Trekking program Mountains and Lakes of Tien-Shan

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Duration of the program: July 22 – August 1, 2016.

The cost of the program in 2016: 1800 USD / pax

Contacts:
e-mail – your.climberca@ya.ru; telephone – +99898 3039846 – telegram; +99897 7009846 – whtsapp

The tour we offer you below is a light version of program “The Taste of Tien-Shan ” plus trip to Son-Kul lake.
It begins in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan. Then you are transferred to Son-Kul lake, where you can see beautiful panorama of lake, nomadic life of Kyrgyz people. You enjoy horseback riding or just hiking, spend time with friendly Kyrgyz families and taste their fresh airan (yogurt) and kymys (a fermented national drink from mare’s milk), also you will view horseshow.

Then you continue the trip to eastern shore of Issyk-Kul lake, to Karakol town. After that you are transferred to Karakol Gorge, from here the trekking part starts.

A Trekking tour in Terskei Ala Too mountain range is a wonderful combination of landscapes and romantics of adventures. Overnights in tents under the starlit sky, campfire after a long day, amazing beauty of the hidder coners and unusual nature views… it is worth coming to our mountainous land – Land of Kyrgyzstan!

We can see a Karakol Peak (5216m) and famous moraine-glacial lake Ala Kol (3532m). We go over mountain pass Ala Kol (3800m). As a “dessert” we offer you bathing in the hot natural springs with curative mineral water in Altyn Arashan valley!

In season 2016 we make tent camps along the whole route. Travel with comfort! If you book this trek, you can use our tent camps and all the facilities! It gives us you s number of advantages:

1) Your journey is easier and more comfortable than ever as you do not need to carry any food, tents, kitchen utensils, etc.
2) Your journey becomes cheaper, as there is no need to hire any porters, cooks, etc. Moreover, there is no crowd to spoil the views.
3) The journey is safer, as you get a detailed map with the route description. There is means of communication in every tent camp.
4) Your journey is a discover. You learn new things, try new dishes of the national cuisine, etc.
Itinerary:

Route:

Bishkek city – Son-Kul – Karakol town – Karakol gorge – Ala Kol Lake (3532m) – Ala Kol pass (3800m) – Arashan gorge – Cholpon Ata town – Bishkek city

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1 / 22 July. Airport – Bishkek city.
Drive 30 km, 1 h.
Upon arrival to the international airport “Manas” you will be met by a guide. Short drive to Bishkek and accommodation in a hotel. Afternoon city tour. We visit Manas Monument, the main national hero of the Kyrgyz people. Then excursion to the State History Museum and walking tour around main Ala Too Square to watch ceremony of changing of the Guard of Honor, Kurmanzhan Datka Monument, main governmental buildings, and finish at the Old Square with Government House. Transfer to the Victory Square to finish the city tour by short excursion there.
The capital and industrial centre of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek is a city of wide avenues, handsome buildings and Soviet heritage. The gesturing statue of Lenin can still be seen in the city’s vast central square, yet it is the permanently snowcapped Kyrgyz Alatau mountain range which towers over Bishkek providing a quite stunning backdrop.
Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2/23 July. Bishkek – Burana Tower – Son-Kul
Drive 390 km, 8-9 h., + 2000 m.
After breakfast depart to Son-Kul lake, on the road make halt on Burana Tower (old minaret) near Tokmok city. The minaret was constructed in Balasagun town, one of the capitals of Karakhanid State existed in 12 centuries AD. Explore ruins of that important trading point at the Great Silk Road and visit a little local museum telling about that civilization. Also watch a collection of Balbals, Turkic ancient tombs. After excursion lunch in the family house in Tokmok, where tourist can closer learn about life of local people.In the afternoon continue your journey to Son Kul lake, the second largest mountain lake in Kyrgyzstan.
Upon arrival in the lake basin accommodation in yurts.

Day 3/24 July. Son Kul lake.
After breakfast we will have horse-riding around area, then after lunch you can view horse show. Today you step into the nomadic life at the Song-Kul Lake. Here, the Kyrgyz people still live in traditional simplicity. You enjoy horseback riding or just hiking, spend time with friendly Kyrgyz families and taste their fresh airan (yogurt) and kymys (a fermented national drink from mare’s milk), also you will view horseshow.
Overnight in yurt.

Day 4/25 July. Son-Kul – Karakol
Drive 350 km, 7-8 h., -1300 m.
In the morning you drive to Karakol town situated in the east of the lake area, at the foot of the most picturesque mountains of Tien Shan. This sleepy but very interesting old Russian town was first erected by Cossacks in the middle of 19th century and became an important garrison settlement. On the way we will stop in Bokombaevo village. Together with the locals we will learn this ancient handicraft and get closer to the culture of nomads. In Bokonbaevo they specialize in production of huge carpets to cover a yurt or to put on the floor.
Overnight in hotel/guest house.

Day 5/26 July. Karakol town. City tour. Transfer to Karakol gorge
Drive 25 km, 1 h, +900 m.
Morning short sightseeing tour in the town – Dungan Mosque, Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Prjevalskii Memorial Complex. We visit the museum of N. M. Przhevalski, the outstanding Russian explorer of Asian continent. You visit Dungan mosque, a unique construction in Chinese style, but serving as a mosque. Also you will see an old Russian Orthodox Cathedral made of wood without any nails. Lunch in a local café. Then driving to Karakol gorge
Dinner and overnight in “Karakol” tent camp at 2500m.

Day 6/27 July. Radial hike to the foot of Karakol peak (5216m).
Trek 16 km. 6-8 hrs, +700 m/-700 m.
Radial hike up along Uyun Tor river to the foot of Karakol peak. We have a chance to see Tien Shan blue spruce forest, underwood (dog rose, honeysuckle, black barberries, mountain ash, black current, etc. There are mushrooms in the forest. Starting from May there are flowers blooming on the meadows – snowdrops, tulips, primerose, white anemone, alpine Aster, edelweiss (really big ones), etc. We reach the point with a view at the highest peak of Terskei Ala Too – Karakol peak. Dinner and overnight in “Karakol” tent camp at 2500m.

Day 7/28 July. Trek along the gorge to “Sirota” hut and to Ala Kol Lake (3532m).
Trek 9 km, 6-8 hrs, +1100 m.
Descent along the gorge about 1 km, later we cross the river over a bridge and the trail leads us into a forest. Rather long ascent finishes at a steep slope covered with grass, the trail turns into a serpentine, passes by a river overflow, and arrive to an unusual place which is called “Sirota” mountain hut. It is a log hut. There is a table, benches, fireplace inside. We can find a number of sculptures of animals and idols carved in wood around the hut. It looks like a fairy tale place. It is a nice place to sit down, rest, have a snack. Later the trail goes up higher, leaving the forest behind we hike along the river and reach a beautiful waterfall, flowing down from Ala Kol Lake.
Dinner and overnight in “Ala Kol” tent camp at 3600m.

Day 8/29 July. Trek over Ala Kol pass (3800m) passing Ala Kol Lake and descend to Arashan gorge (2600m).
Trek 18 km, 6-8 hrs, +200 m/-1200 m.
Moraine Lake of Ala Kol stretches from east to west for 2.8km, its width is 500m, and depth 70m. Ala Kol means Colorful Lake in Kyrgyz language. Depending on the light the water might change its color. It can be emerald green, turquoise with white clouds reflected, light green or dark grey, or even black. During the ascent we enjoy wonderful views of the lake. Arriving closer to the lake we see the main range of Terskei Ala Too with a number of peaks – Aksu, Djigit, Karakol, Oguz Bashi, etc. From the lake edge it will take us another hour and half to the pass. Descent from the pass along a talus slope, and later across a wide valley of Keldike with picturesque landscapes, herds of cattle and flocks of sheep grazing. Later the trail brings us into a forest again and descends into Arashan valley. Upon arrival to the tent camp you may use an opportunity to relax in the hot springs. There are thermal baths (up to +50C) in the valley. Possibility to take thermal baths.
Dinner and overnight in “Altyn Arashan” tent camp at 2600m.

Day 9/30 July. Altyn Arashan gorge – Cholpon Ata town.
Drive 155 km, 4-5 hrs, -1000 m.
There is a resort Altyn Arashan founded 1963, famous for its hot mineral springs. The resort represents several wooden huts located on a big treeless meadow on the right bank of Arashan river.
The Northern slopes of the left river bank are covered with fir trees. It gives an unforgettable picture – dark green trees with snowcapped mountains “Aksu wall” (5022m) in the background.
Transfer to Cholpon Ata town. Possibly to descent over green fields with blooming flowers and crystal mountain springs. The final 5 km of the gorge are very narrow not more than 30 m with high rock walls. At the entrance to the gorge we pass by a village – Ak Suu (the name comes from the hot springs). Here you will take place inside the car.
Accommodation in a hotel on the north shore of Issyk Kul Lake.
Dinner and overnight in a hotel.

Day 10/31 July. Cholpon Ata town – Bishkek city.
Drive 250 km, 3-4 hrs, -800 m.
Morning, after breakfast, transfer to Bishkek city.
Lunch en route. Upon arrival to the city accommodation in a hotel.
Dinner in a local restaurant.
Optionally: During dinner we take the unique opportunity to listen to the Manaschi (a singer performing the national Kyrgyz epos, Manas) and see Kyrgyz folklore show. The musicians in traditional Kyrgyz costumes present you a wide range of national musical instruments – starting from Komuz (a three-stringed wooden musical instrument) to Chopo Choi (wind instrument made of mountain reed). You hear the fascinating singing of young Kyrgyz ladies and men and learn more about the traditional music and poetry of Kyrgyz.
Overnight in a hotel.

Day 11/1 August. Bishkek city – Airport “Manas”
Drive 30 km, 1 h.
Morning transfer to airport to catch your flight back home.

The cost of the program in 2016: 1800 USD / pax.

SGL supplement in hotles:130 USD / pax.
SGL supplement in tents:70 USD / pax.

The cost includes:

– accommodation in hotels in Bishkek – 3 nights
– accommodation in Amir hotel or Green Yard Guest House in Karakol – 1 night
– accommodation at the Hotel at Issyk-Kul Lake – 1 night
– accommodation in yurt on Son-Kul lake – 2 night
– accommodation and full board (hot food for breakfast and dinner, lunches as snack boxes) in the permanent tent camps along the trek Karakol gorge – Altyn Arashan gorge – 4 nights. (Please note, you do not need to set up your tents, they will be set in advance + cook will be waiting for your with hot meal when you arrive!)
– FB during whole program
– Escorting Guide during the whole program
– porter service during the trek (*please read about baggage allowance on trek below)
– all the transfers according to the program
– entry and ecological fee
For groups 6 person and more:
– horse-games show (on Son-Kul lake)
– horseback riding (half day on Son-Kul lake)
– folklore show
– demonstration in Bokombaevo production of huge carpets

The cost doesn’t include:

– visa support and visa fee (if necessary)
– all optional deviations from the main itinerary
– beverages and meals not included in main menu

Luggage allowance:

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters.
The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 12 kg of personal belongings. 1kg extra – 12 USD per programs.

It is possible to leave travel clothes or other items not required on trek in our office – we will deliver them to Issyk-Kul Hotel on your arrival there after BC.

For this trip you will need the following:

– 4 season sleeping bag
– walking boots
– waterproof jacket and trousers
– fleece jacket or similar
– warm hat and gloves
– sunglasses
– a daypack of around 40 liters
– head-torch and batteries
– 2 x 1 liter water bottles
– sun cream.

Menu at camps during trekking

Always on the tables: honey, jam, sugar, condensed milk, dried fruits, cookies or sweets, salt, pepper, ketchup.

Breakfast:

Each breakfast consists of porridge and additional dish.
Additional dish: omelet with bacon, omelet with cheese, fried sausages, pancakes, cheesecakes, scrambled eggs with sausage, boiled eggs.

Dinner:

Each supper consists of salad, soup, main dish and dessert.
Salads: funchoza(starch noodles), rice with crab sticks, eggs with fish, cabbage with carrot, greek salad, beans with onion, cod-liver with eggs.
Soups: minestrone, kesme, lentil puree soup, rice soup, pumpkin puree soup, fish soup and soup with dumplings.
Main dish: kuurdak, pilaf, stew with spaghetti and cheese, dymlyama, stuffed pepper, lagman, befstroganof with rice.
Dessert: cakes, waffles, fruits and rolls.

Lunch-box:

Consists of main dish, fruits or dried fruits, processed cheese, bread, chocolate, water (cold tea with lemon or compote)
Main dish: fried chicken, smoked chicken, smoked duck breast, cheese sandwich, cutlet, boiled eggs, meat pate.

Fixed dates for the trek in Fann mountais.

The trek starts 17-th of August.

The itinerary and price are as follows:

Day 1: 17.08.2016. Dushanbe – Fann mountains (240 km). Arrival in Dushanbe – capital of Tajikistan. Transfer to hotel. Rest. Breakfast in hotel and departure to the Fann mountains, through the Anzob pass (3372) with amazingly beautiful landscapes. Arrival in Artuch (2200), whence begins our trek. Meeting with the mountain guide, preparation to the trekking.

Day 2: 18.08.2016. Trekking. After breakfast we will walk by a good track to Kulikalonsky lakes. After 4 hours we will arrive on a wide valley of lakes Kulikalon. Views of mountain peaks over 5000 m high: Mirali, Adamtash, Rudaki. After lunch, we will pass to the Dushoha lake and visit other lakes. Camp ashore the Dushoha lake. Rest. A supper. Night in tents. (+500 m, 12 km, 5-6 hours of walking).

Day 3: 19.08.2016. After breakfast climb to Chukurak (3165) pass and descent under pass Alautdin. Night in tents. (6-7 km, 3-4 hours of walking, +/-300).

Day 4: 20.08.2016. After breakfast climb to Alautdin (3800) pass. Amazing landscapes of mountain tops and valleys. Descent to the lake through meadows and summer pastures. Camp ashore the lake (2800). (17 km, 5-6 h, +960/-1060).

Day 5. 21.08.2016. After breakfast climb towards the Moutniy lakes through moraines, admiring bewitching landscapes of mountains. Chimtarga Peak (5489), Zamok (5070), Energiya (5105), Kaznok and other. Camp on the bank of the river on 3600 m. (10 km, 4-5 h, +900).

Day 6: 22.08.2016. Climb under the Chimtarga pass (4500) through moraines and glaciers. (4-5 h, +900). Camp. Supper. Night in tents.

Day 7: 23.08.2016. Early in the morning – climb to the Chitarga pass(4740) and then climb to the Energiya Peak (5120м). Descent to the Zindon valley. Camp at the high 3700 m. (12км, 6-7 h, +620 m/-1420).

Day 8: 24.08.2016. Walk to lake Greater Alo lake, lunch. After lunch, visit the Upper Alo lake. Night in Tents ashore the Greatre Alo lake.

Day 9: 25.08.2016. Walk to the merge of the Amshut river with the Archamajdan river (18 km, 6-7 h, -1300). Transfer to the Gaza settlementor. Supper and night with the local family.
Day 10: 26.08.2016. After breakfast transfer to the border with Uzbekistan through the Shahristan pass.

The price on 2016г.
2 pax – 1380$
3-4 pax – 1120$
5-6 pax – 1040$

This price does not include:
1. Visa cost.
2. Single replacement – 55$,
3. Wood gathering – 4$/pax/day.

Fann mountais – Route FT10 – Southwesterly

Key Information

Tour Duration: 9 days
Recommended Group Size: 1 – 10 pax
Destination: Tajikistan
Location: Western Tajikistan, near the Uzbek border (and Samarkand)

Route: Samarkand or Tashkent – Dushanbe/Hudzhant – Marguzorsky lakes (Mizhgon, Soya, Husher, Nofin, Hurdak, Marguzor, Azorchashma) – Tavasang pass (3450 m. 1А). – Sarymat – Munora pass (3676 m.) – Pushtikul lake – Valangi-Shahob – Archamajdan – Duoba – Amshut – Smaller Alo – Duzahak – Shibarzor – Greater Alo – Smaller Alo – Amshut – kishlak Gaza – Dushanbe/Hudzhant – Samarkand/Tashkent

Specialty Categories: Mountain Trekking
Grade: Moderate
Season: June – September
Tour Customizable: Yes

Suppliers contact information: www.climberca.com; e-mail: your.climberca@ya.ru; phone: +99898 3039846.

Fann mountais – Route FT10 – Southwesterly. Program of 9 days trek for fixed dates: 2.08-10.08, 13.08-21.08, 03.09-11.09, 16.09-24.09.

1. Day. Departure from Samarkand. Early in the morning meeting at the border with Tajikistan. The frontier point Sary-Asija. Transfer to Dushanbe. (Arrival from Tashkent through the frontier point of Aybek is also allowed). Hotel.
2. Transfer to Marguzorsky lakes: Mizhgon, Soya, Husher, Nofin, Hurdak, Marguzor, Azorchashma. Night in tents.
3. Day. Climb to Tavasang pass (3450 m. 1А). Descent to Sarymat. Night in tents.
4. Day. Sarymat – Munora pass (3676 m.), descent to Pushtikul lake. Night in tents.
5. Day. Valangi-Shahob, Archamajdan, Duoba, Amshut, Smaller Allo lake. Night in tents.
6. Day. Smaller Alo, Duzahak, Shibarzor, Greater Alo lake. Night in tents.
7. Day. Greater Alo, Smaller Alo, Amshut, kishlak Gaza. Night in tent or in the national house.
8. Transfer to Dushanbe or to Hudzhant.
9. Return to Samarkand (from Dushanbe through the frontier point Sary-Asija) or to Tashkent (from Hudzhant through the frontier point of Aybek).

Fann Mountains – Route “Fann Mountains and lakes”

Key Information

Tour Duration: 11 days
Destination: Tajikistan
Location: Western Tajikistan, near the Uzbek border (and Samarkand)

Route: Dushanbe – Gaza – Greater Alo – Chimtarga Pass – Moutniy lakes – Alaudinsky lakes – Alp-camp “Vertical” – lake Iskanderkul – Pendzhikent – Marguzorsky lakes – Dushanbe

Specialty Categories: Mountain Trekking/Mountain Climbing

Grade: Moderate to fairly challenging

Season: June – September
Tour Customizable: Yes
Ability to climb Chimtarga, Energiya peaks: Yes
Mountain Guides Service Included: Yes
The Guide/Climber Ratio: 1:5

Price: U$1200 per pax.

Suppliers contact information: www.climberca.com; e-mail: your.climberca@ya.ru; phone: +99898 3039846.

1. Day. Arrival in Dushanbe. Moving to settlement Gaza through Dushanbe, spending a night in the national house.
2. Day. Breakfast, walk to Amshut, further to lake the Smaller Alo, things on donkeys. Night in tents.
3. Day. Walk: the Smaller Alo lake – the Greater Alo lake. Night in tents. Donkeys do not go further.
4. Day. Walk towards the Chimtarga pass along the river Right Zindan, things, if necessary, bear porters. Spending a night under the Chimtarga peak.
5. Day. Early in the morning climb to the Chimtarga pass (4500 m. 1B), descent to the Moutniy lakes. Night in tents.
6. Day. Descent to the Alaudinsky lakes, spending a night in tents.
7. Day. Descent to “Vertical” alp-camp. Transfer to the Iskanderkul lake, spending a night in a guest house or in tents.
8. Day. the Iskanderkul lake – Pendzhikent, a dinner, excursion on a city, spending the night in hotel.
9. Day. Breakfast, departure to the Marguzorsky lakes (75 km). Spending a night in tents.
10. Day. Tranfer to Dushanbe. Accommodation in hotel.
11. Departure from Dushanbe.

V High speed ascent to Lenin Peak


Dear friends, we invite you to join to the – “V High speed ascent to Lenin Peak ”. Competitions will be organized in the memory of athlete- Yashina Dasha. Start of Lenin Race Vertical SkyMarathon is planned in period 25 – 27 August 2016 year. Starting point is the 1st camp (4400) through the Razdelnaya Peak, and finish on the exit to the top of the Lenin Peak.

Conacts:
e-mail – your.climberca@ya.ru, tel. +99898 3039846 (telegram) +99897 7009846 (whatsapp).

Lenin peak. The extra service packages.


In your planning of Lenin Peak Attempt we recommend you to consider the packages with extra services for your convenience:

1) with these packages you would need to take care of the tents in high altitude camps, because you can stay in our preinstalled tents.

2) according to your desire you may use foodstuff as well as gas and kitchen sets in high altitude camps, which already delivered there by our porters.

Thereby you should not hire porters, rent the tent, take care about tent installation, gas and so on.

Conacts:
e-mail – your.climberca@ya.ru, tel. +99898 3039846 (telegram) +99897 7009846 (whatsapp).

These packages are as follows:

Bishkek-Bishkek Packages

Extra package Bishkek-Bishkek in 2016: 1450 USD/person

Given cost includes:
– guaranteed installed high altitude tents (3 persons in one tent) on 5300 m, 6200 m
– boundary zone permit, OVIR registration, visa support (if necessary)
meeting/seeing off at the airport
– all transfers according to the program
– flight Bishkek – Osh – Bishkek and back (please note only 15 kg incl. hand luggage are free of charge!; Extra kilo costs about 0,5 EURO)
– Accommodation in hotel with breakfasts for 4 nights in total during the program (* please consider early check in the hotel)
– lunch en route to/from BC
– rent of walkie-talkie
– registration with rescue team
– ecological fee

The cost does not include:
– The cost of Kyrgyz visa
– International flight
– All optional deviations from the main itinerary
– Beverages and meals not included in main menu (meal in the cities and Camp2, Camp3)
– All personal expenses (extra luggage fee, room service, medical expenses/insurance, etc.)
– The services of a mountain guide and porters for ascending
– The rent of group and personal mountaineering equipment for ascending

Maximal package Bishkek-Bishkek in 2016: 1600 USD/person

Given cost includes:
– guaranteed installed high altitude tents (3 persons in one tent) on 5300 m, 6200 m
– group equipment: rope (if needed), gas and gas stoves, cooking set.
– high altitude food
– boundary zone permit, OVIR registration, visa support (if necessary)
– meeting/seeing off at the airport
– all transfers according to the program
– flight Bishkek – Osh – Bishkek and back (please note only 15 kg incl. hand luggage are free of charge!; Extra kilo costs about 0,5 EURO)
– Accommodation in hotel with breakfasts for 4 nights in total during the program (* please consider early check in the hotel)
– lunch en route to/from BC
– rent of walkie-talkie
– registration with rescue team
– ecological fee

The cost does not include:
– The cost of Kyrgyz visa
– International flight
– All optional deviations from the main itinerary
– Beverages and meals not included in main menu (meal in the cities and Camp2, Camp3)
– All personal expenses (extra luggage fee, room service, medical expenses/insurance, etc.)
– The services of a mountain guide and porters for ascending
– The rent of personal mountaineering equipment for ascending

Permanent link:
http://www.climberca.com/index.php/13-special-offer-lenin-peak-2013

The Taste of Tian-Shan. Trekking Tour


Duration: 11 days, 11 nights
Trip features: Trek. Visits to gorges of Terskei Alatoo Range, high altitude camps, over 3600 m. a.s.l. Overnights in tents, yurts.

Program with fixed dates: from August 7 to August 17, 2016.

Cost of the program in 2016: 1770 USD / pax

Information and reservation:
Tel: +99898 3039846
e-mail: your.climberca@ya.ru

A Trekking tour in Terskei Ala Too mountain range is a wonderful combination of landscapes and romantics of adventures…
It is impressions and emotions that one remembers forever… Overnights in tents under the starlit sky, campfire after a long day, amazing beauty of the hidder coners and unusual nature views… it is worth coming to our mountainous land – Land of Kyrgyzstan!

The peaks we can see are – Oguz Bashi peak (5165 m.), Karakol (5216 m.). The famous moraine-glacial lake Ala Kol (3532 m.). We go over two mountain passes – Telety (3800 m.) and Ala Kol (3800 m.). As a “dessert” we offer you bathing in the hot natural springs with curative mineral water in Altyn Arashan valley!

In season 2016 we continue setting up stationary tent camps along the whole route. Travel with comfort! If you book the trek “Contrasts Of Tien Shan”, you will enjoy all the facilities and commodities of our fixed camps all the way along the trek! It also gives you a number of advantages:

1) Your journey is easier and more comfortable than ever as you do not need to carry any food, tents, kitchen utensils, etc.
2) Your journey becomes cheaper, as there is no need to hire any porters, cooks, etc. Moreover, there is no crowd to spoil the views.
3) The journey is safer, as you get a detailed map with the route description. There is means of communication in every tent camp.
4) You have more time to discover and learn new things, you can try new dishes of the national cuisine, and relax at the end of the day.

Itinerary: Bishkek city – Karakol town – Djety Oguz gorge – Telety pass (3800 m.) – Karakol gorge – Ala Kol Lake (3532 m.) – Ala Kol pass (3800 m.) – Arashan gorge – Cholpon Ata town – Bishkek city.

Detailed tour itinerary

Day 1 / 7 August. Airport – Bishkek city.
30 km, 1 hrs, (B,L,D)
Upon arrival to the international airport “Manas” you will be met by “Ak Sai Travel” guide. Short drive to Bishkek and accommodation in a hotel.
Afternoon city tour.
The capital and industrial centre of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek is a city of wide avenues, handsome buildings and Soviet heritage. The gesturing statue of Lenin can still be seen in the city’s vast central square, yet it is the permanently snowcapped Kyrgyz Alatau mountain range which towers over Bishkek providing a quite stunning backdrop.
We visit Manas Monument, the main national hero of the Kyrgyz people. Then excursion to the State History Museum and walking tour around main Ala Too Square to watch ceremony of changing of the Guard of Honor, Kurmanzhan Datka Monument, main governmental buildings, and finish at the Old Square with Parliament House. Transfer to the Victory Square to finish the city tour by short excursion there.
Dinner in a local restaurant.
Optionally: During dinner we take the unique opportunity to listen to the Manaschi (a singer performing the national Kyrgyz epos, Manas) and see Kyrgyz folklore show. The musicians in traditional Kyrgyz costumes present you a wide range of national musical instruments – starting from Komuz (a three-stringed wooden musical instrument) to Chopo Choi (wind instrument made of mountain reed). You hear the fascinating singing of young Kyrgyz ladies and men and learn more about the traditional music and poetry of Kyrgyz.
Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2 / 8 August. Bishkek city – Karakol town.
430 km,7-8 h, +900 m, (B,L,D)
After breakfast we drive to Issyk Kul Lake that is considered to be the “pearl” of Tien Shan and one of the most beautiful lakes in the country.
Our way goes via ruins of Burana Tower (old minaret) near Tokmok city.
That minaret was constructed in Balasagun town, one of the capitals of Karakhanid State existed in 11-12 centuries AD. Explore ruins of that important trading point at the Great Silk Road and visit a little local museum telling about that civilization. Also watch a collection of Balbals, Turkic ancient tombs.
Optionally: On the area around the tower it is possible to organize horse riding games. Along with hunting dogs and birds, horses have always played an important role in the life of Kyrgyz people. They were used in every day life as true assistants in household and as thoroughbred racers. There are festivals of Horse Games (Ulak Tartysh, Kyz Kuumai, Tyiyn Enmei, etc) held throughout the year.
Lunch en route.
In the late afternoon three hours drive to Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America.
Measuring 182 km long by 58 km wide, the lake appeared as a result of volcanic activity. It is heated from below by thermal activity and never freezes even in the depths of winter. In the summer the water temperature reaches 25-28 degrees centigrade (warmer than the air) and you can swim in the lake enclosed on all sides by the snowy peaks of the Tien Shan Mountains. Extremely deep and nicely warm over the centuries the lake has been something of an oasis in this inhospitable mountain environment. With diverse flora and fauna Issyk-Kul Lake and the surrounding environments are rightly considered to be one of Central Asia most remarkable locations.
En route we also visit so called “Stone garden” or Cholpon Ata Petroglyphs site, the temple in the open air of Scythians and Hung suns civilizations dated back 9-8 centuries BC till 3-4 centuries AD. The area of those stone drawing lies at the foot of Kungei Alatau Ridge with a beautiful view of the whole lake.
Continue driving to Karakol town. Upon arrival accommodation in a guest house.
Dinner in a local café/local family.
Overnight in a guest house

Day 3 / 9 August. Karakol city tour. Karakol town – Djety Oguz gorge.
45 km, 4-5 h, +900m, (B,L,D)
Morning short sightseeing tour in the town – Dungan Mosque, Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Prjevalskii Memorial Complex.
Lunch in a local café.
Transfer to Djety Oguz gorge located in the Northern slopes of Terskei Ala Too some 35km west from Karakol town. The length of the valley is 40 km. There is a chance to see the well-known redsand rock formations – “The Broken Heart” and “Seven Bulls”. The slopes in the gorge are covered with the world-famous Tien Shan blue spruce for about 25km along the fast mountain river. The road goes along the river (five log bridges to cross). This is the most narrow part of the way. Later it opens into so called “Flower Meadow” (Kok Jaiyk). The upper part of Djety Oguz valley is blocked by a long Djety Oguz wall with a fabulous Oguz Bashi peak (5165m) in the central part of it.
Dinner and overnight in “Djety Oguz” tent camp at 2600m.

Day 4 / 10 August. Radial hike to Oguz Bashi peak. Trek to Telety pass.
16 km, 6-8 hrs., +450 m, (B,L,D)
Radial hike rto Oguz Bashi peak.
The path along the river bank in a very narrow wooded gorge Bay Tor leads us to the alpine meadows. Here, on a flower carpet, in the mountains the air is sweet and clear, the views are amazing, one forgets all his troubles and gets closer to the nature. Hike back to the camp.
Lunch in the camp.
Trek to the tent camp at the foot of Telety pass. It is not a difficult trek, about 6-7km along West Telety river.
Dinner and overnight in “Telety” tent camp at 3050m.

Day 5 / 11 August. Trek over Telety pass (3800m) down to Karakol gorge (2500m).
18 km, 6-8 hrs., +750 m/-1300 m, (B,L,D)
Going up the pass is not very difficult, mainly the route goes along a narrow path with a slight ascend. There are only two rather steep slopes, which require some efforts.
From the top of the pass at 3800m asl we enjoy the views of the surroundings.
Descent is rather simple, along a wide slope covered with talus, across alpine meadows with various herbs and flowers, along East Telety river. Later we hike through the wood along a trail covered with roots.
Dinner and overnight in “Karakol” tent camp at 2500m.

Day 6 / 12 August. Radial hike to the foot of Karakol peak (5216m).
16 km. 6-8 hrs, +700 m/-700 m, (B,L,D)
Radial hike up along Uyun Tor river to the foot of Karakol peak.
We have a chance to see Tien Shan blue spruce forest, underwood (dog rose, honeysuckle, black barberries, mountain ash, black current, etc. There are mushrooms in the forest. Starting from May there are flowers blooming on the meadows – snowdrops, tulips, primerose, white anemone, alpine Aster, edelweiss (really big ones), etc. We reach the point with a view at the highest peak of Terskei Ala Too – Karakol peak.
Possibility to use sauna. Dinner and overnight in “Karakol” tent camp at 2500m.

Day 7 / 13 August. Trek along the gorge to “Sirota” hut and to Ala Kol Lake (3532m).
9 km, 6-8 hrs, +1100 m, (B,L,D)
Descent along the gorge about 3 km, later we cross the river over a bridge and the trail leads us into a forest.
Rather long ascent finishes at a steep slope covered with grass, the trail turns into a serpentine, passes by a river overflow, and arrive to an unusual place which is called “Sirota” mountain hut.
It is a log hut. There is a table, benches, fireplace inside. We can find a number of sculptures of animals and idols carved in wood around the hut. It looks like a fairy tale place. It is a nice place to sit down, rest, have a snack.
Later the trail goes up higher, leaving the forest behind we hike along the river and reach a beautiful waterfall, flowing down from Ala Kol Lake.
Dinner and overnight in “Ala Kol” tent camp at 3600m.

Day 8 / 14 August. Trek over Ala Kol pass (3800m) passing Ala Kol Lake and descend to Arashan gorge (2600m).
18 km, 6-8 hrs, +200 m/-1200 m, (B,L,D)
Moraine Lake of Ala Kol stretches from east to west for 2.8km, its width is 500m, and depth 70m. Ala Kol means Colorful Lake in Kyrgyz language. Depending on the light the water might change its color. It can be emerald green, turquoise with white clouds reflected, light green or dark grey, or even black.
During the ascent we enjoy wonderful views of the lake. Arriving closer to the lake we see the main range of Terskei Ala Too with a number of peaks – Aksu, Djigit, Karakol, Oguz Bashi, etc. From the lake edge it will take us another hour and half to the pass.
Descent from the pass along a talus slope, and later across a wide valley of Keldike with picturesque landscapes, herds of cattle and flocks of sheep grazing.
Later the trail brings us into a forest again and descends into Arashan valley.
Upon arrival to the tent camp you may use an opportunity to relax in the hot springs. There are thermal baths (up to +50C) in the valley.
Possibility to take thermal baths.
Dinner and overnight in “Altyn Arashan” tent camp at 2600m.

Day 9 / 15 August. Altyn Arashan gorge – Cholpon Ata town.
155 km, 4-5 hrs, -1000 m, (B,L,D)
There is a resort Altyn Arashan founded 1963, famous for its hot mineral springs. The resort represents several wooden huts located on a big treeless meadow on the right bank of Arashan river.
The Northern slopes of the left river bank are covered with fir trees. It gives an unforgettable picture – dark green trees with snowcapped mountains “Aksu wall” (5022m) in the background.
Transfer to Cholpon Ata town.
Possibly to descent over green fields with blooming flowers and crystal mountain springs. The final 5 km of the gorge are very narrow not more than 30 m with high rock walls. At the entrance to the gorge we pass by a village – Ak Suu (the name comes from the hot springs). Here you will take place inside the car.
Accommodation in a hotel on the north shore of Issyk Kul Lake.
Dinner and overnight in a hotel.

Day 10 / 16 August. Cholpon Ata town – Bishkek city.
250 km, 3-4 hrs, -800 m. (B,L,D)
Morning, after breakfast, transfer to Bishkek city.
Lunch en route.
Upon arrival to the city accommodation in a hotel.
Dinner in a local restaurant.
Overnight in a hotel.

Day 11 / 17 August. Bishkek city – Airport “Manas”
30 km, 1 hrs, (B)
Morning transfer to airport to catch your flight back home.

End of our service

The cost of the program with guaranteed departure date: 1770 USD / pax.

SGL supplement in hotels:130 USD /pax
SGL supplement in tents:70 USD /pax

The cost includes:

– accommodation in hotels in Bishkek – 3 nights
– accommodation in Amir hotel or Green Yard Guest House in Karakol – 1 night
– accommodation at the Hotel at Issyk-Kul Lake – 1 night
– accommodation and full board (hot food for breakfast and dinner, lunches as snack boxes) in the permanent tent camps along the trek Djety Oguz gorge – Altyn Arashan gorge – 6 nights. (Please note, you do not need to set up your tents, they will be set in advance + cook will be waiting for your with hot meal when you arrive!)
– FB during whole program
– Escorting Guide during the whole program
– porter service during the trek (*please read about baggage allowance on trek below)
– all the transfers according to the program
– entry and ecological fee

The cost doesn’t include:

– visa support and visa fee (if necessary)
– all optional deviations from the main itinerary
– beverages and meals not included in main menu

Luggage allowance:

Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters.
The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 12 kg of personal belongings. 1kg extra – 12 USD per programs.

It is possible to leave travel clothes or other items not required on trek in our office – we will deliver them to Issyk-Kul Hotel on your arrival there after BC.

For this trip you will need the following:

– 4 season sleeping bag
– walking boots
– waterproof jacket and trousers
– fleece jacket or similar
– warm hat and gloves
– sunglasses
– a daypack of around 40 liters
– head-torch and batteries
– 2 x 1 liter water bottle
– sun cream.

A down jacket, pair of sandals, swimming suit and walking sticks are recommended.

Menu at camps during trekking

Always on the tables: honey, jam, sugar, condensed milk, dried fruits, cookies or sweets, salt, pepper, ketchup.
Breakfast:
Each breakfast consists of porridge and additional dish.
Additional dish: omelet with bacon, omelet with cheese, fried sausages, pancakes, cheesecakes, scrambled eggs with sausage, boiled eggs.

Dinner:
Each supper consists of salad, soup, main dish and dessert.
Salads: funchoza(starch noodles), rice with crab sticks, eggs with fish, cabbage with carrot, greek salad, beans with onion, cod-liver with eggs.
Soups: minestrone, kesme, lentil puree soup, rice soup, pumpkin puree soup, fish soup and soup with dumplings.
Main dish: kuurdak, pilaf, stew with spaghetti and cheese, dymlyama, stuffed pepper, lagman, befstroganof with rice.
Dessert: cakes, waffles, fruits and rolls.

Lunch-box:
Consists of main dish, fruits or dried fruits, processed cheese, bread, chocolate, water (cold tea with lemon or compote)
Main dish: fried chicken, smoked chicken, smoked duck breast, cheese sandwich, cutlet, boiled eggs, meat pate.

Spantik (7027-M) Expedition 2016


Program
: fixed dates: July 1, 2016 & July 31, 2016

This info in Russian >>>

DATES FOR 2016 DEPARTURES

1st Departure 01-07-2016 to 01-08-2016
2nd Departure 31-07-2016 to 31-08-2016

TRIP SUMMARY
Duration of Expedition 32 Days. Islamabad to Islamabad
Climbing Days – 18 Days
Trekking Days (in & out) – 6 Days
Hotel Accommodation – 8 Nights
Group Size – 8-15 climbers
Type of Expedition – Un-guided

STANDARD PACKAGE PRICES
08-10 Climbers US $3250 – per person
11-15 Climbers US $3000 – per person
Single Supplement US $ 300 – (for single room & tent)

Itinerary of two departures

01-07-2016 & 31-07-2016 Arrival in Islamabad. Hotel
02-07-2016 & 01-08-2016 Drive to Chilas (13 hrs). Hotel
03-07-2016 & 02-08-2016 Drive to Skardu (9-10 hrs). Hotel
04-07-2016 & 03-08-2016 Formalities & final preparations in Skardu. Hotel
05-07-2016 & 04-08-2016 Drive by jeeps to Arandu. Camp
06-07-2016 & 05-08-2016 Trek to Tsas Chumic. Camp
07-07-2016 & 06-08-2016 Trek to Bolocho. Camp
08-07-2016 & 07-08-2016 Trek to Spantik Base Camp. Camp
09-07 to 26-07-2016 & 08-08 to 25-08-2016 Climbing Days. Camp
27-07-2016 & 26-08-2016 Spantik Base Camp – Bolocho. Camp
28-07-2016 & 27-08-2016 Trek to Arandu. Camp
29-07-2016 & 28-08-2016 Drive to Skardu. Hotel
30-07-2016 & 29-08-2016 Flight to Islamabad or drive to Chilas. Hotel
31-07-2016 & 30-08-2016 Chilas-Islamabad. Hotel
01-08-2016 & 31-08-2016 Departure from Islamabad. On board

EXTRA SERVICES (IF REQUIRED)

1-FLIGHT SUPPLEMENT
One-way flight supplement is US $95- per passenger (Islamabad – Skardu)
Note: One-way air-fare between Skardu to Islamabad is already included in the package cost.

2-HIGHT ALTITUDE PORTER COST (30 days)
Kit allowance US $ 800- per high porter
Daily allowance US $ 35 – per high porter per day
Insurance Premium US $ 30 – one time
Total cost of high porter: US $ 2000 –

Note: Daily allowance is inclusive of wages, food & insurance etc. Food for the high porters above the base camp is not included in the price. The same can be provided – US $ 15 – per HP per day.

3-EPI GAS CARTRIGES
Coleman Gas Cartridges of 230 ML – US $ 9 – per cartridge
Korean Brand Gas Cartridges of 230 ML – US $ 7 – per cartridge

4-POISK OXYGEN (FOR SALE)
4 Litters gas cylinder – US $ 700 – per cylinder
3 Litters gas cylinder – US $ 500 – per cylinder
One set of Mask & Regulator – US $ 750 – per set

5- VE-25 NORTH FACE TENT FOR HIGH ALTITUDE CAMPS
US $ 4 – per tent per day

6-EXTRA LUGGAGE TRANSFERS
Islamabad – Arandu: 50 cents per kilogram
Arandu- Islamabad: 50 cents per kilogram
Arandu – Spantik Peak Base Camp: US $ 3 per kilogram
Spantik Peak Base Camp – Arandu: US $ 3 per kilogram

7-EXTRA STAYS AT THE BASE CAMP
04-05 pax US $ 75 – per person per day
06-08 pax US $ 68 – per person per day
09-12 pax US $ 60 – per person per day

8-ELECTRIC GENERATORS
Honda (Sound proof Generator) – US $ 300 – for 30 days
Chinese (Unbranded Generator) – US $ 80 – for 30 days
Fuel (Petrol) – US $ 90 cents per little (price in Skardu)

9-THURAYA SATELLITE PHONE
Thuraya Satellite Phone: US $ 350 – for 60 days
The offer is inclusive of phone set with connect & 40 units credit

10 – WALKIE TALKIES
One set (two radios) of Walkie Talkies US $ 150 – for 30 days

11-BAMBOO STICKS
Bamboo sticks: upto 100 free of cost

12-WOODEN BOXES FOR FOOD PACKING
Wooden boxes (ideal for food packing) US $ 8 – per box

13-PLASTIC CONTAINER (DRUM)
50/60 Litters plastic container – US $ 15 – per container

14-DUFFLE BAGS
Duffle bags – US $ 6 – per bag

SERVICES INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE OFFER

1 Transportation

• Transfer from airport to hotel on arrival & hotel to airport on departure.
• Transfer by air-conditioned mini bus from Islamabad to Skardu. The specification of minibuses are as below:
1-6 pax. Toyota Hiace (12 seater)
7-10 pax. Toyota Coaster (19 seater)
11-15 pax. Toyota Coaster Saloon (25 seater)
• Air-conditioned transportation for briefing, debriefing and sightseeing.
• 4×4 jeeps/Toyotas from Skardu to Arandu and from Arandu to Skardu
• One-way air-fare between Skardu-Islamabad.
• Transfer from hotel to airport in Skardu.
• Free baggage allowance for members personal gear and collective expedition equipment would be as below:
Way up (Islamabad to Arandu)
50 kilograms per climber
Way down (Arandu to Islamabad)
30 kilograms per climber

Note: Flights to the northern areas of Pakistan are subject to weather condition. In case of flight cancellation/non availability of seats surface transfer will be provided). Cancellation of flight two or three days before actual departure can affect reservation. That means the passenger booked for earlier days will have priority.

2 Accommodation

Accommodation will provided based on following hotels sharing twin/double occupancy.
Islamabad (4 nights with bed & breakfast)
Hill View Hotel/Grand Regency Hotel
Chilas (2 nights with three meals)
Shangri-La Midway/ Panorama Inn
Skardu (3 nights with three meals)
Mashabrum Inn/ Concordia/K-2 Motel

Note: Alternate accommodation will be provided if rooms in above mentioned hotels are not available.
Check in before 12:00 pm is subject to previous night charges

Note: If rooms in hotels mentioned above are not available, accommodation in any other hotel with equal standard will be provided. Check in before 10:00 am is subject to previous night charges

3 Low altitude porters
• Low altitude porters to carry expedition food, camping equipment and group luggage.
• Transfer of luggage from Gasherbrum to Broad Peak Base Camp
• Free baggage allowance for members personal gear and collective expedition equipment would be as below:
Way up (from Arandu to Base Camp)
2 porters per climber
Way down (from the Base Camp to Arandu)
1 porter per climber

Note:
• For extra personal luggage please check extra luggage charges.
• The porter cost is inclusive of their wages, food, equipment, kerosene oil, tarpaulin, cooking stove and insurance.

4 Taxes and Fees
• Royalty Fee, Environment Fee & Liaison Officer’s Cost
• Road taxes
• Camping fees during trek.
• Bridge crossing fees.
Note: In case of pollution, fine/penalties will be the responsibility of expedition member or group.

5 Camping Equipment & Accessories
• Sleeping tent shared by two pax
• Toilet tent
• Shower Tent
• Complete mess tent/table/chairs
• Store tent (for large groups)
• Mattresses
• Toilet papers etc
Note: In case of severe damage to sleeping tent, the cost of tent will be charged.

6 Kitchen Equipment
• Kitchen tent.
• Kitchen utensils
• Lamps for light
• Cooking stoves

7 Food (Meals)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, & Tea time
Menu:
Lunch: One dish lunch at the base camp and picnic lunch during trek
Dinner: Complete meal; soup, two/three dishes, salad and desert

8 Fresh Meat and Vegetable
ClimberCA has special arrangements to supply fresh meat and vegetables to the base camp time to time besides tin food/fruit when the duration of expedition is for longer period.

9 Local staff
Daily wages, food, kit, insurance, accommodation of following staff is included in the price.
• Liaison Officer/Local guide
• Cook
• Cook helper
• Porter Sirdars
• Porters
Note: Helicopter rescue of staff is not included as no insurance company offers this service.

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED:
Below mentioned services are not included in our package, but some of them can be provided on request in advance. Please contact CLimberCA for further detail.
• International air ticket & airport taxes.
• Visa fee for Pakistan & personal insurance of the clients.
• Cargo fee & custom charges for import and export.
• Beverages & laundry
• Sleeping bags, personal clothing and climbing gear.
• High Altitude Porters
• Food above base camp for members and High Porters etc.
• Any other service that is not mentioned in the list above.

NOTE
• All expedition members will go together in one group and come back together. If group splits due to personal reasons, the cost will be charged additionally.
• Extra hotel nights (if any) will be charged to expedition members.
• Any extra cost due to road blockade or any other unforeseen reason will be charged in addition to normal package offer.
• If government imposes a fee or new condition resulting extra charges (after the package is submitted) the same will be charged in addition to normal package offer.

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Trekking Tour “Contrasts of Tian-Shan”

Duration: 14 days, 14 nights.

Trip features: Visit the Base Camps “South Inylchek”, high altitude trekking camps, over 4000 m. a.s.l. Overnights in tents, yurts.

Program with fixed dates: from 26 July to 8 August 2016.

Duration of the program with fixed date: from 26 July to 8 August 2016.

The cost of the program in 2016 year: 2250 USD / pax.

Single supplement in hotels:130 USD
Single supplement in tents:85 USD

The trip we offer you below is a light version of program “To the heart of Tien Shan” and trip to Son-Kul lake. It begins in Bishkek, the capitals city of Kyrgyzstan. By a driven car you are transferred to Son-Kul lake, you can see beautiful panorama of lake, nomadic life of Kyrgyz people. Then you continue the trip to eastern shore of Issyk-Kul lake, to Karakol town. After that you are transferred to At Jailoo alpine meadow, from here the trekking part starts. During the trek you will learn the real beauty of the mountains, the serenity and silence of Tien Shan, the Celestial mountains. You will see one of biggest glacier in the world, mysterious Merzbacher Lake. Your trip finishes in the Base Camp “South Inylchek” at the foot of magnificent Khan Tengri peak (7010m).

In season 2016 we continue setting up stationary tent camps along the whole route. Travel with comfort!

Itinerary: Bishkek – Son-Kul – Karakol – At-Jailoo – Inylchek glacier – Putevodniy glacier – Mertzbakher Glade and Lake – South Inylchek base camp – Karkara –Issyk-Kul – Bishkek

Contact

e-mail: your.climberca@ya.ru
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Tour program

Day 1 / 26 July. “Manas” international airport – Bishkek
Drive 40 km, 1 h.
Arrival in Bishkek early in the morning. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel/Guest House. After short rest and late breakfast we have city tour in Bishkek. Lunch in local restaurant.
The capital and industrial centre of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek is a city of wide avenues, handsome buildings and Soviet heritage. The gesturing statue of Lenin can still be seen in the city’s vast central square, yet it is the permanently snowcapped Kyrgyz Alatau mountain range which towers over Bishkek providing a quite stunning backdrop.
Overnight and dinner in hotel.

Day 2 / 27 July. Bishkek – Burana Tower – Son-Kul
Drive 390 km, 8 h, +900 m.
After breakfast depart to Son-Kul lake, on the road make halt on Burana Tower (old minaret) near Tokmok city
That minaret was constructed in Balasagun town, one of the capitals of Karakhanid State existed in 12 centuries AD. Explore ruins of that important trading point at the Great Silk Road and visit a little local museum telling about that civilization. Also watch a collection of Balbals, Turkic ancient tombs.
After excursion lunch in the family house in Tokmok, where tourist can closer learn about life of local people.
In the afternoon continue your journey to Son Kul lake, the second largest mountain lake in Kyrgyzstan.
Upon arrival in the lake basin accommodation in yurts.

Day 3 / 28 July. Son Kul lake.
After breakfast we will have horse-riding around area, then after lunch you can view horse show.
Today you step into the nomadic life at the Song-Kul Lake. Here, the Kyrgyz people still live in traditional simplicity. You enjoy horseback riding or just hiking, spend time with friendly Kyrgyz families and taste their fresh airan (yogurt) and kymys (a fermented national drink from mare’s milk), also you will view horseshow.
Overnight in yurt.

Day 4 / 29 July. Son-Kul – Karakol
Drive 350 km, 7-8 h, -1300 m
In the morning you drive to Karakol town situated in the east of the lake area, at the foot of the most picturesque mountains of Tien Shan. This sleepy but very interesting old Russian town was first erected by Cossacks in the middle of 19th century and became an important garrison settlement.
On the way we will stop in Bokombaevo village. Together with the locals we will learn this ancient handicraft and get closer to the culture of nomads. In Bokonbaevo they specialize in production of huge carpets to cover a yurt or to put on the floor.
Overnight in hotel/guest house.

Day 5 / 30 July. Karakol sightseeing tour. Karakol – At-Jailoo Base Camp (2500m a.s.l.)
Drive 200 km, 5-6 h, +800 m.
After breakfast short sightseeing tour around Karakol.
Karakol town situated in the east of the lake area, at the foot of the most picturesque mountains of Tien Shan. This sleepy but very interesting Old Russian town was first erected by Cossacks in the middle of 19th century and became an important garrison settlement.
Visiting Dungan mosque, a unique construction in Chinese style, but serving as a mosque. Also you will see an Old Russian Orthodox Cathedral made of wood without any nails.
Lunch in local café. Transfer to At-Jailoo base camp.
200 km drive will take us about 6 hours. The road passes through a number of villages, then continues up along the canyon Turguen Ak Suu towards Chon Ashuu Pass (3808m). Descent to Ashuu Tor valley. On the way we pass by Koilu and Sary Jaz rivers. Later we drive along Sary Jaz river to the check point Maida-Adyr as we are going to enter the border zone, we must leave our permits here. Sary Jaz river is one of the largest in Kyrgyzstan. The river has a length of 200 km and carries its water into Inylchek river which flows to China About 1-1.5 hours drive through a village and along Inylchek river, arrival in At Jailoo camp.
Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 6 / 31 July. At Jailoo Camp – Iva Camp (2900m a.s.l.)
Trek 18 km, 5-7 h, +400 m.
Trekking from At-Jailoo along Inylchek River to the beginning of Inylchek glacier
Breakfast. Trek with our backpacks on the road. We take lunch boxes and will leave the camp in order to be able to cross At Jailoo river before 9 am while there is still little water and the water level is low. We cross its freezing cold water, but it gets more difficult the later we do it. Within an hour we reach a place called Prijim. If the water level allows, we walk and easily cross another stream here. Otherwise we have to ascent and descend a steep and overgrown path which takes us about an hour extra. All depends on the lake Merzbacher. Whether it is the time when the lake opens and its water rushes down, or it has already or vice versa not opened yet, then we are lucky! Still it is highly recommended to bring along the sandals which you can wear when crossing the river and streams.
Overnight in tents.

Day 7 / 1 August. Iva Camp – Glina camp (3100 m a.s.l.)
Trek 8 km, 5-6 h, +200 m.
The Inylchek Glacier is the largest glacier and centerpiece of the Central Tien Shan. Extending 62 km in length with a width of over 3 km, the Inylchek Glacier is the third longest glacier outside the Polar Regions. It is estimated that the glacier holds enough ice to cover the entire country of Kyrgyzstan in three meters of melt water (Stewart, 2002). The first outside to travel into the area and visit the glacier was the European Pyotr Semenov in 1857. Climbing in the area began in the early 1900’s and continued through the 1930’s. Under Soviet rule, the permitting system restricted foreign access. It was not until after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 that foreign climbers began to climb in the area (Stewart, 2002).
Breakfast. We take our lunch boxes and leave at about 9 am. Very steep ascents and descents take exhaust. We will try to go through to the right slope of the terrace. The trail crosses the terrace, later small rivers, washes out mountain slope, Putevodnyi glacier. We go up and down, up and down all the time. Lunch on the glacier at about 1 pm. Then we ascent another steep terrace along a narrow trail. The variety of terrains and the steepness of the slope trails will add some more adrenaline in blood. Arriving in Glina Camp we will have some tea or coffee and rest. The camp has got its name (which means “clay” in Russian) because of its location on a green clay field. Dinner at 6 pm
Overnight in tents.

Day 8 / 2 August. Camp Glina – Merzbacher Glade (3400m a.s.l.)
Trek 9 km, 5-6 h, +300 m.
Breakfast at 9 am. Again we trek up and down various terraces though have also about 10 km of straight path. Only once we trek across a small glacier, passing a river and have lunch on the shore of a small lake, swim and rest. It will be an hour left to get to the Camp. Upon arrival we have some tea or coffee, then dinner at 6 pm.
Wonderful views of Merzbacher lake open to us from the Camp.
Merzbacher glade is the last grassy place in the area located just across the unique Merzbacher Lake. There is a scientific research station on the glacier. Scientists from all over the world come working here every summer. They study glaciers moving, meteorological situation of the region and the lake Merzbacher itself. There is a large green area around which is flat enough for camping.
Overnight in tents.

Day 9 / 3 August. Merzbacher Lake.
Trek 10 km, 4-5 h.
Breakfast at 9 am. We take our lunch boxes and leave at 10 am. Across South Inylchek glacier up to Mertzbacher Lake. The glacier terrain is ice covered with rocks and stones, sand and mud. The trekking time both ways is 4-5 hours.
Sandwiched between the Northern and Southern branches of the glacier lies the mysterious Merzbacher Lake, which form every summer and then, sometime in August, burst through the ice banks and the waters flow into the Inylchek River. (Actually, the timing varies – for example in 2012 it happened on 10,July.) In reality, only part of the lake drains – the lake, which is 6 kilometres long and one kilometre wide, is in fact divided into two by a bridge of ice and whilst the lower half empties regularly, the upper part is always full of water. Also, the lakes empty twice a year – once in the summer and once in the winter – but most people only know about the summer event. In 1903 the German geographer and mountaineer, Gottfried Merzbacher, first discovered the lake while leading an expedition into the Tian Shan Mountains aiming to reach the summit of Khan Tengri. Forced back by ice, from their originally intended route through the Byankol Pass and along the Semyenov and Mushketov glaciers, they attempted a different approach – along the Enilchek glacier. Once again they failed, but they had shown that Khan Tengri was in fact on a ridge and not in the centre of that particular knot of the Tian Shan Mountains as had been thought. The expedition will be better remembered, however, for the discovery of the mysterious lake that now bears Merzbacher’s name.
Overnight in tents.

Day 10 / 4 August. Merzbacher Glade – South Inylchek base camp 4100m a.s.l.
Today helicopter flight to Base Camp South Inylchek. We have our lunch, tea or coffee. Dinner at 7 pm.
“South Inylchek” BC is open from 6 of July till 31 of August every year and might be interesting not only for alpinists, but also for usual travelers, who would like to enjoy the views of beautiful mountains on the flight by helicopter.
INYLCHEK Base Camp is ideally situated in the heart of North Tien-Shan at the South Inylchek glacier approximately at 4000 m. above the sea level. It has a picturesque view of Khan-Tengri ( 7010 m .) and Pobeda ( 7439 m .) peaks.
Overnight in BC in tents.

Day 11 / 5 August. South Inylchek base camp.
Rest day at South Inylchek BC or Radial hiking to Khan-Tengri Peak (7010 m a. s. l.). Trek 15 km, 5-6 h, +/-150 m.
The beautiful pyramid of Khan Tengri is without doubt the Jewel of the Tien Shan. It is the second highest mountain in this most northerly and remote of the great Asian mountain ranges. Among the local people, the white peaks are known as ‘The Mountains of Heaven’.
Khan Tengri peak was first climbed by a Soviet expedition in 1931, via the West Col and West Ridge. Since then, most of its ridges and faces have been climbed – all by Soviet teams.
Overnight in tents.

Day 12 / 6 August. Helicopter flight to Karkara helicopter pad – Issyk Kul Lake.
Drive 200 km, 3 h, -2500 m.
Breakfast. Helicopter flight from BC to Karkara helicopter pad. Transfer to Issyk-Kul Lake.
In the afternoon three hour drive to the Issyk-Kul Lake, lunch on the way.
Issyk-Kul is the second largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America.
Measuring 182 km long by 58 km wide, the lake appeared as a result of volcanic activity. It is heated from below by thermal activity and never freezes even in the depths of winter. In the summer the water temperature reaches 25-28 degrees centigrade (warmer than the air) and you can swim in the lake enclosed on all sides by the snowy peaks of the Tien Shan Mountains. Extremely deep and nicely warm over the centuries the lake has been something of an oasis in this inhospitable mountain environment. With diverse flora and fauna Issyk-Kul Lake and the surrounding environments are rightly considered to be one of Central Asia most remarkable locations.
Arrival to the hotel.
Overnight and dinner in hotel.

Day 13 / 7 August. Issyk- Kul – Bishkek
Drive 250 km, 5-6 h, -800 m.
Breakfast. Time at leisure. Lunch.
In the afternoon transfer to Bishkek through tight Boom Gorge where boisterous Chu River, so much loved by rafters (routes up to 6th category difficulty!), cuts its way.
Optionally: During dinner we take the unique opportunity to listen to the Manaschi (a singer performing the national Kyrgyz epos, Manas) and see Kyrgyz folklore show. The musicians in traditional Kyrgyz costumes present you a wide range of national musical instruments – starting from Komuz (a three-stringed wooden musical instrument) to Chopo Choi (wind instrument made of mountain reed). You hear the fascinating singing of young Kyrgyz ladies and men and learn more about the traditional music and poetry of Kyrgyz.
Arrival to Bishkek. Accommodation in guesthouse.

Day 14 / 8 August. Flight back home.
Early in the morning transfer to the airport. Departure back home.

The cost includes:
– accommodation in Asia Mountains Hotel or similar in Bishkek -3 nights
– accommodation in Amir hotel or Green Yard Guest House in Karakol – 1 night
– accommodation at the Hotel at Issyk-Kul Lake – 1 night
– accommodation in yurt on Son-Kul lake – 2 night
– accommodation in already installed tents with 3 time meal (hot dinner, hot breakfast and lunch as packed box) starting from At-Jailoo till South Inylchek BC – 7 nights (Please note, you do not need to set up your tents, they will be set in advance + cook will be waiting for your with hot meal when you arrive!)
– FB during whole program
– escorting guide during the whole program
– porter service during the trek (*please read about baggage allowance on trek below)
– all the transfers according to the program
– helicopter flights from South Inylchek BC to Karkara BC, from Merzbacher to South Inylchek BC
– entry and ecological fee
– border zone permit

For groups of 6 person and above:
– horse show on Son-Kul
– horseback riding on Son-Kul (half day)
– folklore show
– demonstration in Bokombaevo production of huge carpets

The cost doesn’t include:

– visa support and visa fee (if necessary)
– all optional deviations from the main itinerary
– beverages and meals not included in main menu

*Luggage allowance:
Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters.
The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 12 kg of personal belongings. 1kg extra – 12 USD per programs.
It is possible to leave travel clothes or other items not required on trek in our office – we will deliver them to Issyk-Kul Hotel on your arrival there after BC.

For this trip you will need the following:

– 4 season sleeping bag
– walking boots
– waterproof jacket and trousers
– fleece jacket or similar
– warm hat and gloves
– sunglasses
– a daypack of around 40 liters
– head-torch and batteries
– 2 x 1 liter water bottles
– sun cream.

A down jacket, pair of sandals and walking sticks are recommended.

Food

Always on the tables: honey, jam, sugar, condensed milk, dried fruits, cookies or sweets, salt, pepper, ketchup.

Breakfast:
Each breakfast consists of porridge and additional dish.
Additional dish: omelet with bacon, omelet with cheese, fried sausages, pancakes, cheesecakes, scrambled eggs with sausage, boiled eggs.

Supper:
Each supper consists of salad, soup, main dish and dessert.
Salads: funchoza(starch noodles), rice with crab sticks, eggs with fish, cabbage with carrot, greek salad, beans with onion, cod-liver with eggs.
Soups: minestrone, kesme, lentil puree soup, rice soup, pumpkin puree soup, fish soup and soup with dumplings.
Main dish: kuurdak, pilaf, stew with spaghetti and cheese, dymlyama, stuffed pepper, lagman, befstroganof with rice.
Dessert: cakes, waffles, fruits and rolls.

Lunch-box:
Consists of main dish, fruits or dried fruits, processed cheese, bread, chocolate, water (cold tea with lemon or compote)
Main dish: fried chicken, smoked chicken, smoked duck breast, cheese sandwich, cutlet, boiled eggs, meat pate.

Trekking in Uzbekistan. Summer 2016

For 2 days hiking in Chimgan area, including transfers from/tom Tashkent and accommodation in tent in Summer 2016, we recommend you the following route:

Day 1. Driving from Tashkent through the Galvasay village to the recreation zone “Chimgan” at the foothill of the Chatkal range in the West Tien Shan (100 km, 1,5 hours, 1,300 m). Going up by a good path to the Pesochniy pass (1,832 m). Descending to the gorge of the Gulkamsay river. After rest in the birch grove go to the place, called “Vodoprovod”. Camp. Lunch. After lunch visit Kuyluksay snowfield. Dinner. Night in tent.

Day 2. After brekfast – descending to the gorge of the Gulkamsay river again. Then we go through the one of the most beautiful places in the mountains of Uzbekistan – the Gulkam canyon. Canyoning. Rock chap at times converging up to 5 m having numerous small waterfalls, baths, rock gorges and with frequent wades can be walked through. Lunch will be organized at the end of canyon. After rest – going downstream the Gulkamsay river to the water intake near the country road. Departure by car to Tashkent along the Charvak water reservoir. Majestic panorama of Ugam, Pskem and Koksu ranges of the West Tien Shan surrounding Charvak water reservoir opens up from the road.

Day 2 (In case of bad weather). After brekfast – descending to the gorge of the Gulkamsay river again. Then climb back to the Pesochniy pass (1,832 m), then ascent to the Smaller Chimgan Peak (2,100 m). Majestic panorama of Ugam, Pskem and Koksu ranges of the West Tien Shan surrounding Charvak water reservoir opens up from this peak. Descent to Chimgan. Departure by car to Tashkent along the Charvak water reservoir.

Price: $106/pax

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