Trekking in the Celestial Mountains Kyrgyzstan 21 days
Discover the life of the nomads. Trekking in the Suusamyr Valley and Song-Kul. Horseback riding in the Song-Kul steppes. The canyons of Ak-Saï and Konorchok. Ton Pass 4022m, Kara-Kya pass 3200m, Tash-Rabat 4020 and Kum-Bel 3400m. Camp at Issykkul lake and discover the eagle hunting.
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
Trekking: 4h Altitude variation: 500m/-300m
Day 5: Walking in the Aksai canyons and eagle hunting
Small hikes in the canyons and swim in the lake. In the afternoon, we will see a hunting demonstration with an eagle.
Day 6: Trekking
The vehicle drops us off at the village of Tura-Suu. We start our trekking in the Celestial Mountains. We take a trail of nomads that leads to the "jaïloos", the large summer pastures.
Altitude variation: 800m
Day 7: Jyluu-Suu
Trek to Jyluu-Suu (hot spring), we will pass Ton Pass (4022m) on the Teskei AlaToo range, southern side of Issyk-Kul Lake.
Trekking time: 6h
Altitude variation: 1000m/-1100m
Day 8: Trekking to Lake
Teshik-Kul and return Trekking to Lake Teshik-Kul (pierced lake) which is at 3400m above sea level. In the afternoon we will go down to the same camp.
Trekking time: 5h
Altitude variation: 700m/-700m
Day 9: Transfer to Tash-Rabat
Transfer to Tash-Rabat, a caravanserai of X-XI century hidden in the mountains of At-Bashy. We will follow little Naryn river which joins after with the big Naryn river and which makes the biggest river of the country Naryn. This river continues its journey to Uzbekistan, and reaches Aral Sea.
Transfer time: 7 h
Day 10: Free day
A free day in Tash-Rabat. Visit the caravanserai. Possibility of a trekking to the Tash-Rabat pass to discover the Chatyr-Kul lake.
Trekking time: 8h
Altitude variation: 1000m/-1000m
Day 11: Transfer to Song-Kul
We will pass by the immense valleys of Ak-Talaa with its desertic landscape, then we cross pass of MELS (Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin) and another large green valley, canyons. An impressive road serpentine to climb to the lake. Crossing the Moldo-Bel pass at 3400 m.
Transfer time: 6h
Day 12: Free day
During the summer a large gathering of Kyrgyz nomads cover the whole landscape of Son-Kul. Discover the life of nomads. Possibility of a horse riding or walking on foot.
Day 13: Trekking to Kyzart
From the yurt camp we will trek down to Kyzart village via Kara-Kya pass 3200 m. Will have a good view of the Jumgal Valley. Kyzart is a village at the foot of the Song-Kul Mountains. Opportunity to discover a Russian traditional "banya" a very hot sauna bath.
Trekking time: 5h
Altitude variation: 200m/-1000m
Day 14: Transfer to Suusamyr
Transfer along the beautiful wild river Kokomeren and the gorge. Arrival in the valley of Suusamyr, an important summer pasture of nomads. We will put up the tents at the end of Madylbek-Tor.
Day 15: Trekking to the little
Suusamyr Our trek begins at the path which passes between the rocks along the stream and we will arrive in little Suussamyr.
Trekking time: 4-5h
Altitude variation: 600m
Day 16: Kum-Bel Pass
We continue to cross the "jaïloo" (summer pasture in local language) of little Suussamyr. Kum-Bel Pass is at 3400 m and at the same is the border between regions of Chui and Jalalabat.
Trekking time: 4-5h
Altitude variation: 600m/-600
Day 17: Village of Toluk
From "Jailoo" we go down to the village of Toluk. A very green village, the summer is not very hot at 1500 m altitude. After 3h of trekking we meet our driver and the vehicle drops us in the village. Arrival at noon. Discovering the village.
Trekking time: 3h
Transfer: 30 min
Day 18: Boirok
We leave the village by car and 30 minutes of transfer we start our trekking to Boirok. The landscape is different with more varied colors.
Trekking time: 5-6h
Altitude difference: 700m/-400
Day 19: Shilenkana Pass - Toktogul
Last day of trek: we pass the shilenkana Pass at 2200 m and the descent to village of Shopok where the vehicle is waiting for us to take us to Toktogul. Trekking time: 5h
Altitude difference: 400/-1200m
Day 20: Return to Bishkek
The returning road to Bishkek also presents you with beautiful scenery of nature with a Too-Ashuu pass at 3200 m and 286 km of drive to the capital. The farewell dinner in Bishkek.
Day 21: Transfer to the airport
Transfer: 45 min
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