Ak-Suu Traverse Trek
1 Day: Karakol – Djety-Oguz – Telety pass, 7km, +500m, 3-5 hours of trekking
Meeting at hotel and driving to the beginning of Telety pass in Djety-Oguz valley. You will get to the beginning of hiking through some villages. You will see local life, houses and buildings through the car window. The last village on the way is Djety-Oguz (means Seven Bulls on kyrgyz language). It is famous for its unusually bright, red sandstone rock formations, some of the most popular rocks are Seven Bulls and Broken Heart. Driving further through green forests up to the mountains. Start our trek at the feet of Telety pass upon arriving. Tent camp on altitude 2800 in front of Muz-Too Rocks.
Encampment in tents.
2 Day: Telety pass – Alp camp, 12km, +700m, 5-6 hours of trekking
We are moving to Karakol valley today and starting with climbing to Telety Pass (3800m). There are two steep ascents at the beginning of this pass, but you will enjoy the view on the top. Descent to Telety-East valley until the first convenient place to have a lunch. After lunch it is a descent to Karakol Valley to Alp Camp, located on altitude 2500m.
Encampment in tents or yurt.
3 Day: Alp Camp – Ala-Kul lake – Keldike valley, 9km, +1200m, 6-8 hours of trekking
We are starting our climbing to Ala-kul lake (3533m). You will be amazed by this extraordinary lake. Ala-Kul lake is a rock-dammed and hidden treasure between lofty Terskey Ala Too Mountains. It is located at an altitude of approximately 3533 meters. In addition, you will be able to see the glacier where this lake begins. Ascending this pass you will also have an opportunity to enjoy inexpressible view of mountain summits, such as Djigit, Karakol and Tashtanbek peaks. Climbing to Ala-Kul peak (3800 m) and descending to Keldike valley.
Encampment in tents.
4 Day: Keldike valley – Altyn-Arashan, 11km, -1100m, 3-4 hours of trekking
Our next point is Altyn-Arashan valley. Extremely picturesque views of Altyn-Arashan attract large number of tourists. You will meet foreigners from around the world. Some of them visit that place for a day, but some of them stay there a week or more, enjoying the peace and beauty of this valley. Altyn-Arashan resort is famous for hot springs. There are 8-9 pools with radon water of different temperatures. Some of them were built in the open air and near the river. They are on a distance from each other. So, you can arrange a romantic night for your couple.
Dinner and accommodation in guesthouse or yurt.
5 Day: Altyn Arashan valley – Almallu river, 13.5 km,
Descending from Ala-Kul lake to Altyn Arashan valley or coming from Karakol city on a car or on foot, which is covered by lots of flowers and surrounded by forest. You will be able to see 5020m ice glacier, which was formed in a form of a tent, and called peak Palatka( a tent). Then you will start easy hiking in the valley, where you will be able to take a photos of horses, goats and shepherds. You will start climbing in the middle of a day to Ortok pass at 3780 meters, then descending to Ak-Suu Almallu river for a night.
Encampment in tents.
6 Day: Ak-Suu Almallu river - Boz Uchuk lakes, 23.14 km,
Starting your day in Almallu valley, which is full of rocks and bushes, you are going up to Ailanysh Pass. Passing the Ailanysh pass, you will get down to Jergez valley at an altitude of 2400 meters. Crossing a 3524m pass, you will get to Boz Uchuk lakes. Not small lakes are surrounded by rocks and hills. This is one of the most difficult days. Road is partly steep, and you are required to have a pair of tough shoes, especially this day.
Encampment in tents.
7 Day: Boz Uchuk lakes – Boz uchuk valley, 16.1 km, – 1300m.
Descending in the last day is a pretty easy hike. It takes a full day to get back to not wild life. You will hike a first part of a day, then our team will take you on a car to the Karakol city.
Accommodation in a guesthouse.
Duration: 7 day
Distance: Total 140km (Walking part 88km)
Route: Djety-Oguz valley - Telety Passover - Peak Karakol 5280 m - Ala-Kul lake - Keldike valley - Altyn Arashan valley - Karakol
Highest point: pass between Ala-Kul lake and Keldike valley 3860m
Area: Issyk-kul region, Terskey Ala-Too mountains range
Connection: No signal connection
Level of difficulty: This track is oriented for people with good health and training, because the route consists of long passages over rough terrain, sharp fluctuations in temperature and ascents to a height of 3860 meters above sea level.
Equipment and items for trekking part:
Sleeping bag up to -5 C
Good trekking boots with high proper ankle support and good thread. Extra shoes or pair of sandals, in case if main became wet during the rain and etc.
Waterproof rain jacket and trousers
Warm closes and extra closes to exchange
Hat and cap, sun glasess, high factor sun cream
Daypack 40-50 litters and rain cover. It is also good idea to line your daypack with a quality plastic bag
Bottle for water
Quick drying towel
First aid kit, if you have some disease
Recommended to have
Insect repellants (for lower elevations)
Water purification tables or a water filter (more details in Notes)
Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if you don’t have altitude adaptation)
Recommended to have
WATERWhile on a trek, you are in the wild to enjoy the nature and the thrill of it. Its very important that you stay healthy and do not take ill on the trek to have a joyful experience in the wild. Water is important during trekking, we are providing boiled water or tea/coffee during breakfast, lunch, dinner, however boiling the water is limited, and it is not enough if you will need to fill up your bottles for next day. Water can be a cause of stomach problems on a trek. On the other hand, you need to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Water in some hills are also the source of water for animals and wild animals on the higher area. Always fetch water from running streams. The faster the better. Stagnant water has high risk of bearing pathogens, irrespective of the cold surrounding. Whereas, as fast gushing water has very low chances of bearing pathogens in it. It even has less particulate materials. You will be able to fill up water from natural springs, it’s the best as it acts as a natural filter and has very less chances of having particles in it. Local people same as a lot of tourist don't have a problems to drink water from the source, however if you are not sure please bring water cleaning pills with you for the trek from your homeland. You will not be able to find water cleaning pills in Kyrgyzstan.
LUGGAGE ON TOUR
TRECKKING GRADEYou need to have a good level of fitness and previous trekking experience is recommended. Trekking days are generally longer, challenging and at higher altitudes up to 3800 meters. Terrain may be difficult and ascents and descents are often demanding, especially during rain or snow.
INSURANCETravel insurance is NOT included. We recommend that clients have their own travel insurance against illness, injury, loss/damage to personal belongings. In case of emergency our staff will make all the best to delivery you to hospital or other point and solve your problem, insurance will cover your charges, if you don't have insurance, you will be required to cover charges by yourself.
MEALBreakfast: consist some of following dishes: Porridge, omelet, omelet with fried sausages, pancakes, scrambled eggs with sausage, boiled eggs and etc + bread, jam, butter, honey, sweets, tea/coffee. Lunch boxes or lunch: Dried fruits, chocolate, yogurt, juice, cheese, sandwich, vegetables/fruits and tea/coffee. Dinner: Our cooks is preparing european and asian cuisine You need to let us know if you are vegetarian or have some preferences, so we will be able to make special menu for you.
TIPPINGService of local staff is included to the program; however, it is polite to tip to local staff if the service has been very good. Also at your discretion, you might also consider tipping your tour manager in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.