Issyk Kul Experience – Multi-Day Trip with Custom Itineraries

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic Journey, Breathtaking Views

  • Cultural Immersion

  • Relaxation, Hot Springs, and Spas

  • Unparalleled Adventure


Immerse yourself in the heart of Central Asia with Experience Kyrgyzstan's tour to the enchanting Issyk Kul, the second largest alpine lake in the world. From the rugged beauty of the northern shore to the picturesque tranquility of the southern shore, the breathtaking landscapes of Issyk Kul Lake are sure to captivate your senses. This journey offers you an unforgettable experience filled with cultural immersion, invigorating horse treks, relaxing hot springs, and a visit to the magical Ala Kul Lake. The welcoming resort towns along the shores of Issyk Kul ensure a comfortable stay throughout your journey. Join us as we guide you through the majestic beauty and serene charm of Issyk Kul, the warm alpine lake that's the pride of Kyrgyzstan.


Start your journey to the spectacular Issyk Kul Lake from Bishkek. The drive offers a scenic route through mountain passes and picturesque valleys. Reach the northern shore of Issyk Kul by late afternoon. Check into your chosen accommodation and enjoy a leisurely evening along the beautiful shore of Issyk Kul.

Spend the day exploring the northern shore of Issyk Kul, renowned for its rugged beauty and untouched nature. Don't miss the opportunity to take part in horse treks along the shoreline. Visit the local resort town in the evening for some delicious Kyrgyz cuisine.

Travel along the western shore towards the south, making a stop at the local museums and cultural centers to immerse yourself in Kyrgyz history and culture. In the evening, visit the hot springs found on the southern shore for a rejuvenating dip.

Dedicate this day to explore the south shore of Issyk Kul. Here, the landscape differs from the north, offering unique photographic opportunities. Spend the night in a resort town along the southern shore of Issyk Kul.

Embark on a day trip to Ala Kul Lake, another of Kyrgyzstan's stunning alpine lakes. This would involve a short hike, but the breathtaking views make it worth the effort.

Bid farewell to the picturesque shores of Issyk Kul Lake and start your journey back to Bishkek. Carry back with you beautiful memories and incredible photos of your journey through Central Asia's second largest alpine lake.

This itinerary is flexible and can be customized based on your interests and preferences. With Experience Kyrgyzstan, your journey around Issyk Kul Lake will be a memorable one.


Tour info

3 days
Group Size
2 to 16
Price starts at
English, Russian, Krygyz, Mandarin

Why take this tour?

Welcome to the enchanting lands of Kyrgyzstan, home to the mesmerizing Issyk Kul. Experience Kyrgyzstan presents an exciting journey through the breathtaking landscapes of the Issyk Kul region, offering unforgettable adventures around the second largest alpine lake in the world.

Discover the beauty of Issyk Kul Lake, a pearl of Central Asia and a sparkling jewel nestled amid snow-capped mountains. Uncover the splendor of its northern shore, where rugged, untouched nature meets the picturesque tranquility of Lake Issyk Kul. Venture further along the north shore, where you'll encounter charming, idyllic settlements reflecting the authentic culture of Kyrgyzstan.

The south shore of Issyk Kul boasts of a different allure. Here, enjoy the exquisite sunsets that paint the sky with hues of gold, orange, and red as the day ends at Issyk Kul Lake. The southern shore is also home to inviting hot springs, an ideal relaxation spot after an exciting day of exploration around Lake Issyk Kul.

Issyk Kul, famous for being a warm lake, is a year-round destination. The south shore and north shore remain hospitable even in the chilliest winter months. The resort town situated on the shore of Issyk Kul provides comfortable accommodations, ensuring a pleasant stay as you delve into the wonders of Issyk Kul Lake.

For the adventurous, we offer invigorating horse treks around Lake Issyk Kul. This is an experience not to be missed as it gives you the chance to traverse the scenic landscapes in the traditional Kyrgyz way. Navigate through an exhilarating mountain pass, soak in the panoramic views of the largest alpine lake, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

The unexplored beauty of the western shore of Issyk Kul awaits your discovery. Lose yourself in the tranquillity of the area, far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The picturesque shores of Issyk Kul Lake are an artist's dream come true, with their breathtaking landscapes that change with the seasons.

Don't forget to visit the magical Ala Kul Lake during your stay. It's another of Kyrgyzstan's stunning alpine lakes that deserves a place on every traveler's itinerary.

For those wondering how to reach Issyk Kul, our team at Experience Kyrgyzstan is ready to assist. With our extensive knowledge of the region, we'll ensure your journey to the heart of Central Asia and the Issyk Kul region is smooth and enjoyable.

Come and bask in the majesty of the Issyk Kul, where each shore of Issyk Kul holds its unique allure. Join us on this tour around the second largest alpine lake, as we introduce you to the sights, sounds, and serenity that the remarkable Lake Issyk Kul and its surroundings have to offer. With Experience Kyrgyzstan, your unforgettable journey around Issyk Kul Lake begins here.


  • Transportation

  • Accommodations

  • Food

  • Drinks (excluding alcohol)

  • Translator (English, Russian, Krygyz, Mandarin)

  • Knowledgeable, local guide


  • Tips & Gratuity

  • Activities outside of specified itinerary

  • Souvenirs

Frequently asked questions

Issyk Kul is a year-round destination thanks to its unique microclimate. The lake never freezes, even in winter. However, for outdoor activities like trekking or horse riding, the best time is between June and September.
A wide variety of accommodations are available around Issyk Kul, ranging from luxury resorts and comfortable hotels to guesthouses and yurts for a more traditional experience.
There are numerous activities for visitors around Issyk Kul. These include horse trekking, hiking, cultural tours, swimming, and exploring the hot springs. Winter activities like ice fishing and skiing are also popular.
Yes, Issyk Kul is generally considered a safe region for tourists. However, as with any travel, it's always wise to stay informed about local conditions, respect local customs, and take usual travel safety precautions.
The weather around Issyk Kul can vary greatly depending on the season and time of day. It's recommended to bring layered clothing suitable for both warm and cool weather. Don't forget your swimsuit if you plan on swimming in the lake or hot springs.
It's always a good idea to check with your local travel clinic about any recommended vaccinations or precautions for travel to Kyrgyzstan. If you're planning on taking part in higher altitude activities, consider the potential for altitude sickness and plan accordingly.
Many of the tourist facilities around Issyk Kul have staff who speak English. Plus, our guides at Experience Kyrgyzstan are fluent in a variety of languages and are here to assist you throughout your journey.
Absolutely! Trying the local cuisine is a significant part of the travel experience. The resort towns around Issyk Kul offer a variety of dining options where you can savor traditional Kyrgyz dishes.

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