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Combined tour «Celestial Mountains of Kyrgyzstan»

This tour is focused for active and energetic people who want spend vacation (time) with benefit for health during the tour, participating in a large number of active events. We will cross few high passes of Terskey Ala-Too range and see amazing views of mountains, lakes, valleys and nomad’s culture.

Duration of tour: 15 days

1 day, airport Manas – Ala-Archa – Bishkek, up to 100 km 

Meeting at Manas airport and moving to Bishkek, having a rest few hours and transfer to Ala Archa national Park. The Ala Archa National Park is an alpine national park in the Tian-Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan and located approximately 40 km south of the capital city of Bishkek. The park, which includes the gorge of the Ala-Archa River and the mountains surrounding it, is a popular destination point for weekend picnickers, hikers, horse trekkers, skiers as well as mountain climbers looking for challenging ice, rock and mixed routes. Walking around and picnic. Back way to Bishkek. Dinner at local restaurant. 

2 day, Bishkek – Issyk-Ata valley - Cholpon-Ata, 400 km 

We are moving to Cholpon-Ata city, on the way we will Kegety valley walking in the valley. Further, we continue our road to Cholpon-Ata via Boom valley where the Great Silk Road caravans used to pass. Accommodation and dinner at hotel 3*. 

3 day, Cholpon-Ata – Karakol, 200km 

In the morning, we set-off to Karakol via Semenov valley, walking around 1-2 hours up to small lake Sut-Bulak. Picnic at the picturesque lake. After arriving short city tour in Karakol. Accommodation hotel 3*. Meeting with mountain guide and preparation for trekking. Dinner at Dastorkon ethno-restaurant made in national style.

4 day, Karakol - Telety pass, 10km, +700m, 5-6 hours of trekking 

Transfer from Karakol to Djety-Oguz, until the conflux with Telety-West valley. Djety Oguz, the extraordinary 'Valley of Seven Bulls', is famous for its unusually bright, red sandstone rock formations. Arriving to place of start and trekking towards Telety pass. Camping before Telety pass infront of Muz-Too (Ice Mountains) Mountain (2500m).

 

 

5 day, Telety pass - Karakol valley, 12km, +700m, 6-7 hours of trekking 

Climbing to Telety pass (3800m). There are two steep ascents at the beginning of this pass, but you will be amazed by the view. Descent from the pass to Telety - East valley until the first convenient place to have lunch. After lunch coming down to Karakol valley. Camping (2400 m) at the conflux of Telety East and Karakol valleys. Dinner and camping in tents. 

6 day, Karakol valley - On-Tor valley (4-5 hours) 

We are making radial trekking deeper to Karakol valley and then to On-Tor valley. Closer to lunch we will arrive under Karakol Peak 5216m, whence you will be able to see Slonenok and Brigantina peaks. After taking pictures and rest, returning to the camp. 

7 day, Karakol valley - Ala-Kul Lake, 7 km, +1000m, 4-5 hours of trekking 

We are climbing to Ala-kul Lake (3533m). The lake is 2.3 km wide and 700 meters across, frozen from October to May and surrounded by peaks and glaciers. Dinner and camping on the shore of the lake. 

8 day, Ala-Kul Lake - Altyn-Arashan, 13km, +300m, -1100m, 5-6 hours of trekking 

Our next point is Altyn-Arashan valley. We will start climb to pass Ala-Kul 3800 m and then descent to Altyn-Arashan. Extremely picturesque views of Altyn-Arashan attract large number of tourists. That resort is famous for hot radonsprings. You will take a bath in the pool with radon water. Accommodation and dinner in guesthouse or yurt at Altyn-Arashan. 

9 day, Altyn-Arashan – Anyr-Tor – Altyn-Arashan, 12km, +-700m, 5-6 hours of trekking 

After rest and comprehensive breakfast, we continue proceed to Anyr-Tor valley, where two big and two small mountain lakes are located. One of the main sights is a small lake, where possible to see wild ducks, different birds and other mammals. Amazing views, fresh mountain air and remoteness from civilization will give you a sense of joy and peace. Ascent and coming back to small lakes approximately takes 6-8 hours. Lunch on the way. On arrival to Altyn- Arashan, hot relaxing hot springs will be waiting for you. Accommodation and dinner in guesthouse or yurt at Altyn-Arashan. 

10 day, Altyn-Arashan – Karakol, 10km, -450m, 3-4 hours of trekking 

Morning excursion to wild hot springs: Swallow’s nest and Queen Frog. Then we come down by serpentine along Altyn-Arashan valley to Aksuu, where the car will pick you up and take to Karakol. Dinner and accommodation at hotel. In the evening, folklore show from local band Azem will organized.

Altyn-Arashan valley
Altyn-Arashan valley


11 day, Karakol – Djety-Oguz – Fairytale – Bokonbaevo, 200 km 

At that day we will visit famous places as Djety-Oguz valley, where you could see Broken Heart and Seven Bulls rocks, further we will continue our trip to Fairytale canyons. Amongst the weird rock formations there is a ridge, which resembles two walls of fortification, something like the Great Wall of China, rising vertically out of the surrounding sandstone. Looking around and applying your imagination, it is also to see formations, which resemble other structures with arches and columns.  Arriving to Bokonbaevo village, accommodation and dinner at yurt camp Bel-Tam on the Shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. 

12 day, Bokonbaevo – Son-Kul lake, up to 250km 

That day we will have yurt show, masters in Kyzyl-Tuu village will demonstrate and show how they are producing Yurts. Kyzyl-Tuu village is famous for producing Kyrgyz Yurts, half of that village is working in producing of Yuts and exporting to abroad. Further moving to Son-Kul lake. In summer some of the local people who live in the villages, leave their homes to go up to the green and luscious meadows of Son-Kul Lake. Here during the warm summer months, they graze their cattle in the summer pasture live and in small farmsteads, which are called jailoo. You could see rest of real nomads only Son-Kul Lake, men all day long they ride horses and graze the cattle, which they collected from close villages. Women taking care of children and do housework: clean, cook, bake bread, make delicious butter and other dairy products from cow and horse milk. In the summer pasture, almost all the food is of natural, local products: meat, milk, butter and airan (local yogurt). Here you can see a lot of horses that graze and breed on their own. These noble animals are a particularly nice fit into the Alpine-like meadows. Accommodation and dinner at Yurt camp on Son-Kul lake. 

13 day, Son-Kul lake – Kyzyl Oi village, up to 150 km 

We will have 3 hours horseback riding to top of mountain in order to see panoramic view to Son-Kul lake and then after lunch we proceed further to Kyzyl-Oi village via Kara-Keche pass, which is on the altitude of the 3384m.  This pass is popular for cyclists and off-road lovers.  Kyzyl-Oi is a mountain village located at the altitude of about 1800 meters above sea level in the valley of the mighty river Kekemeren. Here you can see an extraordinary landscape of majestic mountains surrounding the village.Accommodation and dinner in family CBT guest house in Kyzyl-Oi. Big groups will be divided to few guesthouses. 

 

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14 day, Kyzyl-Oi – Bishkek, 250 km 

We proceed to natural treasure of Inner Tian-Shian, to Suusamyr valley. Suusamyr is one of the best grasslands in Kyrgyzstan. The pass attracts many alpinists, ski lovers and simply people who love fresh mountain air. Further, our road will pass through majestic Too-Ashuu pass, it lies at the altitude of 3400 m. That road connecting the north and south capitals. You could see amazing landscapes and good few to Suusamyr valley. Arrival to Bishkek. Festive dinner in ethno restaurant Supara. Accommodation in hotel 3*. 

15 day, Bishkek – airport Manas, 30km 

Meeting at the hotel and taking to the airport Manas. Finish of service.

 

Price including

  • Transfer furing the full period of tour 
  • English speaking guide
  • Full board 
  • Hot springs and accommodation in Altyn-Arashan 
  • Equipment for trekking (tent for 2 person, mats, table equipment) 
  • Staff for trekking: guide, cook, 1 porter brings 15 kg for 1 person, that weight including food, tents and cooking staff of clients 
  • Admission fee in museums and other sights. 
  • Festive dinner in traditional Supara restaurant (except alcohol drinks) 
  • Accommodation and dinners in hotels, guesthouses and yurts (4 person in 1 yurt)
  • Folklore show in Karakol 
  • Yurt show in Kyzyl-Tuu
  • Horseback riding on Son-Kul lake

 

Not included in price:

  • Insurance 
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Tips 
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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