Places to visit: Bishkek, Samsy, Saryla Saz, Valley of Jumgal, Kelemche jailoo, Song-Kul Lake and Kochkorka village.
Day 1: Bishkek
Arrival to Bishkek, transfer to the hotel. After some rest a sightseeing tour: Oak Park, Ala -Too Square, Philarmonic hall, Statue of Manas, Victory Square and Oriental market – Osh Bazaar and Historical Museum. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2: Bishkek -Shamsy
After breakfast leave Bishkek for Shamsy Gorge (80 km). Meet horseback guides’ team in the Shamshy Gorge. Picnic lunch. After lunch start tour towards Shamshy pass (3 570 meters) 2-3 hours trek. Dinner and overnight stay in the tents.
Day 3: Shamsy – Saryla Saz
After breakfast continue the tour and cross the Shamshy pass (3 570 meters). Descend to SaralaSaz jailoo (5h trek), which offers beautiful views of the Kara Moinok and Sandyk mountains to the south. Dinner and overnight in the tent camp
Day 4: Saryla Saz –Iri Suu Jailoo
Breakfast. This day you will spend crossing wide-open pastures till Iri Suu area. Evening walk over the hill into the beautiful Kashka-Suu River valley before dinner, where you can eat wild rhubarb and watch the alpenglow on the southern mountains. Overnight stay in tents. 4 h trek
Day 5: Iri Suu jailoo – Kichi Saryk Jailoo
Breakfast. Begin the day by traversing the western end of the Kochkor Valley through scrubby dry terrain. After crossing the fast Karakol River, climb 1000 meters over the Buchuk Pass (3400 m). On the other side, after a brief break for lunch on the trail, descend into the beautiful Sook Valley. Wild onions cover the high cold ridges, while lower down whole hillsides of wildflowers bloom. Eagles soar and marmots cry and scurry about. At day’s end, ford the Sook River and climb the green Kichi Saryk Valley for camp site. Overnight stay in tents. Trekking hours about 6-7 hours
Day 6: Kichi Saryk jailoo – Koldu Suu Jailoo
Breakfast, detour to the next valley west, the Kum-Bel, for the best approach to the 3600 m Kum-Bel Pass. From the pass, follow a ridge eastward and upward to the peak, 3656 m above sea level, with breathtaking 360’ views and sheer drops to the north. Continue east, testing your horseback skills down scree-covered hillsides, and eat lunch in a sheltered notch. Descend at last into the Kolduu-Suu Valley, and overnight in Kolduu-Suu jailoo in tent. Trekking hours about 6-7 hours
Day 7: Koldu Suu Jailoo – Kilemche Jailoo
After breakfast in Kolduu-Suu, head south to the Kochkor-Jumgal road. Follow the road a short ways east to the Kyzart Pass, then strike south again. Within sight of the road, cross Kyzyl-Kiya jailoo, an enormous, relatively flat sea of grass. Continue over the Chaar-Archa Pass (3061 m) into the Chaar-Archa Valley and eat a tasty lunch by the racing river, with views of holy 4400 m Baba-Ata Mountain. Sated, ford the river and follow the trail over verdant hills to Kilemche Jailoo. The name means “like a carpet,” and this swathe of grass covers whole mountain ranges, with shadings as subtle as any shyrdak. Dinner and overnight in tents. Trekking hours about 6-7 hours
Day 8: Kilemche Jailoo – Song-Kul Lake
After breakfast at Kilemche, spend the morning climbing to Jalgyz Karagai pass (3300 m), over the Song-Kol Mountains and into the lake’s basin. The morning climb affords wonderful views of Kilemche jailoo,
and the pass itself is rocky and exciting. From the pass, Song-Kol is still distant, but as you traipse down the slopes, it gets larger and larger; the mountains on the other side get higher and higher, until finally the lake fills most of your field of view and the southern mountains tower above it. After lunch at Jaman Echki, follow the lakeshore east to Batay Aral. Upon arrival meet your host family of Kyrgyz shepherds. Overnight and dinner in the Yurts. Trekking hours about 5-6 hours
Day 9: Son Kul Lake
Breakfast. Full day spending at the lakeside exploring the area. Relax after the horse riding. Son Kul Lake situated at a height of 3013 meters above sea level and surrounded by beautiful mountains. It is a great place where you can experience a nomadic life style. You will be free to explore and enjoy the virgin nature of the lake and its surroundings. You will have lunch, dinner and overnight in Kyrgyz yurts. It is made of a wooden skeleton, covered with felt coverings. Yurts are built without nails.
Day 10: Son Kul Lake – Kochkor village
Free morning at the lake. Lunch in Yurt. Transfer to Kochkor village (120 km). Dinner with a Kyrgyz family and overnight in the home stay.
Day 11: Kochkor village – Burana Tower – Bishkek
After breakfast visit a felt carpet workshop where you can watch a process of making Kyrgyz national felt carpets and souvenirs and even take a part in making carpets if you wish. Transfer to Bishkek city. On the way visiting of Burana Tower (minaret of 11 century) and an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors).. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Bishkek – departure
After breakfast transfer to the airport. Fly home.
|City||Deluxe Option||Budget Option|
|Bishkek||Hotel 4* “Park Hotel”, “City Hotel” or similar||Hotel 3* – “Asia Mounains 1 or 2” or similar|
|Horse ride||Double tent|
|Son Kul||Yurts (5-6 people in 1 yurt)|
|Kochkor||Home stay B&B|
The price 2016:
|Pax||Tour price per person
Deluxe option, USD
|Tour price per person Budget option, USD|
|Full board supplement|
|Price does not include:||
mid June – mid September
|You need to bring||
warm clothes, a coat, tracking-boots, warm sleeping bag, mat, rucksack, flash light, your own First Aid Kit and sunglasses