Asian Patagonia (Turkestan Range)

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

Days    Programs   Accomadation    Meals 
 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  Radial hiking to the foot of Ak-Suu Peak.   Tents  B/L/D
 Day 5  Ak-Suu BC (2800 m) – Orto-Chashma BC (2800 m).  Tents  B/L/D
 Day 6  Orto-Chashma BC (2800 m) – Kara-Suu BC at the foot of Kara-Suu Pass (about 3120 m).  Tents  B/L/D
 Day 7  Kara-Suu BC (about 3120 m) – Kara-Suu BC in the gorge (about 3005 m).   Tents  B/L/D
 Day 8  Radial hiking to the foots of Asan-Usen and Pyramid peaks.   Tents  B/L/D
 Day 9  Kara-Suu BC –  Djalgychi BC (2800 m).   Tents  B/L/D
 Day 10    Djalgychi BC – Uzgurush settl.   Guest House  B/L/D
 Day 11  Transfer to Osh. End of program.  Hotel  B/L/D
 Day 12  Departure.    B/-/-

Itinerary: Kyrgyzstan - Batken valley

Dates: from 4 to 15 September, 2017

Activity: Mountain trekking

Price: USD 1620 USD p/p (at the quantity of 4 pax in group)

Price includes:

1. Meeting/seeing-off in the airport.

2. Accommodation in a hotel according to the program (twin accommodation).

3. Trekking tents for accommodation/

4. Dining tent and cutlery, tables, chairs.

5. Three meals a day during the program, including trekking days.

6. Transport according to the program.

7. Trekking guide.

8. Cook for trekking days.

9. Entrance fee for all excursions according to the program

10. Border permits

11. Horses or donkeys for luggage.

Price does NOT include:

1. International airfare to and from Osh.

2. Equipment rental.

3. Cost of visa and consular services.

4. Personal expenses in hotels: bar, international calls, etc.

5. Single room addition

6. Insurance.

7. Any changes in the program.

 

 

           



 

 

 

 

Asian Patagonia Trekking

 

Day 1 (4/09). 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.

Accommodation: hotel

Meals: -/L/D

 

Day 2 (5/09). Arrival 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.

Accommodation: tents

Meals: B/L/D

 

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Day 3 (6/09). 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.

Accommodation: tents

Meals: B/L/D

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Day 4 (7/09). Radial hiking 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.

Accommodation: tents

Meals: B/L/D

 

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Day5 (8/09). Ak-Suu BC (2800 m) – Orto-Chashma BC (about 2965 m). 15 km, 7-8 h, +1190 m /-1425 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. On the one of glades we will install our tent camp.

Accommodation: tents

Meals: B/L/D

 

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Day 6 (9/09). Orto-Chashma BC (about 2965 m) – Kara-Suu BC at the foot of Kara-Suu Pass (about 3120 m). 8 km, 4-5 h, +155 m.
In the morning we cross the Orto-Chashma River by horses. There
willbepicturesquejuniperbushesaroundSome of them are curved like elders.  On sides there are rocks with an interesting folded structure. Moderate descent along the Orto-Chashma River, the traverse of the slope with a slight ascent.

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 (3260 m), descent along the slope to  the small river and crossing by logs.  If the planned for  the BC glade is occupied by livestock we will ascent a small hill at the foot of the Kara-Suu Pass at about 3120 m. Overnight in the camp.

Accommodation: tents

Meals: B/L/D

 

Day7 (10/09).Kara-Suu BC (about 3120 m) – Kara-Suu BC in the gorge (about 3005 m). about 9,5 km, 5-6 h, +640 m / - 1020 m / + 260 m.

Today the Kara-Suu Pass is waiting for us (3760 m). 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.

Accommodation: tents

Meals: B/L/D

 

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Day8 (11/09). Radial hiking to the foots 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 foots 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 are really complicated. Overnight in the Kara-Suu BC (about 3005 m). 
Accommodation:tents

Meals:B/L/D

 

Day9 (12/09). Kara-Suu BC –  Djalgychi BC (2800 m). 18 km, 6-7 h, -260 m / +1020 m / -960 m 

Today we will cross again the Kara-Suu and Kosh-Moinok passes and follow to the confluence of the Orto-Chashma and Kashka-Suu gorges. Crossing of the Orto-Chashma River by the wooden bridge and hiking up the Kashka-Suu Gorge. Ascent by traversing the grass slope and stone scree on to the ridge dividing the Kashka-Suu and Djalgychi gorges.

From that point observation of the upper reaches of the Orto-Chashma Gorge and the Turo Pass  (4525 m). Descent to the BC in the side gorge. Overnight in the Djalgychi BC (3100 m).

Accommodation: tents

Meals: B/L/D

            

Day10 (13/09). DjalgychiBCUzgurushsettl. About26 km, 12-14 h, + 680 m / -2240 m
Todaywewillhavelonghiking. That’s why the wake-up will be early. Initially we will ascent on to the Djalgychi Pass along the Djalgychi River (3774 m). Panorama of the Turkestan Range and north-west slope of Pyramid Peak from the top.  Traversing down along the Ak-Tash River on stone scree.

Hiking along the Ak-Tash Valley and ascent on to the Buljuma Pass (2894 m). 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. Overnight in Uzgurush.

Accommodation: home stay

Meals: B/L/D

 

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Day 11 (14/09). Transfer to Osh. Endofprogram.

TodaywewillreturnbacktoOsh (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.

Accommodation: hotel

Meals: B/L/D

 

Day 12 (15/09). Departure.

Meals: B/-/-

 

Price:USD 1620 p/p

The price includes:

1. Meeting/seeing-off in the airport.

2. Accommodation in a hotel according to the program (twin accommodation).

3. Trekking tents for accommodation/

4. Dining tent and cutlery, tables, chairs.

5. Three meals a day during the program, including trekking days.

6. Transport according to the program.

7. Trekking guide.

8. Cook for trekking days.

9. Entrance fee for all excursions according to the program

10. Border permits

11. Horses or donkeys for luggage.

 

The price does NOT include:

1. International airfare to and from Osh.

2. Equipment rental.

3. Cost of visa and consular services.

4. Personal expenses in hotels: bar, international calls, etc.

5. Single room addition

6. Insurance.

7. Any changes in the program.

 

 

           



 

Day 1 (4/09). 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.

Accommodation: hotel

Meals: -/L/D

Day 2 (5/09). 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.

Accommodation: tents

Meals: B/L/D

Day 3 (6/09). 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.

Accommodation: tents

Meals: B/L/D

Day 4 (7/09). Radial hiking 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.

Accommodation: tents

Meals: B/L/D

Day 5 (8/09). Ak-Suu BC (2800 m) – Orto-Chashma BC (about 2965 m). 15 km, 7-8 h, +1190 m /-1425 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. On the one of glades we will install our tent camp.

Accommodation: tents

Meals: B/L/D

Day 6 (9/09). Orto-Chashma BC (about 2965 m) – Kara-Suu BC at the foot of Kara-Suu Pass (about 3120 m). 8 km, 4-5 h, +155 m.

In the morning we cross the Orto-Chashma River by horses. Therewillbepicturesquejuniperbushesaround.  Some of them are curved like elders.  On sides there are rocks with an interesting folded structure. Moderate descent along the Orto-Chashma River, the traverse of the slope with a slight ascent.

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 (3260 m), descent along the slope to  the small river and crossing by logs.  If the planned for  the BC glade is occupied by livestock we will ascent a small hill at the foot of the Kara-Suu Pass at about 3120 m. Overnight in the camp.

Accommodation: tents

Meals: B/L/D

Day 7 (10/09).Kara-Suu BC (about 3120 m) – Kara-Suu BC in the gorge (about 3005 m). about 9,5 km, 5-6 h, +640 m / - 1020 m / + 260 m.

Today the Kara-Suu Pass is waiting for us (3760 m). 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.

Accommodation: tents

Meals: B/L/D

Day 8 (11/09). Radial hiking to the foots 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 foots 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 are really complicated. Overnight in the Kara-Suu BC (about 3005 m). 
Accommodationtents

MealsB/L/D

Day 9 (12/09). Kara-Suu BC –  Djalgychi BC (2800 m). 18 km, 6-7 h, -260 m / +1020 m / -960 m 

Today we will cross again the Kara-Suu and Kosh-Moinok passes and follow to the confluence of the Orto-Chashma and Kashka-Suu gorges. Crossing of the Orto-Chashma River by the wooden bridge and hiking up the Kashka-Suu Gorge. Ascent by traversing the grass slope and stone scree on to the ridge dividing the Kashka-Suu and Djalgychi gorges.

From that point observation of the upper reaches of the Orto-Chashma Gorge and the Turo Pass  (4525 m). Descent to the BC in the side gorge. Overnight in the Djalgychi BC (3100 m).

Accommodation: tents

Meals: B/L/D

Day 10 (13/09). DjalgychiBC– UzgurushsettlAbout26 km, 12-14 h, + 680 m / -2240 m

Today we will have long hiking. That’s why the wake-up will be early. Initially we will ascent on to the Djalgychi Pass along the Djalgychi River (3774 m). Panorama of the Turkestan Range and north-west slope of Pyramid Peak from the top.  Traversing down along the Ak-Tash River on stone scree.

Hiking along the Ak-Tash Valley and ascent on to the Buljuma Pass (2894 m). 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. Overnight in Uzgurush.

Accommodation: home stay

Meals: B/L/D

Day 11 (14/09). 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.

Accommodation: hotel

Meals: B/L/D

Day 12 (15/09). Departure.

Meals: B/-/-

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