I'm traveling to Bishkek in August. I only have about one week and I want to visit Kol Suu lake. I know getting to Naryn shouldn't be too hard but I know there's the border permit and in general, going with a tour seems to be the only option.
My question is what should I expect to pay from Naryn to the lake for a couple of days? I contacted a a couple of tour agencies and I got 200 and the latest one said 1,500 dlls, which seems a bit crazy. I come from a developing country and there's nothing more annoying than a tourist trying to bargain for everything but I know 1,500 is not entirely justified, also I am on a budget (not super tight, but nowhere near splurging!).
What's the range for that region and also for what I want to do: 2 day trip to the lake (hiking, staying in a yurt, border permit, food, etc).
One last question: is this itinerary realistic for 8 days?
Day 1: Bishkek
Day 2: Leave for Naryn and travel to Kol Suu
Day 3-4: Kol Suu
Day 5-6: Tash Rabat - back to Bishkek
Day 7: Almaty
Day 8: Fly back
I only started planning this trip a few days ago and still have months left to research some more!