View to peak Karakol

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
We did all 7 days in tent, Yurt and homestay. For 11 men we had 11 porters, 2 guides and 2 cooks. We were very statisfied with the organisation of the tour...
Practical Information:
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
Period: June-September 
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
  • 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


    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.


  • 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:
  • 40-50 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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

  • 1 person - soon USD
  • 2 person - soon USD
  • 3 person - soon USD

  • Price include:
  • English speaking guide (middle level)
  • Cook and porters (number of porters same as number of clients
  • Full board 11B, 11L, 11D
  • Equipment: 1 tent for 2 person (single accommodation is available upon request for extra payment), mats and table equipment
  • Accommodation in guesthouse or yurt in Altyn-Arashan
  • Hot springs
  • Transportation
  • Payment to Karakol National Park
  • Fresh food delivery to Karakol National Park

  • Price exclude:
  • Sleeping bags (If you don't have then you can rent from us for 3$ per day)
  • Insurance
  • Tips
    Map of Challenging Conquest of Tian-Shan Mountains
    9 days / 8 nights

    from US$

    Cultural Tours 
    Cultural Tours 
    Boutique Tours 
    Boutique Tours 
    Tours around Kyrgyzstan 
    Tours around Kyrgyzstan 
    Useful Information 
    Useful Information 
    About Visit Karakol  
    About Visit Karakol  


    Trekking to Celestrial Mountains
    Trekking to Celestrial Mountains
    The pearl Ala-Kul Lake
    The pearl Ala-Kul Lake
    Main sights around Karakol 
    Main sights around Karakol