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2 weeks of Trekking and Culture

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2 weeks of Trekking and Culture

If you want to have a good active vocation, climb mountain passes with stunning views and see local people as well as immerse in Kyrgyz culture and have wonderful memories from your vocation - this tour is for you! On this tour you will see two biggest lakes in the country, trek to mountainous lakes and waterfalls, conquer the peak and visit historical sights. You will be able to sleep in yurts, try national food, ride horses and much more!

DAY 1

Bishkek

Arrival to Bishkek, meeting at the “Manas” airport at 05:40, transfer to hotel for early check in and rest. After lunch we will go for a city tour. On a city tour we will see the colorful Osh bazaar where you may buy fresh and dry fruit, berries and nuts. You will visit the main Ala-Too square with the change of guards, old square with the Lenin statue, Manas complex with Philharmonic hall and Victory square with the central mall - ZUM. Overnight at the hotel. Read more

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DAY 2

Ala-Archa park

After breakfast we will go to the national park Ala-Archa where we will spend our time seeing a great Kyrgyz nature. The park is located in 40 km from Bishkek on the slopes of Kyrgyz Ala-Too. Ala-Archa is translated from Kyrgyz language as “motley juniper”. The gorge got its name due to a great amount of juniper covering its slopes. As different kinds of juniper have different colors and the gorge seems to be very colorful. Almost all treks and hiking trips start from the same named alpine camp “Ala-Archa”, located at the forest zone on the height of 2100m over the sea level. The camp first consisted of tents in 1951 and then grew into the modern size. This was the second important place in Soviet Union after Caucasus, a kind of climbing Mecca of Central Asia. Many nowadays known climbers started their climbing career here. The camp itself is located not far from a world known Ak-Sai glacier, surrounded by many summits of different difficulty level which attracts all the climbers. We will have a hike to a beautiful waterfall, have picnic at its side and go further to Ratsek’s hut. Dinner and overnight in tents. Read more

Ala-Archa park
DAY 3

Uchitel peak (4520 m)

This day you will have the climbing onto Uchitel peak. Easy and no need for special equipment. Going up to the top and coming back to Ratsek’s hut. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Ala-Archa
DAY 4

Bishkek

This day we will get down to Bishkek and rest.

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DAY 5

Bishkek - Karakol

In the morning after the breakfast we will be transferred to Karakol town. On the way we will visit the historical-architectural complex of Burana Tower. Burana tower (minaret) is located on the territory of an ancient settlement 90km far from Bishkek. The historians and archeologists proved that the settlement was once the capital of Karakhanid Khanate and was called Balasagun founded in 10th century AC. Burana tower is the central monument of this complex. Upon arrival to Cholpon-Ata we will visit the petroglyphs (stone inscriptions) left on the stones by ancient artists. We will also visit the museum and cultural-architectural complex Ruh-Ordo. Upon our arrival to Karakol we will be accommodated in the hotel. After having some rest we will have a little walk around the town, visit an ancient Dungan Mosque, and a Holy Trinity wooden Church which was first built without a single nail. Free time, rest, dinner at the hotel. Read more

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DAY 6

Altyn-Arashan

In the morning of the 4th day you will continue your program with going to Altyn Arashan gorge. There is going to be a chance to swim in hot springs and walk to the waterfall. Overnight in tents.

Altyn-Arashan
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DAY 7

Ala-Kol lake

Trekking to Ala-Kol lake (3532 m). In early morning we will have a trek to the Ala-Kol pass (3860 m), 6 hours one way for normal physical people. Overnight in tents.

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DAY 8

Karakol

Telety pass – National park in Karakol gorge. From the pass you may see many summits of Terskey Ala-Too range. Descent to Karakol gorge along Telety river. Transfer to Karakol city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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DAY 9

Karakol - Djeti-Oguz - Tamga

After breakfast you will drive to Djeti-Oguz by the eastern shore of Issyk-Kul lake. Here we may have a little hike to a beautiful waterfall and see the huge stone formations “Seven bulls” and “Broken Heart”. After that we will go to one of the villages on the shores of the great mountainous lake. We will have free time in the evening to enjoy the waters of the lake and make great pictures of the sunset on the shores of the second biggest alpine lake in the world. Overnight in “Tamga” guest house. Read more

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DAY 10

Tamga – Son-Kul lake

After breakfast we will be transferred to Son-Kul Lake located on the height of 3016 m above the sea level. This is the best place for shepherds-nomads. If you have ever heard a beautiful legend about the most beautiful lake in the center of Tian-Shan mountains most possible this was the lake Son-Kul. By some sources its name is translated as “the last lake” and it’s not without reason as this is the second biggest lake on the territory of Kyrgyzstan after Issyk-Kul lake. And the name can be treated as an “alpine lake”. As the lake is located on an alpine meadow and surrounded by mountain ridges it has its own microclimate. All the valley is covered with green alpine fields (Kyrgyz people name them “jailoo”). That’s why this place was very popular among the shepherds and nomads in all times which is proven by the stone inscriptions and ancient shrines found on the shores of the lake. Shepherds-nomads bring their cattle to the lake in the summer and live here in yurts with their families. We will get to Son-Kul lake by noon. Accommodation will be in yurts made for the guests in the traditional way. We will continue our acquaintance with Kyrgyz nomads’ traditions. Dinner. Overnight. Read more

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DAY 11

Son-Kul

Acquaintance with nomad’s life. This day at first we will see the Tash-Tuulga stones. Stone circles on the southern shores of Lake Son-Kul. "Tash Tulga" or "Tulga-Tash" means hearth built of stones (support for large cauldrons). In the archaeological literature they are called "eight stone memorial fences." These eight stone monuments date back to the I century BC, and have analogues in the Altai, Tuva and Western Mongolia. In the Central Tien Shan, they are rare and "not in all the Saka era cemeteries," this means that the custom of building memorials from eight stones was not characteristic of the entire population of the Tien Shan Sakas. Each altar is eight lined stones arranged in a circle, with an average diameter of 1-1.3 m. Nine such eight-stone monuments lined up in a line facing north and south by 200 m. Thus, Tash-Tulga has a planning structure with numerical symbolism, many researchers from ancient times think that it served as a ceremonial center and a gathering place for the nomads.After that we will drive a little to the west and go up the hill to see the old stones (ancient calendar), petrography. Back to the camp, dinner and free time at leisure. Read more

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DAY 12

Son-Kul

This day we will drive to the northern shore of Son-Kul lake to go up Jalgyz-Karagai pass (3325 m) – 5-6 hours hike. The pass itself is rocky and fascinating. From the pass there is a great view onto Son-Kul lake to the south and Kilemche jailoo (pasture) to the north. During the summer this is the best place to get the livestock to, everywhere one can see cattle grazing peacefully amongst nomadic yurts. The name of the pasture is translated as "carpet", and this "carpet" covers the hillocks with patterns, as on shirdak (Kyrgyz carpet). Coming to the yurt camp in the evening. Read more

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DAY 13

Son-Kul - Bishkek

Morning will be free for you to walk around and enjoy the views, maybe have little hike to the uphills. After lunch we will head back to Bishkek. Farewell dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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DAY 14

Departure

This day the car will take you to the airport for your flight home.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Bishkek
Day 2
Location Ala-Archa
Hotel Ratsek's hut
Day 4
Location Bishkek
Day 5
Location Karakol
Hotel Green Yard
Day 6
Location Altyn-Arashan
Hotel tents
Day 7
Location Ala-Kol
Hotel tents
Day 8
Location Karakol
Hotel Green Yard
Day 9
Location Tamga
Hotel guest house
Day 10
Location Son-Kul lake
Hotel yurts
Day 13
Location Bishkek

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • 1. Transport according to the program
  • 2. English speaking Guide
  • 3. Accommodation
  • 4. Meals by the program
  • 5. Excursions according to the program
  • 6. Porters for days 8,9,10
  • 7. Cook for days 8,9,10
  • 8. Truck to get to Altyn-Arashan on day 8
  • 9. Tents and kitchen equipment for trekking days
  • 10. Gas
  • 11. Water 1 l. per day per person

Package excludes

  • 1. Any changes in the program
  • 2. Alcohol beverages
  • 3. Excursions not included in the program
  • 4. Tips for guide, driver and hotel personnel
  • 5. Any personal expenses in hotel: international calls, bar, etc.
  • 6. Meals in towns
  • 7. Single Supplement of 230 USD
  • 8. Any kind of insurance
  • 9. International flight

REVIEWS

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Larisa Nesova, Russian Federation

На память у нас остались прекрасные фотографии и яркие воспоминания. Всем с удовольствием рассказываем о своем отдыхе с ITC "Asia Mountains" и зовем с нами в очередное путешествие по живописнейшей Киргизии. Надеемся увидеться со всеми впредь! Read more

Sarah Lowry, United Kingdom

Dear Jane Yes, we’re safely home and getting used to life back here. Thank you for all your help in organizing our trip in Kyrgyzstan – we had a wonderful time. Everything went well and all the arrangements were perfect. Marat was a very good and safe driver and made sure we were very well... ear Jane Yes, we’re safely home and getting used to life back here. Thank you for all your help in organizing our trip in Kyrgyzstan – we had a wonderful time. Everything went well and all the arrangements were perfect. Marat was a very good and safe driver and made sure we were very well... Read more

Canipel Jelle, Belgium

Hi Jane Just wanna say in name of all the others that we had a wonderful time with Asia Mountains in Kyrgyzstan. All was perfect, good communications and perfect guide and chauffeur. It was an awesome adventure. Thanks a lot for the good service!

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