9 Days Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan

Charyn Canyon

Kolsay Lake located on altitude 2400m

Karakol

9 Days Trekking in Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan

Date: 21 – 29 Jun 2019

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Mixtures of the cultures in the countries of the Great Silk Road make this region more attractive for people from different countries. From ancient times the different tribes were traveled from country to country and brought the different traditions and style of life to the Central Asia. Now you have a great opportunity to visit the small unique part of the Great Silk Road, to return to the past and to learn resemblance and difference. During this tour you will visit magnificent historical places, see Great Mountains, learn about the culture of peoples and try the tastiest national dishes. You will be driven to Charyn Canyon; a beautiful valley of red rocked ‘castles’ as if erected by unknown giants. And you’ll be given a great opportunity to look at the unforgettable beauty of the KolSay and a 3 days trek along the beautiful gorges in Kyrgyzstan, crossing high passes (3470m) and stay in tented camp. After the trek, we will visit Karakol, Southern shore of Issyk-Kul and ending the journey at Bishkek. An exceptional memory to be withheld!

Destination: Kazakhstan– Kyrgyzstan
Duration: 9 days
Season mid June – mid September
Route of the program: Almaty – Charyn National Park – Kolsay – Jergalan – 3 Days Trek – KARAKOL – SOUTHERN shore of ISSYK – KUL – BISHKEK
Level of difficulty: This tour is recommended for people with hiking and climbing experience (hiking time approximately 5-6 hours per day).
Conditions: It is necessary to bring a sleeping bag, warm clothes and trekking boots.

Day 1: Arrive Almaty (BD) O/N Hotel
Day 2: Almaty – Charyn Canyon – Shatty (350 km, 6-7 hours of driving) (BD) O/N Homestay/ Lodge
Day 3: Shatty – Kol Sai Lake – “Kegen” border – Jergalan (250 km, about 5-6 hours of driving)  (BD) O/N Guesthouse
Day 4: Trek Jergalan (2300m) – Terim Tor Bulak gorge (2900m; 6-8 hours) (BLD) O/N Tent
Day 5: Trek Terim Tor Bulak gorge – Pass Terim Tor Bulak (3470m) – Turgon Ak-Suu gorge (2658m; 5-6 hours) (BLD) O/N Tent
Day 6: Trek Turgon Ak-Suu gorge – Boz Uchuk Pass (3354m) – Boz Uchuk gorge (506 hours) – Karakol (1800m; drive 1hr) (BLD) O/N Hotel
Day 7: Karakol – Southern shore of Issy-Kul (130km, 2-3 hours of driving) (BD) O/N Yurt Camp
Day 8: Issy-Kul – Bishkek (320 km, 5 hours of driving) (BD) O/N Hotel
Day 9: Transfer to Bishkek airport (B)

9 Days Trekking Adventure in Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan

Itinerary (Subject to changes)

Day 1: Arrival Almaty [800m] (BD)
Early morning arrival Almaty. Meet guide in the airport and transfer to the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel. Rest at the hotel till noon.
PM. City tour around the centre of Almaty. Visit to Republic Square and Monument of Independence, old city center (today: Square Astana), 28 Panfilovtsev Park, Avenue of memory obelisks, Zenkov Cathedral, Museum of Musical Instruments, Abai Theater, Green Market. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Almaty – Charyn Canyon – Shatty [600m] (350 km, 6-7 hours of driving/ -200m) (BD)
Breakfast in the hotel. Leave Almaty and head towards Shatty. Excursion to Charyn Canyon – located in the Charyn National Park. The Canyon itself is approximately 150 km long with places up to 300m deep. One area of particular interest is the 2km Valley of Castles with pillars and rock formations forming imposing, almost man made structures. Take a hiking on the site. Lunch as a picnic. PM. Transfer to Shaty village. Dinner and overnight stay in the family-run accommodation.

Day 3: Shatty – Kol Sai Lake – “Kegen” border – Jergalan [2300m] (250 km, about 5-6 hours of driving/ +1700m) (BD)
After breakfast proceed to Kol Sai Lake – a succession of 3 alpine lakes between altitudes of 1700 – 2650m. The 3 lakes are exceptionally clear and lie in an idyllic location, surrounded by massive cliffs and mountains with snowy caps and wooded slopes. Take a hike on the site then transfer to Kyrgyzstan. After border formalities on Kyrgyz-Kazakh border Kegen, we visit San-Tash barrow which means counted stones. The story about San-Tash came from the time of Great Timur, when he asked all his soldiers to put stones in one place so he can compare how large is the barrow compared to his army. Picnics for lunch on the way. Upon arrival to Jergalan village dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.

Day 4: Trekking Jergalan – Terim Tor Bulak gorge [2900m] (6-7 hours / +600m) (BLD))
After breakfast, start the trek on gravel road along the shepherd trail for 12 km, about 4-5 hours to the foot of Pass Terim Tor Bulak (3470m), along the Jyrgalan gorge. From there we from the main Eki Chat Valley to Terim Tor Bulak gorge, and arrive at campsite (2900m). Spend the night in tents camp.

Day 5: Trekking Terim Tor Bulak gorge – Turgon Ak-Suu gorge [2658m] (5-6 hrs/ -242m) (BLD)
After breakfast, trek to Pass Terim Tor Bulak (3470m) and descend to Turgon Ak-Suu gorge (2658m). It takes 5-6 hours to cover 16 km distance. Overnight in the tent camp

Day 6: Trekking Turgon Ak-Suu gorge – Boz Uchuk gorge (5-6hrs) – Karakol [1800m] (Drive 1h/ -858m) (BLD)
After breakfast, trek to Boz Uchuk Pass (3354 m), then descend to Boz Uchuk gorge to the end of the trek. Distance of trekking is about 14 km, walking time is about 5-6 hours. After lunch, meet the driver and drive to Karakol about 1 hour. Dinner in Uigur family. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 7: Karakol – Southern shore of Issyk Kul [1600m] (130 km, 2-3 hours of driving/ -200m) (BD)
After breakfast, city-tour in Karakol : Museum of Russian Explorer, Mikhail Prjevalsky, Russiam Orthodox Church and Muslim Mosuqe in Dungan Style. If you are in Karakol on Sunday, then we will visit Sunday animal market. Transfer to Jety- Oguz Gorge. Optionally horse riding in the surrounding area or take a hike. In the late afternoon transfer to southern shore of Issyk-Kul. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.

Day 8: Southern shore of Issyk Kul – Bishkek [800,m] (320 km, 5 hours of driving/ -800m) (BD)
After breakfast transfer to Bishkek. Optionally on the way we will have a stop in Bokonbaevo village to see the old traditions of hunting with an eagle. For additional price, on the way in Kyzyl tuu village (the village of the Yurt crafts) we can also visit the workshop that produced the wooden parts of the yurts or optionally visit the other workshop in that village to see the Installation of the Yurt.
Transfer to Bishkek. On the way visiting of Burana Tower, a place on the Great Silk Road dated to 11th century. Besides the tower you will see the ruins of ancient city called Balasagyn, an excursion to the museum dedicated to this place. Upon arrival to Bishkek accommodation in the Hotel. Dinner in the local Café.

Day 9: Bishkek – Airport (B)
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight home.

9 Days Trekking Adventure in Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan

LAND Cost per person in SGD  (Tour Code: CA-TKK-09)

Pax2 pax3 pax4 pax5-6 pax7-8 paxSGL
4*29982378212819881838178
3*29282358203818881718148

Price is subject to changes without prior notice.Flight cost from S$ 1500 including taxes

With the following accommodation:

Accommodation Option4*3*
AlmatyKazzhol Hotel or Plaza-Almaty HotelOtrar Hotel
Shattyhomestay (no single room accommodation, accommodation by 2 people in a room, shared toilet and shower )
JergalanGuesthouse (double accommodation, shared European standard toilet and shower on the floor)
TrekkingTent camp
Karakol“Karagat” Hotel“Amir” or “Green Yard” Hotel
Issyk – Kul Lakeyurt camp (4 people accommodation in a yurt, shared European standard shower and toilet)
BishkekBridges Hotel or Plaza HotelAsia Mountains Hotel

Price includes:
1. Transport for transfers and excursions
• Minivan with 7 seats for 3-4 pax
• Minibus Mercedes Sprinter for group 5-9 pax
2. Double room accommodation in hotels and guesthouses
3. Four-people accommodation in the yurt camp
4. Early check-in to the hotel in Almaty
5. Half board meal
6. Mineral water during the tour
7. English speaking tour guide
8. Local trekking guide for the days 4-7 (with little knowledge of English)
9. Double tents, mats and kitchen equipment
10. Personal for trek (porters, cook)
11. Entry fees to museums

Price excludes:
1. Single room accommodation in hotels
2. Single tent during the trek
3. Alcohol and soft drinks
4. International flight tickets
5. Visa if needed (citizens of EU and Switzerland do not need to have visa)
6. Porter service in the airport and hotels
7. Sleeping bags and air mats;
8. Any deviation from the program;
9. Eagle hunting Show in Bokombaevo;
10. Folklore program during the last dinner in Bishkek
11. Travel Insurance (compulsory)

SupplementSGD
Single tent per person.120
Eagle Hunting Show in Bokonbaevo160
Yurt Installation Show in Kyzyl tuu for the group170
Yurt production in Kyzyl tuu (will show how to make the wooden part of the Yurta ) per group50
Folklore program in Bishkek per group160
Full board meal per person110
Supplement for horse riding in Jety- Oguz per person (1-2 hours of riding)45
Flight Bishkek – Tashkent (operates only on Sundays) per person (subject to change)260
Visa Regulation

Citizens of Singapore DO NOT NEED visa to enter Kazakhstan up to 30 days & Kyrgyzstan up to 60 days.

Citizens of Malaysian DO NOT NEED visa to enter Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan up to 30 days.