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Trekking Tour "Heart of Tien Shan", Kyrgyzstan - 14 Days

Day 1 . “Manas” international airport - Bishkek – Karakol (1700m a.s.l.).

Drive 6-7 h, 400 km, +900 m.

Arrival in Bishkek early in the morning. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the Guest House. After short rest and late breakfast transfer to town of Karakol. Lunch on the way. Arrival to Karakol. Overnight and dinner in hotel.

Day 2. Karakol sightseeing tour. Karakol – At-Jailoo Base Camp (2500m a.s.l.)

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

After breakfast short sightseeing tour around Karakol.

Karakol town situated in the east of the lake area, at the foot of the most picturesque mountains of Tien Shan.

Visiting Dungan mosque. Also you will see an Old Russian Orthodox Cathedral made of wood without any nails.

Lunch in local café. Transfer to At-Jailoo base camp, 200 km drive will take us about 6 hours.

Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 3. 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.

Day 4. Iva Camp – Glina camp (3100 m a.s.l.)

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

Breakfast. We take our lunch boxes and leave at about 9 am. Very steep ascents and descents take exhaust. We will try to go through to the right slope of the terrace. Lunch on the glacier at about 1 pm. Then we ascent another steep terrace along a narrow trail.

Dinner at 6 pm.

Overnight in tents.

Day 5. 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.

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

Overnight in tents.

Day 6. 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.

Overnight in tents.

Day 7. Merzbacher Glade – Komsomolskiy Glacier (3800m a.s.l.)

Trek 12 km, 4-6 h, +400 m.

Breakfast at 8 am.

We take our lunch boxes and set off at 9 am. It is a long day of trekking surrounded with beautiful landscapes – snow, rocks and multi-colored ice – black, white and sometimes even striped. The first part of our trek goes along the right side over terraces and, right before we reach Shokalskyi glacier it smoothly goes down.

Overnight in tents.

Day 8. Komsomolskiy Glacier – Dikiy Glacier (3900m a.s.l.)

Trek 7 km, 3-5 h, +100 m.

Breakfast at 8 am. Departure at 9 am Lunch boxes. Trekking in this part of Tien Shan is absolutely fabulous. The distinctive characteristic of the region is a great number of nameless peaks, unclimbed yet, about 5000m above sea level high.

Overnight in tents.

Day 9. Dikiy glacier – South Inylchek base camp (4100m a.s.l.)

Trek 8 km, 4-6 h, +200 m.

Optionally: Climbing to Pesnya Abaya - 4901 a.s.l.

Breakfast at 8 or 9 am. Short trek,so we can depart at 10 am. We take our lunch boxes. We cross the whole glacier till the central moraine where the base camp is situated. Dinner at 7 pm.

Overnight in BC in tents.

Day 10. South Inylchek base camp.

Rest day at South Inylchek BC or radial hiking to Khan-Tengri.

“South Inylchek” BC is open from 7 of July till 5 of September 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.

Overnight in tents.

Day 11. 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 12. Issyk- Kul – Bishkek (250 km).

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

Breakfast. Time at leisure. Lunch.

In the afternoon transfer to Bishkek through tight Boom Gorge where boisterous Chu River, so much loved by rafters (routes up to 6th category difficulty!), cuts its way.

On the way visit Burana Tower (old minaret) near Tokmok town.

Arrival to Bishkek. Accommodation in guesthouse.

Day 13. Sightseeing tour in Bishkek.

After breakfast a short sightseeing tour in the city.

Visit Manas Monument, the main national hero of the Kyrgyz people. Then excursion to the State History Museum and walking tour around main Ala Ala Too Square to watch ceremony of changing of the Guard of Honor.

Farewell dinner in restaurant. Overnight is in hotel

Day 14 (29 July / 26 August). Flight back home.

Drive 40 km, 1 h.

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

Country: Kyrgyzstan
Transfer: Included
Food: Included
Airport: Bishkek - FRU
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 Bishkek in Asia Mountains hotel or similar – 3 nights - accommodation in Issyk-Kul Lake – 1 night - accommodation in Karakol town Amir or in Green Yard Guest House – 1 night - accommodation and full board (hot food for breakfast and dinner, lunches as snack boxes) in the permanent tent camps along the trek At Jailoo – Base Camp “South Inylchek” – 9 nights - helicopter flight Base Camp “South Inylchek”- Base Camp “Karkara” - all transfers as per program - FB during whole program - frontier zone permit - mountain guide service - porter service – not more than 12 kg per person (see below) - all ecological and entrance fees as per program
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 - personal expenses (extra luggage, room service, medical expenses/insurance, etc)
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.
Recommended Season:
Guaranteed departure dates: Guaranteed departure date 1: 17 July – 30 July, 2016
Terms and Conditions: tbd
Listing created Apr 15, 2015

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