Issyk Ata and Chunkurchak 2-Day Tour

Issyk Ata Gorge, Chunkurchak Gorge
Follow a trekking route over northern Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan Mountains into a beautiful alpine valley and you’ll reach Issyk Ata Gorge, famed for its alpine waterfall and natural mineral hot springs. Valued for generations for their healing properties, today these hot springs are swirling in legends and dwarfed by a Soviet-era sanatorium that appears as frozen in time as the frosty landscape surrounding it. Nearby Chunkurchak Gorge, resplendently covered in forest belts and alpine meadows, provides time travel to a different era in the form of an ethno-yurt camp situated among the canyon’s silent ridges.

The Issyk Ata and Chunkurchak 2-Day Tour will take you hiking through canyons, swimming in natural hot springs, resting beside a cascading mountain waterfall and overnighting in Kyrgyz yurts, bringing you close to nature and our nomadic predecessors. An ideal two-day getaway from the city, this tour provides transportation to and from Bishkek, a guided trekking tour in both locales, meals throughout your trip and glamping in a quaint and comfortable yurt camp in the mountains. 

In the morning your driver and guide will meet you in Bishkek to begin the drive to Issyk-Ata Gorge (65km, 1hr, 40min).

A 2.5-kilometer hike will bring you to the waterfall, an 8-meter-high cascade located at an altitude of 2,100 meters. Your hike will be rewarded with panoramic views of the mountains, a picnic lunch near the waterfall, and a swim in the mineral hot springs located on the premises of an intriguing Soviet-era sanatorium. Free time will provide you the opportunity for further hiking, a walk around the sanatorium or a lazy afternoon in the warm, healing waters of the hot springs.

Your driver will pick you up at the sanatorium and drive to Chunkurchak Gorge (55km, 1.5hrs), where you’ll overnight in cozy and comfortable yurts nestled in the mountain valley.

Overnight at Supara Chunkurchak Yurt Camp.

Meals provided: picnic lunch, dinner

After breakfast, free time in the morning to lounge at the yurt camp or explore the surrounding region, a gorgeous area with energetic rivers and magnificent rock formations.

Later in the morning you’ll go for an easy hike (1.5 kilometers) through an alpine forest and flowery meadow, which will provide yet another unique viewpoint of the surrounding mountain landscape.

Upon completion of the hike, drive back to Bishkek (50km, 1.5hrs) for drop-off at your hotel. End of Issyk Ata and Chunkurchak 2-Day Tour.

Meals provided: breakfast, lunch

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