At altitudes of Terskey Ala-Too

Duration of tour: 11 days 

Season: June – September 

Region: Issyk-Kul, Terskey Ala-Too Route: Chon Kyzyl-Suu - Jeti-Oguz – Karakol – Ala-Kul lake – Arashan – pass Liailiak – Ak-Suu – Karakol 

Difficulty: This route suits for people with good health and physical training, because the route consists of long transition over founderous terrain, sharp fluctuations in temperature and climbing to a height of 3850 meters above sea level.

1 Day: Transfer to the Chon Kyzyl-Suu gorge. Start walking tour from the hot springs. A picnic in the forest. Later in the afternoon we get to the place of the camps in the valley Kashka-Tor. Dinner and overnight in tents at the altitude of 2900 meters. 

2 Day: The transition to the Jeti-Oguz valley over the pass Archa-Tor. In the morning we go to the side of the pass Archa Tor at a height of 3800m. Picnic for the pass. Descent to the Jeti-Oguz gorge. A camp for 2 nights. Dinner and overnight in tents. 6-7 hours on foot, elevation change: +900 m / - 1000 m.

Djety-Oguz valley

3 Day:  Day walk in Jeti-Oguz valley. We will go deeper into the Jeti-Oguz gorge to the foot of Oguz-Bashi (Peak Yeltcin) peak (5168 m). The way back to camp. Night in tents. 6/7 hours on foot, elevation: +/-900 meters. 

4 Day: Transition under the pass Teleti. Descent Jeti-Oguz gorge to the intersection with the gorge Teleti. We will rise along the river to the foot of the pass Teleti. Night in tents. 6/7 hours on foot. Vertical drop: - 200 m + 700 m. 

5 Day: Transition Teleti pass – Karakol valley. We will climb to the pass Telety with the height 3850m. Lovely panoramic view of the pass. Descent to Karakol gorge. Setting camp in Chon-Tash, the large stone. Dinner and overnight in tents. 6/7 hours on foot. Drop: + 600 m - 900 m. 

6 Day: Karakol gorge. We'll go for a walk into the gorge Karakol to the foot of Karakol Peak 5216m, with picturesque view on Slonenok and Brigantina Peaks. Picnic in the mountains and the way back to the camp in Karakol gorge. Night in tents. 7-8 hours on foot. Vertical drop + / - 800 meters. 

7 Day: Hut Sirota and Ala-Kul lake. Morning descend to the bridge over the river Karakol. The transition to the gorge Takyr Tor. Climb to the hut at 2900 m Sirota Setting camp in the woods and further to Ala-Kul lake. Dinner and overnight in tents. 5/6 hours on foot. Drop: - 200 m/+1000 m.

Mountain lakes

8 Day: Ala-Kul pass – Altyn Arashan valley. Climbing to Ala-Kul pass at 3800m. Panoramic views of the peaks Djigit, Karakol, Tashtanbek and many other amazing peaks. The descent to Altyn-Arashan hot springs through Keldike gorge. Accommodation in guesthouse or yurt. Taking a hot bath with radon water. 8/9 hours on foot. Drop: + 300 m/- 1000 m. 

9 Day: The pass Liailiak. Morning moving to the side of the gorge Anyr Tor. Picnic on the way. Approach to the foot of the pass Ak-Suu (3600 m.) Dinner and overnight in tents. 4/5 hours on foot. Vertical drop: +700 m. 

10 Day: The transition to the Ak-Suu gorge. Early in the morning we will climb to the pass Ak-Suu, which is located at an altitude of 3600 m, descent to the valley of Ak-Suu. Crossing the river bridge and a camp on the bank of the river. Dinner and overnight in tents. 5/6 hours. Drop: + 500 m/- 700 m. 

11 Day: The descent to the warm springs Ak-Suu. Close to noon car will pick you up and bring you to place of your stay in Karakol. End of the service.  

 

Equipment

Equipment and items for trekking part:

  • Sleeping bag up to 0 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
  • Head-torch
  • Bottle for water
  • Quick drying towel
  • First aid kit, if you have some disease
  • Recommended to have

  • Walking sticks
  • Toiletries
  • 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)
  • Pocket knife
  • Important Notes

    WATER

    While 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

  • Main Baggage:
  • The item of luggage used to carry all your belongings in the hold of the plane and used to store all of the items you don't need on trek. This can be left behind at the group hotel used prior to the trek.
  • Luggage to the porters:
  • Almost all of our standard programs designed for not too long hikes, usually 4 to 8 days. We are providing as default 1 porter to 1 person, which carry 15 kg, that weight including food, tents, cooking staff and private things of clients, usually around 3-5kg first days. Everyday weight of food dicreasing and you will have possibility to give extra weight to the porter. You can order extra porter, if you having some big weight items as camera with lens, special equipment and etc. You will need to pay extra 30 euro per porter per day.
  • Daysac/Rucksack:
  • 30-40 liters recommended. During the course of a trekking day, you do not have access to the luggage, which is being carried for you by the porters. In mountain region, the weather can change very fast and you must be equipped for this eventuality. Your day sac should therefore be large enough to carry waterproofs, fleece jacket, long trousers (if walking in shorts), warm hat and gloves, sun cap, sun cream, water bottle and other staff which you need during the trek. On a few occasions, it is also necessary to carry your own packed lunch.

    TRECKKING GRADE

    You 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.

    INSURANCE

    Travel 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.

    MEAL

    Breakfast: 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.

    TIPPING

    Service 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.

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