Adventure to Akshyirak
This tour is designed for people who is interested in Soviet Industrial history, remote and abounded areas and who love taking amazing pictures of picturesque landscapes. Tour is ideally who want to be in seclusion with nature. It is possible to see and take pictures of Marko Polo sheeps and Ibex at winter time.
4 days (summer time)
3 days (winter time)
Period: Full year
1 day, Karakol – Kara-Say – Pikertyk, 180 km
We are going today to one of the remotest, picturesque and mysterious areas of the Kyrgyz Republic, almost to the border of China. Driving to Kara-Say border checkpoint through Ala-Bel pass 3918m and Sook pass 4022m (Sook translated as Bones). At Soviet time it was found many human bones during installation of electricity lines through the pass. Our guide in details will explain reasons and industrial history of that place.
Arriving to Pikertyk through narrow and dangerous Chagyr pass, overnight and dinner at dwelling container, which is heated with dung.
2 day, Pikertyk
Today we will have trekking mixed with excursion to Soviet abandoned mine and further we will support to shepherd to bring Yaks to their corral. Shepherd will explain why that such remote and difficult to leave place is so good for Yaks. Overnight and dinner at dwelling container, which is heated with dung.
We will have horseback riding if you will book that tour for winter time. Marko Polo Sheeps and Ibex descending lower due to snow and low temperature high in the mountains. We will ride and see the herds of them. Some males have huge hornes this is due to their age. Return back to camp, overnight and dinner at dwelling container, which is heated with dung.
3 day, Pikertyk – Akshyirak – Taragay River, 170 km
Driving to next point is Akshyirak and Uch-Koshkon villages, which is located on altitude 3145m, here no connection at all. Shepherds and their families living in such abounded, windy, cold and high area due to few reasons. Road is closed sometime because of heavy snow and wind, at that case even no transportation connection. In order to understand their lifestyle and culture we will have a lunch in one of such shepherd’s family. They will tell their history and history village, also why small villages still exists. Driving further closer to Kumtor Gold (Kyrgyz-Canadian) Mine Company and overnight at picturesque place in tents between Taragay River and Akshyirak range.
At winter time driving back to Karakol.
4 day, Taragay River – Djety-Oguz - Karakol, 250 km
Drive back to Ala-Bel pass by Kumtor's road on the way we will see many small lakes which is formed due to the melting of glaciers. Back to main road and visit main sights of Djety-Oguz valley, such Rocks as Broken Heart and Seven Bulls. Arriving to Karakol. Dinner and accommodation at hotel.
In summer 2011, Outdoor Research athlete Kyle Dempster took off on his bike across Kyrgyzstan and that area (Akshyirak) with a couple mostly-accurate maps, a trailer full of climbing gear, and a vocabulary of 10 Kyrgyz words. He spent two months pedaling and pushing the bike more than 1200 km on roads of variable states of neglect, wading through wild rivers, dealing with corrupt military checkpoint staff, and soloing a handful of unclimbed alpine rock and mixed routes. He recorded the journey, his camera his only partner, friend, and sometimes the only receiving end of his conversations for days at a time.