Expedition to Bayankol valley with ascent to Astana peak (4 555m) within a joint team with guaranteed dates (26.07 – 04.08 August 2020)
If you want to apply for this expedition you have to make a prepayment before 15 june 2020. This is
essential since applications for permits should be sent two months before the expedition starts. We shall not accept the later requests.
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Region: Central Tien-Shan, Bayankol valley
Type of activity: Mix - jeeptour/trekking
Fitness level: physically fit
Minimal group size: 1 person
Duration: 10 days
Season: july - august
The Сentral Tien Shan - the largest mountain knot of the country, is located in the southeast, on a joint of borders of three countries - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and China. In riverheads Bayankol settles down the Meridional ridge in which several remarkable tops, such as Marble wall, Bayankol, Kazakhstan are allocated. In the next crest the legendary peak of Khan Tengri settled down. In the neighbourhood with these giants there is also a peak Astana.
We suggests you to participate in this expedition and to visit the most interesting mountainous area. We not for nothing call this program an expedition. It includes also the 400th kilometer moving on jeeps, and cargo delivery to the base camp a caravan of horses, and 12km trekking to the foot of the mountain. And we will have a unique opportunity to make a real ascent to the top! It will be the peak of Astana 4555 meters! The Astana peak is real very beautiful top and rather simple for ascension, available to any person.
Route thread: Almaty – Bayankol border post – Bayankol gorge – Marble wall base camp (3100m) – Chineese pass (4000m) – Astana peak (4555m) – Base camp – Bayankol gorge – Saty village – Kaindy lake – Kolsai lake – Sharyn canyon – Almaty.
Program of tour:
Day 1. Meeting at airport of Almaty. Transfer in hotel. Placement. We begin our program with a sightseeing tour around the city. You will get acquainted with history of emergence and development of the southern capital of Kazakhstan, you will see: The area of the Republic and the Monument of independence, Opera and ballet theater of Abay, the Square of Astana, the Park of 28 guardsmen Panfilov's men heroes of WW2, the Square of Abay and the Palace of the Republic, the Central state museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Residence of the President. Lunch in cafe. On the twisting mountain road you rise by Mount Kok-Tobe of 1100 m, to the television tower, highest in the world (if to consider from sea level), which is visible from all parts of the city. Having gone down, to the city, we are expected by a dinner in national cafe. Transfer in hotel.
Day 2. Driving Almaty – Bayankol gorge (400 km) – Keskentas place. Today the early breakfast and to departure in the gorge Bayankol is necessary to us. Our way lies along the Foothills of Zailiysky (Trans-Ili) Alatau and Kungei Alatau mountain ridges and is very picturesque in dawn paints. On the way we will cross two small Ridges Boguty and Sogety and as a result we will get to the Kegen-Tekes valley by the beginning of the gorge Bayankol. Here it is necessary to undergo testing on the frontier post and then we will continue our way to the natural boundary Keskentas. Here we will be able to see in all beauty a highlight of Tien Shan – peak Khan Tengri and other tops. Installation of the camp. Dinner. Night in tents.
Day 3. Driving Keskentas –Gold mine Zharkulak (15 km) – trekking to the base camp of the Marble wall (12 km). Night in tents of the base camp. After a breakfast we should pass by cars about 10 more km to the gold Zharkulak mine. Then a trekking part of our route begins. 12 km transition to the base camp are necessary to us. Throughout all way we will be accompanied by unforgettable types. Arrival in the base camp. Placement. We recommend to carry out small acclimatization walk to a glacier of the Marble wall. You don't even represent, the nature surrounding the base camp is how fine. The green grass and streams, diversity of stony taluses and all this magnificence crown snow-white tops.
Day 4. Acclimatization trekking. Night in tents of the base camp. Having quietly had breakfast and having taken with itself having a snack we will go to acclimatization towards the well-known Chinese pass (4000m). In immemorial times there passed very brisk caravan track here. On which, from Kazakhstan to China carried salt, and back various goods. On our way places of ancient parking will meet. We will approach the bottom of peak the Marble wall, the most northern six-chiliarch of Tien Shan. By a lunch or a bit later we will return to the base camp. Rest. Preparation for ascension.
Day 5. Ascension on peak Astana (4555 m). Today an early exit is necessary to us. In general ascension on peak Astana (in the past peak the Outlook) doesn't present technical difficulties. But anyway it is h over 4000 meters and we should overcome her influence. We will ascent by stone slopes that demands a certain skill. The unforgettable panorama of Tien Shan – Heavenly mountains will be a prize for everything, here you will understand an essence of their name. Return on the way of rise. Dinner in the camp.
Day 6. Reserve day.
Day 7. Trekking to the Zharkulak mine. Driving to the Saty village, placement in the guest house. After a breakfast we come back to the mine, here we are waited by cars. Further moving (230 km) to the Saty village which to be in the territory of the Kolsay lakes national park, in a frame of several amazing mountain lakes is necessary to us. We accommodate in the guest house. We will be waited by a dinner. Also here it is possible to order a shower.
Day 8. Driving to the mountain lake Kaindy. Return to the village Saty. After a lunch moving to the lake Kolsay. The first lake which we will visit the lake of Kaindy. The lake is known that it was formed at the beginning of the XX century, as a result of a catastrophic earthquake and that in the lake is cost by trunks of the fir-trees flooded in those days. Return to the guest house, lunch. Driving to the lake Kolsay. The lake was located at the h of 1818 m, has the extent of 1450 meters, width in a wide part of 400 meters, depth to 80 m. It was formed as a result of manifestation of seismic activity. The slopes surrounding the lake create a peculiar crown from the Tien-Shan relic fir-trees growing only in this region of our planet. The iridescent trout lives in the lake. Lake at all times year and at different times days in own way beautifully. Especially it finely in the fall when against the background of evergreen fir-trees deciduous plants blossom all colors of the rainbow. Return to the guest house. Dinner.
Day 9. Driving to the Sharyn canyon. Walk on a canyon. Return to Almaty. Placement in hotel. After breakfast we leave to the Sharyn national park. We will visit the well-known canyon "The valley of locks" located in the territory of the Sharyn national park. It is the whole ensemble of palaces, towers and minarets formed of Pliocene deposits with irregular shapes of aeration in the form of eaves, columns, niches. The gorge has reached present shape approximately about half a million years ago. The canyon has the extent about 2.5 kilometers and depth to 150 meters in the place of an exit in the main canyon. Then we are waited by return to Almaty. Placement in hotel.
Day 10. Transfer to Almaty airport. End of our service.
Cost in 2020: 1300$ per person
The price include:
Double/twin accommodation in hotel
Double accommodation in tents + sleeping bag
Entrance & ecological fee
3 time hot meals
Border zone permit
The price does not include:
Single accomodation in hotel 50$ per day; in tents 60$per day)
Porter service (35$/1 day/15kg)
Rent of equipment
Cable way in Almaty (7$p/p)
Porter service – 50$/per day
Rent of sleeping bag – 5$/per day
The list of the recommended equipment:
- Backpack not less than 50l
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking poles
- Trekking boots
- Snow protection boot covers
- Trekking socks
- Replaceable footwear and socks for the base camp
- Layered clothing
- Fleece jacket
- Fleece trousers
- Tracking trousers
- Membrane jacket
- Membrane trousers – self-dumpings
- The warmed jacket
- Cap or hat
- Sunblock cream
- Hygienic lipstick
- First aid kit
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.