Terskey Ala-Too

The Issyk-Kul is a huge natural accumulator (it is called a mountain sea) determining the unique climate of the whole area. The gigantic lake surrounded by ridges reaching over 5000 m – the main components of unique and various natures belonging to Northern spurs of Terskey Ala-Too (central part).

The narrow valleys with steep slopes covered in fruitful bushes at lower part, at medium part – in Tien-Shan fir-trees, and upper part – in alpine meadows of wild flowers, rocky and snow-cowered peaks raising above them -all this makes region very popular among visitors.

Healthy air mixed with sea freshness, fragrance of fir-trees and coolness of mountains turquoise Ala-Kol Lake – its water like mirror reflects neighboring glaciers and summits. Variety of relief and landscapes plus warm hospitality of locals, all this attracts growing member of visitors from all around the world. The route starts from the most picturesque gorge – Altyn-Arashan, famous for its thermal springs. Then route crosses three passes with heights up to 4080 m and ends at Chon-Kyzyl-Suu gorge.

The local people always welcome visitors in their yurts and offer Kyrgyz national drink kymyz.

Trip rating and details :

• 15 days

• 9 days trekking

• maximum height – 4080 m

• 9 nights- camping

• 5 nights –hotels

• best time to visit- June 15 – Sept 20

• medium trekking, no special equipment is needed.

Day 1: Arrival to Bishkek.

Day 2: Karakol. Archeological complex «Burana Tower» (XI century).

Day 3: Kashka-Suu (20 km) – beginning of the trek. Altyn-Arashan.

Day 4-5: Radial hike to the upper reaches of Altyn-Arashan valley.

Day 6: Camp nearby Ala-Kol pass (3860 m).

Day 7: Ala-Kol pass (3860 m). Karakol gorge.

Day 8: Radial hike Karakol gorge.

Day 9: Telety pass (3801 m). Telety Zapadnaya valley.

Day 10: Valley of the Djety-Oguz River.

Day 11: Archa-Tor pass (4080 m). Valley of Chon-Kyzyl-Suu River.

Day 12: Issyk-Kul Lake. “Issyk Kul” health resort.

Day 13: Rest time.

Day 14: Bishkek. Rafting along Chu River.

Day 15: Fly home.

Services :

Full board; all transfers; double room accommodation in Bishkek, Karakol and in tents during the trek; interpreter- guide; cook and porters during the trek; sightseeing as noted in the itinerary; rafting; road and ecological fees; visa support, permission to the mountaineering zone; registration at OVIR.

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