The Issyk Lake Private Tour

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Explore the Issyk Gorge, one of the most picturesque and interesting places of Trans-Ili Alatau. Visit archaeological monuments of the Saka culture, see the fantastic beauty of the Issyk Lake, created by nature about 10 thousand years ago, and also listen to its tragic story.


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This tour takes you to one of the most beautiful gorges of Trans-Ili Alatau, Issyk Gorge, which lies along the Kuldja tract where hundreds of years ago the trade caravans traveled.

On the way you will learn a lot about nature and history of this region and see the burial mounds of Saka period, where the famous "Golden Man" was found, which has become the state symbol of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Also you will visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve "ISSYK", where you will see the expositions dedicated to the history and culture of the Saka period, including a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment, as well as the model of Saka burial mound.

Then the tour route will take you to an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level, to the beautiful mountain Issyk Lake, located in the valley with the same name. The lake was formed about 10,000 years ago due to colossal landslide, resulted in formation of the natural dam of 300 meters in height. On the lake you will enjoy the majestic beauty of its turquoise water surface and the Issyk Gorge, as well as listen to the details of the natural disaster of 1963. At the lake you will have a picnic and free time for recreation at nature.


  • Burial mounds of Saka period

  • State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve "ISSYK"

  • Issyk Lake


  • Pick-up/drop-off from the hotels/locations within city limits

  • Picnic at the lake

  • All admission fees and tickets

  • Environmental fees


  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Meals and drinks

Please Note

  • Children must be accompanied by at least one adult

  • Pick-up/drop-off from hotels/locations out of city limits available on request for extra charge

  • Please specify special meal requirements at the time of booking (i.e. vegetarian, food allergy, etc)

  • Tour departure is highly weather-dependent.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 44 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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