8-Day Adventure and Culture Tour of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan from India

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8-Day Adventure and Culture Tour of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan
8-Day Adventure and Culture Tour of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

Are you ready for an incredible adventure across the heart of Central Asia? I, Archana Singh and Banjara Experiences, invite you to join us on an unforgettable adventure and cultural tour through Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. You’ll be blown away by the vibrant cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and timeless traditions you’ll discover on this incredible journey. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

8-Day Adventure and Culture Tour of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Tour by Banjara Experiences and Travel See Write
8-Day Adventure and Culture Tour of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Tour by Banjara Experiences and Travel See Write

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About Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

Kyrgyzstan was formerly part of the Soviet Union. It has now become a popular destination offering pristine natural beauty and unique experiences. The country spreads across 200,000 sq. km, and with just over 5.5 million people, it is one of the least crowded countries in the world. To put this into perspective, Delhi, the capital of India, which is home to 35 million people, is significantly more crowded. Kyrgyzstan’s charm lies in its natural splendour and deep-rooted equestrian culture, which are central to life in Central Asia. But that’s just the beginning—Kyrgyzstan also boasts the world’s second-largest high-altitude lake and nearly 2,000 other stunning lakes, each with unique charm.

 Kyrgyzstan Tourism map
Kyrgyzstan Tourism map

Kazakhstan, located in Central Asia, is the 9th largest country in the world, covering an area of over 2.7 million square kilometres. Despite being landlocked, it is the largest landlocked country in the world. Kazakhstan has been gaining popularity among Indian tourists due to its numerous attractions and visa-free travel policy for Indian citizens. From the bustling city of Almaty to the majestic mountains of the Tian Shan range, Kazakhstan offers travellers diverse experiences. The country also boasts a rich cultural heritage, with several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi and the petroglyphs of Tamgaly. Additionally, Kazakhstan is known for its hospitality and extremely friendly and hospitable people, making it a safe and welcoming destination for visitors worldwide.

Kazakhstan Tourism Map - Best Places to Visit
Kazakhstan Tourism Map – Best Places to Visit

As someone who has explored these countries extensively, I’m excited to share my firsthand experiences and discoveries with like-minded travellers like you. Here’s an overview of my specially curated 8-day adventure and culture tour of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan with Banjara Experiences.

Itinerary for an 8-day Adventure and Culture tour of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

Day 1: Discover Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan

Our journey begins with a relaxed arrival in Bishkek, the charming capital of Kyrgyzstan. Take some time to unwind and recharge before we gather for a delightful welcome dinner at a local restaurant featuring captivating folklore performances and delicious local delicacies.

Exploring Bishkek on Day 1 of our 8-day adventure and culture tour of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan
Exploring Bishkek on Day 1 of our 8-day adventure and culture tour of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

Day 2: Picturesque journey to Karakol

The next day, we embark on a picturesque journey to Karakol, tracing the southern shore of the stunning Issyk-Kul Lake. Along the way, we’ll delve into the region’s rich culture with immersive experiences—from witnessing the artistry of yurt-making in Kyzyl-Tuu to marvelling at the ancient skill of eagle hunting. Each stop promises to be a fascinating exploration of local traditions.

Our route takes us through the breathtaking Jety-Oguz Gorge, where legendary red rock formations await, including the iconic Broken Heart and Seven Bulls. Finally, we arrive in Karakol, a melting pot of diverse cultures.

Issyk-Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan
Issyk-Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan
Russian Orthodox Church in Karakol
Russian Orthodox Church in Karakol

Day 3: Explore Karakol’s natural wonders

The third day is all about embracing Karakol’s natural wonders. Today, we venture into the Karakol National Park Ski Base for a guided walk amidst stunning mountain landscapes. For the adventurous souls, an optional ride on the ski lifts offers panoramic views of the majestic Issyk-Kul Valley. Whether you choose to ski or soak in the beauty of the surroundings, this day promises unforgettable moments in nature’s embrace.

Day 3 - Exploring Karakol adventures in Kyrgyzstan
Day 3 – Exploring Karakol adventures in Kyrgyzstan

Day 4: Journey to Chon Kenmin from Karakol

Next, we bid farewell to Karakol and set off towards the serene surroundings of Chon Kemin. Along the way, we’ll have the opportunity to marvel at the beauty of Issyk-Kul Lake and delve deeper into Kyrgyz culture at the Museum of Nomad Civilization. For those seeking relaxation, a visit to the “Keremet Suu” hot spring offers a rejuvenating break amid nature’s bounty. We’ll then arrive at Chon Kemin, where you’ll be welcomed with open arms to a charming guesthouse.

Chon Kenmin in kyrgyzstan is a trekkers paradise
Chon Kenmin in kyrgyzstan is a trekkers paradise

Day 5: Welcome to Kazakhstan from Kyrgyzstan

Day 5 marks the transition from Kyrgyzstan to Kazakhstan by road as we journey towards the vibrant city of Almaty. Cross the Kyrgyz-Kazakh border at Kordai and soak in the picturesque landscapes. Upon arrival in Almaty, a brief city tour offers a glimpse into the cultural riches of this bustling metropolis nestled at the foot of the Tian-Shan Mountains.

Day 6: From Canyons to Pristine Lakes

Next, we begin by exploring the stunning Charyn Canyon. Be prepared to be amazed by the incredible rock formations carved over millions of years, including the renowned Valley of Castles. Take your time strolling through this natural wonder, soaking in the breathtaking sights around you. Later, we’ll head to Saty, a tranquil retreat surrounded by nature’s beauty. Relax and recharge before we venture to the picturesque Kol-Sai Lake, where you can immerse yourself in the serene landscapes and enjoy leisurely exploration.

Charyn Canyon is the Grand Canyon of Kazakhstan
Charyn Canyon is the Grand Canyon of Kazakhstan
Kol-Sai Lake is one of the most stunning lakes found near Almaty in Kazakhstan
Kol-Sai Lake is one of the most stunning lakes found near Almaty in Kazakhstan

Day 7: Adventure and Breath-taking Vistas

On our final day, we’ll discover Almaty, starting with a visit to the iconic Medeo Gorge near Almaty. Take panoramic city views and stroll to the top of Medeo Dam for breathtaking vistas. For the adventurous souls, an optional cable car ride offers an exhilarating perspective of the gorge.

Medeo Gorge near Almaty
Medeo Gorge near Almaty

Day 8 – Departure to your home

After breakfast, we will bid you farewell. After check out, you’ll depart to the airport.

Day 8 - Departure from Almaty
Day 8 – Departure from Almaty

Come join us for a summer adventure filled with warmth, wonder, and the joy of discovery in the heart of Central Asia. I can’t wait to welcome you on board for an experience of a lifetime!

Cost of a 8-Day Adventure and Culture Tour of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

₹1,77,000/- (2,050 USD)

Click here or call +91 9599481131 or +91 9871324628 to book your spot for the upcoming departure!

 Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Trip Inclusions

  • Transportation: A minibus with AC for transfers and excursions.
  • Accommodation: Double/twin room accommodation in hotels and guesthouses.
  • Meals: Half-board with breakfast and dinner, including mineral water bottles throughout the tour.
  • English-Speaking Tour Guide
  • Yurt-Making Workshop in Kyzyl Tuu
  • Eagle Hunting Show
  • Entry Fee for Museums

 Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Trip Exclusions

  • Single Room Accommodation if required.
  • Alcohol & Beverages
  • International Flight Tickets
  • Kyrgyz Visa Fee
  • Domestic Flight Tickets
  • Deviation from the program
  • Hot Spring Fee at Keremet Suu
  • Rental of Skiing Equipment in Karakol
  • Horses Riding in Chon-Kemin (30 USD for the
  • horse + 35 USD for the escorting horse guide)
  • Cable Car Entry Fee in Medeo
  • Ski Pass to Ski Resort in Karakol
  • GST 5% & TCS (5-20 %) as applicable

Have questions? Read our Trip FAQs

8-Day Adventure and Culture Tour of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Trip FAQs

BEFORE ARRIVAL

What is the difference between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan?

Kazakhstan, primarily flat with vast steppes and deserts, contrasts Kyrgyzstan’s mountainous terrain dominated by the Tian Shan and Pamir ranges. Kazakhstan boasts a larger population of around 18 million compared to Kyrgyzstan’s 6 million.

Where is Kyrgyzstan, and what is it famous for?

Kyrgyzstan, a landlocked country in Central Asia, is renowned for its striking natural beauty, encompassing mountains, lakes, and valleys. With over 90% of its landscape dominated by mountains, including the famous Tien Shan, Pamir, and Alai ranges, the country provides breathtaking views and activities like trekking, mountaineering, and skiing. Rooted in a rich nomadic heritage, Kyrgyzstan’s culture is shaped by semi-nomadic shepherd communities dwelling in yurts amid joyously untouched mountainscapes and rolling summer pastures known as jailoos.

Is it safe to travel to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan?

Central Asian countries are considered some of the safest countries for

travel. However, staying alert and informed is crucial. Familiarize yourself with travel advisories and any specific safety concerns before embarking on your Kyrgyz adventure!

When is the best time to visit Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan?

While Kyrgyzstan is gorgeous throughout the year, summer is the best time for hiking and road trips in Kyrgyzstan, where most roads are accessible. Midsummer attracts Kazakh and Russian tourists to the never-freezing beaches of Lake Issyk-Kul. From October to May, the lean season sees the closure of rural accommodations and alpine yurts. Winters, ideal for snowscapes, come with closed roads and the shutdown of small villages, homestays, guesthouses, and sights.

What are the visa requirements for Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan?

Visitors to Kyrgyzstan must obtain an e-visa unless they belong to one of the visa-exempt countries or are eligible for a visa on arrival. The good news is that Kazakhstan is visa-free for Indian passport holders and most other countries; you can enter the region for 14 days without any visa.

What should I pack for summer travel to Kyrgyzstan?

Kyrgyzstan has a highly varied climate. Even when travelling in summer, it’s essential to pack warm, waterproof layers, a sturdy jacket, and ample thick socks. While temperatures in Bishkek may reach 35 degrees, they can drop to just 10 degrees at Lake Son Kol. Nights can get quite frigid, particularly in the high plains and mountainous regions.

Here is a recommended summer packing list for clothes and shoes:

Socks, Sleepwear, Swimwear, Towel, Undergarments, T-shirts (should cover the shoulders), Thick sweater (for the mountains), Trek pants, Multiple shorts, Rain jacket, Hiking boots, Sneakers, and Sandals/flipflops.

Should I bring any medicines to Kyrgyzstan? What can I buy there?

If you take prescription medications, you should bring enough to last your entire trip. Prescriptions should be kept in the original container with your name on them. Over-the-counter medications can be easily found in Kyrgyzstan. However, They might not be the same as those found in India. We suggest you bring over-the-counter medications to treat common ailments, such as allergies, pain, or stomach problems, in their original packaging. This is advisable because it helps identify the medicine and its purpose efficiently.

Are you allowed to bring alcohol to Kyrgyzstan?

Visitors to Kyrgyzstan can bring 1.5 L of liquor and 2 L of wine and buy and drink alcoholic beverages.

AFTER ARRIVAL

Can I exchange INR for local currency in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan?

You should carry dollars and exchange them for local currency at the airport or in big cities like Almaty or Bishkek.

Are credit cards accepted in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan? Are ATMs available?

Most banks and hotels in major cities like Almaty and Bishkek readily accept Visa and MasterCard. While some shops may take cards, many prefer cash. In smaller towns and rural areas, transactions are predominantly cash, specifically in Kyrgyz som. ATMs are more accessible in cities and larger towns than in small villages. Carrying dollars or the local currency with you is advisable for convenience.

Is it safe to drink tap water in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan?

In cities, tap water should be drunk only if equipped with a sludge filter; otherwise, it should be pre-filtered. In rural areas, water safety from wells and springs varies depending on the location. In certain places, water from these sources is safe for drinking, tastes good, and is considered healthy. But please check with your tour leader or local friend before drinking.

Which mobile operators are available in Kazakhstan?

International roaming works in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

Where can I buy a local SIM card in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan?

You can purchase a local prepaid SIM card at international airports, mobile provider stores, or convenience stores.

What currency do you use in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan?

Som in Kyrgyzstan and Tenge in Kazakhstan

What languages do people speak in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan?

Language can be a barrier when travelling in the interiors of Central Asia, as the two most widely spoken languages are Kyrgyz and. But don’t worry—you’ll always have a local guide who is fluent in English, and your team lead who will help with local communication. Learning a few basic phrases in Kyrgyz or Russian can go a long way in making connections with the locals.

Who is a tour leader? What is the difference between their responsibilities and those of the local guide? 

While tour leaders handle logistics and group management, tour guides provide detailed information about specific attractions.

Is vegetarian food available in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan?

Central Asia is primarily a meat-centric region with a significant nomadic population and challenging climatic conditions, so it may present challenges in finding vegetarian options, especially outside major cities. However, there’s no need to worry. If you inform us in advance about your dietary restrictions, we will ensure accommodations for your requests. Many restaurants and homestays are willing to be flexible by providing meatless or vegetarian options. It’s important to note that Central Asian cuisine tends to be less spicy than Indian food, so flexibility is appreciated. Additionally, you are free to bring along any pre-cooked Indian meal options.

What kind of food do locals eat in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan?

Traditional Kyrgyz and Kazakh dishes feature a lot of meat, dairy products, and bread, but many other foods are also available. Horse meat and fermented mare’s milk are also part of the traditional diet. The three main types of meat available are lamb, beef, and chicken, as pork is difficult to find due to the majority Muslim population. Fresh fruits and vegetables are abundant, particularly during the summer. (wash them well before eating). Many restaurants also feature Russian, European, or Chinese dishes, especially in Bishkek.

How should you behave when in Central Asia?

Respecting the local traditions and customs is essential when visiting Kyrgyzstan or any other country. The people of Kyrgyzstan are known for their hospitality, so it’s customary to greet others with respect and politeness. Additionally, it’s necessary to dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites.

What’s good etiquette for going to bazaars?

Local bazaars are a great way to experience Central Asian culture but can also create problems. Be aware of pickpockets and keep your belongings and documents safe. Bazaars can also be great places to do street photography, but please ask for permission before taking pictures of people.

What can you expect from homestays and yurt stays in Central Asia?

Homestays provide separate bedrooms with beds or mattresses, including blankets and towels. Shared toilets may be Western or squat. Breakfast is included, and extra meals can be purchased. Yurts lack beds but have thick mattresses, blankets (no towels), and shared accommodation for 4-5 people. Outdoor toilets are standard, with no hot water and often no electricity. Yurts at higher elevations may feature small stoves for night-time warmth, lit until morning.

What can I expect from toilets and restrooms in Kyrgyzstan?

Please be flexible when it comes to toilets while travelling. Restrooms can vary from Western-style toilets to basic outhouses and everywhere in between. Some places may require the use of squat toilets, while others may not have running water. When travelling, public restrooms are often available at cafes and gas stations and may cost between 5 and 10 som ($0.07 to $0.14).

Further reading

Places to see in Almaty
Places to see in Almaty

Embark on an Epic 8-Day Journey: Kyrgyzstan Winter Travel Guide from India.

Top things to do in Almaty: A 3-Day Adventure of Apples, Culture, and Snowy Thrills.

Explore the Best Places to Visit in Shymkent, Sayram & Turkistan: Kazakhstan’s Hidden Treasures in the Heart of Central Asia!

Embark on an Epic Adventure: Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan Travel Series Teaser

Discover the top things to do in Almaty, Kazakhstan | 24 hrs layover | Central Asia Diaries Ep. 2

Kyrgyzstan Travel Vlog: From Delhi to Bishkek | 8-Day Winter Expedition from India

29 Comments

  • Kimberley Asante says:

    Your captivating account of the 8-day adventure and culture tour of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan paints a vivid picture of the stunning landscapes and rich cultural experiences awaiting travelers. From exploring historic sites to indulging in local cuisine, your detailed itinerary provides valuable insights for those seeking to embark on a similar journey. The inclusion of practical tips ensures that readers are well-prepared for their own immersive exploration of these fascinating destinations.

  • Karen Morse says:

    THIS must be the most thorough and knowledgeable post about Kyrgyzstan! You really covered all the main points and FAQ’s, even with ATMs and alcohol. I was surprised that Kyrgyzstan is 90% mountains. Thats really interesting and I’m sure beautiful to see in person!

  • Beth says:

    I love what a deep dive you did into these areas. So many posts just give a slight overview and just call it a day, but you gave us ALL the info!

  • Stephanie says:

    What a glorious trip! Thanks for covering so many details on the places to see and answering questions I often forget to ask when traveling to unfamiliar destinations. Would love to visit Kyrgyzstan soon.

  • Debbie says:

    Amazing guide to visiting Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Your 8-Day adventure sounds amazing! Great tips on traveling safely there as well as the drinking water information.

  • Catherine Kay says:

    Your adventure tour sounds absolutely incredible! I really appreciated the breath-taking pictures! Thanks for sharing!

  • Emily says:

    Both Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan sound like amazing places to go and visit! I would love to see both place for myself one day and explore the cool spots you mentioned here.

  • Yeah Lifestyle says:

    Oh wow! These are places that I do not know a huge deal about, I have seen them on TV before but didn’t realise quite how much beauty there is to be seen. Thank you for allowing us to read along and join your adventurous journey.

  • SONIA SEIVWRIGHT says:

    It’s great to see that the article is providing useful information on how to behave when in Central Asia, especially in Kyrgyzstan, and emphasising the importance of respecting local traditions and customs. It’s also helpful to know what to expect from homestays, yurt stays, and toilets and restrooms in the region.

  • SiennyLovesDrawing says:

    Thanks for sharing this blog story about Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan. Love the colourful & rich cultures & heritage from this tour. Cheers SiennyLovesDrawing

  • Melanie E says:

    It sounds like there is a lot to see in both places. I would love to go and see Chon Kemin as I’m sure it would be beautiful there.

  • Tammy says:

    Such an indepth post. There’s so much to learn and you’ve covered a lot of it here..thanks so much for sharing!

  • Karen says:

    omg these are so beautiful! I would love to explore Kazakhstan and Krgyzstan, both countries are stunning to say the least…

  • Sue-Tanya Mchorgh says:

    This blog post provides an enticing glimpse into the allure of Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet nation now emerging as a sought-after destination. With its vast expanses of pristine natural beauty and a population density far lower than many urban centers, Kyrgyzstan offers a refreshing escape from the bustle of city life. The emphasis on its equestrian culture and breathtaking lakes adds to the country’s appeal, making it a captivating destination for travelers seeking authentic experiences amidst stunning landscapes.

  • Nayna Kanabar says:

    This sounds like a dream trip . Such beautiful places and the scenery is simply stunning.🤩

  • Richard Lowe says:

    A friend of mine spent several years on this area in the 90s. He and I have had long discussions about what he found and saw. He has a fascinating story.

  • The Joyous Living says:

    Thanks for such a knowledgable and helpful travel guide. Good to know about the shops wanting cash whereas so many other countries are urging cashless since Covid.

  • Olga says:

    Your article is very inspirational! I lived close to Kazakhstan but never been there. I hope we will go there one day.

  • Lavanda Michelle says:

    I appreciate the detailed insights and firsthand experiences you’ve shared, making this trip feel like a must-do for any adventurous soul. Can’t wait to start planning and embark on this unforgettable journey with you!

  • Rhian Scammell says:

    As I didn’t know much about Kyrgyzstan I had no idea how vast it was. And how mountainous it was! Looks like a great tour to see more of the countries x

  • Hari says:

    Thank you so very much for putting this detailed guide on visiting Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. I plan to visit these countries during summer and glad to know that it is the preferred tourist season as well.

  • pedja says:

    This insightful travelogue truly captures the essence of adventure and cultural discovery in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, offering helpful tips for fellow travelers.

  • Nikki Wayne says:

    I really love this post because of the detailed notes, tips and knowledge you have about going there in that country.

  • Jupiter Hadley says:

    Those canyons are so full of life and color! I love the adventure that you have detailed out here – what a fantastic guide.

  • Jenny says:

    Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan sound well worth a visit, especially for the culture and cuisine.

  • Prajakta says:

    What an in-depth and well-planned trip to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan! The places look so beautiful and serene. Definitely worth traveling to.

  • Clarice says:

    Wow! I had no idea that there is so much to see and do in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. I agree with you that the Kol-Sai Lake is stunning. Happy to know that it’s safe to travel here. Would love to visit in the future.

  • Jen says:

    Great article on Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan! I loved seeing the photos and reading the details of each place.

  • May says:

    I’ve always been super intrigued by Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. I mean, just think about it – the stunning Issyk-Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan and those amazing Tien Shan mountains! And Kazakhstan isn’t any less captivating with places like Nur-Sultan, the futuristic capital, and the breathtaking Charyn Canyon. I’d absolutely love to go there one day, see all these incredible sites, and learn about their history firsthand.

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