Trekking in the Celestial Mountains 17 days
Trekking and discovering Kyrgyzstan and the Celestial Mountains: beautiful landscapes, large wide landscapes, the mountains and the nomads who spend their summer on pastures. Discover the great northern chain of Kyrgyz Ala-Too, Konorchok canyons. The famous Lake Song-Kul at 3000 m altitude and its breathtaking landscapes. Canyons of Ak-Saï and Lake Issyk-Kul, the second largest mountain lake in the world after Titicaca.The Kokomeren River and the Suussamyr Valley.
Day 1: Bishkek
We will meet at the Manas international airport and transfer to Bishkek. Rest in a guesthouse or hotel. Visit the capital city Bishkek and its center, contrasted city of Soviet architecture but with nice parks and superb Trekkings. You will visit the Osh Grand Bazaar, Trekking along its bustling alleyways, and see its artisanal goods, its cultural contrasts between Chinese specialties and dried fruits from the Middle-East.
Transfer: 45 min
Accommodation: guesthouse or hotel
Day 2: Kyzyl - Kyzyl-Suu
Early in the morning a transfer of 2h30 minutes and we begin our first stage of trekking. We will cross several pastures of the nomads of Boz-Tegerek. The horses will follow us with our luggage. Camp next to a shepherd family.
Altitude variation: 500m/-300m
Day 3: Konorchok Canyon
We will continue our trek to the Konorchok Canyons, cross the huge pastures of Kok-Jar and cross the old collective farm buildings. In the gorge Konorchok we will cross small river several times. Sandals will be very convenient.
Altitude variation: 300/-600
Day 4: The Boom
Gorge and transfer to Ak-Saï Trekking and in the afternoon we will meet our car. Drive to Lake Issyk-Kul, camp at the lake shore. Issyk-Kul is second largest mountainous lake of the world after Titicaca. Transfer: 3h 30
Altitude variation: 500m/-300m
Day 5: Transfer to Kyzart
In the morning we will see a demonstration of eagle hunting. After the picnic, we take the road to Kyzart. A village at the foot of the Song-Kul mountains. Possibility to discover a Russian traditional "banya" a very hot sauna bath.
Day 6: Hiking for Kilemche
Second stage of trekking continues in the "jaïloo" (summer pasture) of Kilemché which means "carpet of flowers" in local language.
Altitude variation: 400m
Day 7: Song-Kul
Trekking to Song-Kul Lake. Crossing the Jalgyz-Karagai Pass (3200m)
Altitude variation 900m
Day 8: Free day
During the summer a large gathering of Kyrgyz nomads cover the whole wide landscape. Discover the life of nomads. Possibility of a ride horse or small hike by foot.
Day 9: Trekking back to Kyzart
A day of hiking along the lake. We go in west direction of the lake, we will cross some mountains before arriving at the Uzbek-Ashuu pass.
Altitude variation: 450/-1100
Day 10: Transfer to Suussamyr
We drive along the beautiful wild river Kokomeren and the nice gorge. Arrival in the valley of Suusamyr, an important summer pasture of nomads. We will put up our tents at the entrance of the valley Madylbek-Tor.
Day 11: Trekking in the little Suusamyr
We wil begin our trek at the path that passes between the rocks along the river and we will arrive in large spaces of little Suusamyr valley.
Trekking time: 5-6h
Altitude variation: 700m
Day 12: Kum-Bel Pass
We continue to cross the "jaïloo" (summer pasture in local language) of little Suusamyr. KumBel Pass is at 3400 m and at the same place is the border between regions of Chui and Jalalabat.
Trekking time: 4-5h
Altitude variation: 600m/-600
Day 13: Village of Toluk
From "Jailoo" we go down to the village of Toluk. A very green village, in the summer not very hot at 1500 m altitude. After 3h trekking the vehicle will take us and drops us in the village. Arrival at noon. Discover the village.
Trekking time: 2h
Transfer: 30 min
Day 14: Boyrok
We leave the village by car. 30 minutes of transfer and start to trek to Boyrok. The landscape is different with more varied colors.
Trekking time: 6-7h
Altitude variation: 1000 m/-400
Day 15: Shilenkana Pass - Toktogul
Last day of trek: we pass the Shilenkana pass at 2400 m and the regular descent to village of Shopok where the vehicle is waiting for us to take us to Toktogul.
Trekking time: 6h
Altitude variation: 500/-1350m
Day 16: Return Bishkek
Drive to Bishkek, passing through the Suusamyr Valley. We cross the Too-Ashuu pass at 3200 m via tunnel.
Day 17: Bishkek – Airport
Transfer to airport
A Francophone Kyrgyz guide (one or two assistants depending on the number of participants in a group), a driver. Meeting at the airport upon arrival and the accompaniment during the whole stay proposed on the program. A horseman with his packhorses for the treks.
The price includes:
-The organization and coordination of the trek
-All accommodation fees in full board
-French speaking Kyrgyz guide
-The equipment (tent, stove, dishes etc ...)
The price does not include:
- Drinks and extra personal expenses
- All activities not mentioned in the program
- Travel insurance
- Air ticket