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  • Let's Wander Kyrgyzstan!

    40km to the south-east of Bishkek, Issyk-Ata Sanatorium provides a lovely respite from the congestion and clutter of the city. Join Tenti to experience this unique place for yourself. Explore the crumbling soviet-era spa (a great backdrop for compelling photos), hike through the picturesque valley to the Issyk-Ata waterfall, and relax in the steaming hot springs. Complete your day away with an afternoon trip to Kyrgyzstan's famous Burana Tower. Wander the museum and climb to the top of the tower to admire the beautiful view of Chui Valley.

    BRIEF ITINERARY
    • Day 1

      Issyk-Ata Hot Springs & Burana Tower

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    • Dates don’t fit your plans? Don’t worry, we’re flexible! We can arrange this tour just for you.  Just contact us with your preferred dates and we’ll take care of everything else.  Our personalized service lets you design the perfect vacation for you. Best part: When you choose your own dates your departure is guaranteed! Plan your trip for friends and family, with the peace of mind that everything is pre-arrange by our experts at Tenti. 

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  • THE ROUTE

    BRIEF ITINERARY
    • Day 1

      Issyk-Ata Hot Springs & Burana Tower

      Easy level difficulty

      ~ 1.5 hours hiking time (based on good fitness level)

      We'll leave Bishkek from the Tenti Offices at 105 Isanova @ 8:00am. We'll head to the south-east of the city and the cool, towering mountains that have stood there for millennia. It is here in these mountains that we'll find our first stop of the day, the Issyk-Ata Hot Springs. The sanatorium at these hot springs was once a popular destination for people from all over the former U.S.S.R. These travelers believed that the water here had healing properties and would come to cure their ailments. Now, there are significantly fewer visitors from abroad but Bishkek residents still pack up the car or jump into a marshrutka for a weekend of relaxation away from the city. The decrepit Soviet era buildings and overgrown landscaping serves as a unique backdrop for photographs. As you explore the old resort, make sure you stop at the fountains for a small sip of the famous sulfur water. We'll walk to the furthest point of the sanatorium, where a rickety metal fence and twisted gateway mark the beginning of the trail to the Issyk-Ata waterfall. The walk through the valley is awe-inspiring with its beautiful alp-like mountain guiding your way. The well-worn trail turns into the hills on the left, eventually revealing a quaint waterfall. If it's summer (or you're feeling a little crazy) you can cool off in the chilly glacial melt. We'll take some time here to relax and appreciate our surroundings before returning to the resort area for a dip in the newer hot spring pools; a great way to rest after our hike! Once we've finished our time soaking in the water, we'll gather our things and get back in the car for our trip to Burana Tower. The lone minaret and museum provide a small but interesting insight to life in Kyrgyzstan during the Middle Ages. Climb to the top of the tower for a lovely view of Chui Valley. When we've finished exploring the site we'll return to Bishkek. End of Tour.

       

    • Is This Tour for You?

      We recommend that people interested in joining Tenti for the Issyk-Ata trek have a good level of fitness but previous hiking experience is not required.  At some points the trail becomes steep but it's otherwise managable for beginners.  If this sounds like the hike for you, we welcome you to join us for a stunning trek through the valley at Issyk-Ata.  

    • What's Included
      • A professional and qualified, English speaking tour leader
      • Comfort sprinter or minibus with WIFI
    • What's Not Included
      • International airfares
      • Consular fees for Kyrgyzstan tourist visa
      • Kyrgyzstan visa support
      • Travel insurance
      • All personal expenses; including alcoholic beverages
      • Charges for additional services
      • Packed Lunch
    • Meals

      Meals are NOT provided on this tour.  Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of water with you for your hike.  

    • Recommended Gear
      • Sturdy Hiking Shoes
      • Plenty of water or a water bottle with built in filter
      • Packed Lunch
      • Light Jacket or Sweater 
      • Sunscreen 
      • Bug Spray 
      • Small Personal First Aid Kit 
      • Sunglass
      • Yak Traks (For early and late season hikers)
      • Warm Layers (For early and late season hikers)
      • Hat and Gloves (For early and late season hikers)
    • Spending Money

      We recommend carrying the equivalent of $25 in Som with you on your tour to cover any miscellaneous expenses. Along the route there are several ATMs if needed.  Please remember to inform your bank you are travelling internationally before you depart or you may be unable to use your cards. 

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