Road to Sary-Jaz valley

ARABEL PLATEU 4000m

The Arabel Plateau is a highland area, located at altitude almost 4000 meters above sea level. This is a stunning place in the southern part of the Issyk-Kul region. It is situated near the Barskoon Gorge and the gold mine Kumtor.
High-mountain valleys (also called syrt) are a rare and very surprising phenomenon, especially at this altitude. The average annual temperature in these places is only 5-7 degrees and the earth is almost completely devoid of vegetation. In such places, only grass, mosses and lichens survive. Due to abundant precipitation and melting of glaciers, there is a lot of water in the valley. This water is used to form rivers, lakes and marshes. The Arabel Plateau is a peculiar high mountain tundra where you can find more than 50 lakes.
The plateu has such an interesting relief and a large number of lakes due to a very old glacier. It leveled the valley and left so many lacustrine basins.
Program:
9AM
We depart early morning on 4wheel drive SUVs toward Barskoon valley where we will stop and see waterfalls and monument of Yuri Gagarin who was the first cosmonaut of the USSR.
1PM
We will start to drive and on the way we will see high pass which conctructed by Canadian Gold Company Kumtor. and on the top we will on Arabel Plateu which is located almost on 4000 meters.
2PM
Further we will visit Arabel lake with view to mountains andaround of this lake grow different types of flowers and one of them is Edelweiss whic is very rare.
3PM
Our next point is Suyok pass 4022m where we will see panoramic view to mountains of Kyrgyzstan and behind them will be China.
4PM
After we driving around of mountains we will see Kumtor Gold mine.And then start to drive to Karakol.
6PM
Arriving to Karakol
 

Practical Information:

Duration: 1 day (7-9 hours of driving)

Distance: 330km

Highest point: high pass Suyok pass 4022m

Road: 40% of the road is asphalt and rest is gravelly rammed by Cold Company

Area: Barskoon valley, Arabel plateu (Jety-Oguz area)

Connection: No signal connection in Arabel Plateu

 
Equipment
Equipment and items for tour:
  • Swimming suits, towel and sandals
  • Warm clothes
  • Cap, sun glasess, high factor sun cream
  • Head-torch
  • First aid kit, if you have some disease
  • Recommended to have
  • Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if you don’t have altitude adaptation)
  • Pocket knife
  • Important Notes

    TOUR GRADE

    This tour designed who want to see beautiful landscapes in untouched area with breathtaking views. Tour with long day drive.

    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.

    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.

    Terms and Conditions

    Price

    PRICE OF TOUR:

  • up to 3 people – 165 USD, SUV 4х4
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  • up to 5 people – 195 USD, Mitsubishi Delika 4х4
  •    Important: YOU NEED TO TAKE A PASSPORT WITH YOU FOR THAT TOUR.

    PRICE INCLUDING:

  • Driver-guide
  • Vehicles selected category
  • Water
  • NOTICE:

  • Lunch is not included to the price. Please book lunch boxes beforehand (300KGS PP), if you need them. Otherwise, you can take a lunch individually.
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