bishkek to Cholpon Ata in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Karakol.

Things to do in Cholpon Ata

Museums Outdoors Fun & Games
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Museum of Petroglyphs ©
Museum of Petroglyphs
Ruh Ordo Cultural Center ©
Ruh Ordo Cultural Center
Historical Museum ©
Historical Museum

5
nights
Karakol

Karakol ©
Set in the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains, Karakol reigns as Kyrgyzstan's trekking and climbing hot spot, surrounded by snowy peaks and scenic natural attractions, including canyons, waterfalls, lakes, and hot spring resorts.
Change things up with a short trip to Grigorevskoye Canyon in Grigoryevka (about 1h 45 min away). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Altyn Arashan, examine the collection at Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bugu-Ene Zoo.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Karakol trip planner .

Take a bus from Cholpon Ata to Karakol in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Tosor.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Grigorevskoye Canyon, Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)
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Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Ala Kul Lake ©
Ala Kul Lake

1
night
Tosor

Tosor ©
On the 1st (Sat), appreciate the history behind Monument to Yuriy Gagarin, look for all kinds of wild species at Barskoon Plateau, then admire all the interesting features of Barskoon Waterfall, then explore the striking landscape at Canyon Skazka, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Canyon Fairy Tale.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tosor trip website .

Getting from Karakol to Tosor by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Kochkor.

Things to do in Tosor

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Barskoon
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Canyon Fairy Tale ©
Canyon Fairy Tale
Barskoon Waterfall ©
Barskoon Waterfall

2
nights
Kochkor

Kochkor is a village in northern Naryn Region of Kyrgyzstan. On the 2nd (Sun), explore the activities along Kol-Ukok Lake and then explore the activities along Orto-Tokoy Water Reservoir. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Kyzart Pass and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kochkor trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Tosor to Kochkor by car takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Naryn.

Things to do in Kochkor

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Horseback Riding Tours
Kol-Ukok Lake ©
Kol-Ukok Lake
Orto-Tokoy Water Reservoir ©
Orto-Tokoy Water Reservoir

4
nights
Naryn

Naryn ©
Perched high in the Tian Shan range, Naryn offers scenic views of the mountains and a picturesque gorge cut by the Naryn River.
When in Naryn, make a side trip to see Koshoy Korgon in Kara-Suu, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Song Kol Lake, explore the landscape on two wheels at Kara-Keche Pass, explore and take pictures at Torugart Pass, and stroll around National Park Salkyn-Tor.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Naryn online day trip planner .

Getting from Kochkor to Naryn by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Osh.

Things to do in Naryn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tash Rabat, Koshoy Korgon
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Song Kol Lake ©
Song Kol Lake
Tash Rabat ©
Tash Rabat
Torugart Pass ©
Torugart Pass

3
nights
Osh

Osh ©
Tucked among mountains and boasting some 3,000 years of history, the city of Osh offers plenty to the curious traveler.
On the 8th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Lenin Peak, then take in the awesome beauty at Mountain Sulaiman-Too, and then hike along Kyrgyz Ata National Park. Keep things going the next day: stop by Jayma Bazaar Osh, appreciate the views at Alay Valley, then contemplate the long history of Dom Babura Mosque, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum Sulaiman Too.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Osh trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Naryn to Osh in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osh

Nature Parks Trails
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Mountain Sulaiman-Too ©
Mountain Sulaiman-Too
Lenin Peak ©
Lenin Peak
Kyrgyz Ata National Park ©
Kyrgyz Ata National Park