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Trekking Around Kol Suu Lake in Kyrgyzstan 10 Days

Alex at Indy Guide would like to introduce you to a fascinating region perched in the middle of Tien Shan. Kyrgyzstan, a country of nomads in the due heart of Central Asia, offers largely unexplored mountains with a splendid playground for all nature- and virgin-land-lovers. The Kyrgyz people who have preserved its tradition of hospitality live peacefully in a surprising variety of landscapes and have made this country the pearl of Central Asia with steppes, prairies, deserts, and also canyons, high alpine valleys, and lakes with turquoise waters. In summer, as well as in winter times, Alex at Indy Guide invites you to unpublished programs.

Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
∣       Early arrival in Bishkek where everyone will be picked up at the airport by your driver. He will have your name written on a name card.
∣       Once you arrive in Bishkek everyone will be able to take a rest and freshen up after the long flight.
∣       After a late breakfast, everyone will go over the tour with your guide and answer any last-minute questions you might have.
∣       The first stop of the day will be at Ala-Too Square where you will start a walking tour of Bishkek.  You will be able to visit countless parks, the Osh Bazar and get to know your guide.
∣       Tonight, everyone will get to know each at a welcome dinner with a mix of the best local dishes and drinks.
Sleeping Altitude: 800 m
Driving: ~45 km
Driving time: 1.5 hours
Accommodation: Blue Camel Guesthouse in Bishkek.

Bishkek City
 
Day 2: Traveling from Bishkek to the Shar Mountain Hut near At-Bashy Village
∣       Today you will be able to see some of the best highlights of Kyrgyzstan, Burana Tower, Lake Issy Kul, and the heart of Kyrgyzstan the Naryn Region.
∣       You will be able to have lunch in the small finishing/shipping town of Balykchy.  
∣       During the month of August, it can be ~35 to 40 C in the low attitudes and this makes for a great stop to jump in for a quick swim.
∣       Once you reach the Shar Mountain Hut near At-Bashy you will be able to stretch your legs and enjoy a short hike nearby the accommodation.  The accommodation is quite nice with private bathrooms and the location in the mountains is just perfect.
Sleeping Altitude: 2,600 m
Driving: 350 km
Driving time: ~5 hours
Accommodation: Shar Mountain Hut Near At-Bashy Village

swimming spot
 
Day 3: Shar Mountain Hut to Kok Kyia
∣       After waking up in your Yurt you will be able to pack your bags and be ready to head into one of the wildest places in Kyrgyzstan.
∣       First, you will cross the Kaingdy pass and enter into the Kok Kyia / Ak-Sai valley dominated by wild rivers and snow-covered peaks.
∣       When entering the border zone area between Kyrgyzstan and China it’s important to show your passports and border zone permits which will be provided by your guide. (You will not enter China on this trip.)
∣       Once you arrive at the Yurt Camp in Kok Kyia near Kol Suu you will be greeted by Meday’s family.
∣       It’s possible to take a short hike to the summit of a nearby peak to get a great view of the whole area and it’s possible to see Kol Suu lake in the distance.
Sleeping  Altitude: 3,360 m
Driving: 140 km
Driving time: 4.5 hours
Hiking time: 2.5 hours
Accommodation: Meder’s Yurt Camp in the Kok Kyia Valley

Kol Suu
 
Day 4: Trekking from Meder’s Yurt Camp to an alpine plateau
∣       After an early breakfast then you will start trekking into the mountains.
∣       You will travel north along a Kok-Kiya river where you will arrive in a large alpine plateau at 3,747m where you will have a great panoramic view of the whole area.  If the weather is clear you can see the Ak-Say Valley to the west and to the east you can see the border of China.
∣       Lunch will be had from the panoramic point and you will be able to have a clear view of the whole valley.
∣       Later in the day you will continue east towards the border of China alongside a winding and twisting Ak-Say-Uuru river.
∣       Tonight, dinner will be served next to a large river in the middle of nowhere.
Sleeping  Altitude: 3,445
Altitude Gain: 569 m
Altitude Loss: - 472 M
Hiking time: ~5 hours ~11 km
Accommodation: Night in tents near the Ak-Say-Uuru river
First day of the trek.

Day 5: Trekking to Kol Suu over the Eshegart pass at 3,933m
∣       After breakfast, everyone will pack up and leave the Ak-Say-Uuru river valley to reach higher grounds.
∣       Today you will pass thought many rolling hills until you meet the Tuyuk-Boto-Moynok River valley.
∣       After crossing the rocky river then you will make your way over the steep Eshegart Pass at 3,933m.
∣       At the top of the pass, you will be able to see the amazing Kol Suu Lake from a high vantage point.
∣       Making your way down to the Kol Suu lake to spend the night next to Chong Tash on the shore of Kol Suu lake.
Sleeping Altitude: 3,519
Altitude Gain: 1,046 m
Altitude Loss: -972 m
Hiking time: ~8.5 hours ~ 18 km
Accommodation: Tent camp at Chong Tash
Day 2

Day 6: Chong Tash via the 5 boys Mountain Valley
∣       After breakfast, you will be able to enjoy the stunning view of the Kol Suu lake. 
∣       Leaving Chong Tash you will make your way on the path of the sheep where you will pass by the mountain hut called 5 boys.
∣       Lunch will be at the pass at 3,490m.  The final stop of the day will be near a shepherds hut at the headwaters of the Tuyuk-Boto-Moynok River valley.
Sleeping Altitude:  3,490 m
Altitude Gain: + 525 m
Attitude Loss: -549 m
Hiking time: ~6.5 hours 14 km
Accommodation: In tents near the shepherd's house near the headwaters of the Tuyuk-Boto-Moynok River Valley
day 3
Day 7: Headwaters of the Tuyuk-Boto-Moynok River valley to Kol Suu
∣       Today it will be important to have an early breakfast because you will have lots of ground to cover.
∣       Walking alongside the Tuyuk-Boto-Moynok River you will keep to the south side of the river until you meet the back door mountain valley to Kol Suu.  You will make your way over a small unnamed pass before reaching Kol Suu for the night.
∣       Once you reach Kol Suu you will be able to see the amazing 800 m cliffs surrounded by cristal clear lake.
∣       Only the brave will dip into the lake for an ice-cold swim.
∣       Tonight you will have dinner in the tent camp next to the shoreline of the Kol Suu lake.
Sleeping Altitude: 3,568 m
Altitude Gain: + 565 m
Altitude Loss: - 479 m
Hiking time: ~7.5 hours ~16 km
Accommodation: In tents near Chong Tash on the east side of Kol Suu lake
Day 4

Day 8: Hiking from Kel Suu lake back to Kok Kyia + Naryn Town
∣       After breakfast, you will pack up your gear and make your way back to Meday’s yurt camp. 
∣       Arriving at the Yurt camp sometime before lunch where you will be able to pack up your bags and get ready for the drive to Naryn town.
∣       The last day of hiking is going to be an easy one but it’s also set up as a flexible day just in case there is poor weather in the mountains.
∣       After lunch, everyone will be able to say goodbye to Meder’s family at the yurt camp.
∣       On the way to Naryn town, it’s possible to make a stop at a mysterious waterfall which is a great roadside stop between Kol Suu and Naryn town. 
∣       Once you arrive in Naryn town everyone will be able to take much-needed shower and clean up after the big trek.
∣       Dinner will be had at a café in Naryn town.
Sleeping Altitude: 2,020 m
Altitude Gain: + 44 m
Altitude Loss: - 235m
Hiking time: ~3.5 hours ~7 km
Driving: 150 km
Driving time: 4.5 hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse in Naryn Town
 Day 5
Day 9: Naryn Town to Bishkek City
∣       After breakfast, everyone will be able to have a short walk through the frontier town of Naryn. 
∣       Naryn Town is the regional capital of the Naryn Region.  The Naryn region is well known for long traditions of grazing animals such as sheep, yaks, and of course countless horses.
∣       Once everyone is ready you will head back to Bishkek.
∣       It’s possible to make a 3-hour hike at Konorcheck Canyons or spend more time at Osh Bazaar to pick up gifts for friends back home.  *The guide will make the final decision.
∣       Once you arrive in Bishkek you have the chance to pack your bags and get ready for your flight tomorrow.
Sleeping Altitude: 800 m
Driving: ~ 5 hours
Driving time: 340 km
Accommodation: Blue Camel Guesthouse in Bishkek

Bishkek City
 
Day 10: Transfer to Manas International Airport and fly back home
∣       After an early breakfast, everyone will be provided with transport to the airport. 
∣      Alex at Indy Guide hopes you enjoyed your trip to Kyrgyzstan and we hope to see you again.

Price per person:
∣3 pax: 1,310 Dollars per person without a foreign tour leader, with 1 guide and 1 van, 1 horse man
∣4 pax: 1,140 Dollars per person without a foreign tour leader, with 1 guide and 1 van, 1 horse man
∣5 pax: 1,050 Dollars per person without a foreign tour leader, with 1 guide and 1 van, 1 horse men
∣6 pax: 1,000 Dollars per person without a foreign tour leader, with 1 guide and 1 van, 2 horse men
∣7 pax: 960 Dollars per person without a foreign tour leader, with 1 guide and 1 van, 2 horse men
∣8 pax: 910 Dollars per person without a foreign tour leader, with 1 guide and 1 van, 2 horse men
 
Price includes :
-      Organization of the stay
-      All transfers in vehicle incl. from/ to airport
-      English speaking tour guide
-      Full board incl. drinking water
-      Accommodation described in the program
-      Carrying luggage during trekking and horse riding
-      Rent camping equipment (tents, mats, kitchen utensils)
-      All the visits indicated in the program
-      Entry fees at national parks or nature reserves
-      Entry fees at museums mentioned in the program.
-      National or regional flights specified in the program.
 
Price does not include :
-      Insurance repatriation and CR insurance
-      International airfare and taxes;
-      Alcohol or sweetened mineral water;
-      Additional services not mentioned in the program;
-      Rental of personal equipment (sleeping bag, water bottle, flashlight, etc.)
-      Tips;
-      Additional costs due to personal problems (health, loss of luggage, etc.).

Number of days: 10
Covered regions:
Bishkek City
Batken
Chuy
Jalal-Abad
Naryn
Osh
Talas
Issyk-kul
Osh City
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: Insurance repatriation and CR insurance - International airfare and taxes; - Alcohol or sweetened mineral water; - Additional services not mentioned in the program; - Rental of personal equipment (sleeping bag, water bottle, flashlight, etc.) - Tips; - Additional costs due to personal problems (health, loss of luggage, etc.).
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