Kyrgyzstan trekking: Tour 04
Activity: Trekking tour
Time of the tour: 11 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Chon Kemin valley - Tamga - Jukku gorge - pass Jukku - Ak-Shirak - Gorge Ashu-Tor - Gorge Chon-Kyzyl-Suu - Bishkek
Dear traveler won't find such a superb and beautiful place anywhere else! You will simply LOVE the way this tour has been organized. This tour is for people who want to discover the land of nomads. Kyrgyzstan is a perfect country for trekking over unforgettable gorges and through incredible mountains. There is the second largest mountainous lake in the world Issyk-Kul on the way. You will practice the nomadic mode of life distant away from the hectic of full of activity and stuffy cities.
Day 1: Bishkek - Chon Kemin valley
You will be met by your guide at Manas International Airport. Transfer to Bishkek City (30 min. drive), where your first day to Kyrgyzstan starts with breakfast. The rest of the day you will be fully devoted for Bishkek City Tour, including lunch. The visiting of the central Ala-Too Square, Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Pobeda Square (Victory Square), the History Museum, National philharmonic, Oriental Bazaar, Art Gallery and many others places of interest uncover for you the life this Central Asian capital. After that we will go to the Chon Kemin valley and stop in the Kalmak-Ashuu Guesthouse, where you also will spend the night. On the way, we will stop by at the Burana Tower - minaret of the 11 century and its attached open air museum of stone warriors - Balbans . Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
Day 2: Chon Kemin valley - Tamga
As soon as you are finished with your 7 o'clock morning meal, you will start your trip to Tamga village (380 km) by car. This day drive will last 6 hours. We will drive along the southern shore of the celestial Issyk-Kul Lake, also known as "the pearl of Central Asia. This is the second largest mountain lake in world after the Lake Titicaca in South America. Dinner is served in the Tamga local Guesthouse, where you will spend the night.
Day 3: Tamga - Jukku gorge - pass Jukku
Breakfast And we leave the Guesthouse at 8 o'clock by car for the gorge Jukka. From this entrance of this splendid gorge we will hike till we arrive at the bottom of the pass Jukka. Jukku is the place where Kyrgyz nomadic shepherds still reside in yurts and you have a wonderful chance to try a national drink Kumis (alcohol fermented mare's milk). Lunch is on the way. You will dine in the open air and overnight stay is in tents in wild nature.
Day 4: Pass Jukku - Ak-Shirak
Breakfast is served at 8 o'clock. After lunch, the hiking over the pass Jukku (7hours). Then the hiking will be continued along the Silk Road toward the Ak Shirak mountain range (average altitude is 3680m above sea), which is famous for its alpine Chokoli lakes. They find their origin in glaciers. There is a spectacular view over the greater part of these lakes. The night is spent in yurts near these mountain lakes, as soon as you have a dinner.
Days 5-7: Syrty Ak-Shirak (3000m above sea level)
During this trip you will also see our gorgeous Ara-Belsu Lake. From Ak Shirak, it is a 3-days-hike by the side of the southern side of the Terskey Ala-Too (Shady Mountains) to reach the foot of glacier Ashu-Tor, (3600-4200m).Ak-Shirak is the place where ancient traders sheltered from bandits where you feel like yourself in safety, and it seems that good protect you. All nights are to be spent in Central Asia traditional nomadic collapsible habitations - yurts, which are made of felt and timber structure without a single nail.
Day 8: Gorge Ashu-Tor
After a breakfast you will hike over the pass Ashu-Tor (4000m.) where you will overlook the Ashu-Tor glacier, while having a picnic. Then you will come to the Ara-Belsu Lake before starting the descent to Ashu-Tor gorge by passing the startling Northern Ashu-Tor valley (7 ours, 3250m). Your dinner and your overnight stay are organized in tent camp.
Day 9: Gorge Ashu-Tor - Gorge Chon-Kyzyl-Suu
Having packing your backpacks, you will be served breakfast at 8 o'clock before you start your 7 hours hike down to the Chon Kyzyl Suu valley(2650m) and the old geophysics station. Lunch break is prearranged on the way. You will spend the hours of darkness in yurts just like real nomads do. A yurta is a unique collapsible dwelling made of felt and wooden frame without a single nail, erecting and collapsing of which takes only hour. Your dinner is given at 8 p.m.
Day 10: Gorge Chon-Kyzyl-Suu - Bishkek
Breakfast is at 8 o'clock. In the morning, you will be guided down to the hot water springs of Jeli Suu, (1 Hour) where you can take a bath. After having lunch you will be transferred to Bishkek (350km) by car along the southern shore of Celestial Issyk Kul Lake via the magnificent Boom gorge. Issik - Kul Lake is on the elevation of 1600 m. a. s. l. You will be in Bishkek at a Hotel **** at approximately 7 p.m., where you will have time for yourself until you are picked up at 8 pm. You will have a wonderful goodbye feast in a café with a local folklore demonstration in the capital of Kyrgyzstan.
Day 11: Return Journey
You will be accompanied by your guide from your Hotel at the pick up time arranged previously according to your flight details to Manas International Airport.