Kyrgyzstan trekking 06
Activity: Trekking tour
Time of the tour: 13 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Chon Kemin valley - Tamga - Barskoon gorge - Dunguromo Pass - Dugurotmo gorge - Chokolu Lake - Zauka Pass - Dzukuu gorge - Ashu Kashka Suu gorge - Ashu Tor Pass - Jukuchak gorge - Orto Bulak Pass - Kichi Kyzyl Suu gorge - Chon Kyzyl Suu gorge - Jili Suu - Kok Dzhayyk Pass - Jeti Oguz gorge - Karakol - Kochkor - Bishkek
Wild and stern! Unforgettable practice of great nomadic mode trip!
If you are tired of civilization there is a great option to feel the freedom of the will. You will have a trekking tour to enjoy virgin nature of mountainous country and to visit numerous lakes of pure turquoise waters. The Kyrgyz being nomadic people for thousand years managed to keep all their amazing traditions and customs till now days. During the trip you will have the possibility to understand Kyrgyz traditions, customs and culture.
Day 1: Bishkek - Chon Kemin valley (170 km - 4 h)
You will be collected by your guide from Manas International Airport. The drive till Bishkek - the Kyrgyz capital will take just half an hour. In case you arrive too early we can offer you a nice room with comfortable beds and you will be able to take a shower. Dungan (Chinese Muslims) guesthouse accommodation. The afternoon is dedicated to Bishkek City Tour, which will be guided. The tour includes the visiting of the ceremonial area of the capital Ala-Too Square, Duboviy Park (Oak Park),Victory Square, The Square of Manas (legendary hero of the Kyrgyz people), Oriental Bazaar, National Art Gallery. After transfer to the Burana Museum, a site of a medieval city of Balasagun, one of the capitals of the Karahanid State, a Turkic dynasty of the 11 century. Dinner after arrival in Chon Kemin Valley, and overnight is in Ashuu guesthouse.
Day 2: Chon Kemin valley - Tamga (150 km - 4 h)
A wonderful opportunity will be for today to see real Kyrgyz nomads of Chon Kemin Valley who reside in yurts almost like it was thousand years ago in the Tien- Shan Mountains in the surrounding of fast rivers, fir tree grows. After breakfast you will have time for a photo session to capture all the beauty of Chon Kemin Valley, large alpine valley. We will stop in Boom Canyon not far from Chon-Kemin in order to walk a couple of hours in Konorchek sandstone labyrinths, which are lack in vegetation where at the end of the gorge you will attain a magic view of the red mountains. Then lunch is organized in the open air. Further, we will go on with our trip to Tamga village where is a sanatorium for military men, there the soviet astronauts used to rehabilitate and train their skills, as the altitude and climate created just perfect conditions to do that. On the way to Tamga we will visit our famous Talgat - a hunter with golden eagles (berkutchi in Kyrgyz). He will tell us about his birds of prey he tamed. After it we can do some photos of the eagles. Tamga village is sited on the southern shore of Issik Kul lake (the 2nd largest mountain lake in the world and the biggest lake in Kyrgyzstan(1600m)). After arrival in Tamga village you will have sometime to swim in the lake. Accommodation is in Askar guesthouse.
Day 3: Tamga - Barskoon gorge - Dunguromo Pass (3570 m) - Dugurotmo gorge (5 hours)
After breakfast we will drive for 5 hours to Barskoon village that is situated at the antrance of the one of the most beautiful mountain gorges with the same name. There we will visit the family who are occupied with manufacturing of yurts. This will be an incredible opportunity to disclose the secret of producing those amazing nomadic habitations. Next we will continue the way to the mentioned above Barskoon gorge. You will see one of the highest (60 meters) and picturesque waterfalls in Kyrgyzstan (alt. 2500 m), as well as the remarkable monument that was placed here in honor of the first cosmonaut - Urii Gagarin. From this place we start our trekking. We will have an ascent to 3100 m Dunguromo pass going through it we find ourselves in a wonderful basin Dunguromo. After a few kilometers down from the pass, we stop for the camping. Dinner will give us an chance to share with impressions of the first day. Night is in tents at the altitude of 2850 m.
Day 4: Dungurotmo gorge - Zauka Pass (3750 m) - Chokolu Lake (7 hours)
Today's wake is early, around 7 o'clock in the morning. We have a « vertical » hike to the Chokolu Lake over Zauka Pass, which is considered to be an important pass, Great Silk Road part. Famous travelers such as Ella Mayart 1932, Semenov Tyanshyanskii 1856 passed this place in the ancient time, also the Chinese Muslims - the Dungans are also known to come from China 200 years ago using the same route. The land is relatively flat, from vegetation prevails fine grass and moss, the climate is close to the climate conditions of tundra. Coming closer to the lake at the altitude of 3800 m. we will place our tent camp for the night here. Night is in tents.
Day 5: Chokolu Lake - Zauka Pass (3750 m) - Dzukuu gorge - Ashu Kashka Suu gorge This day you will be pleasantly surprised with the Kyrgyz nomads hospitality. We will try Kyrgyz cheese, made of sheep milk, and there and if you would like you can try Kyrgyz beer (fermented mare's milk). After breakfast we will have to prepare all our equipment and belongings to immerse them all on the horse and we will go further. We have to get back to the Zauka pass and after passing it we will reach the Dzhukuu valley. Then we go down the gorge about 20 km and reach the foot of the Ashu Kashka Suu gorge where we set up camp for the night. On the way we meet with Kyrgyz nomads who live here in summer period of time. Overnight and dinner are in tents at the altitude of 2770 m.
Day 6: Ashu Kashka Suu gorge - Ashu Tor Pass (3490 m) - Jukuchak gorge (7 hours)
Early in the morning we will have to prepare all of our gear and then we will hike up the gorge Ashu Kashka Suu. Having reached the foot of the pass, we make a short halt for lunch and then we will have to climb to the Ashu Tor Pass (3490 m). After the pass we get into the Dzhukuchak gorge where is the warm mineral springs. Here we are given an opportunity to take a bath with hot mineral water which we all dreamed of for now 4 days of our trek. After good bath our guide will offer you a local beer but not Kyrgyz beer, this time is real Kyrgyz beer. Dinner and overnight is in tents at an altitude of 2500 m.
Day 7: Dzhukuchak gorge - Orto Bulak Pass (2900 m) - Kichi Kyzyl Suu gorge
In the morning we will go towards the Kichi Kyzyl Suu Valley. First we reach in the territory of Issyk Kul forestry that is located in the Dzhukuchak gorge. Further we have to climb to the pass Orto Bulak (2900 m). Then we draw near to the Kichi Kyzyl Suu gorge where we break our camp for the night. This place is famous for its incredible beauty and stunning views of mountains. Dinner and sharing impressions of the passed day. The night you is supposed to be spent in tents at the altitude of 2300 m.
Day 8: Kichi Kyzyl Suu gorge - Chon Kyzyl Suu gorge - Jili Suu water warm springs
After a superior breakfast we start on our trekking for the picturesque ChonKyzyl Suu Valley. First we have to go down to the Kichi Kyzyl Suu gorge from end to end the territory of forestry. Then we will go along the Djily Suu Mountains and lastly we approach Chon Kyzyl Suu gorge. Here we enter the area of Ak Tash. Further next we go up about three miles up to the thermal mineral springs where we will again be able to take a warm bath. The region is famous for its good looks: nomads and magnificent mountains make you feel like you are on the top of the world! Night is in tents at the altitude of 2150 m.
Day 9: Chon Kyzyl Suu gorge - Kok Dzhayyk Pass (2700 meters) - Jeti Oguz gorge
Unfortunately, this is the last day of trek. After having breakfast we start in the direction of the Jeti Oguz gorge - one of the most popular places to visit in our country. First, we go down to the place of Ak Tash, where we cross the river Kyzyl Suu (Red River). Later than that we begin the ascent to the pass Kok Dzhayyk. The road will pass through a small pine forest, which will impress you with its daed silence. It seems as if the entire world looks at you there. After the forest we will have a look at the Jeti Oguz gorge which will make an impression on you for sure. After a couple of kilometers we reach the yurt camp Kok Dzhayyk at the altitude of 2300 m. and stay there for the night. Dinner is in yurts.
Day 10: Jety Oguz gorge - Karakol (30 km - 1 h)
After mealtime our passage will continue in the direction of the capital of Issik Kul region. Check-in the hotel Elita**. Today we will visit Prjvalsky Memorial Complex, dedicated to the outstanding Russian explorer of Central Asia. For understanding the Kyrgyz life of the end of 19th century we will visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral and the wooden Dungan - Chinese mosque, made out of burnt briks and walnut timber in the Chinese style. This evening we drive to Dyishin village, where we will have dinner with Chinese Muslims. Here they are called Dungans. They arrived here from Dunhuang, Central China. Chinese Muslims came to Kyrgyzstan 200 years ago when it was a war between Chinese and not Chinese nationalities and religions. They are skilled at agriculture and famous for national cuisine. We will have an opportunity to try different kinds of salads and original national Dungan bread. You will have dinner after we come back to hotel.
Day 11: Karakol - Kochkor village (330 km-6 h)
This day we will go to the Naryn region that is the biggest in Kyrgyz republic, but the poorest. Its economy based mainly on cattle rising: sheep, horses, goats. On the way to Kochkor village we will drive along the north shore of Issyk Kul Lake - it means you will see the "pearl of Central Asia" form all sights! Early in the morning we move to the Kochkor village, where we can discover national traditions and customs, watch the process of making traditional Kyrgyz carpets and visit a handicraft museum. Also we will see and participate in the process of settling a yurt, a traditional collapsible felt house of nomads. In the evening you will listen to the Folk-concert. Dinner in a yurt and felt carpet-making show is planned especially for you. Overnight is in the local home stay.
Day 12: Kochkor - Bishkek
Transfer to Bishkek. Accommodation in a guesthouse. Some time for shopping activity and walking around the capital.
Day 13: Bishkek - Europe
You will be met by your guide at the hotel at the previously arranged time just according to your flight details and accompanied to Manas International Airport.