To Merzbacher Lake In Kyrgyzstan

Duration: 8 days

Type: Trekking

Difficulty: Medium-Strenous

Season: June - September

Route: Karakol - Turgon AkSuu gorge - Chon Ashuu pass (4,000m) – Echkili-Tash - Tuz gorge - Tyz pass (4,000m) - South Enylchek gorge - South Enylchek glacier - Merzbacher lake - South Enylchek valley - At Jailoo base - Karakol.

Brief description:

After this days of trekking in the highest mountain range in the world with most impressive view from the 4000m pass and unique Merzbacher lake you will have one of the best memories in your trekking experience. The trek goes along one of the longest glaciers in the world.

The lake Merzbacher is known for its mysterious fill and explode cycles. Every year between mid July to August the lake bursts and explodes into Enylchek River below the glacier and starts a new cycle of filling. The lake is named after the German geographer Gottfried Merzbacher led an expedition which discovered it in 1903. It is an object of research scientists, close by there are observation stations.

Plan on days:

Day 1 - Karakol – Echkili-Tash (150 km) 5 hours driving by 4x4 car. You arrive to the border post Echkili-Tash. You have border checking. Crossing along the Tuz river. About 5km walking. Camp (3,200 m). Working day 2-3 hours

Day 2 - Crossing under pass Tuz. Camp (3,500 m) Working day 5-6 hours

Day 3 - Overcome Tyz pass (4,000m). You will go down to gorge Enilchek. To the place of camp, Chon-Tash. Camp (2,900 m). Working day 5-6 hours

Day 4 - Glacier Enilchek. Crossing to the end of glacier Inylchek. Night on the other side of the most powerful river Enilchek. Camp (2,900 m). Working day 5-6 hours.

Day 5 - Hiking on a glacier to a place called Merzbacher's field. Working day 5-6 hours.

Day 6 - A day excursion to Merzbacher's lake.

Day 7 - Hiking down trouth the valley to the last camp site. Working day 5-6 hours

Day 8 - Transfer At Jailoo - Karakol (5-6 hours driving)

Conditions of the program: We strongly ask you to contact us at least one month before the start dates of trekking for prepare your border permits.

Equipment: Participants must have their equipment such as backpacks, desirable to have a personal sleeping bag, warm clothes, good trekking shoes, trekking poles, etc. (The whole structure of personal equipment)

Physical requirements: Participants must be in good physical condition. Feel comfortable in transitions over long distances, rapid changes in the weather and spending the night on the glaciers. Differences of hs range from 300 to 1000 m in a vertical elevation. the maximum elevation 4100 m.

Group Size: 1 min - 10 max

Price: per person.

Group of 2-3 - 115$

Group of 4 and more 140$

Price includes • Transfer Karakol- Echkili-Tash by 4x4 car • Border zone permit • local Guide (English speaking) • Cook • Porters for personal luggage (every porter carries 15 kg of useful luggage) • Transfer At-Jailoo base camp - Karakol by 4wd car • Lodging in the tents with all meal and drinks at the trekking time. • Rent of tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping mats

Not included • Visa support • International flights to and from Bishkek • Lodging/ meals in Bishkek • Lodging/ meals in Karakol • Roundtrip transfer between Bishkek-Karakol-Bishkek • Medical/evacuation insurance

Number of days: 8
Covered regions:
Bishkek City
Osh City
Included services:
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
Transport: SUV 4x4
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Payment Method

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.

Cancellation Policy

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.