Kyrgyzstan trekking: Tour 03
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
If you are tired of civilization there is a great option to feel the freedom of mind. You will have a trekking tour to get pleasure from virgin nature of mountainous Kyrgyz Republic and to visit numerous lakes with its pure sparkling waters. During the trip you will find out many interesting things about the Kyrgyz traditions, customs and culture, because the Kyrgyz being nomads for thousand years, and they managed to keep their wonderful traditions and customs till present days. Wild and stern! Great nomadic style trip, memorable experience!
Day 1: Bishkek - Chon Kemin valley (170 km - 4 h)
You will be met by your guide at Manas International Airport and accompanied to Bishkek - Kyrgyz capital city (30 min. drive), where you will start the day with a breakfast in Dungan - Chinese guesthouse. If you arrive too early we can offer you a nice room with comfortable beds and you will be able to take a shower. The part of your first day in Bishkek is dedicated to a guided City Tour, including lunch. Bishkek City tour includes the visiting of many places of interest, such as the central Ala-Too Square, Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Pobeda Square (Victory Square), National philharmonic, Oriental Bazaar, Art Gallery and. After it will be transfer to Chon Kemin valley. En route visiting the Burana Tower Museum (the site of a medieval city of Balasagun, the capital of the Karahanids, a Turkic dynasty of the 11 c. AD). Dinner and overnight is in Ashuu guesthouse.
Day 2: Chon Kemin valley - Tamga (150 km - 4 h)
After breakfast you will have time for taking photos to capture all the beauty of Chon Kemin Valley, wide alpine valley. There is a wonderful chance to see real Kyrgyz nomads who still live in the yurts almost like it was 1000 years ago in the Tien- Shan Mountains surrounded by fast rivers, fir trees forests. We will stop not far from Chon-Kemin in order to walk two hours in Konorchek Canyons, where at the end of the labyrinths you will have a magic view of the red mountains. Then picnic is organized here. Afterwards we will go on our trip to Tamga village that is situated on the southern shore of Issik Kul lake (1600m). The second largest mountain lake of Issyk - Kul in the world is the biggest lake in Kyrgyzstan. En route to Tamga we will visit our famous Talgat - a hunter with golden eagles. He will tell us about his birds. After it we can do some photos of the eagles. There is a sanatorium in the village of Tamga where Soviet astronauts used to rehabilitate and train, as the altitude of the lake and its microclimate created perfect conditions to do that. After arrival in Tamga village you will have some time to swim in Issyk -Kul lake. Accommodation is in Askar guesthouse.
Day 3: Tamga - Barskoon gorge - Dunguromo Pass (3570 m) - Dugurotmo gorge (5 hours)
Barskoon village drive is after the breakfast. In this village we will visit the family who are occupied with manufacturing of yurts. It will be an incredible opportunity for you to reveal the secret of production of those marvelous nomadic dwellings. We continue our trip to Barskoon gorge, which is one of the most picturesque places in the mountainous Kyrgyzstan. You will see one of the highest waterfalls in Kyrgyz Republic at the alt. 2500 m. that is 60 meters high, as well as the monument of astronauts with an inscription on it of first man in the space - Urii Gagarin. From this place we start our trekking. We will have an ascent to 3100m. Dunguromo pass, passing through which we will find ourselves in a wonderful valley Dunguromo. After several kilometers down from this pass, we will stop for the camping. This day dinner will give us a 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 we wake up early around 7 o'clock in the morning. We have a « vertical » over Zauka Pass hike to the Chokolu Lake, which is considered to be a historical pass, the part of the great Silk Road. Suchlike famous travelers as Ella Mayart 1932, Semenov Tyanshyanskii 1856 passed this place in those olden times. The Chinese Muslims are also known to come from China 200 years ago. From vegetation prevails fine grass and moss, the climate is close to the tundra climate. The landscape is relatively flat. Coming closer to the lake at the altitude of 3800 m. we will set up our camp for the night. Night is in tents.
Day 5: Chokolu Lake - Zauka Pass (3750 m) - Dzukuu gorge - Ashu Kashka Suu gorge After breakfast we will have to collect all our equipment and belongings to immerse them all on the horses, next will go further. We need to get back to the Zauka pass, 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. We set up camp for the night at the Ashu Kashka Suu gorge. En route we meet with Kyrgyz nomads who live there in summer. The Kyrgyz nomads hospitality will stun you. The nomads will give us to try the Kyrgyz cheese there and if you want you can try Kyrgyz beer (fermented mare's milk). Dinner and overnight is in tents at the altitude of 2770 m.
Day 6: Ashu Kashka Suu gorge - Ashu Tor Pass (3490 m) - Jukuchak gorge (7 hours)
In the morning we will have to prepare all of our stuff and then we will hike up the gorge of Ashu Kashka Suu. After having reached the foot of the pass, we make a short halt for having lunch and then we will have to climb to the 3490m. Ashu Tor Pass. After this pass we get into the gorge of Dzhukuchak where the warm mineral springs are. There we are given an opportunity to take a bath with hot mineral water which we all dreamed for four days of our trek. After good bath our guide will offer you a local beer, this time it is a 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 leave for the Kichi Kyzyl Suu Valley. Primary we reach in the territory of Issyk Kul forestry; it is located in the Dzhukuchak gorge. Further we have to climb to the 2900 m. pass Orto Bulak. Then we approach to the Kichi Kyzyl Suu gorge where we break our camp for this night. This place is well-known for its incredible beauty and eye-catching views of mountains. Dinner and sharing impressions of the passed day. The night you are 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
A good breakfast. We begin our trek towards the picturesque valley of ChonKyzyl Suu. We have to go down to the Kichi Kyzyl Suu gorge first through the territory of forestry. Then we will trek along the Djily Suu Mountains. Finally we approach Chon Kyzyl Suu gorge and here we enter the area of Ak Tash. Then we go up about three miles up to the hot water mineral springs where it will again the possibility to take a warm bath and relaxation. Nomads and magnificent mountains make you feel like you are on the top of the world! The region is famous for its gorgeousness. Overnight is in tents at the altitude of 2150 m.
Day 9: Chon Kyzyl Suu gorge - Kok Dzhayyk Pass (2700 meters) - Jeti Oguz gorge
This one is the last day of the trek. After breakfast we start in the Jeti Oguz gorge direction - one of the most popular gorges to visit in our mountainous country. First, we go down to the place of Ak Tash. Reaching it we cross the (Red River) river Kyzyl Suu, after that we begin the ascent to the pass Kok Dzhayyk. The way will pass through a little pine forest; it will impress you with its dead silence. After the forest we will have a look at the Jeti Oguz gorge which will impress you for sure. It seems as if the whole world looks at you there. After several kilometers we reach the Kok Dzhayyk yurt camp at the altitude of 2300 m. where we spend the night. Dinner and overnight in yurts.
Day 10: Jety Oguz gorge - Karakol (30 km - 1 h)
This journey will continue in the direction of the capital of Issik Kul region as soon as we finish with breakfast. Check-in Elita**hotel. This day we will visit Prjvalsky Memorial Complex. It is dedicated to the outstanding Russian explorer of Central Asia. We will visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral and the wooden mosque, made in the Chinese style in order to understand the Kyrgyz life of the 19th century. Dyishin village evening drive. There we will have dinner with Chinese Muslims - the Dungans, they came from Dunhuang, Central China. Chinese Muslims arrived in Kyrgyzstan 200 years ago when it was a war between Chinese and not Chinese nationalities and religions. The Dungans are skilled at agriculture and very famous for their national cuisine. We will have an opportunity to try different kinds of salads and of course traditional Dungan bread. After dinner we come back to the hotel.
Day 11: Karakol - Kochkor village (330 km-6 h)
In the early morning we move to the Kochkor village. 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 Kochkor. Dinner in a yurt and carpet-making show is organized especially for you. In the evening you will listen to the Folk-concert. 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 Tien - Shan Mountains" form all sights! Overnight is in a guesthouse.
Day 12: Kochkor - Bishkek
Transfer to Bishkek. Accommodation in a guesthouse. The rest day free time for shopping or to walk around the capital.
Day 13: Bishkek - Europe
You will be picked up by your guide at the hotel at the time arranged before according to your flight details and accompanied to Manas Airport.