Fixed dates for the trek in Fann mountais.

The trek starts 17-th of August.

The itinerary and price are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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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.

Faces of heavenly mountains

Guaranteed departure date: from 12th of June till 23rd of June, 2016

Country: Kyrgyzstan
Duration: 12 days, 11 nights
Best season: June – September
Features: photograph, landscapes, nature, hiking.

Don’t miss an opportunity to join our photo tour “Faces of heavenly mountains”!

Prices:

1500 USD per person (accommodation in DBL)
1600 USD per person (accommodation in SGL)

Please note: The payment must be done 10 days before departure via bank transfer. The tour will not be booked until the payment is received.

Services included in the price:

Accommodation: 11 nights
* Meal – full board
* Transfers according the program
* Master classes and workshops
* Professional guide-photographer

Services not includef in the price:

* Airfares
* Alcohol drinks
* Personal expenses
* Tips for guide and driver
* Insurance (please consider we don`t work with GLOBAL VOYAGER insurance system and companies that work with this system, chose other available options)

Contacts

ClimberCA International Consortium
your.climberca@ya.ru
skype – dmitriy.page
tel. +99898 3039846 – telegram

Route:

Bishkek city – Konorchek canyon – Skazka canyon – Barskoon canyon – Kumtor pass – Arabel plateau – Kichi Kyzyl Suu canyon – hot springs – Kyzyl Suu canyon – Djety Oguz gorge – Karakol town and Sunday cattle market – Salt Lake near Issyk Kul – Son Kul Lake – 33 Parrots pass – Bishkek city.

Highlights:

• Eol Castles
• Tracking to the Konorchek Canyon
• Teaching how to shoot at night with artificial light and without it. (star tracks and starry sky also)
• Sunrise photography
• Shooting sunset pictures
• Visit hot springs in Juuku Gorge
• Shooting some classical Tien-Shan landscapes with mountains and needle-like fir-trees
• Workshop on how to process pictures, stitch panoramas and make pictures with high dynamic range (HDR)
• Visit cattle bazaar of Karakol where we will experience and take pictures of the life of bazaar, nomads and their cattle.
• Visit Salt Lake where it`s impossible to sink in it
• We will watch how the local felt handicraft shirdak is made. Also we will visit souvenir store at the same place and a museum of yurt decoration items called tush-kiyiz
• Short track to the mountains to reach the place with great panoramic view of the Son-Kul lake.

Photo tour “Faces of heavenly mountains” – Northern Kyrgyzstan. Detailed itinerary.

Day 1. Sunday. 12th of June.
Bishkek city – Konorchek Stone town (140km)
The group gathers to have a breakfast in a local cafe. Transfer Bishkek city – start of the trek in Konorchek canyon. There is an adventure for us – we are heading along a twisting canyon to Eolian castles – the red canyon. Martian landscapes similar to Grand Canyon. There is a feeling of being a pioneer. We set our tents and have a lunch in the field – picnic. We start exploring the canyon and find the spots for taking sunset and sunrise pictures.
Sunset shooting. Picnic dinner.
If it is a nice clear weather and a small moon we take pictures of the starlit sky and the canyon with artificial light. Overnight in the tents.

NB: Konorchek trail seems to be difficult. It is necessary to be fit and ready for a hike. Please bring your hiking boots. If there are participants in the group who are not confident about their walking abilities they may get to the camping by car.
B – cafe; L – picnic; D – picnic. Accommodation – Tents.

Day 2. Monday. 13th of June.
Konorchek – Skazka canyon (170km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Morning shooting in Konorchek canyon. Breakfast in the open air. Departure at 9am. We leave for Skazka canyon (“Fairy Tale”). It is situated on the Southern shore of Issyk Kul lake. We sert our tents. Lunch picnic and sunset shooting of the canyon. Dinner in the open air. Overnight in the tents.
B – camp; L – picnic; D – picnic. Accommodation – Tents.

Day 3. Tuesday. 14th of June.
Skazka canyon – Barskoon gorge – Kumtor pass – Arabel plateau (80km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Shooting the sunrise in Skazka canyon. Breakfast in the open air. Slowly we put the camp together and leave for Barskoon gorge. It is located about 80km. We get to Kumtor pass where we stop for taking pictures. Lunch picnic. Further drive to Arabel plateau. We look for a nice place and set our tents. After choosing the view point we take evening pictures. Dinner in the open air. Overnight in the tents.
B – camp; L – picnic; D – picnic. Accommodation – Tents.

Day 4. Wednesday. 15th of June.
Arabel plateau – Chon Kyzyl Suu gorge- hot springs (105km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Shooting Arabel plateau at sunrise. Breakfast in the open air. Further drive from the plateau to Chon Kyzyl Suu gorge. It is about 105km. We drive deep into the gorge, take pictures of it, its rivers, sandbars and mountain landscapes. Lunch picnic. After hard work we get an award – hot springs! We take baths, rest. Dinner and overnight in a guest house near the hot springs.
B – camp; L – picnic; D – guest house. Accommodation – Guest house.

Day 5. Thursday. 16th of June.
Kichine Kyzyl Suu gorge (35 km)
Wake up at 9am. Breakfast. We leave for Kichine Kyzyl Suu gorge. The drive is about 35km. We get to the view point at the red rocks. Shooting in the gorge the amazing mountain landscapes with fir-trees. Lunch picnic. We return to the gorge entrance and set our tents. Shooting at sunset. Dinner in the open air. Overnight in the tents.
B – guest house; L – picnic; D – picnic. Accommodation – Tents.

Day 6. Friday. 17th of June
Kyzyl Suu gorge – Djety Oguz gorge (55 km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Shooting sunrise. Gathering the camp and driving towards Djety Oguz gorge. The drive is about 55km. We park the car at the river bank and stay near the red rocks until sunset. Lunch picnic. After the sunset in the twilight we go further along the gorge to the yurt camp. Overnight in the yurts. If we are lucky we might meet the shepherds, take photos of them surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.
B – tents; L – picnic; D – yurt camp. Accommodation – Yurt camp.

Day 7. Saturday. 18th of June.
Djety Oguz gorge – Karakol town (35 km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Sunrise shooting. We slowly get ready to move to Karakol town. The drive is 35km. Accommodation in a guest house. Lunch in a local café. After lunch we meet in the hall and discuss the pictures that we had taken. We explain the mistakes, learn to work with the material, compose panoramic pictures, etc. At sunset we go to the view point in Karaol gorge. Dinner in a local café. Overnight in the guest house.
B – yurt camp; L – cafe; D – cafe. Accommodation – «Green Yard» guest house.

Day 8. Sunday. 19th of June.
Karakol town – Cattle market – salt lake at Issyk Kul Lake (180km)
Wake up at 5am. Light snacks. We are going to the Cattle market! Sheep, horses, noise and dirt! It is so picturesque! We arrive rather early in the morning to see the trade. And further to the food market. Again reportage photography, we buy fruit, berries, etc. Return to the hotel where we take our luggage and check out. The breakfast is in a local cafe.
We are going to a salt lake near Issyk Kul lake. Check in to a guest house. Lunch in the guest house. We can swim in the lake and apply the mud, which has medicinal qualities. At sunset we take pictures of the lake and the mountains (Terskei Alatoo range). Dinner and overnight in the guest house.
B – snacks and in a local cafe; L,D – guest house. Accommodation – Guest house.

Day 9. Monday. 20th of June.
Sunrise at salt lake – drive up to Son Kul lake (225 km)
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Shooting the lake and the mountains at sunrise. Breakfast and drive towards Son Kul lake at 9 am. The drive is about 225km. En route we stop at Kochkor village to visit the local handicraft museum-shop. We will watch and participate in felt carpet making. The museum-shop contains a lot of tushkiyiz (felt carpets and embroided textile). The owner of the museum-shop will tell you the story and the symbols of the pieces. Lunch in a local Kyrgyz family. Further drive to Son Kul lake over Kalmak Ashuu pass (3446m). There are several stops with amazing views. If we are lucky we might see herds of yaks and we will try to take photos of them. Kyrgyz yaks are half wild and are afraid of a human. We will have to sneak up to them, crawl or use telephoto.
Arrival to the yurt camp located on the Southern shore of Son Kul lake, Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp. B – guest house; L- local family; D-yurt camp. Accommodation – Yurt camp.

Day 10. Tuesday. 21st of June. Full day at Son Kul Lake.
Wake up before sunrise (approximately at 4 am). Drive to the view point. After shooting we return to the camp for breakfast. Rest and lunch in the yurt camp.
After lunch we leave for the nomads. Meeting a family, communication, reportage shooting. The traditional game on the horses is organized for us – Kokboru (goat tearing). Before sunset we move to the view point – sandbars of a mountain river. We learn to take pictures of the soft water. Return to the yurt camp. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.
B,L,D – yurt camp. Accommodation – Yurt camp.

Day 11. Wednesday. 22nd of June. Son Kul lake – “33 parrots” pass – Bishkek city (400km)
Wake up at 8 a.m., breakfast in the camp. After breakfast we leave for Bishkek city over “33 parrots” pass (3133m). The drive is about 400km. Lunch in a cafe en route.
Farewell dinner in Bishkek. We exchange the impressions and communicate. Overnight in a hotel in Bishkek city.
B – yurt camp; L – cafe; D – hotel. Hotel 3*

Day 12. Tuesday, 23rd of June.
Bishkek city – “Manas” airport (30km)
Breakfast in the hotel.
Departure home (transfer to the airport).

If you depart later we suggest paraplane flight (not included into the package price). The flights are held in tandem with a professional instructor at 200 and 1000m. The flights depend on the weather.

B – hotel. End of our service.

Ама-Даблам

This info in Russian

Climbing Ama Dablam expedition is regarded the most fascinating and exciting one because of its beauty and challenging peak of (6812m) in Everest region. It has the long ridge in both sides’ looks like the arms of a mother who is protecting her child. Through the south-east ridge most climbers choose to climb. Just below the right side of the hanging glacier the climbers establish three camps along the ridge. Usually it is climbed during April-May and September to October is called the best season.

Ama Dablam (6812m) expedition

Fixed date: 15-Oct-2015

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Document apply for Amadablam Expedition
Day 03: Preparation for expedition in Kathmandu
Day 04: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding
Day 05: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Day 06: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for accilimatization
Day 07: Trek Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche Monastery
Day 08: Trek Thyanboche to Ama Dablam Base Camp
Day 09-29: Climbing period for Mt. Ama Dablam (6812m)
Day 30: Trek Amadablam Base to Namche Bazaar
Day 31: Trek Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Day 32: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu
Day 33: Rest Day at Kathmandu
Day 34: Departure to your next destination

Our contacts:

your.climberca@ya.ru Phone: +99898 3039846

Author: ClimberCA – Ilyas Tuhvatullin Mountaineering Consortium

The price includes:
– 5 nights 3 star standard hotels in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast
– Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition Permit Fee and National Park Fee
– Complete camping equipment for trekking & base camp
– Liaison officer and Interpreter
– Food during trekking and Base Camp for Member & Staff
– 1 High Altitude Sherpa every 4 members
– 1 Tent per member for Base Camp
– 2 base camp staff (1 Kitchen Boy & 1 cook)
– Above mention staffs daily wages, equipment allowance & Insurance
– Insurance of cook, kitchen boy, Liaison Officer and porters
– Generator or Solar panel at Base Camp for light and charging
– Sattellite Phone available at Base Camp, but reasonable charge for use
– 2 Expedition duffel bag for each member
– Porters to / from the Base camp to carry food and fuel, members climbing gears, and all Base camp equipment
– Porters return from Base Camp carry per member including food & equipment
– Flight: Kathmandu to Lukla to Ktm, for member & Sherpa Staffs
– Cargo Ktm to Lukla to Ktm
– Cargo clearance & Duties fee
– All ground transportation as per itinerary

The price does not include:
– Air travel to and from Kathmandu.
– Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
– Laundry, postage, telephone calls and all other items of personal nature.
– Entry visa and Re-entry for Nepal.
– International departure tax.
– Personal Expenses.
– Medical and rescue insurance.
– Personal Climbing equipment
– Bar Bills and beverage
– Medicine and first aid expenses
– Extra porter US$ 70 each for 30Kg (up to BC & return)
– Emergency rescue evacuation if required
– Climbing Bonus and summit bonus for climbing sherpa (if you use climbing sherpa)