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Trekking Tour "Mountains and Lakes of Tien Shan" - 11 Days

Day 1. Airport – Bishkek city.

Drive 30 km, 1 h.

Upon arrival to the international airport “Manas” you will be met by “Ak Sai Travel” guide. Short drive to Bishkek and accommodation in a hotel. Afternoon city tour. .

Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2. Bishkek – Burana Tower – Son-Kul

Drive 390 km, 8-9 h., + 2000 m.

After breakfast depart to Son-Kul lake, on the road make halt on Burana Tower (old minaret) near Tokmok city. In the afternoon continue your journey to Son Kul lake, the second largest mountain lake in Kyrgyzstan.

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.

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. Together with the locals we will learn this ancient handicraft and get closer to the culture of nomads.

Overnight in hotel/guest house.

Day 5. Karakol town. City tour. Transfer to Karakol gorge

Drive 25 km, 1 h, +900 m.

Morning short sightseeing tour in the town – Dungan Mosque, Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Prjevalskii Memorial Complex. We visit the museum of N. M. Przhevalski, the outstanding Russian explorer of Asian continent. Lunch in a local café. Then driving to Karakol gorge

Dinner and overnight in “Karakol” tent camp at 2500m.

Day 6. Radial hike to the foot of Karakol peak (5216m).

Trek 16 km. 6-8 hrs, +700 m/-700 m.

Dinner and overnight in “Karakol” tent camp at 2500m.

Day 7. Trek along the gorge to “Sirota” hut and to Ala Kol Lake (3532m).

Trek 9 km, 6-8 hrs, +1100 m.

Dinner and overnight in “Ala Kol” tent camp at 3600m.

Day 8. Trek over Ala Kol pass (3800m) passing Ala Kol Lake and descend to Arashan gorge (2600m).

Trek 18 km, 6-8 hrs, +200 m/-1200 m.

Upon arrival to the tent camp you may use an opportunity to relax in the hot springs. There are thermal baths (up to +50C) in the valley. Possibility to take thermal baths.

Dinner and overnight in “Altyn Arashan” tent camp at 2600m.

Day 9. Altyn Arashan gorge – Cholpon Ata town.

Drive 155 km, 4-5 hrs, -1000 m.

The final 5 km of the gorge are very narrow not more than 30 m with high rock walls. At the entrance to the gorge we pass by a village – Ak Suu (the name comes from the hot springs). Here you will take place inside the car.

Accommodation in a hotel on the north shore of Issyk Kul Lake.

Dinner and overnight in a hotel.

Day 10. Cholpon Ata town – Bishkek city.

Drive 250 km, 3-4 hrs, -800 m.

Morning, after breakfast, transfer to Bishkek city.

Lunch en route.

Upon arrival to the city accommodation in a hotel.

Dinner in a local restaurant.

Optionally: Kyrgyz folklore show.

Overnight in a hotel.

Day 11/3 August. Bishkek city – Airport “Manas”

Drive 30 km, 1 h.

Morning transfer to airport to catch your flight 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: 11
Provided Accommodation: Tent and Hostel/Hotel
Included in service: - accommodation in hotels 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 and full board (hot food for breakfast and dinner, lunches as snack boxes) in the permanent tent camps along the trek Karakol gorge – Altyn Arashan gorge – 4 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 - entry and ecological fee For groups 6 person and more: - horse-games show (on Son-Kul lake) - horseback riding (half day on Son-Kul lake) - 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 - Thermarest or similar sleeping mat - 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: 22nd of July – 1st of August, 2016.
Terms and Conditions: tbd
Listing created Apr 21, 2015

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