The Turkestan mountain range region is quite interesting and unusual. It reminds South American Patagonia: same wilderness, winds blowing through, mountain streams with pure water, alpine meadows, herds of yaks grazing peacefully, glaciers surrounded by 5000+ meter peaks and not a sign of civilization…
But still there is one significant advantage of the Asian mountains before the South American analog – stable and warm weather. The mountain trails going above the steeps, wild nature, panoramic views of the canyons crowned with snow-white peaks and treks to the foot of peak Piramidalnyi (5509 m) which is the highest point of the Turkestan Range, Peak Ak-Suu (5355m), Peak Slesova (4240m) – all these will leave an unforgettable impression!
Duration: 12 days
Best time: July, August, September (best time - September)
Activity: Mountain trekking
Location: Turkestan Range, Batken region, Kyrgyzstan
|Day 1||Arrival to Osh city.||Hotel||-/L/D|
|Day 2||Transfer to Yzgurush. 360 km.||Guest house||B/L/D|
|Day 3||Uzgurush settl.- Ak-Suu BC (2800 m)||Tents||B/L/D|
|Day 4||Circular loop to the foot of Ak-Suu Peak.||Tents||B/L/D|
|Day 5||Ak-Suu BC (2800 m) – Ak-Tyubek BC (3200 m).||Tents||B/L/D|
|Day 6||Ak-Tyubek BC (3200 m) – Kara-Suu BC (about 2800 m).||Tents||B/L/D|
|Day 7||Circular loop to the foots of Asan and Usen and Pyramid peaks.||Tents||B/L/D|
|Day 8||Kara-Suu BC - Orto-Chashma BC (2800).||Tents||B/L/D|
|Day 9||Orto-Chashma BC - Ak-Tash BC (3100 m).||Tents||B/L/D|
|Day 10||Ak-Tash BC – Uzgurush settl.||Guest House||B/L/D|
|Day 11||Transfer to Osh. End of program.||Hotel||B/L/D|
Dates: 1 -12.08.2018, 4 - 15.09.2018
Day 1. Arrival to Osh.
Meeting at the airport. Transfer to a hotel and accommodation. The sightseeing excursion: Suleiman-Too Mount, central square with Lenin monument, Osh Bazaar. This mount is one of the most important historical monuments of Kyrgyzstan. It is located in the very center of Osh city. It had Bara-Kukh name until the 16th century. Triple ascent to Suleiman-Too is equal to Hajj to Mekka. There is a museum in the one of caves which we will visit. We eill plunge in the specific atmosphere of the Orient at Osh Bazaar and will see home appliances crafting.
Day 2. Transfer to Uzgurush settlement. 360 km, 7-8 h / + 450 m.
Transfer from Osh to Uzgurush will take us from 8 to 9 hours. The road will pass Batken city and the Tortkul Reservoir. Further we will drive via so called ‘killed pass’ (bad road) at 1811 m. Right from that place you will be able if weather permits to observe Ak-Suu Peak. Today we overnight in Uzgurush settl. in tents at 1700 m. Here you will meet local people life. Silence and tranquility will charm you.
Day 3. Uzgurush settl.- Ak-Suu BC (2800). about 18,5 km, 6-7 h, +1500 m.
From the settlement our way first will run through wild pistachios trees and walnut gardens. Further we will turn to the first side winding gorge rather narrow but picturesque. We will observe stunning rocks, cross several bridges. The gorge will lead us to another wide one. Hiking up the picturesque green gorge through juniper woods along the Ak-Mechet’ River. We will se the wonderful panorama of Iskander (5120 m), Petrogradets (5165 m), Admiralteyets (5090 m), Ak-Suu (5355 m) peaks. Lunch en route nearby river.
BC is located at the beginning of the green zone at the Ak-Suu River. The same named peak is very well seen from it. Before the main peak Northern Ak-Suu Peak rises into the sky with it’s the most difficult in the area routes. Overnight in tents in the Ak-Suu BC.
Day 4. Circular loop to the foot of Ak-Suu Peak. 14 km, 5-6 h, +600 m / -600 m.
Today we will hike up via juniper woods along the winding path onto the steep moraine and glacier to the heart of the one of the most powerful mountain formations of the Pamir-Alay system – Ak-Suu Peak circus (5355 m). This pyramid looking snow-capped mountain falles to the north by a steep almost 2 kilometers wall. Breathtakingview indeed!
A grandiose circus is decorated with such beautiful peaks as: two-headed Iskander, Petrogradets, Admiralteyets and A. Block (5229 m) as well as Aktyubek (5125 m). Overnight in tents in the Ak-Suu BC.
Day 5. Ak-Suu BC (2800 m) – Ak-Tyubek BC (3200 m). ab. 15 km, 7-9 h, +1500 m /-1500 m.
Today we will experience a quite intensive day but it will pay off with those views and emotions that you will experience ascending the Ak-Tyubek Pass (4390 m). The trail zigzags will lead us upwards along the snow-covered great mounts. One of them is Ak-Tyubek Peak (5125 m) and it will be on the right. Again we will observe Admiralteyets, Small and Large Iskander, grand Sabakh Peak (5200 m), Parus (sail) Peak (4850 m). Gradual descent to the Ak-Tyubek River and along it to the confluence with the Orto-Chashma River. Crossing the creek. We will install our tent camp on the nearest glade.
Day 6. Ak-Tyubek BC (3200 m) – Kara-Suu BC (about 2800 m). 14 km, 7-9 h, -400 m / + 460 m / - 140 m/ + 640 m / – 1020 m / + 260 m.
In the morning we cross the Orto-Chashma River. Today we will overcome two passes: Kosh-Moinok Pass (3260 m) and Kara-Suu Pass (3760 m). We will be moving down along the gorge. Moderate descent along the Orto-Chashma River, the traverse of the slope with a slight ascent. There will be picturesque juniper bushes around. Some of them are curved like elders. On sides there are rocks with an interesting folded structure.
En route we will notice a helicopter in the river remained since Batken clashes of 2000. Crossing of the not difficult the Kosh-Moinok Pass, descent along the slope to the small river and crossing by logs.
Then we will ascent the Kara-Suu Pass. It is interesting due to be divided into two parts and having gentle section in the middle. The path runs through juniper woods, along motley grass. En route we will observe Asan (4230 m) and Usen (4378 m), 1000 years of Russia baptizing (Kyrkchitla) (4507 m) and Pyramid peaks (5509 m).
An ancient legend says: "For a long time it was. There lived an old man in the local mountains and he had twin sons. They were named Asan and Usen. The old man raised soldiers out of them and could not get enough of them. What else do you need to meet your old age with dignity? But the war came and the sons were killed. And then the old man, distraught with grief, raised his hands to the sky and called upon Allah: "O, almighty Allah! You give life, you take it. Give me back my sons, take my life in return. So be it! " The ground cracked and the mountains rose high to the sky on that spot. Overnight in the Kara-Suu BC.
Day 7. Circular loop to the foot of Asan-Usen and Pyramid peaks. 12 km, 5-6 h, +935 m / - 935 m
Radial hiking to the upper reaches of the Kara-Suu Gorge, to the foot of Asan-Usen (4378 m), Pyramid (5509 m), Kyrkchitla (4507 m) peaks. You will be able also to see the legendary ‘yellow wall’ on which the most complicated climbing routes are laid. The trail runs further on to the moraine and follows along it. Climbers from all over the world consider ascending to any of the mountains here as a high achievement which is really complicated. Overnight in the Kara-Suu BC (about 3005 m).
Day 8. Kara-Suu BC – Orto-Chashma BC (2800). 15 km, 5-7 hours, - 260 м / +1020 м / -640 м / +140 м / -460 м.
Today we will get back to the Orto-Chashma Gorge again overcoming the Kara-Suu and Kosh-Moinok passes. Our BC will be installed on the large glade with holes called ‘golf field’. We will enjoy resting and having wonderful views including the Ak-Tyubek Pass.
Day 9. Orto-Chashma BC – Ak-Tash BC (3100 m). ab. 27 km, 9-11 h, +974 m / -674 m
In the morning - crossing of the Orto-Chashma River by the wooden bridge and hiking up the Kashka-Suu Gorge to the range pass breaking the Kashka-Suu and Djagychi gorges at 3774 m. From that point observation of the upper reaches of the Orto-Chashma Gorge and the Turo Pass (4525 m). Descent by traversing the grass slope and stone scree to the Djalgychi BC in the side gorge. Lunch. After lunch we will get down traversing the stone acre along the Ak-Tash River bending the ridge. Then we hike up the gorge, turn to the right to the 2nd side narrow gorge and up to the Ak-Tash Pass from where we will observe our campsite at 3100 m. Getting down. Installation of the camp. Overnight.
Day 10. Ak-Tash BC – Uzgurush settl. 9 km, 3-5 h, + 100 m / -1494 m.
After good breakfast hiking along the Ak-Tash Valley for about 3,5 km and ascent on to the Buljuma Pass (2894 m). It is about 100 m of difference on the not steep slope. You will be able to enjoy views of the close by mountains and the Uponym Pass to the east where the alternative route goes to the Karavshin Valley. Descent along the Buljuma River through the juniper forest and further along the narrow gorge via walnut gardens to the main road in Uzgurush. We will turn to the left and walk up to the guest house where we were accommodated previously. Overnight in Uzgurush.
Accommodation: home stay
Day 11. Transfer to Osh. Endofprogram.
Today we will return back to Osh (8-9 h). After arrival you can spend time on your own: walk, shop or similar relax. Also you can share your impressions and photos with those who traveled with you. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 12. Departure.