Kyrgyzstan: Tian Shan Gorge Trek

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Trek in the 'celestial mountains' with views over Kyrgyzstan's Lake Issyk-Kul

Details

Duration: 15 Days
Starts in: Kyrgyzstan
Group Size: 4-16

Operated by:

Exodus Travels

The original adventure and activity holiday company specializing in cultural, walking, cycling, winter and wildlife adventures.

Itinerary

Arrive Bishkek; afternoon city tour

Full day excursion and warm-up walk in Ala-Archa N.P.

Drive via Burana Tower to Tosor Village on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul; overnight in a yurt camp

Free morning by the lake; transfer to Juukuchak Gorge

Trek over Orto-Bulak Pass (2,540m) to Kichi-Kyzyl-Suu Gorge

Hike through nomad pastures to Djili-Suu; option to visit nearby hot springs by jeep

Trek to Jety-Oguz Canyon via Kok-Jaiyk Pass (2750m)

Ascend via a narrow, wooded river gorge to the base of Telety Pass

Cross Telety Pass (3800m); descend through alpine meadows to Karakol

Daywalk to the foot of Karakol Peak, the highest in the Terskey Ala-Too Range

Ascend through forest to a waterfall by Lake Ala-Kul (3600m)

Long descent with fine mountain views to Altyn Arashan; option to take a dip in the thermal baths

Military truck to Karakol for sightseeing; traditional home-cooked ‘lagman’ noodle dinner

Drive to Bishkek visiting Cholpon-Ata Petroglyphs en route; optional Kyrgyz folklore show

End Bishkek

Additional Information

Spectacular trekking through alpine meadows and wild pastures inhabited by Kyrgyz nomads - past gushing rivers and waterfalls, taking in panoramic views of Lake Issyk-Kul and the snow-capped peaks of the Tian Shan Range, meaning 'Mountains of Heaven'. The first part of the walking route crosses a series of rugged, seldom-visited gorges, which only the most intrepid of outsiders have laid eyes on. Whilst the latter part of the trek crosses into Jety-Oguz Gorge, famed for its immense beauty. There's also the chance to hike to the foot of Karakol Peak (the highest in the region) and there are all sorts of other delights besides the trek itself: rejuvenate in the thermal baths of Altyn Arashan, learn to make traditional 'lagman' noodles in a family home, take a guided tour of Bishkek, and visit ancient sites including the Cholpon-Ata Petroglyphs.

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