In our Kyrgyzstan trekking tours we try as much as possible to combine spectacular mountain scenery with the fascinating lifestyle of Kyrgyz shepherds by visiting their camps we meet on the way while trek through jailoos - the summer pastures where Kyrgyz people move their livestock every summer and where they live in traditional nomads yurts
Trip season: June -September
Duration: 8 days
Difficulty: Medium - Hard
Accommodation: 1 nts-guesthouses, 5 nts-tents
Meals: Full board 8 breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 dinners.
Route: Karakol – Djety Oguz – Telety pass - Karakol valley - KurgakTor Valley - AlaKol lake - AlaKol pass –Altyn Arashan Hot Springs – Karakol town – Marco Polo Resort.
This eight days-long trek takes in some of the most beautiful scenery in Kyrgyzstan -the world's second largest alpine lake Issyk-Kul, mountain ranges and alpine peaks, passes, hot springs of Altyn-Arashan valley and truly amazing Ala-Kul lake located high in the mountains at the altitude of 3500 metres above sea level. You will have the opportunity to discover the natural areas of Terskey Ala-Too, to get an epic view of the highest points in the Teskey Ala Too range, such as the Karakol peak (5 216 m), the Jigit peak (5 117 m) and many other impressive peaks and glaciers. The tour begins and ends with the opportunity to visit some of Kyrgyzstan's finest cultural and historical treasures.
Bishkek – Issykkul Lake – Karakol (400km, 6 hrs)
Upon arrival, the group will be met by Local Guide in a comfortable transport from Bishkek/Manas International Airport, including a visit to the Burana Tower in Tokmok, en-route café, a stop to the petroglyphs in Cholpon Ata and an excursion in Karakol, in the presence of our english-speaking guide. Lodging in a local partner’s house with a clean shower/toilet, amazing breakfast and homemade dinner.
Driving Time 6-7 hours.
Family Guest House
Karakol – Djety Oguz – Telety Valley
After breakfast short drive to picturesque Djety Oguz valley by exciting mountain road winding through pine tree forest and between stunning rocks along rushing waters of Djety Oguz river. This road requires an advanced vehicle so we will use a Russian army truck. Djety Oguz valley is famous with it's natural tourist's spots such us "Broken heart of the young beauty"-a clay cliff which has the appearance of broken heart and seven oxen cliff. Also here you will hear a nice fairy tale that tells how the cliffs become to be broken heart and oxen. Next stage is trek up the Telety valley through fir tree forest. Lunch. After lunch continue trek by the valley floor to Telety pass foothills. Dinner. Overnight in tents.
Trekking Time 3-4 hours.
Telety pass – Karakol Valley
Breakfast. Trek over Telety pass (3800 m) with a fascinating view of highest peaks of Terskey Ala-Too. Lunch upon descent from the pass. Trek down to Karakol valley trough pine tree forest. It is a nice wooded canyon ending with a gorgeous peak Karakol (5218 m). Dinner with bon fire. Overnight in tents near the Karakol river.
Trekking Time 6-7 hours.
Karakol valley - Kurgak Tor gorge - "Sirota"
Breakfast. Trek up the Kurgak Tor valley to "Sirota" camping site, is smoothly walking for a 600 m up and camping in a tree line (3000m) nearby crystal clean water of Kurgak Tor. Dinner with bon fire. Overnight in tents.
Trekking Time 2-3 hours.
Sirota - Lake AlaKol - pass AlaKol (3 800 m) - Keldike gorge
The trail to AlaKol leads up and up, along the river (coining from the AlaKol Lake). With a nice view for the waterfall, the amazing AlaKol Lake, the glacier, and when you reach the pass you will find yourselves surrounded by high peaks. After admiring, the road continue via gentle descent down from the pass. Dinner. Overnight in tents (3 000m).
Trekking Time 6-7 hours.
Keldike valley - AltynArashan resort
The Keldike valley is frequently visited by shepherds, who usually feed their cattle during the summer. The trail goes all the way down till Altyn Arashan hot springs by crossing some small rivers. Final dinner with KG Destinations crew around fire. Overnight in tents.
Trekking Time 3-4 hours.
Altyn Arashan – Issykkul Lake (70 km)
Breakfast. Meet vehicle. Drive to Karakol town by very spectacular mountain road. Switching vehicle to comfortable aircon bus. Drive to western part of Issyk Kul Lake to the resort Marco Polo. The lake is slightly salty but there are 5 times less salt then in ocean water. This plus warm water makes the lake very comfortable for swimming. Lunch in a road cafe on the way. Upon arrival accommodation in cottage near the lake. Dinner and accommodation at resort.
Trekking Time – 3-4 hours.
Overnight:Marco Polo Resort
Onward travel by your own.
Conditions of the program:
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, but don't need any special skills of mountaineering. The differences of heights range from 600 m to 850 m in vertical elevation. The maximum elevation is 3 850 m.
Rate pp / USD
Trekking package, 8 days / 7 nights
Group of 1 person - $1 511
Group of 2 person - $1 037
Group of 4 person - $626
Group of 6 person - $511
Group of 8 person - $469
Group of 10 person - $448
Group of 12 person - $420
* Transfers Manas Airport – Karakol.
• All transfers into the gorge at the beginning and end of the trekking
• National parks, hot spring, museum entrances and camp sites fees
• Local Guide (English speaking)
• Cook, gas canisters and cooking set.
• Porters for personal luggage (every porter carries 15 kg of useful luggage)
• Lodging in the tents with all meal at the trekking time.
• Rent of tents.
* Lodging in Karakol Guest House and Marco Polo resort cottages.
• Visa support (if needed)
• International flights to and from Bishkek
• Medical/evacuation insurance
Feel free to contact us for additional information, maps, and answers to any questions or to book this trip. If you wish to add more days or cut days to this program, just let us know and we will be happy to prepare a custom designed tour exactly for you
Trekking program end on day 7 in Issyk-Kul lake and tourists can extend their tour further or order airport transfer.
Porter carries 15 kg of commercial weight. Overweight is 5 USD / per kg
Tourist must have medical emergency insurance policy with coverage of EUR 30 000
The altitude on this program rarely causes anyone any problems and the trekking goes in quit manner, without big altitude difference. We advise to walk in one manner and drink more fluid