Colors of Tian-Shan mountains
Duration of tour: 11 days
Description: This tour is designed for people who is interested to see fabulous gorges, lakes, pastures and culture with physical activities and with staying in comfortable apartments. During tour will be short treks and horseback riding to main places and sights.
1 day. 19/06. Bishkek – Ala-Archa – Bishkek
Meeting at Manas airport and moving to Bishkek. Few hours rest in hotel after long flight, lunch and driving to Ala Archa national Park. 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 to Ak-Sai waterfall and back way to Bishkek. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation in Garden Hotel/Asia Mountains (or in other hotel with same level)
2 day. 20/06. Bishkek – Issyk-Ata gorge – Chon-Kemin
We will visit Issyk-Ata gorge, which is famous with old sanatorium, which was started at 1891 year, and it has long history. Walking around sanatorium and walking to waterfall. Next our point is Chon-Kemin National Park where we will have rafting on Chon-Kemin river with a professional team. Duration of rafting 1.5 hours, length 25 km. Will be provided professional guides and all necessary equipment (rafts, catamarans, diving suit, helmets and life jacket).Arriving to Chon-Kemin village, dinner and accommodation in Ashu guesthouse. It’s a unique place where Kyrgyz traditions harmonize with high level of service.
3 day. 21/06. Horseback riding in forest of Chon-Kemin National Park
We will have horseback riding in forest of Chon-Kemin National Park and pastures. The nature is untouched and natural, there are forests of fir and there living wild animals such as Turkestan lynx, marals, and golden eagles. Picnic and return back to Ashu guesthouse.
4 day. 21/06. Chon–Kemin – Semenov gorge – Karakol
Moving to Semenov gorge, which is located on the north Shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. After arriving to valley radial trekking to Sut-Bulak lake. Picnic at the picturesque lake and continue our trip to Karakol. After arriving short city tour in Karakol. In the evening, the folklore show from local band Azem will be demonstrated. Accommodation in hotel 3*.
5 day. 22/06. Karakol – Altyn-Arashan - Karakol
We will visit beautiful valley Altyn Arashan walking through picturesque gorge. This valley is praised by tourists from all over the world. Altyn-Arashan is located 30 km away from Karakol. We will take hot bath with radon water and transfer back to Karakol on Russian Military truck on most worth road in Kyrgyzstan. Dinner in local Dungan family. Accommodation in hotel 3*.
6 day. Karakol – Kyzyl-Jar Rock - Djety-Oguz – Karakol
We will have long day hike by scenic Yrdyk valley and see Kyzyl-Jar (Red Rock) Rock, on the way we will see few local shepherds who take care of cattle. We are visiting popular gorge Djety-Oguz that means Seven Bulls. Most famous sight of that place is Seven Bulls, Broken Heart rocks. Dinner and accommodation in hotel 3*.
7 day. Karakol – Fairytale canyon – Kadjy-Sai village
We will visit Fairytale canyon located on south shore of Issyk-Kul lake. 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. After 3-4 hours of walking falconry hunting will be demonstrated, famous hunter Ishenbek will tell in details about the hunting on wild animals with the help of falcon and eagle. Dinner and accommodation in guesthouse.
8 day. Kadjy-Sai village – Son-Kul lake
We will drive further to great Son-Kul Lake 3016m, where you can feel spirit of nomads. Arriving to the pass which is just next of Kyzart village and 6-7 hours hiking to Son-Kul lake through the pass with height 3367m. 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.
9 day. Son-Kul lake – Kyzyl Oi village
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. Trekking to panoramic view of the village and gorge. Accommodation and dinner in family CBT guest house in Kyzyl-Oi. (Our group will be divided for few neighbor guesthouses with shared bathrooms due to there is no big hotels).
10 day. Kyzyl-Oi – Bishkek
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*.
11 day. Bishkek – airport Manas
Early transfer to airport. End of service.
- Transfer during the full period of tour
- Double/Twin accommodation
- English speaking guide
- Full board
- Hot springs in Altyn-Arashan
- Admission fee to sights
- Festive dinner in traditional Supara restaurant (except alcohol drinks)
- Folklore show
- Horseback riding in Chon-Kemin National Park and horse keepers
Not included in price:
- Alcohol drinks
Equipment and items for trekking part:
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.