Trekking to the Khan Tengri BC. Basic program.

The trek from «At-Jailoo» 2500m to BC «South Inylchek» 4100m :
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Trip features: Trek. Visits to Base Camps Southern Inilchek and Karkara, high altitude trekking camps (2800 m. – 4000 m. a.s.l.).


Fixed dates available:
1st program with fixed date: from 13 July to 26 July 2017. 2nd program with fixed date: from 10 August to 23 August 2017.

Trekking to Base Camp + Khan-Tengri expedition. Acclimatization trek from «At-Jailoo» 2500m to BC «South Inylchek» 4100m + mountaineering program by the price:
$2500.
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Supplier of services: ClimberCA Inernational Consortium.

Quick reference phone: +99898 3039846 – telegram

e-mail – your.climberca@ya.ru

Note: ClimberCA offers to you the best service & the firm prices of all kind of services we offer on our web-pages. Some services, which we offer to you, are truly unexampled.

The trip we offer below is a trekking tour along the mountain trails in Tien Shan. It begins in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. Then you are transferred to At Jailoo alpine meadow. From here the trekking starts. You will see the real beauty of these mountains, the serenity and silence of Tien Shan, the “Celestial Mountains”, you will trek along one of the biggest glaciers in the world, and hike close to the mysterious Merzbacher Lake. Your trip finishes at “South Inylchek”, a base camp located at the foot of the magnificent peak Khan Tengri (7010 m.) This season we continue setting up stationary tent camps along the whole route. Travel with comfort! If you book the trek “To The Heart 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.

If you use our service, your acclimatization will be much easier as:
1) You will be awaited in every Camp, you will be accommodated in comfortable tents and get delicious meals that include National and European cuisine;
2) You will have communication in every Camp, and will be able to send the information from there;
3) Your itinerary will be marked and described in details in a leaflet, that you will get when your use our service.

Khan Tengri fixed dates and + trek

If you use our service, you can save money, as:
1) There is no need for you to bring (or rent) lots of things – like tent, dishes, frying pans, etc;
2) You don’t need to buy any food;
3) No need to hire porters.

The threk program:

Base Camp South Inylchek will be active between 2 July and 27 August 2017.

Day 1. “Manas” international airport – Bishkek – Karakol.
Drive: 400 km. / 7-8 hrs. / + 900 m. Arrival in Bishkek early in the morning.
Meeting at the airport and transfer to Bishkek, check in to hotel. After short rest and late breakfast transfer to town of Karakol. Lunch on the way. On arrival to Karakol check in to hotel. Dinner and overnight in hotel (1700 m. a.s.l.).

Day 2. Karakol sightseeing tour. Karakol – At-Jailoo Base Camp.
Drive: 200 km. / 5-6 hrs. / + 800 m.
After breakfast short sightseeing tour around Karakol. 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 Ashuu Chon 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. About 1-1.5 hours drive along Inylchek river, arrival in At Jailoo camp. 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. Dinner and overnight in tents (2500 m. a.s.l.).

Day 3. At Jailoo Camp – Iva Camp.
Trek: 18 km. / 5-7 hrs. / + 400 m.
Trekking from At-Jailoo along Inylchek River to the beginning of Inylchek glacier. After breakfast 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. Dinner and overnight in tents (2900 m. a.s.l.).

Day 4. Iva Camp – Glina camp.
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 (3100 m. a.s.l.).

Day 5. Camp Glina – Merzbacher Glade.
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 (3400 m. a.s.l.).

Day 6. 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 (3400 m. a.s.l.).

Day 7.  Merzbacher Glade – Komsomolskiy Glacier.
Trek: 12 km. / 4-6 h. / +400 m.
  Breakfast at 8 am. We take our lunch boxes and set off at 9 am. It is a long day of trekking surrounded with beautiful landscapes – snow, rocks and multi-colored ice – black, white and sometimes even striped. The first part of our trek goes along the right side over terraces and, right before we reach Shokalskyi glacier it smoothly goes down. The trail reaches the glacier and the black moraine which flows out of Komsomolez glacier. We follow it up to the glacier itself. The terrain is very diverse: rivers, crevices, ascents and descents, the hikes around those take much time and energy. It will be our first night at the glacier. Strong wind usually starts here after 4 pm. It might be much colder than before. Hot drinks are very helpful here, the dinner is as usual at 6 pm. Overnight in tents (3800 m. a.s.l.).

Day 8. Komsomolskiy Glacier – Dikiy Glacier. Trek: 7 km. / 3-5 h. / +100 m.   Breakfast at 8 am. Departure at 9 am Lunch boxes. Trekking in this part of Tien Shan is absolutely fabulous. The distinctive characteristic of the region is a great number of nameless peaks, unclimbed yet, about 5000m above sea level high. Straight from the camp we cross Proletarsky glacier moraine, get to the middle of Dikyi glacier moraine and walk along it up to the Dykyi glacier. The first part of the way is uneven, we walk up and down. Closer to the glacier the moraine becomes more even, without so many crevices, creeks and, no needs of working around to escape crossing small streams. Lunch break. In front of Proletarsky glacier we go up straight. Dikyi camp is located behind Pesnya Abaya peak (in 30 minutes). From Dikyi camp you have beautiful view of Khan Tengri, Pobeda, Gorky, Chapaev, Trehglavaya peaks. Tea, coffee and dinner at 6 pm. Overnight in tents (3900 m. a.s.l.).

Day 9. Dikiy glacier – South Inylchek base camp.
Trek: 8 km. / 4-6 h. / +200 m.
 Optionally: Climbing to Pesnya Abaya – 4901 a.s.l. Breakfast at 8 or 9 am. Short trek,so we can depart at 10 am. We take our lunch boxes. We cross the whole glacier till the central moraine where the base camp is situated. The path is covered with rocks, ice, creeks, lakes and cracks. But it is possible to do without any ropes and crampons. We arrive in the base camp (4000m) at about 2 pm. We have our lunch, tea or coffee. Dinner at 7 pm. 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 (4100 m. a.s.l.).

Day 10. South Inylchek base camp. Rest day at South Inylchek BC or radial hiking to Khan-Tengri. “South Inylchek” BC is open from 3 of July till 30 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. 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 11. 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 12. 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. On the way visit Burana Tower (old minaret) near Tokmok town. That minaret was constructed in Balasagyn 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. Arrival to Bishkek. Accommodation in hotel.

Day 13. Sightseeing tour in Bishkek.  After breakfast a short sightseeing tour in the city. The capital and industrial centre of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek is a city of wide avenues, handsome buildings and Soviet heritage. It is the permanently snow capped Kyrgyz Alatau mountain range which towers over Bishkek providing a quite stunning backdrop. 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, Independence Monument, and finish at the Old Square with Government House. Transfer to the Victory Square to finish the city tour by short excursion there. After excursion tourists may go shopping in the largest department store in the city – ZUM and a colorful oriental bazaar. Farewell dinner in restaurant. Overnight is in hotel

Day 14. Flight back home. Drive: 40 km. / 1 h.  Early in the morning transfer to the airport. Departure back home.

End of our service.

The price includes:

The price of program in 2017:

1 pax – 4930 USD

2 pax – 3350 USD / pax.

3 pax – 2920 USD / pax.

4 pax – 2570 USD / pax.

6 pax – 2290 USD / pax.

8 pax – 2160 USD / pax.

10 pax – 2090 USD / pax.

12 pax – 2030 USD / pax.

15 pax – 1980 USD / pax.

SGL supplement in hotels: 130 USD per person.
SGL supplement in tents: 110 USD per person.
Supplement for climbing to Pesnya Abaya Peak: 55 USD / per person, incl. mountain guide service, and rent of rope, crampons, harness (for group of 5 pax and more price is 40 USD / pax)

The price included:
– accommodation in Bishkek in Asia Mountains hotel or similar – 3 nights
– accommodation in Issyk-Kul Lake – 1 night
– accommodation in Karakol town Amir or in Green Yard Guest House – 1 night
– accommodation and full board (hot food for breakfast and dinner, lunches as snack boxes) in the permanent tent camps along the trek At Jailoo – Base Camp “South Inylchek”
– 9 nights
– helicopter flight Base Camp “South Inylchek”- Base Camp “Karkara”
– all transfers as per program – FB during whole program
– frontier zone permit
– mountain guide service
– porter service – not more than 12 kg per person (see below)
– all ecological and entrance fees as per program

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
– personal expenses (extra luggage, room service, medical expenses/insurance, etc)

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.

Menu

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.

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.

Trekking to Base Camp + Khan-Tengri expedition

For many years already the alpinists have trekked up to the Base Camp South Inylchek along the glacier in order to get a better acclimatization before climbing Khan Tengri and Pobeda peaks. The trek up along the glacier not only helps you to get better acclimatization, but also gives you a unique opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views of Tien Shan.
The trek starts in At Jailoo gorge – an amazingly beautiful place on Inylchek river bank, one of your Camps overlooks stunning Nansen peak, and at the confluence of South and North Inylchek you can walk to see the famous Merzbacher Lake. But there were some people who wouldn’t accept this way of acclimatization because of the necessity to carry much – tents, food and personal belongings, etc. We set up permanent tent Camps all along the route to make the trek possible and easy for you (see map).

Contacts: Telephone +99898 3039846 (telegram) or e-mail your.ClimberCA@ya.ru Skype dmitriy.page

If you use our service, your trip will be much easier as:
1) You will be awaited in every Camp, you will be accommodated in comfortable tents and get delicious meals that include National and European cuisine;
2) You will have communication in every Camp, and will be able to send the information from there;
3) Your itinerary will be marked and described in details in a leaflet, that you will get when your use our service.

If you use our service, you can save money, as:
1) There is no need for you to bring (or rent) lots of things – like tent, dishes, frying pans, etc;
2) You don’t need to buy any food;
3) No need to hire porters.

Basic program

Trek program:
Day 1.Arrival to Bishkek, transfer to the hotel.
Day 2.Transfer Bishkek – Karakol (400 km). Accommodation in yurt camp
Day 3.Transfer Karakol – Base camp “At Jailoo” (2500m)
Day 4.Trek “At Jailoo” – to the glacier Inylchek – at the foot of Nansen peak 2900m. .(18km 6-8 hours.)
Day 5.Trek along and across the moraines to Putevodnyi glacier 3100m. (8km. 6-8hours).
Day 6.Trek along the side moraine to the Merzbacher meadow 3400m. (8km. 5-7hours.)
Day 7.Trek Merzbacher meadow – Comsomolskii glacier 3800m.(10km. 6-8hours.)
Day 8.Trek Comsomolskii glacier – Base Camp “South Inylchek”. 4100m. (12km.6-8hours)

Peak Ascending program:
Day 9.Acclimatization and preparation to ascent
Day 10.Camp № 1. 4200m
Day 11.Camp № 2. 5300m.
Day 12.Camp № 3. 5800m.
Day 13.Descent to Base Camp.
Day 14.Rest day.
Day 15.Preparation day
Day 16.Camp № 1.
Day 17.Camp № 2
Day 18.Camp № 3.
Day 19.Ascent to the summit 7010 m and descent to the Camp №3.
Day 20.Descend to the Base Camp
Day 21.Extra day in case of bad weather
Day 22.Extra day in case of bad weather
Day 23.Extra day in case of bad weather
Day 24.Helicopter flight to Base Camp “Karkara” and transfer to Bishkek. Accommodation in a hotel.
Day 25.Free day in Bishkek.
Day 26.Transfer to the airport

Schedule of helicopter flights for 2017:

July 2, 7, 9, 14 ,16, 21, 23, 28, 30, 31
August 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 24, 25, 27

Price for 2017

The cost of the program in 2017: 2500 USD per person

The price of “full package” includes:
• Transfer to/from the airport or railway station of Bishkek
• Transfer airport/railway station of Bishkek – hotel – airport/railway station of Bishkek
• Accommodation in Karakol town in the yurt camp «Turkestan» with breakfast – 1 night
• Transfer heli pad – Bishkek
• Transfer Karakol – At Jailoo
• Helicopter transfer of your luggage to the Base Camp “South Inylchek” (luggage transfer is unlimited)
• Helicopter flight Base Camp “South Inylchek”- Base Camp “Karkara”
• Accommodation in a hotel in Bishkek with breakfast (not more than 3 nights!)
• Lunches on the way Bishkek – Karakol and Karkara – Bishkek
• Accommodation and full board (hot food for breakfast and dinner, lunches as snack boxes) in the permanent tent camps along the trek At Jailoo – Base Camp “South Inylchek”
• Accommodation and full board (meals 3 times a day) in the Base Camp «South Inylchek»
• Free of charge usage of the shower and sauna, toilet, storage room, in the Base Camp “South Inylchek
• Guide consultation
• Doctor consultation
• Registration at the rescue team
• Ecological fee for staying at the territory of the Base Camp
• Usage of long-distance radio telecommunication service;
• Rent of the of ultra-short wave radios during ascents;
• Frontier zone permit;
• Official registration with authorities of Kyrgyzstan and visa support letter (if needed).
The cost for both packages does not include:

The cost for both packages 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;
• All personal expenses (extra luggage fee, room service, medical expenses/insurance, etc.);
• The services of a mountain guide and porters for ascending/descending;
• The rent of mountaineering equipment;

Additional services

Price of the service of a mountain guide:
1 Person – 1600 USD for the whole route.
2 People – 900 USD per person.
3 People – 700 USD per person.

Additional service in BC:
Rent of high altitude tent – 80 USD per program
Gas cartridges of KOVEA (230gr) – 9 USD/cartridge
International phone calls – 4 USD/min

List of needed equipment

Personal equipment:

Backpack – 85 liters,
Sleeping bag -1,
Sleeping pad – 1,
Harness – 1, Carbiners – 4,
Jumar – 1,
Crampons– 1,
Repshnur (6-7 mm) – 5 m,
Ice axe – 1,
Sun glasses – 1 or 2,
Torch (headlamp) -1 + set of spare batteries,
Ice screw -2,
Folding knife – 1,
Down jacket/parka -1,
Gortex: pants, jacket – 1 suit,
Polartec: jacket 200 -1; pants – 1,
Thermal underwear – 1 suit,
Polartec 100 – 1 suit (jacket, pants),
Polartec gloves -1,
Overmitts – 1.+ windproof -1,
Warm hat -1,
Balaclava -1,
Warm socks -2 pairs,
Socks,
Gamashi,
Sun protection crèam,
Figure-8 descender – 1,
Telescopic Sticks (poles). – 1,
Avalanche shovel –1,
High altitude boots – 1,
Trekking boots -1.

Map of the route

Contact us

Telephone +99898 3039846 (telegram) or e-mail your.ClimberCA@ya.ru Skype dmitriy.page

Trekking to the Khan Tengri BC. Fixed departure dates

Trip features: Trek. Visits to Base Camps Southern Inilchek and Karkara, high altitude trekking camps (2800 m. – 4000 m. a.s.l.).

1st program with fixed date: from 13 July to 26 July 2017.
2nd program with fixed date: from 10 August to 23 August 2017.

The trek from «At-Jailoo» 2500m to BC «South Inylchek» 4100m by the price: 2230 USD / pax.
Russian >>>

Supplier of services: ClimberCA Inernational Consortium. About Us.
Quick reference phone: +99898 3039846 – telegram
e-mail – your.climberca@ya.ru
Note: ClimberCA offers to you the best service & the firm prices of all kind of services we offer on our web-pages. Some services, which we offer to you, are truly unexampled.

The trip we offer below is a trekking tour along the mountain trails in Tien Shan. It begins in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. Then you are transferred to At Jailoo alpine meadow. From here the trekking starts. You will see the real beauty of these mountains, the serenity and silence of Tien Shan, the “Celestial Mountains”, you will trek along one of the biggest glaciers in the world, and hike close to the mysterious Merzbacher Lake. Your trip finishes at “South Inylchek”, a base camp located at the foot of the magnificent peak Khan Tengri (7010 m.) This season we continue setting up stationary tent camps along the whole route. Travel with comfort! If you book the trek “To The Heart 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.

If you use our service, your acclimatization will be much easier as:
1) You will be awaited in every Camp, you will be accommodated in comfortable tents and get delicious meals that include National and European cuisine;
2) You will have communication in every Camp, and will be able to send the information from there;
3) Your itinerary will be marked and described in details in a leaflet, that you will get when your use our service.

Khan Tengri fixed dates and + trek

If you use our service, you can save money, as:
1) There is no need for you to bring (or rent) lots of things – like tent, dishes, frying pans, etc;
2) You don’t need to buy any food;
3) No need to hire porters.

 

The threk program:

Base Camp South Inylchek will be active between 2 July and 27 August 2017.

Day 1. (13 July / 10 August) “Manas” international airport – Bishkek – Karakol.

Drive: 400 km. / 7-8 hrs. / + 900 m.
Arrival in Bishkek early in the morning.

Meeting at the airport and transfer to Bishkek, check in to hotel. After short rest and late breakfast transfer to town of Karakol. Lunch on the way. On arrival to Karakol check in to hotel.
Dinner and overnight in hotel (1700 m. a.s.l.).

Day 2. (14 July / 11 August) Karakol sightseeing tour. Karakol – At-Jailoo Base Camp.

Drive: 200 km. / 5-6 hrs. / + 800 m. After breakfast short sightseeing tour around Karakol. 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 Ashuu Chon 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. About 1-1.5 hours drive along Inylchek river, arrival in At Jailoo camp. 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.
Dinner and overnight in tents (2500 m. a.s.l.).

Day 3. (15 July / 12 August) At Jailoo Camp – Iva Camp.

Trek: 18 km. / 5-7 hrs. / + 400 m. Trekking from At-Jailoo along Inylchek River to the beginning of Inylchek glacier. After breakfast 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.
Dinner and overnight in tents (2900 m. a.s.l.).

Day 4. (16 July / 13 August) Iva Camp – Glina camp.

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 (3100 m. a.s.l.).

Day 5. (17 July / 14 August) Camp Glina – Merzbacher Glade.

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 (3400 m. a.s.l.).

Day 6. (18 July / 15 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 (3400 m. a.s.l.).

Day 7.  (19 July / 16 August) Merzbacher Glade – Komsomolskiy Glacier.

Trek: 12 km. / 4-6 h. / +400 m.
  Breakfast at 8 am. We take our lunch boxes and set off at 9 am. It is a long day of trekking surrounded with beautiful landscapes – snow, rocks and multi-colored ice – black, white and sometimes even striped. The first part of our trek goes along the right side over terraces and, right before we reach Shokalskyi glacier it smoothly goes down. The trail reaches the glacier and the black moraine which flows out of Komsomolez glacier. We follow it up to the glacier itself. The terrain is very diverse: rivers, crevices, ascents and descents, the hikes around those take much time and energy. It will be our first night at the glacier. Strong wind usually starts here after 4 pm. It might be much colder than before. Hot drinks are very helpful here, the dinner is as usual at 6 pm.
Overnight in tents (3800 m. a.s.l.).

Day 8. (20 July / 17 August) Komsomolskiy Glacier – Dikiy Glacier.
Trek: 7 km. / 3-5 h. / +100 m.
  Breakfast at 8 am. Departure at 9 am Lunch boxes. Trekking in this part of Tien Shan is absolutely fabulous. The distinctive characteristic of the region is a great number of nameless peaks, unclimbed yet, about 5000m above sea level high. Straight from the camp we cross Proletarsky glacier moraine, get to the middle of Dikyi glacier moraine and walk along it up to the Dykyi glacier. The first part of the way is uneven, we walk up and down. Closer to the glacier the moraine becomes more even, without so many crevices, creeks and, no needs of working around to escape crossing small streams. Lunch break. In front of Proletarsky glacier we go up straight. Dikyi camp is located behind Pesnya Abaya peak (in 30 minutes). From Dikyi camp you have beautiful view of Khan Tengri, Pobeda, Gorky, Chapaev, Trehglavaya peaks. Tea, coffee and dinner at 6 pm.
Overnight in tents (3900 m. a.s.l.).

Day 9. (21 July / 18 August) Dikiy glacier – South Inylchek base camp.

Trek: 8 km. / 4-6 h. / +200 m.  Optionally: Climbing to Pesnya Abaya – 4901 a.s.l.
Breakfast at 8 or 9 am. Short trek,so we can depart at 10 am. We take our lunch boxes. We cross the whole glacier till the central moraine where the base camp is situated. The path is covered with rocks, ice, creeks, lakes and cracks. But it is possible to do without any ropes and crampons. We arrive in the base camp (4000m) at about 2 pm. We have our lunch, tea or coffee. Dinner at 7 pm.
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 (4100 m. a.s.l.).
Day 10. (22 July / 19 August) South Inylchek base camp.Rest day at South Inylchek BC or radial hiking to Khan-Tengri.
“South Inylchek” BC is open from 3 of July till 30 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.
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 11. (23 July / 20 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 12. (24 July / 21 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. On the way visit Burana Tower (old minaret) near Tokmok town. That minaret was constructed in Balasagyn 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.
Arrival to Bishkek. Accommodation in hotel.

Day 13. (25 July / 22 August) Sightseeing tour in Bishkek.  After breakfast a short sightseeing tour in the city.
The capital and industrial centre of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek is a city of wide avenues, handsome buildings and Soviet heritage. It is the permanently snow capped Kyrgyz Alatau mountain range which towers over Bishkek providing a quite stunning backdrop.
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, Independence Monument, and finish at the Old Square with Government House. Transfer to the Victory Square to finish the city tour by short excursion there. After excursion tourists may go shopping in the largest department store in the city – ZUM and a colorful oriental bazaar.
Farewell dinner in restaurant.
Overnight is in hotel

Day 14. (26 July / 23 August) Flight back home.
Drive: 40 km. / 1 h.
 Early in the morning transfer to the airport. Departure back home.

End of our service.

The price includes:

The price of program in 2017: 2230 USD per person.
SGL supplement in hotels: 130 USD per person.
SGL supplement in tents: 110 USD per person.

Supplement for climbing to Pesnya Abaya Peak: 55 USD / per person, incl. mountain guide service, and rent of rope, crampons, harness (for group of 5 pax and more price is 40 USD / pax)

The price included:
– accommodation in Bishkek in Asia Mountains hotel or similar – 3 nights
– accommodation in Issyk-Kul Lake – 1 night
– accommodation in Karakol town Amir or in Green Yard Guest House – 1 night
– accommodation and full board (hot food for breakfast and dinner, lunches as snack boxes) in the permanent tent camps along the trek At Jailoo – Base Camp “South Inylchek”
– 9 nights
– helicopter flight Base Camp “South Inylchek”- Base Camp “Karkara”
– all transfers as per program
– FB during whole program
– frontier zone permit
– mountain guide service
– porter service – not more than 12 kg per person (see below)
– all ecological and entrance fees as per program

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
– personal expenses (extra luggage, room service, medical expenses/insurance, etc)

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.

Menu

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.

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.

Souce: http://climberca.com/index.php/18-special-offer-for-khan-tengri-peak-expedition-2013

Trekking tour “Pamir Adventures”

Duration of the program: from 16 to 28 of July, 2016

The cost of the program in 2016: 1580 USD/pax.

Contact

Email:
pagetour@ya.ru
Tel: +99898 3039846 – telegram +99897 7009846 – whatsapp

The trekking program is created for those, who want to see the amazing nature of Kyrgyzstan. It goes in the Pamir mountain system through various landscapes. We trek along the gorges of Turkestan mountain range and to the heart of Pamir-Alai mountain system.

Turkestan mountain range region reminds South American Patagonia. The mountain trails going above the steeps, wild nature, panoramic views of the canyons crowned by snow-white peaks and treks to the foot of peak Piramidalnyi (5509m), which is the highest point of Turkestan range, peak Ak-Suu (5355m), Slesova (4240m) – all these will leave an unforgettable impression on everybody!!!

The second part of the trekking program goes to peak Lenin. Situated in the Pamirs on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tadjikistan, close to the borders with China and Afghanistan, Lenin Peak is one of only five 7000 meter peaks in the former USSR. At 7134 meters it is the third highest, the others being Peak Communism (7495m) and Korzhenevsky (7105m), both in the Pamirs, and Peak Pobeda (7,439m) and Khan Tengri (7010m) in the Tien Shan. To climb all five admits you to the elite group of Russian climbers known as Snow Leopards. Lenin Peak is considered the most accessible 7000-meter mountain. There is a high way going almost to the foot of the peak. Also Lenin Peak by the normal Razdelny route is practically no technical climbing involved.

In season 2016 we install the tent camps along the whole route. Travel with comfort! If you book the trek “Pamir Adventures”, you 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.

Route:

Bishkek – Batken – Uzgurush village – Buldzhuma pass – Dzhalgychy pass – Ortochashma gorge – Ak-Suu gorge –Uzgurush village – Batken – Osh – Base Camp “Achik Tash” – Camp1 – “Achik Tash” Base Camp – Osh city

Itinerary

Day 1 /16 July. “Manas” International airport – Bishkek.
Drive 40km, 1 h.
Arrival in international airport “Manas”, transfer to the hotel. Rest, lunch and city tour.
Bishkek – is 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 Ala-Tau 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 transfer to the main Ala Too Square to watch ceremony of changing of the Guard of Honor, and finish at the Old Square with Goverment House.
We drive to Victory Square to finish our excursion visiting ZUM department store for souveniers.

Day 2 /17 July. Bishkek – Batken – Uzgurush village. (1450 m.).
Flight 1065 km, Drive 260 km, 4 h.
Day flight to Batken town. Transfer to Uzgurush villag, the drive takes us about 4 hours. Accommodation in a local Kyrgyz family house. Trekking preparation.

Day 3 /18 July. Uzgurush village – Ak-Tash tent camp (2500 m.).
Trek 15 km, 7-8 hours, +1444 / -394 m.
The first trekking day starts from the views of wild pistachio tree and walnut orchards. Wild trail stretches along Buldzhuma river and goes up to the pass with the same name – Buldzhuma (2894m). From the pass you can enjoy the wonderful view of the nearest gorges and the Western face of the peak Piramidalnyi and the peak Orto Chashma. After we enjoyed the views, we start descending to the valley of Ak-Tash river. There is the tent Camp Ak-Tash hidden among the bushes on a green meadow.
Overnight in tents in Ak-Tash Camp (2500m).

Day 4 / 19 July. Ak-Tash tent Camp – Orto Chashma tent Camp (2700 m.).
Trek 16 km, 6-7 hours, +1274 / – 1074 m.
We traverse along Ak-Tash river on scree up to Dzhalgychy pass (3774m). From the top of the pass we enjouy the panoramic view of Turkestan mountain range. Descend along a trail down along Dzhalgychy river till coinfluence with Orto Chashma river.
Overnight in tents in Orto-Chashma Camp (2700m).

Day 5 / 20 July. Orto Chashme tent camp – Ak-Suu tent camp (2800 m.).
Trek 15 km, 8 – 10 hours, +1590 m / -1590 m.
Moderate ascent along Orto Chashma river till coinfluence with Ak-Tubek river. Then we continue along Ak-Tubek river, and traverse up to Ak Tubek pass (4390 m). The hard ascent is rewarded by a majestic panoramic view over Iskander peak region and Orto Chashma river valley. Our Camp is situated in the beginning of green zone at Ak-Suu river. On the way you can see alpinist walls of Iskander (5120 m), Petrogradez (5165 m), Admiralteez (5090 m), Aksu (5355 m), A.Block (5229 m), Aktubek (5125 m) peaks.
Overnight in Ak-Suu tent camp.

Day 6 / 21 July. Radial hike to the foot of Ak-Suu peak.
Trek 14km, 5 hours, +600m/-600 m.
The trail goes through juniper forest up a steep moraine to a glacier, to the very heart of Pamir-Alai – to peak Ak-Suu (5355 m). This pyramid like peak has a snow cap, and a vertical wall (almost 2 km) on the Northern slope. The grandiose circus is surrounded by such peaks as two-headed Iskander and Admiralteez, Petrogradez and A.Block.
Overnight in Ak-Suu tent camp.

Day 7 / 22 July. Ak-Suu tent Camp – Uzgurush village.
Trek 10 km, 6 hours, -1350 m.
Descent through juniper forest along Ak-Mechet river. We can observe the peak Iskander on the way. Then we trek along a picturesque green gorge till Uzgurush village.
Overnight in a Kyrgyz family in Uzgurush village.

Day 8 / 23 July. Uzgurush village – Batken town – Osh.
Drive 360km, 9 hours, -500m
Morning drive to Batken (120km/4hours). Later drive to Osh (240km/5 hours). Accommodation in a hotel in Osh.

Day 9 / 24 July. Osh city – Base Camp “Achik Tash”.
Drive 300km/6 hours, +2800m
Morning sightseeing in Osh – Suleiman Too, History Museum, Central Square.
Afternoon transfer to the Base Camp “Achik Tash”, situated at the foot of Lenin peak (7134m).
The “Achik-Tash” BC is placed at 3600m asl by the mountain stream at a picturesque glade providing excellent views of the Lenin Peak massif, its northern slopes. A lot of moraine lakes are scattered around.
Accommodation in the tents.

Day 10 / 25 July. Base Camp “Achik Tash” – Camp1.
Trek 12 km, 5-6 hours, +800 m.
Ascend to Camp 1 Over Puteshestvennikov pass. From BC we head over the Puteshestvinnikov Pass (4200m). The ascent usually takes 1-1.5 hours by a good path. From the pass you’ll see excellent views of Lenin peak and Lenin glacier. Sometimes there is snow on the pass. Then we descend to the left moraine of the Lenin glacier. Further we should cross the river carefully. The best time for crossing is early morning, as the river rises rapidly throughout at this time. Across the left moraine of glacier to the Lenin glacier (4100m) and hike to camp 1 (4400 m).

Day 11 / 26 July. Camp 1 – “Achik Tash” Base camp.
Trek 12 km, 3-4 hours, – 800 m.
Descend to the Base Camp. Today you’ll repeat way of day before in back direction.

Day 12 / 27 July. “Achik Tash” Base Camp – Osh city.
Drive 300km/6 hours, – 2800m
Transfer to Osh city over Taldyk pass. En Route we may stop in Sary Mogol village, visit Pamir-Alai families who demonstrate us their traditions and rituals (extra cost).

Day 13 / 28 July. Departure home.
Transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home.

Equipment

Sleeping bag,
Good solid trekking shoes,
Waterproof jacket and pants,
Warm gloves and a hat,
Sunglasses,
Torch (flashlight) with a spare pair of batteries,
Sunscreen,
Water container 1-2 liter,
Daypack of 40 liters.

A down jacket 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.

Trekking in Kyrgyzstan Asian Patagonia

Duration of the program: July 23 – August 5, 2016.

The cost of the program in 2016: 1720 USD/pax.

Contact

Email:
pagetour@ya.ru
Tel: +99898 3039846 – telegram +99897 7009846 – whatsapp

We present you a new trekking program which goes along the gorges of Turkestan mountain range and takes you to the heart of Pamir-Alai mountain system, right to the Peak Ak-Suu. Turkestan mountain range region is quite interesting and unusual.

Route

Bishkek – Batken – Uzgurush village – Buldzhuma pass – Dzhalgychy pass – Ortochashma gorge – Kara Suu gorge – Kosh Moinok pass – Ak Tubek pass – Ak-Suu gorge – Uryam pass – Uzgurush village – Batken – Bishkek

Itinerary

Day 1/23 July. “Manas” International airport – Bishkek.
Arrival in international airport “Manas”, transfer to the hotel. Rest, lunch and city tour.
Bishkek – is 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 Ala-Tau 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 transfer to the main Ala Too Square to watch ceremony of changing of the Guard of Honor, main governmental buildings, and finish at the Old Square with Parliament House.
We drive to Victory Square to finish our excursion visiting ZUM department store for souveniers.

Day 2/24 July. Bishkek – Batken – Uzgurush village. (1450 m.)
Day flight to Batken town. Transfer to Uzgurush villag, the drive takes us about 4 hours. Accommodation in a local Kyrgyz family house. Trekking preparation.

Day 3/25 July. Uzgurush village – Ak-Tash tent camp (2500 m.)
15 km, 7-8 hours, +1444 / -394 m.
The first trekking day starts from the views of wild pistachio tree and walnut orchards. Wild trail stretches along Buldzhuma river and goes up to the pass with the same name – Buldzhuma (2894m). From the pass you can enjoy the wonderful view of the nearest gorges and the Western face of the peak Piramidalnyi and the peak Orto Chashma. After we enjoyed the views, we start descending to the valley of Ak-Tash river. There is the tent Camp Ak-Tash hidden among the bushes on a green meadow.
Overnight in tents in Ak-Tash Camp (2500m).

Day 4/26 July. Ak-Tash tent Camp – Orto Chashma tent Camp (2800 m.)
16 km, 6-7 hours, +1274 / – 974 m.
We traverse along Ak-Tash river on scree up to Dzhalgychy pass (3774m). From the top of the pass we enjouy the panoramic view of Turkestan mountain range. Descend along a trail down along Dzhalgychy river till coinfluence with Orto Chashma river.
Overnight in tents in Orto-Chashma Camp (2700m).

Day 5/27 July. Orto Chashma tent Camp – Kara-Suu tent camp (2800 m.)
16 km, 7-8 hours, +960 m./ -960 m.
Crossing Orto-Chashma river on horses, then down the water flow, on a good trail till the start of ascent to Kosh Moinok pass (3260 m). The serpentine trail goes through juniper forest, passing by a cool spring and finishes at the saddle of Kara Suu pass (3760 m). From the tor of the pass we have a wonderful view of an “ocean” of pointed snowcapped rocky peaks of Turkestan mountain range. We face a row of “fortresses” of North-Western faces of the peaks Kotin (4521 m), 1000-anniversary of Kreshenie Rusi (4507 m).
Overnight in tents in Kara-Suu Tent Camp».

Day 6/28 July. Radial hile to the foot of Slesov peak.
10 km, 6 hours, +200 m. / -200 m.
Radial hike to Ak Suu gorge towards Slesov peak.
Peak Slevov (4240m) looks like a monolit rock wall when you reach it from Ak Suu gorge. This is probably who foreigners call it Russian Tower. Peak 4240 – this is the official geographic name of the peak. Alpinists from Rostov city, Russian Federation named it Slesov in the memory of their countryman, a famous alpinist Ivan Slesov.
We also see peaks Orto Tubek, Ptiza, 4774, 4810.
Overnight in tents in Kara-Suu Tent Camp.

Day 7/29 July. Radial hike to the foot of peaks Asan Usan and Piramidalnyi.
8 km, 5 hours, + 300 m. / -300 m.
Radial hike to Kara Suu gorge to the foot of peak Piramidalnyi (5509 m), 1000-anniversary of Kreshenie Rusi (Kyrkchilta) (4507 m.), Asan Usen (4378 m).
An old legend says: «It was in ancient times. An old man who lived in the mountains had two sons-twins. Their names were Asan and Usen. He brought them up as warriors and was very happy with the result. What do you need more when you get old? But a war started and both sons were killed in the battles. And then the man who got out of his mind because of the grief and sorrow, rose his arms up to the sky and asked Allakh: Oh, Allakh! You give the lifes, you take them. Return my sons to me, and take my life instead. Let it be so!» And Allakh heard his pray, and the ground opened and high peaks rose up on the spot. Many centuries went on, and people call the two bastions, standing next to each other at the beginning of Karavshin river, the names of the two sons Asan (4230 m) and Usen (4378 m). A bit further you may see the snowy white peak Piramidalnyi (Tubek) (5509m) standing against the blue sky. It reminds of the old man…».
Overnight in tents in Kara Suu Camp.

Day 8/30 July. Kara Suu tent camp – Orto Chashma tent camp (2800 m.)
16 km, 8 hours, +960 m / -960 m.
Over Kara Suu (3760 m) and Kosh Moinok (3260 m) passes we get back to Orto Chashma tent Camp again. This pass is very interesting: it is devided by a small flat spot in two parts.
Overnight in Orto Chashma tent Camp.

Day 9/31 July. Orto Chashme tent camp – Ak-Suu tent camp (2800 m.)
15 km, 8 – 10 hours, +1590 m / -1590 m.
Moderate ascent along Orto Chashma river till coinfluence with Ak-Tubek river. Then we continue along Ak-Tubek river, and traverse up to Ak Tubek pass (4390 m). The hard ascent is rewarded by a majestic panoramic view over Iskander peak region and Orto Chashma river valley. Our Camp is situated in the beginning of green zone at Ak-Suu river. On the way you can see alpinist walls of Iskander (5120 m), Petrogradez (5165 m), Admiralteez (5090 m), Aksu (5355 m), A.Block (5229 m), Aktubek (5125 m) peaks.
Overnight in Ak-Suu tent camp.

Day 10/1 August. Radial hike to the foot of Ak-Suu peak.
14km, 5 hours, +600m/-600 m.
The trail goes through juniper forest up a steep moraine to a glacier, to the very heart of Pamir-Alai – to peak Ak-Suu (5355 m). This pyramid like peak has a snow cap, and a vertical wall (almost 2 km) on the Northern slope. The grandiose circus is surrounded by such peaks as two-headed Iskander and Admiralteez, Petrogradez and A.Block.
Overnight in Ak-Suu tent camp.

Day 11/2 August. Radial hike to Uryam pass (3760 m.)
12 km, 6 hours, +960m/-960 m.
A beautiful view opens from Uryam pass over to the neighboring gorge and a river and a amaziongly beautiful Peak called Parus (Sails) (5035m). You also can see the panoramic view of Ak Suu gorge, Dostoevskii peak (4974 m) and peak Sobakh (5300 m).
Overnight in tents in Ak-Sauu tent camp.

Day 12/3 August. Ak-Suu tent Camp – Uzgurush village.
10 km, 6 hours, -1350 m.
Descent through juniper forest along Ak-Mechet river. We can observe the peak Iskander on the way. Then we trek along a picturesque green gorge till Uzgurush village.
Overnight in a Kyrgyz family in Uzgurush village.

Day 13/4 August. Uzgurush village – Batken town – Bishkek.
Morning drive to Batken. A walk in Batken town center, visiting “Manas Ordo” complex. Afternoon flight to Bishkek. Accommodation in a hotel in Bishkek.

Day 14/5 August. Home flight
Morning transfer from the hotel to the airport. Home flight.

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.

The cost for the program in the season 2016:1720 USD / pax.

Single supplement:160 USD / pax.

The price includes:
– accommodation in a hotel 3* in Bishkek – 3 nights;
– accommodation in a Kyrgyz family in Uzgurush village – 2 night;
– accommodation in tent camps with full board (3 meals a day – hot breakfast and dinner, snack boxes for lunch)– 9 nights. Attention! You do not have to set any tent yourself. There are tents ready and upon arrival you can rest immediately. You are welcomed by hot meals;
– Full board during the whole tour;
– airfare Bishkek -Batken (on the flight Bishkek – Batken you can carry on 5 kg of hand luggage and 15 kg of the big luggage.)
– escorting guide during the whole tour;
– service of pack animals for transporting your luggage;
– all transfers as per program;
– ecological and entrance fees into the museums – as per program;

The price does not include:
– visa support and consular fee (if required)
– all additions and variations from the basic program;
– food and drinks besides the main menu;
– other personal expenses (overweight charges, room service, medical expenses/insurance, foto/video charges, etc)

*Service of pack animals and stablemen during the trek:
Your personal luggage during the whole trek is carried by the animals of stablemen who accompany your group. Your luggage shouldn’t be more than 15 kg per person. For 1kg extra luggage you pay 6 USD per program (not per day!).
Your personal luggage will be carried by pack animals driven by stablemen during the whole tour.

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.

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.

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.

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
Skype – dmitriy.page – Senior Consultant
tel. +99898 3039846 – Telegram
tel. +99897 7009846 – WhatsApp

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.

To The Heart Of Tien Shan. Trek

Trek in Kyrgyzstan with fixed dates

Duration:

14 days, 14 nights.

Trip features:

Trek. Visits to Base Camps Southern Inilchek and Karkara, high altitude trekking camps (2800 m. – 4000 m. a.s.l.).
1st Program with fixed date: from 17 July to 30 July 2016.
2nd Program with fixed date: from 14 August to 27 August 2016.

Contacts for booking:

e-mail: your.climberca@ya.ru
telephone: +99898 3039846

More Adventure Tours in Kyrgyzstan


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Cost of the program in 2016:

2080 USD / pax.

The trip we offer below is a trekking tour along the mountain trails in Tien Shan. It begins in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. Then you are transferred to At Jailoo alpine meadow. Here the trekking starts. You will see the real beauty of these mountains, the serenity and silence of Tien Shan, the “Celestial Mountains”, you will trek along one of the biggest glaciers in the world, and hike close to the mysterious Merzbacher Lake. Your trip finishes at “South Inylchek”, a base camp located at the foot of the magnificent peak Khan Tengri (7010 m.)

In season 2016 we continue setting up stationary tent camps along the whole route. Travel with comfort! If you book the trek “To The Heart 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.

Khan-Tengri peak, which is situated in the most northern and remote part of the great Asian mountain range, takes the second place among the highest mounts in this region. Undoubtedly, the wonderful pyramid of Khan-Tengri is the jem of the Tien Shan.

Itinerary:

Bishkek – Karakol – At-Jailoo – Inylchek glacier – Putevodniy glacier – Mertzbakher Glade and Lake – Komsomolskiy glacier – Dikiy glacier – South Inylchek base camp – Karkara – Bishkek.

Day 1 / 17.07. or 14.08. “Manas” international airport – Bishkek – Karakol.
6-7 h, 400 km, +900 m.
Arrival in Bishkek early in the morning. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel/Guest House. After short rest and late breakfast transfer to town of Karakol. Lunch on the way. Arrival to Karakol.
Overnight and dinner in hotel.

Day 2 / 18.07. or 15.08. Karakol sightseeing tour. Karakol 1700m a.s.l.- At-Jailoo Base Camp (2500m a.s.l.)
200 km, 5-6 hrs, +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 Ashuu Chon Pass (3808m). Descent to Ashuu Tor valley. On the way we pass by Koilu and Sary Jaz rivers. Later we drive along Sary Jaz and Inylchek rivers to the check point Maida-Adyr as we are going to enter the border zone, we must leave our permits here. About 1-1.5 hours drive through a village and along Inylchek river, arrival in At Jailoo camp.
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
Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 3 / 19.07. or 16.08. At Jailoo Camp – Iva Camp (2900m a.s.l.)
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.

Day 4 / 20.07. or 17.08. Iva Camp – Glina camp (3100 m a.s.l.)
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 5 / 21.07. or 18.08. Camp Glina – Merzbacher Glade (3400m a.s.l.)
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 6 / 22.07. or 19.08. Merzbacher Lake.
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 7 / 23.07. or 20.08. Merzbacher Lake – Komsomolskiy Glacier 3800m a.s.l.
12 km, 4-6 h, +400 m.
Breakfast at 8 am.
We take our lunch boxes and set off at 9 am. It is a long day of trekking surrounded with beautiful landscapes – snow, rocks and multi-colored ice – black, white and sometimes even striped. The first part of our trek goes along the right side over terraces and, right before we reach Shokalskyi glacier it smoothly goes down. The trail reaches the glacier and the black moraine which flows out of Komsomolez glacier. We follow it up to the glacier itself. The terrain is very diverse: rivers, crevices, ascents and descents, the hikes around those take much time and energy. It will be our first night at the glacier. Strong wind usually starts here after 4 pm. It might be much colder than before. Hot drinks are very helpful here, the dinner is as usual at 6 pm.
Overnight in tents.

Day 8 / 24.07. or 21.08. Komsomolskiy Glacier – Dikiy Glacier 3900m a.s.l.
7 km, 3-5 h, +100 m.
Breakfast at 8 am. Departure at 9 am Lunch boxes. Trekking in this part of Tien Shan is absolutely fabulous. The distinctive characteristic of the region is a great number of nameless peaks, unclimbed yet, about 5000m above sea level high. Straight from the camp we cross Proletarsky glacier moraine, get to the middle of Dikyi glacier moraine and walk along it up to the Dykyi glacier. The first part of the way is uneven, we walk up and down. Closer to the glacier the moraine becomes more even, without so many crevices, creeks and, no needs of working around to escape crossing small streams. Lunch break. In front of Proletarsky glacier we go up straight. Dikyi camp is located behind Pesnya Abaya peak (in 30 minutes). From Dikyi camp you have beautiful view of Khan Tengri, Pobeda, Gorky, Chapaev, Trehglavaya peaks. Tea, coffee and dinner at 6 pm.
Overnight in tents.

Day 9 / 25.07. or 22.08. Dikiy glacier – South Inylchek base camp 4100m a.s.l.
8 km, 4-6 h, +200 m.
Optionally: Climbing to Pesnya Abaya – 4901 a.s.l.
Breakfast at 8 or 9 am. Short trek,so we can depart at 10 am. We take our lunch boxes. We cross the whole glacier till the central moraine where the base camp is situated. The path is covered with rocks, ice, creeks, lakes and cracks. But it is possible to do without any ropes and crampons. We arrive in the base camp (4000m) at about 2 pm. We have our lunch, tea or coffee. Dinner at 7 pm.
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 10 / 26.07. or 23.08. South Inylchek base camp.
Rest day at South Inylchek BC or radial hiking to Khan-Tengri Peak (7010 m a. s. l.).
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.
“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.
Overnight in tents.

Day 11 / 27.07. or 24.08. Helicopter flight to Karkara helicopter pad – Issyk Kul Lake.
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 12 / 28.07. or 25.08. Issyk- Kul – Bishkek
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.
On the way visit Burana Tower (old minaret) near Tokmok town. That minaret was constructed in Balasagyn 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.
Arrival to Bishkek. Accommodation in guesthouse.

Day 13 / 29.07. or 26.08. Sightseeing tour in Bishkek.
After breakfast a short sightseeing tour in the city.
The capital and industrial centre of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek is a city of wide avenues, handsome buildings and Soviet heritage. It is the permanently snow capped Kyrgyz Alatau mountain range which towers over Bishkek providing a quite stunning backdrop.
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, Independence Monument, and finish at the Old Square with Government House. Transfer to the Victory Square to finish the city tour by short excursion there. After excursion tourists may go shopping in the largest department store in the city – ZUM and a colorful oriental bazaar.
Farewell dinner in restaurant.
Overnight is in hotel

Day 14 / 30.07. or 27.08. Flight back home.
Early in the morning transfer to the airport. Departure back home.

End of our service.

The price of program in 2016: 2080 USD per person.

SGL supplement in hotels: 130 USD per person.
SGL supplement in tents: 110 USD per person.

Supplement for climbing to Pesnya Abaya Peak: 55 USD / per person, incl. mountain guide service, and rent of rope (for group of 5 pax and more price is 40 USD / pax)

The price included:

– accommodation in Bishkek in Asia Mountains hotel or similar – 3 nights
– accommodation in Issyk-Kul Lake – 1 night
– accommodation in Karakol town Amir or in Green Yard Guest House – 1 night
– accommodation and full board (hot food for breakfast and dinner, lunches as snack boxes) in the permanent tent camps along the trek At Jailoo – Base Camp “South Inylchek” – 9 nights
– helicopter flight Base Camp “South Inylchek”- Base Camp “Karkara”
– all transfers as per program
– FB during whole program
– frontier zone permit
– mountain guide service
– porter service – not more than 12 kg per person (see below)
– all ecological and entrance fees as per program

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
– personal expenses (extra luggage, room service, medical expenses/insurance, etc)

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.

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.

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.