MOUNTAINS ON MOUNTAINS, 11 DAYS, 2310 USD, KYRGYZSTAN LET'S PLAN YOUR TRIP

MOUNTAINS ON MOUNTAINS, 11 DAYS, 2310 USD, KYRGYZSTAN


Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country in Central Asia, bordering Kazakhstan, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. It is farther from the sea than any other individual country, and all its rivers flow into closed drainage systems which do not reach the sea. The mountainous region of the Tian Shan covers over 80% of the country (Kyrgyzstan is occasionally referred to as "the Switzerland of Central Asia", as a result), with the remainder made up of valleys and basins.

Issyk-Kul Lake is the second largest mountain lake in the world after Titicaca. The highest peaks are in the Kakshaal-Too range, forming the Chinese border. Peak Jengish Chokusu, at 7,439 m, is the northernmost peak over 7,000 m in the world.

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    Day 1. Arrive Bishkek and drive to Naryn (5-6 hrs)

    Arrive Manas Airport near Bishkek city. Meet by our team and transfer to Bishkek for lunch. Tour briefing. After lunch, drive to eco-camp "Kara Bulak" where you will have the rest and lunch. "Kara Bulak" means "an ice-free". It is located at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level, in an ecologically clean area. Pure mountain air, picturesque places of the mountains, water from a natural source. On the way, short hike to the waterfall, which is called the “Pigeon water”. It is beautiful in both summer and winter. Water falls in the crevice along the steep rocks from a height of 40 meters. If you are lucky to find a flock of wild pigeons. Overnight in guesthouse. (BLD)
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    Day 2. Drive to Nat. Park Ala Archa and SuuSamyr (6-7 hrs, 230 km)

    Nat. Park "Ala-Archa" is one of the most picturesque and popular places in Kyrgyzstan. The gorge is famous for its alpine flora and Mountain Rivers, which is surrounded by snowcapped high mountains. Continue our road through the pass Ashuu (3000 m). From the height of the pass opens a stunning panorama of the Suusamyr Valley. Photo break. Overnight in guesthouse. (BLD)
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    Day 3. Drive to Lake Son Kul (6-7 hrs, 220 km)

    Drive along the river Kekemeren and have a beautiful view of the multi-colored mountains. We drive through the gorge, overcoming the pass Kara Keche (3384 m). Reach the Lake Son Kul, situated at an altitude of 3000 m, also it is called the miracle of Tien Shan. On the shores of this magnificent lake, surrounded by mountains, spread huge pastures. It is believed that it is here preserved the life of nomads: white yurts, hospitable shepherds and thousands of sheep. Overnight in gercamp. (BLD)
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    Day 4. Explore High Tian Shan Mountains, (4-5 hrs),

    After breakfast, we drive towards Naryn gol. After beautiful mountain road “33 Parrots", we do soft hiking towards “Kajerty”- waterfall (25 m– 30 m) Continue our driving through the beautiful hilly passes, semi-deserts, rocky deep canyon, plains of sand, clay hills, and forested green grass. In the evening, come to Eagle Hunter’s family. Learn hunting skills with golden eagle and dogs “Taigan”. A pleasant acquaintance with national cuisine - lunch. Overnight with family. (BLD)
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    Day 5. To Tosor Mountain, (6-7 hrs, 220 km)

    Early breakfast, continue our driving to north, and first stop near the meeting point of big and small Naryn rivers, which is stunning mountain scenery. Short break on the top of Tosor Mountain (4020m), where you can enjoy the beauty of Lake Issyk-Kul - the pearl of Central Asia. Overnight in gercamp. (BLD)
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    Day 6. To Red Rock Formations (6-7 hrs, 250 km)

    Today our road goes by the southern coast of Lake Issyk-Kul, where we will explore a fantastic valley “Tale” and the gorge of “Jety Oguz- Seven Bulls" with beautiful red rock formations. Overnight in guesthouse in Karakol town. (BLD)
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    Days 7-8. Explore Altyn Arasan Gorge and Lake Ala Kol

    First day, drive by mountain truck 48 km (3-4 hrs) by “Altyn Arasan” gorge. with luxurious greenery and alpine meadows. Soft hiking around. After lunch, we start to hike by luxurious greenery and alpine meadows to Lake Ala Kol. Overnight in tent. (BLD) Second day, Explore the Lake Ala Kol (3532m). Crystal clear water of the lake is fed by glacier water and the outflow forms the waterfall. The color of the lake varies depending on the time of day, season and weather, it can be purple, dark blue or even pink. The lake lies in a desert valley surrounded by cliffs and snow-capped peaks. Walk down by same trail back to camp-side near Altyn Arasan hot springs. Lunch and possible bath in hot springs. Drive back to Karakol town. Overnight in guesthouse. (BLD)
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    Day 9. Museums and Hot Spring

    After breakfast, we visit the museums of Przhevalsky -Russian geographer and explorer of Central and Eastern Asia. He significantly contributed to European knowledge on Central Asia and was the first known European to describe the only extant species of wild horse, which is named after him), Russian Orthodox Church, Muslim Mosque and Local Museum of history. In museum of history, you have a chance to learn a history Kyrgystan, especially about Swiss explorer and writer Ella Maillart, who have lived in the middle of 20 th century in Karakol. Drive to Cholpon Ata town. On the way visit the hot springs with stone pools. Possible swimming in hot springs (+35+45). Lunch from local fish. Overnight in guesthouse. (BLD)
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    Day 10. Drive back to Bishkek through Cholpon Ata town (4-5 hrs, 250 km)

    After breakfast, soft hike by the protected area of ancient rock paintings of the Bronze Age - petro-glyphs (2000 BC. - 4 century A.D.) And visit the cultural complex "Rukh Ordo", translated from Kyrgyz means "Spiritual Center" or "Hail the Blessed". The main idea of the Center - God is one for all, so here are five major world religions - Orthodoxy, Islam, Buddhism, Catholicism and Judaism. Five white chapels represent these five religions. All the same chapel, which emphasizes the equality of religions. Within each of the chapel of the relics are kept, reflecting the essence of the religion. Here the special atmosphere, a great place for meditation. In evening, reach Bishkek city and transfer to 3* hotel. (BLD)
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    Day 11. Depart Bishkek

    Early breakfast and transfer to Manas airport. (B)
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The climate varies regionally. The northern parts of the country, where will travel, the temperature varies from dry continental to polar climate, depending on elevation. In the coldest areas temperatures are sub-zero for around 40 days in winter. In the lowlands the temperature ranges from around −6 °C, in January to 24 °C in July.

What to bring Binoculars, sunscreen, a hat, gloves, long underwear for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footwear, lip balm, sanitary hand wipes, sunglasses, prescription medications, (if needed), rain gear and flashlight.
Transport This journey is supported by a jeep or minibus.
Staff A Kyrgyz-English speaking local guide will accompany the group at all times. A cook will follow. Plus drivers.
Meals Our cook will prepare the meals. We pride ourselves in having cooks adapt with both western and local cooking on our trips. There are always vegetables available, and we have no problem accommodating vegetarians.
Price USD 2310 per person (min 2 members)
Group size 2-18 Discounts available for groups.
Includes English speaking guide, 4x4 car, 3 meals per day. All overnights, camping equipment, Nat. Park permits. Visit Eagle hunter and his family.
Excludes Personal needs, laundry and alcohol drinks. Visa fee. Single occupancy is USD 300.
Date Any time of year

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