Country of Tien-Shan (Terskey-Ala-Too) - Kyrgyzstan
You love the Alps? But now they have become so crowded. A good alternative to the Alps is trekking in the mountains of Tien Shan. Trekking on Terskey Ala-Too is much similar to trekking in the Alps, but there is a big difference between them. In Kyrgyzstan there are few people in the mountains and the variety of nature will surprise even the most experienced Alp lovers!
Terskey Ala-Too ridge is located in the northeastern part of Kyrgyzstan and closes from the south the basin of Lake Issyk-Kul. It stretches out for 375 kilometers and rises to its highest part at the south of the city of Karakol (formerly Przhevalsk) at 5216 meters above sea level. The average height of the ridge is about 4500 m. Terskey Ala-Too is very beautiful in its variety of landscapes. In one day you can see the beauty of red sandy rocks, wild forests and snowy peaks going along the great lake of Issyk-Kul. And each gorge is unique.
Our trekking on Terskey Ala-Too will pass through several gorges, passes. Beautiful mountain lake will be the culmination of our campaign.
So, let's begin!
Program: "The country of the Tien Shan (Terskey Ala-Too)" - Kyrgyzstan
Time: 17.07 - 17.07.2018
Activity: Mountain trekking
Price: 1300 USD per person with a guide
Jeti-Oguz. This is a very picturesque area known for its бфыышму stone formations: "Seven Bulls" and "Broken Heart". "Seven Bulls" is an ensemble consisting of the red rocks towering over the resort area, and "Broken Heart" is a symbol of love, which has given birth to many beautiful legends. Legends in turn attract not only tourists, but loving couples living in nearby villages. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday you can see the wedding processions coming here to pay tribute to the "symbol of love" and enjoy the nature. The uppermost part of the gorge is closed by the multimeter wall. In the middle of the wall stands a beautiful double top Oguz-Bashi peak (head of a bull) with the height of 5181 m. This is compared to the beauty of the Swiss Alps - the Jungfrau mountain.
Karakol gorge. This gorge is easily visible from the city of Karakol. Especially its peaks, such as: Karakol (5280 m), Dzhigit (5130 m), Przewalski (4283 m). In the summer at their foot there are lots of mountaineering camps. There are also other interesting places to see: waterfalls, located in the thickets of juniper bushes and numerous moraine lakes located in the upper valley.
Altyn Arashan Gorge. "Gold Spring" it is named in honor of the healing hot springs emanating from the ground here. Water sources contain radon and used in the treatment of nervous system diseases. The gorge is very picturesque. At an altitude of 2,600 meters on the right bank of the river there is a wide valley with spruce forest, green meadows with fragrant flowers and a small resort. In addition to the hot springs attraction Altyn Arashan has moraine lakes. One particularly popular - Lake Ala-Kul.
And of course traveling through Terskey Ala-Too, we can't ignore being introduced to the life of modern nomads. Friendly residents will definitely be happy to treat you with mare's milk and tea.
Day 1. (07 July) Arrival to Bishkek. Meeting in the “Manas” airport in Bishkek. Transfer to the hotel. After having rest city tour in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan. You may get acquainted with unpretentious architecture of the town. You will see Ala Too square which affords a fantastic view of snow tops of Kyrgyz ridge, green parks, “Manas” monument and etc (B,L,D).
Day 2.(08 July) Transfer to the Jety Oguz gorge by southern shore of the Lake Issyk Kul. En-route we may enjoy beautiul spots of southern shore of the lake like the "Skazka" gorge. In the Jety-Oguz gorge we will make a photo stop to see famous red sandy rocks - "Broken heart", "7 bulls". We go further into the depths of the gorge to set up tonights camp in a picturesque place on the river bank. Dinner. Meeting our supporting staff (B,L,D).
Day 3.(09 July) Trekking up the Jety Ogyz gorge to the evening camp which is situated beneath the Telety pass (3000 m). Overnight stay in tents (B,L,D).
Day 4. (10 July) Trek over the Telety pass (3759 m). Descent down to the Karakol gorge. Stop for rest (2640 m). Overnight stay in tents (B,L,D).
Day 5. (11 July)Trekking to Lake Ala-Kul. Stopover in a beautiful place which affords fantastic views of the Ala-Kul lake. Overnight stay at an altitude of 3550 m (B,L,D).
Day 6. (12 July)Trek over the Ala-Kul pass (3860 m). Descent down to Altyn Arashan gorge to mineral springs. Tonight's campsite will be not far from mineral springs (B,L,D).
Day 7. (13 July) After breakfast walking to the mountain lake. Picnic on the lake shore. Return to the original camp (B,L,D).
Day 8. (14 July) Descent to Karakol town. After lunch transfer to the Kadji - Say village on the South side Issyk-Kul lake. Accommodation in the guest house (B,L,D).
Day 9. (15 July) Rest on Issyk-Kul lake. Accommodation in the guest house (B,L,D).
Day 10. (16 July) Transfer to Bishkek by South side of the Issyk-Kul lake. Accommodation in the hotel (B,L,D).
Day 11. (17 July) Departure (B).
The price includes:
1. Meeting/seeing-off in the airport
2. Accommodation in 3-star hotels, according to the program (twin accommodation).
3. Accommodation in guest/private houses
4. Trekking tents for accommodation
5. Three meals a day during the program, including trekking days
6. Transport - according to the program
7. Trekking guide and cook for trekking days
8. Porters for carrying things, and the camp property. (Porter carries 7-8 kg of the client's things. If you exceed this weight, you need to hire additional porter in advance notice to our company).
9. Entrance fee for all excursions according to the program
The price does NOT include:
1. International airfare to and from Bishkek
2. Equipment rental
3. Cost of visa and consular services (for Russian citizens there is no need for international passport / visa)
4. Personal expenses in hotels: bar, international calls, etc.
5. Single room supplement
7. Any changes in the program