Trekking in the Celestial Mountains 14 days

Trekking and discovery of the Celestial Mountains. Three-legged walking tour to Karakol and Song-Kul. The wilderness will enchant you, with superb hikes to the "jailoo" of the nomads, the mountains of Tian-Shan (Celestial Mountains), the warm welcome of the people and the discovery of an unknown country.

International flight

 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: homestay


Day 2: Karakol
Transfer to city of Karakol. We drive along Lake Issyk-Kul by the north shore, the second highest salt lake in the world after lake Titikaka.
Transfer: 6h
Accommodation: guest house


Day 3: Sirota camp
Trekking in the Karakol Gorge to arrive in the Sirota camp, the day starts with morning transfer by car (30min.)
Trekking time: 4/5 h
Altitude variation: 800m
Accommodations: tent


Day 4: Altyn-Arashan


Trekking to Ala-Kul Lake. A lake at the altitude of 3500m. We will cross the pass at 3860 m. which bears the name of the lake, the first mountain peaks of over 5,000m appear on the horizon. At the end of the day bathing at the hot spring in Altyn-Arashan.
Trekking time: 7 / 8h
Altitude variation: 900 / -1200
Accommodations: tent


Day 5: Return to Karakol
We go down the valley through the gorge of Altyn-Arashan and by lunch time arrive in Karakol. In the afternoon we visit the city: Dunngan mosque, Orthodox Church, Karakol Museum (photos of Ella Maillart taken during her 1932 expedition)
Trekking time: 4h
Altitude variation: -700
Accommodation: guest house


Day 6: Transfer to Ak-Sai
We drive along the south shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. Magnificent views of the lake and mountains of the Tien Shan range (Celestial mountains). Camp by the lakeshore.
Transfer: 3h
Accommodations: tent

Day 7: Walk in the canyons

We will camp at the lakeshore, wild sandy beach. A nice little unforgettable place with wild and desert nature. Canyons and summits with glaciers hovering over 4500-4600 m altitude will complement the landscape.

Walk: 3 / 4h

Accommodations: tent

Day 8: Kyzart

Transfer to Kyzart village at the foot of the Song-Kul mountains. Opportunity to discover a Russian traditional "banya" a very hot sauna bath. We will make a stop in Kochkor to make the lunch.

Transfer: 5h

Accommodation: homestay

 

Day 9: Trekking to Kilemche

Second stage of trekking continues in the "jaïloo" (summer pasture) of Kilemché which means "carpet of flowers" in local language.

Trekking: 5h

Altitude variation: 400m

Accommodations: tent

 

Day 10: Song-Kul

Trekking to Song-Kul Lake. Crossing the Jalgyz-Karagai Pass (3200m)

Trekking: 5h

Altitude variation 900m

Accommodations: yurt

 

Day 11: 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 12: Trekking

We go down to the valley of Jumgal. In the afternoon, drive to the Keukeumeren Gorge.

Trekking: 3 / 4h

Transfer: 3h

Altitude difference: 300 / -800

Accommodations: tent

Day 13: Return to Bishkek

Back through the Suusamyr plateau, then the famous Too-Ashuu pass.

Transfer: 5h

Accommodation: hotel

Day 14: Transfer to the airport and return flight

Transfer: 45 min

The organization:
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 ...)
-On-site transfers

The price does not include:
- Drinks and extra personal expenses
- All activities not mentioned in the program
- Travel insurance
- Air ticket

940 euro/per

Departure guaranteed from  minimum 2-3 people, 8-9 maximum

Group rate of 4-5 people

Places available 2/6

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Your tour in photos

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