To the highest peaks of Tien Shan

Loca­tion: Kyr­gyzs­tan, Issyk Kul region
Sea­son: July — August
Days: 14
Dif­fi­cul­ty: medi­um

Indi­vid­ual tour:
from $2215 USD per per­son.
Fixed Dates:
$2540 USD per per­son

The mighty knot of Kok­shal-Too, Merid­i­anal­ny, Sary-Djazsky, Inylchek­sky, Ten­gry-Tag and Kaindy ranges is called «Muz­tag» (“Ice Slope”) the most dif­fi­cult part of the Kyr­gyzs­tan.

Not by chance this region was the last «white spot» on the Kyr­gyzs­tan map, and explor­ing had been start­ed only at the end of XIX cen­tu­ry.

The numer­ous vari­ety of land­scapes, majes­tic ranges, hang­ing glac­i­ers, huge val­leys and deep canyons with steep slopes, ris­ing peaks Khan-Ten­gri (7010 m) and Pobe­da (7439 m, the North­ern sev­en-thou­sandth peak in the world!) all this, no doubt attracts trekkers all around the world.


The program of the tour “To the highest peaks of Tien Shan”

Day 1
Bishkek. Ear­ly morn­ing arrival to Bishkek. Trans­fer to hotel. Rest. Sight­see­ing around city. Vis­it­ing of Nation­al Muse­um, cen­tral Square «Ala-Too». Overnight at the hotel in Bishkek.
Day 2
Trans­fer to Karakol. Trans­fer to the city of Karakol on the south­ern side of Lake Issyk-Kul. Dis­tance 400 km, 6–7 hours are on the way. On the way vis­it the archae­o­log­i­cal com­plex “Burana Tow­er” (11th cen­tu­ry), the canyon “Fairy Tale”. Overnight at the hotel in the city of Karakol (1700 m.).
Day 3
Karakol – Karkara. Before lunch, a city tour. Vis­it­ing the Muse­um of the Trav­el­er N.M. Przhe­val­sky, a wood­en Dun­gan mosque built with­out a sin­gle nail, in the style of a Chi­nese pago­da, vis­it an ancient Ortho­dox church. Lunch in Karakol at the restau­rant. After lunch, trans­fer to Karkara. Dis­tance 120 km, 3 hours are on the way. Overnight in the camp Karkara (2200 m.).
Day 4
Karkara — Inylchek. Start trekking. Heli­copter flight to the Inylchek gorge to the begin­ning of trekking. Hike to the begin­ning of the glac­i­er. On this day, you will climb up the Inilchek val­ley along a good trail with a small climb. The beau­ti­ful panora­ma of the Enilchek val­ley will not leave you indif­fer­ent. Dis­tance 10 km, 3–4 hours are on the way. Overnight in a camp at an alti­tude of 2900 m.
Day 5
Trekking to the Gli­na camp. Mov­ing up the glac­i­er along its south­ern slopes. This does not require the use of ropes and oth­er climb­ing devices. Mag­nif­i­cent views of peaks with a height of more than 5000 m and glac­i­ers accom­pa­ny us all day long. Behind the glac­i­er Putevod­nyi stopover for an overnight stay in a place called “Gli­na”. Dis­tance 8 km, trav­el time 5–6 hours. Overnight in a camp at an alti­tude of 3220m.
Day 6
Trekking to the Merzbach­er Glade. Con­tin­u­a­tion of trekking up the Inylchek glac­i­er along the ter­race between the glac­i­er and the slope of the Inylchek-Too ridge to the Merzbach­er glade. Dis­tance 10 km, 4–5 hours are on the way. From the glade of Merzbach­er a view of the South Inylchek glac­i­er and Lake Merzbach­er vis­i­ble in the dis­tance opens. Merzbach­er Lake is locat­ed at an alti­tude of 3440m at the con­flu­ence of the South­ern and North­ern Inylchek glac­i­ers. Overnight in a camp at an alti­tude of 3400 m.
Day 7
Radi­al trek to Lake Merzbach­er. This amaz­ing lake is sit­u­at­ed at the junc­tion of South Inylchek and North Inylchek glac­i­ers. The lake fills with ice and melt­ed water every year and then breaks under the Inylchek glac­i­er, mak­ing flood. And as a result water lev­el of Inylchek Riv­er ris­es in 2–3 times. Water breaks a tongue of the glac­i­er tak­ing away huge ice blocks with. Dis­tance 10 km, 5–6 hours are on the way. Overnight in a camp at an alti­tude of 3400 m.
Day 8
Kom­so­mol­skiy glac­i­er. Con­tin­ues to move up the glac­i­er, which already has the name south­ern Inylchek. Move­ment goes along the moraines and the fur­ther the group leaves the Merzbach­er glade, the more ice ser­aks appear in strips par­al­lel to the moraines. From time to time it is nec­es­sary to move from one moraine to anoth­er, keep­ing at a cer­tain dis­tance from the slopes of the spur of the Kok­shaal-Too ridge. All day you will enjoy the spec­tac­u­lar views of the dif­fer­ent five-thou­sands peaks, most of them nev­er vis­it­ed before. Dis­tance is about 15 km, 7–8 hours are on the way. Camp is on a height of 3770m near the con­flu­ence the South Inylchek glac­i­er with Kom­so­mol­skiy glac­i­er.
Day 9
Dikiy Glac­i­er. The group con­tin­ues to move along the South Inylchek glac­i­er. The path grad­u­al­ly goes to the right side of the South Inylchek glac­i­er until it inter­sects with the Dikiy Glac­i­er. Then go to the Dikiy Glac­i­er and climb up the mad­der to our camp.There are spec­tac­u­lar views of peaks from that point: Khan-Ten­gri (7010 m), Pobe­da (7439 m), Cha­paev (6371 m), Gorkiy (6050 m) and Ten­gri-Tag range, Kok­shal-Tao and Merid­i­anal­nyi ranges. Dis­tance 7km, 4–5 hours are on the way. Overnight in a camp at an alti­tude of 3900 m.
South Inylchek Base Camp. The group from the Dikiy glac­i­er pass­es to the last moraine — the moraine of the Zvez­dochka glac­i­er. The group goes along this moraine to the South Enilchek base camp. Dis­tance 8 km, 5–6 hours are on the way. Overnight at the South Enilchek Base Camp at an alti­tude of 4100 m.
Day 11
Radi­al hik­ing. Radi­al hik­ing to the Khan-Ten­gri (7010 m), peak or Pobe­da peak (7439 m) to choose a group. All day an amaz­ing view of the upper glac­i­er South Inylchek (or Zvez­dochka, depend­ing on the cho­sen direc­tion) with the sur­round­ing glac­i­ers and peaks. Return to the camp. Dis­tance is 12–14km, 6–7 hours are on the way. Overnight at the South Inylchek Base Camp at an alti­tude of 4100 m.
Day 12
Karkara — Cho­pon-Ata. After break­fast, heli­copter flight to Karkara. Then trans­fer to the north­ern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, the dis­tance in Karkara to the place of overnight 220 km, 3–4 hours are on the way. This day you will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to swim in the Issyk-Kul Lake, which is called the Pearl of Kyr­gyzs­tan. The water tem­per­a­ture in Issyk-Kul warms up to 25 degrees Cel­sius, the water is very clean and clear. Overnight at the hotel an alti­tude of 1620 m.
Day 13
Trans­fer to Bishkek. After break­fast, vis­it the open-air muse­um of pet­ro­glyphs. Trans­fer to Bishkek 250 km, 3–4 hours are on the way. Lunch along the way in a road­side cafe. Overnight at the hotel in Bishkek.
Day 14
Fly home. Trans­fer to the air­port ear­ly in the morn­ing. Depar­ture back home.

Price of the individual tour “To the highest peaks of the Tien Shan” in USD (any dates in July — August)

Group (per­son)
Per per­son
SGL accom­mo­da­tion in hotels: $130 USD per per­son
SGL accom­mo­da­tion in tents: $110 USD per per­son

The program price includes:

• Guide ser­vices
• All trans­fers accord­ing to the pro­gram
• Full meals accord­ing to the pro­gram
• Porter ser­vices
• bor­der pass
• Accom­mo­da­tion at a hotel in Bishkek — 2 nights
• Accom­mo­da­tion in Karakol at the hotel — 1 night
• hotel accom­mo­da­tion in Issyk-Kul — 1 night
• accom­mo­da­tion in camps in 2 local tents

Price doesn’t include:

• Visa
• Insur­ance
• Per­son­al expens­es
• Inter­na­tion­al flights
• Devi­a­tions from the main pro­gram

Fixed dates of arrival “To the highest peaks of the Tien Shan.” Group recruitment is open.

You can join the group with fixed dates. Group recruit­ment open:
Fixed dates: July 10–23, July 28 — August 10, August 7–20
Cost: $2540 USD per per­son.
SGL accom­mo­da­tion in hotels: $130 USD per per­son
SGL accom­mo­da­tion in tents: $110 USD per per­son

The program price includes:

• accom­mo­da­tion in Bishkek in hotel – 3 nights
• accom­mo­da­tion in Issyk-Kul Lake – 1 night
• accom­mo­da­tion in Karakol – 1 night
• accom­mo­da­tion and full board
• heli­copter flight from “Karkara” Base Camp to trek start point in Inylchek val­ley
• heli­copter flight Base Camp “South Inylchek”- Base Camp “Karkara”
• all trans­fers as per pro­gram
• FB dur­ing whole pro­gram
• fron­tier zone per­mit
• moun­tain guide ser­vice
• porter ser­vice – not more than 12 kg per per­son (see below)
• all eco­log­i­cal and entrance fees as per pro­gram

Price doesn’t include:

• Visa sup­port and visa fee (if nec­es­sary)
• All option­al devi­a­tions from the main itin­er­ary
• Bev­er­ages and meals not includ­ed in main menu
• Insur­ance

Additional Information

Required documents



Mov­ing is car­ried out:


In Bishkek, in a guest house.


In cities, dur­ing trips and in base camps — three meals a day.

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