RING OF SARY-JAZ
This tour is for people who want to experience beautiful, wild nature and untouchables landscapes with panoramic view to Tian-Shan mountains in 1 day.
We will drive around 10-11 hours with few stops for 1-2 hours along the way. If you have one more free day then we recommend for you to book 2 days trip to Sary-Jaz, so you will not worry about time and enjoy during trip.
At the moment 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.
The territory of the natural park is still little affected by human activities, and the main landscapes have remained almost in their natural state. Currently, 457 species of vascular plants are known from the Sary-Jaz river basin, although their total number can reach 700 species, which is a significant part of the total flora of Kyrgyzstan. Five types of them are listed in the Red Book of Kyrgyzstan, 8 are endemics which are not found anywhere else, and 11 are known in the Sary-Jaz region.
We depart early morning on 4wheel drive SUVs toward Sary-Jaz valley through Chon-Ashuu Pass (3822m) with breathtaking views from the top of the pass.
Lunch time on altittude almost 3000m with panoramic view to Tien-Shan mountains
On the way we willl visit the Ak-Unkur cave which means "white hole" and is located 7km to the East from Echkili-Tash. The length of this cave is 70m and reaches heights of 10m. There are traces of ancient cave paintings discovered here. In Echkili-Tash you can see many snow capped peaks of the Sary-Jaz Range. If will be clear weather we will able to see the summit of one of our most famous peaks, Khan-Tengri (7000m). After we move to Karkyra valley.
We will also visit Tamerlane’s stones. Legend has it that when the commander and army left on their campaign, Tamerlane ordered every soldier to take a stone with them, and here, at the pass, they each laid their stone, creating a large mound. Upon returning from their war, each soldier who survived took a stone from the mound and placed it upon a new pile. What remains to this day is two memorials, one to those who survived and the other to their fallen comrades.
We will return to Karakol through Basharin pass. `
Duration: 1 day (10-11 hours of driving)
Highest point: high pass Chon-Ashuu - 3822m
Road: 50% of the road is soviet asphalt from 1980 and the rest of the road is gravel or off-road
Area: Sary-Jaz located in border zone with China and Kazakhstan and that is why you need a permit.
Connection: No signal connection
Equipment and items:
Cap, sun glasess, high factor sun cream
First aid kit, if you have some disease
Recommended to have
Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if you don’t have altitude adaptation)
Recommended to have
TOUR GRADEThis tour designed who want to see beautiful landscapes in untouched area with breathtaking views. Tour with long day drive. YOU NEED TO TAKE A PASSPORT WITH YOU FOR THAT TOUR.
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.
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.
Price of tour:
up to 3 people – 205 USD, SUV 4х4
up to 5 people – 245 USD, Mitsubishi Delika 4х4
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Coffee/tea during the tour
Lunch is not included to the price. Please book lunch boxes beforehand, if you need them. Otherwise, you can take a lunch individually.
Permits to enter pre border zone, not included to the price, you need to book a tour beforehand in order to have time to prepare permits. Per permit per person is 30 USD (in frame of tour), details
Important: YOU NEED TO TAKE A PASSPORT WITH YOU FOR THAT TOUR.
The Road from Karakol
Road to Sary-Djaz. Intro (teaser 2)