Up to the celestial mountains

Jun - Sep
15 days / 8 days of trekking

Up to the celestial mountains - Complete Guided

Duration: 15 days, 14 nights (8 days of trekking)
Region: Kyrgyzstan
Cost per person in USD: $ 2240  (4-10 pax)

Tour Code: GACA-KYRUCM-15

Fixed Departure: 14-28 July, 18 Aug – 1 Sep

Level: Intermediate
Season: June to September

Kyrgyzstan is home for the magnificent Tien Shan mountain range, which offers many trails for lovers of trekking. Hiking through the valleys, forests and mountain trails is a great way to spend a vacation and explore the natural beauty of the country.

 Some Info

1. LEVEL

For good walker. 5 to 7 hours of walking a day, +/- 1100 m of altitude difference on average per day. Accessible to children who are good walkers and motivated from the age of 12 (with their parents). Being able to easily walk 12 km (in plain) in 2 hours maximum. If this is not the case, within three weeks before departure we advise you to undertake a little training (2 to 3 times a week): 4 to 5 km of jogging or 2 to 3 hours hiking or biking. Your physical preparation will facilitate your stay and allow you to appreciate it even more.

2. LUGGAGE TRANSFER DURING HIKE

You only carry a backpack for the day with the necessary for your hike. Your luggage will be transferred by horses during the trek at Max 10 kg per luggage per person.

3. ACCOMMODATION

(1) Hotel 4 Nights

  • 3-star : Day 1 & Day 14 Bishkek ~ Rixon Hotel or similar; Day 7 Karakol ~ My Hotel or similar
  • 4-star : Day 6 Сholpon Ata /Issyk Kul ~ Kapriz Resort Hotel or similar

(2) Guesthouse 4 Nights

  • Day 2 Chon Kemin ~ Kemin Guesthouse or similar
  • Day 8 Tamga ~ U Pavla Guesthouse or similar
  • Day 9 Kochkor ~ Mira Guesthouse or similar
  • Day 11 Kyzart ~ Maksat Guesthouse or similar

(3) Tent 3 Nights

  • Day 3 – Day 5 ~ Own Sleeping bag & mat

(4) Yurt Camp 3 Nights ~ yurt capacity 4-5 people. 

  • Day 10 Kol Ukok ~ Toilets outside. No shower.
  • Day 12 Kilemche ~ Toilets outside. No shower.
  • Day 13 Son Kul ~ Toilets & shower outside. During the low season, you can be accommodated 2pax per yurt according to the availability. 

Itinerary

Subject to changes

We may have to modify the indicated itinerary: either at the level of the organization (problem of overload of the accommodations, duplication of the groups, modification of the state of the ground, landslides, degraded trails, etc.), or directly because of the guide (weather, group level, etc.). These modifications are always made in your interest, for your safety and for a better comfort!

Day 1

Arrival Bishkek 
Pick-up Manas Airport in Bishkek or border point and transfer to the capital (check-in at the hotel after 14:00).
After short rest, we start our city tour in Bishkek – Ala- Too Square, local market Osh bazar. In the evening, dinner in restaurant where you can taste delicious Kyrgyz national dishes.
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Rixon Hotel or similar)

Day 2

Bishkek – Burana – Chon Kemin (distance 200 km, 3h)
After breakfast in hotel, transfer to visit Burana Tower, an ancient minaret in the Chuy Valley before head to the Tar Suu village located in Chon Kemin Valley, known for its beauty and the rich diversity of animals and plants. You go for a walk in the village to explore the lifestyle of the local people.
Dinner at the guesthouse.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch in Iskra Village with a Doungan family on their national cuisine, Dinner in guesthouse
Option: horseback riding (13 USD /person horse rental + 25 USD local horse guide service). Possible to book and pay on site.

Day 3

Chon Kemin – Toru Aigyr (Trek 10 km, +750m, 4h)

After breakfast, transfer to start point near the Chon Kemin River for our 4-days trek to the north shore of Issyk Kul Lake.
The luggage is carried by the horses (You only take the necessary things for 4 days of the trek and the rest of the luggage you leave in the vehicle with your driver). The trek goes through the slopes of the mountains covered with fir trees, then through the forest to the pastures of Toru Aigyr. We set up our tents there. Dinner and overnight in a tent.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Tent

Day 4

Toru Aigyr – Kol Kogur Lake (Trek 11 km, +300m, -320m, 5h)
Hike towards Kol Kogur Lake at 2,500 meters on the northern slope of the Kungey Ala-Too mountains in a picturesque wooded area. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in Northern Tien Shan. The lake has a trapezoidal shape.
On the shore of the lake, we set up tents, and enjoy the magnificent landscapes around us.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Tent

Day 5

Kol Kogur Lake – Kyzyl Aska (Trek 14 km, + 880m, -800m, 5-6h)

Cross the 3347-meter-high pass and descend towards the pastures of Kyzyl Aska, setting up our tents not far from the river.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Tent

Day 6

Kyzyl Aska – Сholpon Ata /Issyk Kul (Trek 11 km, -500m, 3-4h)
From Kyzyl Aska we continue our path to Achyk Tash, where we meet our driver and brings us to the north shore of Issyk Kul Lake, the pearl of the Kyrgyz land. Issyk Kul is the second largest alpine lake in the world after Titicaca. Its name means “hot lake” in Kyrgyz language.
Rest for the day or if you want, you can swim in the lake 
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, Dinner at the restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel 4* (Kapriz Resort Hotel or similar) 

Day 7

Cholpon Ata – Grigoriev and Semenov gorges – Karakol (Distance 160 km, 3h)
Visit the Grigoriev and Semenov Gorge. You can go for a walk, enjoy the wild nature and picnic in the gorge or lunch in the cafe on the road.
As we arrive in Karakol, visit the Orthodox Church and the Dungan Mosque.
Meals included: breakfast, picnic lunch or cafe on road, dinner in restaurant.
Accommodation: Hotel 3* (My Hotel or similar)

Day 8

Karakol – Jety Oguz – Barskoon – Tamga (Distance 135 km, 2-3h)
Drive to Jety Oguz gorge – “seven bulls” in Kyrgyz because there are seven giant red-brown rocks resembling furious bulls standing together. Enjoy a walk with beautiful landscapes before continue to the Barskoon Gorge – famous for its waterfalls. One of the best known is Tears of a Leopard. Here you find the monument for the first cosmonaut Yu. A. Gagarin, who was very fond of this place and rested in the nearby Tamga military sanatorium. On arriving Tamga, you will try a Russian sauna.
Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse (U Pavla Guesthouse or similar)

Day 9

Tamga – Skazka – Bokonbaevo – Kyzyl Tuu – Kochkor (Distance 170 km, 3h)

Continue on the road we visit the Skazka canyons which translate as the “fairy tale”. Here you can find objects of surprising shapes and sizes. A real skyscraper or an animal can appear in front of you. Take a walk in the canyons (1-2h) before drive to Bokonbaevo, where we meet an eagle hunter with his bird. You can appreciate the alertness and speed of the bird during the hunting. It is one of the oldest traditions of Kyrgyz nomads. After lunch in the guesthouse or cafe, we continue to Kyzyl Tuu village where the local family reveals the secrets of yurt production. This family is engaged in this unique art from generation to generation.
Dinner in the guesthouse in Kochkor.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Guesthouse (Mira Guesthouse or similar)

Day 10

Kochkor – Kol Ukok (Trek 15 km, -+1000m, 5h)
Transfer to Isakeev village (15 mins) to start trek to pastures of Ters Tor with stop for picnic. Arrive om shepherds’ yurt in Kol Ukok. 
Meals included: breakfast, picnic lunch or cafe on road, dinner in restaurant.
Accommodation: Yurt Camp ~ 4-6 people per yurt. Toilets are outside. No shower in camp.

Day 11

Kol Ukok – Kyzart (Trek 15 km, -1100m, 4h)
Return via same path to start point and drive to Kochkor for lunch. Continue drive to Kyzart village (1hr) for rest and overnight.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse (Maksat Guesthouse or similar)

Day 12

Kyzart – Kilemche (Trek 17 km, +200 m, -200 m, 4-5h)

The trail takes us across the Kilemche Valley which means “carpet” in Kyrgyz. A wide mountain grass and alpine flowers cover all the slopes around the valley like a real colorful carpet. Arrive at shepherds’ yurt for the night.

Meals included: breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Yurt camp – 4-6 people per yurt. Toilets are outside. No shower in the camp.

Day 13

Kilemche – Son Kul (Trek 14 km, +800m, -400m, 5-6h)
Hike up to the pass of Tuz Ashu (3400m) and descend to Lake Son Kul for overnight in yurt camp. Enjoy the hospitality of nomads and discover their lifestyle.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Accommodation: Yurt Camp ~ 4-6 people per yurt. Toilets and shower are outside. In low season you can be accommodated 2 people per yurt depending on availability.

Optionally: national horse games (100-200 USD per group), horse riding (10-13 USD per person horse rental + 10-25 USD horse guide). You can book and pay on spot.

Day 14

Son Kul – Bishkek (Distance 315 km, 5-6h)
Return to the capital after breakfast in the yurt, descending from Kalmak Ashu pass of 3400m, Boom gorge and Kochkor.
In Bishkek we will have time to visit the local market to buy some presents, and in the evening the farewell dinner awaits us.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Hotel 3* (Rixon Hotel or similar)

Day 15

Bishkek – Airport – Departure (distance. 30 km, 40 min)

Transfer to the airport. Departure.

Meals included: breakfast

Price Per Person in USD

$ 2240 (4-10 pax)
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LAND Price per person in USD

Tour Code: GACA-KYRUCM-15

Departure Dates (Year 2024)Twin (USD)Single (USD)
14-28 July
18 Aug – 1 Sep
2,2402,575*

* Single supplement except for yurt camps and guesthouse in Kyzart

Cost includes

LAND Price includes

  • All transfers in comfortable and air conditioned vehicle
  • Experience driver
  • English speaking local guide
  • Accommodation described in the program 
  • Full board Meals (Day 1 Lunch till Day 15 breakfast)
  • Visits indicated in the program
  • Activity : Yurt production, Eagle hunting
  • Horses for carrying the baggage during the trek (day 3,4,5,6,10,11,12,13)
  • Cook during the trek (day 3,4,5,6)
  • Tents during the trek (2 pax per tent)
  • Briefing before departure

Cost excludes

Price excludes

  • All airfare & taxes
  • Personal gears (sleeping bag & mat)
  • Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, beverages, cigarettes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Tips for guide, driver etc.
  • Optional activities
  • Visa and Visa application fees
  • Early check-in & late check-out**
  • All those not mentioned in “the price includes”

**Check-in after 14:00, check-out before 12:00


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