Colors of Tian-Shan mountains

Colors of Tian-Shan mountains

Duration of tour: 11 days 

Fixed dates: Tours starts 27th July and end early morning at 7th August 2018.

Minimum groups size is 8 people, tour can be cancelled, if we will have less than 8 people in a group. We will let you know 1 month before tour start, however we will make our best to make a tour as it is planned even with less participants.

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.

Day 1. 27 July. Bishkek – Ala-Archa – Bishkek, up to 150 km 

Meeting at Manas airport and moving to Bishkek. Few hours rest in hotel and after lunch 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 in local restaurant. Accommodation in 3* hotel. 

Day 2. 28 July. Bishkek – Konorchek canyons - Cholpon-Ata, 300 km 

We will move to Cholpon-Ata city, on the way there we will visit Konochek canyons. Interesting landscape of Konorchek canyons resembles the Grand Canyon in the USA, but at the same time they carry a significant particle of the unique nature of Kyrgyzstan. This fabulous place is located 125 km from the capital of the country, in Boom gorge. Further we continue our road to Cholpon-Ata via Boom valley where the Great Silk Road caravans used to pass. Upon arrival to Cholpon Ata, we will have an excursion in Petroglyphs open museum, which is called “Stone garden”. Accommodation and dinner in a hotel. 

Day 3. 29 July. Cholpon-Ata – Karakol, 200km 

We set-off to Karakol via Semenovsky valley, where we will hike to small Holy lake Sut-Bulak. After arrival to Karakol, we will have a city tour. Karakol is the largest city in Issyk-Kul region. "Karakol" means "Black Hand", and it was named after the eponymous name of the river on which it was located. The town itself boasts a number of places that would be interesting to tourists, for example, a very pretty wooden mosque that was built by Chinese artisans for the local Dungans between 1907 and 1910 and it was made entirely without metal nails and a similarly appealing wooden Russian Orthodox church, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, completed in 1895. Dinner at Dastorkon ethno-restaurant that is made in a national style. Meeting with the guide and preparation for the trek. Accommodation at a 3* hotel. 

Day 4. 30 July. Karakol – Alp Camp, 10km, 450m, 4-5 hours of trekking 

We departure from Karakol to the Karakol valley. We will hike up to Alps Camp along beautiful Karakol valley. On the way, we will go by Small Lakes, waterfalls, calm waters of Karakol river. There are a lot of grazing horses that give more charm to this valley. Our camping place will be at Camp located on altitude 2550m on connection of main gorges which bring to Ala-Kul Lake, Telety pass, On-Tor, Kol-Tor gorges and ideally for everyday radial trekking. 

Day 5. 31 July. Alp Camp – Peak Karakol, 18km, +500m, 8-10 hours of trekking 

We start our long trekking day to the foot of Peak Karakol, it takes about 4-5 hours to one way. Karakol peak is located at south shore of Issyk-Kul lake, in Oguz-Bashy massif. Karakol peak has a shape of ice trapezium. There is a small corrie glacier under it. Two big glaciers fall away at the sides of the peak. The height is 5280m. The flow from the glacier form a waterfall. On arrival to the glacier, you will have a view on Karakol peak, Slonenok and Brigantina. Photoshoot and returning to the camp. Rest and overnight at camp. 

Day 6. 1 August. Alp Camp – Ala-Kul Lake, 11km, + - 1000m, 8-10 hours of trekking 

Trekking to The Ala-Kul lake, which lies in the glacial valley of the left riverhead of Kurgaktor river, at an altitude of 3533 meters above sea level with beautiful views of the snow-capped peaks. On arrival to Ala-Kul lake – lunch, relax, walk. After short rest on Ala-Kul lake, coming down to Alp Camp. Rest and overnight at camp. 

Day 7. 2 August. Alp Camp – Karakol, 10km, -550m, 3-4 hours of trekking 

We will have time to take a sunbath and have a rest after breakfast. We start coming down close to noon from Alp Camp and then 3-4-hour descent to the beginning of Karakol valley, whence you will be picked up by car and delivered to the hotel. Folk show of local band Azem will be arranged in the hotel. Accommodation and dinner in Green Yard Hotel (or other hotel with same level).


Altyn-Arashan valley
Altyn-Arashan valley

Day 8. 3 August. Karakol – Altyn-Arashan, 30 km 

We will trek to beautiful valley “Altyn Arashan”. The car will bring us to beginning of Altyn-Arashan valley, and then we will hike through picturesque gorge along Terskey Ala-Too. This valley is praised by tourists from all over the world. Lunch on the way. Taking hot bath with radon water and walk around. Dinner and accommodation in mountain guesthouse or yurt. 

Day 9. 4 August. Altyn-Arashan – Anyr-Tor – Karakol, 30 km 

We will hike 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 5-6 hours. Lunch on the way. On arrival to Altyn-Arashan, hot relaxing hot springs and descend to Karakol by Russian Military Truck. Accommodation and dinner in Green Yard hotel (or other hotel with same level). 

Day 10. 5 August. Karakol - Bokonbaevo, 180 km 

We are visiting popular gorge Djety-Oguz that means Seven Bulls. Most famous sight of that place is Seven Bulls and Broken Heart rocks. We will walk for panoramic view of mountains and continue our trip to 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. Eagle show will be demonstrated to you by famous hunter Ishenbek. Dinner and accommodation in yurt camp Bel-Tam located on the south shore of Issyk-Kul lake. Possible to shim in the lake. 

Day 11. 6 August. Bokonbaevo – Bishkek, 250km 

We will visit ancient Burana tower in Tokmok city. The tower, along with grave markers, some earthworks and the remnants of a castle and three mausoleums, is all that remains of the ancient city of Balasagun, which was established by the Karakhanids at the end of the (XI - XIII вв.) century. Short city tour uppon arrival to Bishkek. Dinner in popular ethno restaurant Supara. Accommodation at a 3* hotel.

Day 12. 7 August. Bishkek – airport Manas. 

Early depart to airport. End of service.  


Price per person is 1350 USD with double accommodation.

Price per person is 1590 USD with single accommodation.

Price including:

  • Transfer during the full period of tour
  • English speaking guide
  • Full board
  • Admission fee in museums and other sights.
  • Double/Twin accommodation in hotels, guesthouses, Alp Camp and yurt camps (4 person in 1 yurt)
  • Accommodation and Hot springs in Altyn-Arashan (4 person in 1 room)
  • Folklore and eagle show

  • Price not including:

  • Insurance
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Other expenses not shown in Price including
  • Sleeping bags
  • Equipment

    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 30-40 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:
  • Tour is NOT including service of the porters due to you will have radial trekking each day with coming back to main place of stay in Karakol valley and Altyn-Arashan. However, we can deliver your luggage to places of stay in Karakol and Altyn-Arashan by car.
  • 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.


    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 3533 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.

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