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Trekking Tour "Contrasts of Tien Shan" - 14 Days

Day 1. “Manas” international airport - Bishkek

Drive 40 km, 1 h.

Arrival in Bishkek early in the morning. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel/Guest House. After short rest and late breakfast we have city tour in Bishkek. Lunch in local restaurant.

Overnight and dinner in hotel.

Day 2. Bishkek – Burana Tower – Son-Kul

Drive 390 km, 8 h, +900 m.

After breakfast depart to Son-Kul lake, on the road make halt on Burana Tower (old minaret) near Tokmok city

That minaret was constructed in Balasagun town, one of the capitals of Karakhanid State. Explore ruins of that important trading point at the Great Silk Road and visit a little local museum. Also watch a collection of Balbalss.

Upon arrival in the lake basin accommodation in yurts.

Day 3. Son Kul lake.

After breakfast we will have horse-riding around area, then after lunch you can view horse show.

Today you step into the nomadic life at the Song-Kul Lake. Here, the Kyrgyz people still live in traditional simplicity.

Overnight in yurt.

Day 4. Son-Kul – Karakol

Drive 350 km, 7-8 h, -1300 m

In the morning you drive to Karakol town situated in the east of the lake area, at the foot of the most picturesque mountains of Tien Shan. This sleepy but very interesting old Russian town was first erected by Cossacks in the middle of 19th century and became an important garrison settlement.

On the way we will stop in Bokombaevo village.

Overnight in hotel/guest house.

Day 5. Karakol sightseeing tour. Karakol - At-Jailoo Base Camp (2500m a.s.l.)

Drive 200 km, 5-6 h, +800 m.

After breakfast short sightseeing tour around Karakol.

Karakol town situated in the east of the lake area. This sleepy but very interesting Old Russian town was first erected by Cossacks in the middle of 19th century.

Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 6. At Jailoo Camp – Iva Camp (2900m a.s.l.)

Trek 18 km, 5-7 h, +400 m.

Trekking from At-Jailoo along Inylchek River to the beginning of Inylchek glacier

Breakfast. Trek with our backpacks on the road. We take lunch boxes and will leave the camp in order to be able to cross At Jailoo river before 9 am while there is still little water and the water level is low. .

Overnight in tents.

Day 7. Iva Camp – Glina camp (3100 m a.s.l.)

Trek 8 km, 5-6 h, +200 m.

The Inylchek Glacier is the largest glacier and centerpiece of the Central Tien Shan.

Breakfast. We take our lunch boxes and leave at about 9 am. We will try to go through to the right slope of the terrace. The trail crosses the terrace, later small rivers, washes out mountain slope, Putevodnyi glacier. Lunch on the glacier at about 1 pm. Dinner at 6 pm

Overnight in tents.

Day 8. Camp Glina – Merzbacher Glade (3400m a.s.l.)

Trek 9 km, 5-6 h, +300 m.

Breakfast at 9 am. Again we trek up and down various terraces though have also about 10 km of straight path. Only once we trek across a small glacier, passing a river and have lunch on the shore of a small lake, swim and rest. It will be an hour left to get to the Camp. Dinner at 6 pm.

Wonderful views of Merzbacher lake open to us from the Camp.

Overnight in tents.

Day 9. Merzbacher Lake.

Trek 10 km, 4-5 h.

Breakfast at 9 am. We take our lunch boxes and leave at 10 am. Across South Inylchek glacier up to Mertzbacher Lake. The glacier terrain is ice covered with rocks and stones, sand and mud. The trekking time both ways is 4-5 hours.

Sandwiched between the Northern and Southern branches of the glacier lies the mysterious Merzbacher Lake.

Overnight in tents.

Day 10. Merzbacher Glade – South Inylchek base camp 4100m a.s.l.

Today helicopter flight to Base Camp South Inylchek. We have our lunch, tea or coffee. Dinner at 7 pm.

“South Inylchek” BC is open from 6 of July till 31 of August every year and might be interesting not only for alpinists, but also for usual travelers, who would like to enjoy the views of beautiful mountains on the flight by helicopter.

Day 11. South Inylchek base camp.

Rest day at South Inylchek BC or Radial hiking to Khan-Tengri Peak (7010 m a. s. l.). Trek 15 km, 5-6 h, +/-150 m.

The beautiful pyramid of Khan Tengri is without doubt the Jewel of the Tien Shan. Among the local people, the white peaks are known as 'The Mountains of Heaven'.

Overnight in tents.

Day 12. Helicopter flight to Karkara helicopter pad – Issyk Kul Lake.

Drive 200 km, 3 h, -2500 m.

Breakfast. Helicopter flight from BC to Karkara helicopter pad. Transfer to Issyk-Kul Lake.

In the afternoon three hour drive to the Issyk-Kul Lake. Lunch on the way.

Overnight and dinner in hotel.

Day 13. Issyk- Kul – Bishkek

Drive 250 km, 5-6 h, -800 m.

Breakfast. Time at leisure. Lunch.

In the afternoon transfer to Bishkek through Boom Gorge where Chu River, so much loved by rafters cuts its way.

Optionally: During dinner we take the unique opportunity to listen to the Manaschi and see Kyrgyz folklore show.

Arrival to Bishkek. Accommodation in guesthouse.

Day 14. Flight back home.

Early in the morning transfer to the airport. Departure back home.

Country: Kyrgyzstan
Transfer: Included
Food: Included
Registered Member of Tourism board of: Tourism Board of Kyrgyz Republic
Testimonials (Website,TripAdvisor, etc.): No
Guide Languages:
Experience Level: Difficult
Tour operator name: Ak Sai Travel
Min group size: 1
Max group size: 15
Duration: 14
Provided Accommodation: Tent and Hostel/Hotel
Included in service: - accommodation in Asia Mountains Hotel or similar in Bishkek -3 nights - accommodation in Amir hotel or Green Yard Guest House in Karakol – 1 night - accommodation at the Hotel at Issyk-Kul Lake – 1 night - accommodation in yurt on Son-Kul lake – 2 night - accommodation in already installed tents with 3 time meal (hot dinner, hot breakfast and lunch as packed box) starting from At-Jailoo till South Inylchek BC – 7 nights (Please note, you do not need to set up your tents, they will be set in advance + cook will be waiting for your with hot meal when you arrive!) - FB during whole program - Escorting Guide during the whole program - porter service during the trek (*please read about baggage allowance on trek below) - all the transfers according to the program - helicopter flights from South Inylchek BC to Karkara BC, from Merzbacher to South Inylchek BC - entry and ecological fee - border zone permit For groups 6 person and more: - horse show on Son-Kul - horseback riding on Son-Kul (half day) - folklore show - demonstration in Bokombaevo production of huge carpets
Not included in Service: - visa support and visa fee (if necessary) - all optional deviations from the main itinerary - beverages and meals not included in main menu
Equipment to bring: - 4 season sleeping bag - walking boots - waterproof jacket and trousers - fleece jacket or similar - warm hat and gloves - sunglasses - a daypack of around 40 liters - head-torch and batteries - 2 x 1 liter water bottles - sun cream. A down jacket, pair of sandals and walking sticks are recommended.
Recommended Season:
Guaranteed departure dates: Guaranteed departure date: 26th of July – 8th of August, 2016
Terms and Conditions: tbd
Listing created Apr 16, 2015

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