Challenging Conquest of Tian-Shan Mountains
This unique program is our new tour with coustom itinerary. It is considered as a difficult trip because we combined with trekking, climbing and biking activites around Tien-Shan mountains. Here you can read feedback of Henrik and his friends. They were the first group who have gone this route.
Day 1: Bishkek – Karakol Meeting at airport and transfer to Karakol.
Dinner and accommodation in Green Yard hotel.
Day 2: Karakol - Irdyk valley - Karakol
This day we will do hiking day trip to Irdyk valley. It is great place for acclimatization before trekking. We will walk through forests and green valley. Our hiking destination will bring us to Djety-Oguz valley where we will seen famous seven bulls. Car will pick us up to Karakol.
Day 3: Karakol - Sirota hut (overnight in local camp), 15km, + 900m
Meeting with trekking team. We will start trekking from beggining of Karakol valley to have more time to walk.
Day 4: Sirota hut - Ala-Kul lake - Keldike gorge, 10km, + 900m, - 450m
We continue hiking to Ala-Kul lake (3533m). Ascent from Sirota hut to the lake takes approximately 2-3 hours. The lake is 2.3 km wide and 700 meters across, frozen from October to May and and surrounded by peaks and glaciers, you will have an amazing view of Terskey Ala-Too mountain peaks chain. The descent from the pass by the rocky path to the lake and continue along the coast to the waterfall, flowing from the lake. Dinner and camping in Keldike gorge.
Day 5: Keldike gorge - connection of rivers Aksu and Iyri-Tor, 15km, -700m, + 300m
Overnight in tents, taking wild hot springs in Takyr-Tor valley. Half of the day will be on touristic route)
Day 6: Connection of rivers Aksu and iyri-Tor - bottom of summing Ak-Suu wall, 8km, 4 hours.
Walking deeper to Iiri-Suu valley, crossing the few rivers and setting the camp under Ak-Suu wall mountain. We can walk in neighbor gorge, if you want to walk more that day. (overnight in tents). No tourists
Day 7: Ak-Suu wall - Sary-Chat valley, 15km, +600m, - 700m.
Climbing to Hatiga pass using climbing gear and further crossing the glacier and descent to Sary-Chat valley, (overnight in tents). No tourists on the way.
Day 8: Sary-Chat valley - Koiluu valley (7km, - 400m)
Meeting with shepherds and having lunch together, meeting with MTB and bike further by Koiluu valley (26km, -300m). Dinner in shepherds family (overnight in tents or shepherds house). No tourists
Day 9: Koiluu valley - Echkilitash, 80km, +-700m
Biking to Echkilitash check point by the shore of Sary-Jaz river and enjoying with the view of Enylchek range. Sary-Jaz area is part of Khan-Tengri National park. It is the largest national park in Kyrgyzstan for the protection of rare and endangered species of flora and fauna, primarily to preserve the snow leopard population.
Day 10: Echkilitash - Cholpon-Ata
After breakfast we will continue our final bike trip to Karkyra valley through Turuk pass. After pass we will mostly will do downhill. In Karkyra valley we will have a lunch and then car will pick us up to Cholpon-Ata city which is located on North side of Issyk-Kul lake.
Day 11: Karkyra valley - Bishkek
We will do short city tour in Bishkek and festive dinner in Supara restaurant.
Fly to home
Duration: 11 day
Distance: Total 1034km (Walking/hiking/biking part 204km)
Route: Bishkek - Karakol - Sirota - Keldike valley - Aksu river - Aksuu wall - Sary-Chat valley - Koiluu valley - Echkili-Tash - Cholpon-Ata - Bishkek
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 trek is very difficult. It is oriented for people with good health and physical fitness, because the route consists of long passages over rough terrain, include parlty climbing activity.
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.