Along the northen Tien-Shan (Trekking on Kyrgyz Range)


Trekking in Kyrgyzstan

The first things you may see after leaving the airplane are enormous snow ridges, stretching not far away in the south.  That is exactly Kyrgyz Ala Too range which borders Chue valley from the south, it is the beginning of Tien-Shan. You may notice that many Kyrgyz ridges have prefix Ala-Too in its name what translated from Kyrgyz language as Great Mountains. From earliest time Kyrgyz people were calling lovingly their mountains.  This name proves its value. It is one of 88 mountain ridges of the Tian-Shan. It stretches for 454 km from west to east; its tops are much higher of snow line and reach an altitude of 4700 m above the sea level.  The highest point of Kyrgyz ridge is Semenov-Tienshansky peak (4895 m) which locates in the Ak-Sai spur of main ridge in 40 km from Bishkek. Northern slopes of Kyrgyz ridge have numerous gorges with its unique beauty. You may find here fir and archa trees, boundless alpine meadows and a land of eternal snow. There are rivers with clean ice water flowing in the gorge’s bottom. You may enjoy here noisy waterfalls, clean and fresh air, you may see mountain lakes of different origin, visit Eolian castles – a masterpiece of wind and water. You may wander huge alpine meadows and get acquainted with a life of modern nomads. It is amazing, but except Ala-Archa and Alamedin gorges, Kyrgyz ridge is rarely visited by tourists. So it has preserved its unique virgin beauty. We offer you to supply the gap.  During this trek you may visit four gorges of the Kyrgyz ridge, cross several passes, you will see mountain lake, and wander along famous fir trees and alpine meadows, as they are called here jailoo. Moreover, you will have a possibility to enjoy plus to typical mountain landscapes a panorama of wonderful Chue valley. So, let’s go!

Bishkek -Bishkek
Best time: May – mid of October
Activity: Trekking in Kyrgyzstan
Duration: 13 days

  Days Program Accommodation  Meals
 Day 1  Bishkek. International Manas airport.   Hotel B/L/D
 Day 2 Transfer from Bishkek to the Tuyk Issykatinsky gorge. Traverse to the Kara-Archa gorge.   Tents B/L/D
 Day 3 Traverse to the Kel-Tor gorge.  Tents B/L/D
 Day 4  Walking to the Kel-Tor lake.    Tents  B/L/D 
 Day 5  Trekking to the upper of Burana gorge.   Tents  B/L/D 
 Day 6 Trekking to the Tuura-Kayin gorge.   Tents  B/L/D 
 Day 7 Trekking to the Tuyk Shamsynsky gorge.   Tents  B/L/D 
 Day 8 Trekking to the gorge At-Djailoo.   Tents   B/L/D 
 Day 9 Trekking to the Kel-Tor Shamsy gorge.  Tents  B/L/D 
 Day 10 Trekking to the Kyzyl-Suu gorge.   Tents  B/L/D 
 Day 11 Climb of the Drujba peak (4185 m)        Tents  B/L/D
 Day 12 Transfer to Bishkek  Hotel B/L/D
 Day 13 Departure   ----------   B/-/-

Dates: July 16 - 28, 2018

Price for group of 4 pax and more: USD 1,048 per person

SGL supplement: USD 130 per person

The price includes:

1. Meeting/seeing off at the airport
2. Accommodation in 3*hotels according to the program (twin accommodation)
3. Trekking tents for accommodation
4. Meals 3 times a day during the program, including trekking days
5. Transport support for all time of the program
6. Trekking guide and cook during the trek

 The price does not include:

1. International flights    
2. Equipment rental
3. Extra surcharge for a single room 
4. Visa costs and other consulate service fees  (for Russian citizens there is no need in international passport)
5. Personal expenditures
6. Insurance
7. Excess baggage charges  
8. Changes in the program


 Trekking in Kyrgyzstan

Best time: May – mid of October
Activity: Trekking in Kyrgyzstan
Duration: 13 days

Day 1. Arrive to Bishkek. Meeting in Manas Airport of Bishkek city. Transfer to the hotel. After having rest you may enjoy city tour around Bishkek, a capital of Kyrgyzstan. You may enjoy simple soviet architecture of the city. You will visit enormous Ala-Too square which affords fantastic view of snow peaks of the Kyrgyz Ridge, green parks, oriental bazaar and many other sights. (B,L,D)

Day 2. Today we meet our team of support. We leave Bishkek early in the morning in the direction of the Tuyuk Issykatinsky Gorge. The trek’s starting point is at the altitude of 1,650 m (75 km). First day we will have easy trekking along the beautiful Karagai Bulak Gorge covered with fir trees. After crossing the Kyzylbeles Pass (2,530 m) we have further descent to the Kara-Archa Gorge. Tonight’s camping in the forest zone. (8-9 km, 1,800 m). (B, L, D)

Day 3. We have easy trekking to the Keltor Gorge. During the trek we will leave the Kara-Archa Gorge and come to neighboring gorge, where we’ll stay on the bank of the Keltor River. Camping. (8-9 km, 1,800 m). (B,L,D)

Day 4. Today we have a radial walking to Keltor Lake, located at an altitude of 2,725 m above the sea level. If you wish, we may walk round the lake. Back to camp. Staying in the camp. (12 km, 1,800 m). (B,L,D)

Days 5-6. In these two days we will walk up right side of the Keltor Gorge and afterwards continue our trekking along spurs of the Kyrgyz Ridge in the direction of the Taldy Bulak Gorge. We go then along upper part of the Burana Gorge and cross a small pass of 2,383 m, we descend after to the Tuura Kayin Gorge, the left side of the Shamsy Gorge. You may see numerous herds of livestock on these boundless pastures. Most time of the trek you will be able to enjoy the beautiful Chu Valley with the Kurday Mountains on the background. In these two days we will walk over 23 km. Night staying in the tents. (2,100 m). (B,L,D)

Day 7. Trekking to the Tuyuk Shamsynsky Gorge. Today we will enjoy charming beauty of slopes covered with Tien Shan fir trees and snow-white peaks in the background. Tonight’s camp is going to be on the bank of the Shamsy River. (14 km, 2,100 m). (B,L,D)

Day 8. Trekking to the At-Djailoo Gorge over the pass of 2820 m. The pass affords  all round panorama of the Shamsy Gorge. Night staying in tents. (2,100 m). (B,L,D)

Day 9. Today we will have a long-day trekking, starting with descent to the At-Djailoo Gorge and then we will climb to the dividing ridge which borders the Shamsy Gorge from its right component, the Kel-Tor Gorge. After going down to the bottom of the former small lake we will climb again a small ridge which leads to the Tuyuk-Keltor Gorge,  the place of our tonight’s camping. We will stay in the zone of spruce forest. (11 km, 2,110 m). (B,L,D) 

Day 10. We will traverse today boundless alpine meadows of the Kyzyl-Suu Gorge. Tents camping. (13 km, 2,530 m). (B,L,D)

Day 11. Climbing of Drujba Peak (~ 4,185 m) will give a wonderful feeling of being a mountain climber. It is the longest and hardest days of our trek, but it is worth doing.  Drujba Peak is the most western four thousand meters peak of the Kyrgyz Ridge which affords fantastic panorama of surrounding tops. You will definitely remember and enjoy this day. Camping. (20 km, 2,530 m). (B,L,D)

Day 12. Transfer to Bishkek, 110 km, hotel accommodation. Free time. (B,L,D)

Day 13. Departure (B).

Useful information:

Visa to Kyrgyzstan. Detailed Information about obtaining a visa for Kyrgyzstan can be found in our “Useful Information” section.

Clothing and Equipment
- Personal hygiene products
- Sunscreen (at least 20SPF)
- Chapstik or equivalent lip balm
- Water bottles
- Trekking shoes
- Sandals or other footwear for wade the rivers
- Sunglasses with good UV protection
- At least a 45 liter backpack
- Additional 25 Liter backpack for personal items during outings
- Sleeping bag (for temperatures -10 ˚ -15 ˚C)
- Sleeping mat
- Telescopic trekking sticks poles
- Headlamp with a set of extra batteries

- Warm (and hot) weather apparel 
- Lightweight shoes for trekking and city visits (sneakers, sandals)
- Trekking pants
- Thermal underwear or something else to sleep overnight in the tent in
- Windproof or other lightweight jacket
- Waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex) with hood
- Waterproof pants (Gore-Tex)
- 2 T-Shirts
- 2 long-sleeved T-Shirts
- Shorts
- Polar or “Windstopper”-material jacket 
- Wool socks - 2 pairs (for sleeping in tents cotton socks - 3 pairs
- beanie/stocking cap 
- Thin gloves for trekking and overnight