Ring of Sary-Jaz 2
Duration: 2 days
Period: May – September
This tour is for people who want to experience or photograph beautiful landscapes such as the high peaks of the Tian-Shan mountains, the lifestyle of shepherds who inhabit the most remote valleys, and to enjoy the silence and tranquility that only the pristine nature of Kyrgyzstan can offer.
Day 1, Karakol – Too-Ashu pass – Karkyra, 200 km
Early morning we depart with comfortable all-wheel drive SUVs toward Sary-Jaz through Too-Ashuu Pass (3822m). On the way there, we will visit the Ak-Chunkur 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 were traces of ancient cave paintings discovered here.
Many animals such as argali, ibex and others inhabit this mountainous kingdom. In Echkili-Tash you can see many snow capped peaks of the Sary-Jaz Range. From here, with clear weather, you can see the summit of one of our most famous peaks, Khan-Tengri (7010m). After lunch we move to Karkyra through Turuk Pass, a region known for it's diverse ecology. Once in Karkyra, we'll camp the night in tents.
Day 2, Karkyra – San-Tash – Karakol, 100 km
We will start with a morning walk in the forest of Karkyra valley. After that we drive further to Tamerlane’s stones. Not far from Santash village, there are kurgans and remains of the Caravanserais, where the Tamerlane’s troops once passed. 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 are two memorials, one to those who survived and the other to their fallen comrades. We will return back to Karakol through Basharin pass.
- Full board (2L, 1D, 1B)
- Transportation on 1 car
- Equipment: Tents (2 person in 1 tent), mats, sleeping bags, table equipment