Exploring of Tian Shan

Trekking in Terskey Alatau

 

Country: Kyrgyzstan, Western Tian Shan Mountains, Terskey Alatau mountain range. View the route map »»
Tour duration: 11 days / 10 nights.
Active part duration: 9 days / 8 nights.
Itinerary: Bishkek - Karakol - Djhety-Oguz ice wall - Issyk Kul Lake - Bishkek.

DATE FOR GUARANTEED COMBINED GROUP: 07.08 - 17.08.2016

The trekking area lies between the southern shore of the Issyk Kul Lake and the northern slopes of the Terskey Alatau (Ala Too) mountain range (central Tian Shan Mountains). The area belongs to the most beautiful and remote parts of Central Asia. This is the region where beautiful high mountains slope down to the very shore of Issyk Kul, an enormous freshwater Central Asian lake. Terskey Alatau Range forms a majestic wall that extends for 340km along the lake’s southern shore, separating this corner of the paradise from the rest of the mountain area with a severe climate.
The Terskey Alatau Range with an average altitude of about 4,500m is incredibly beautiful and diverse, its landscapes including pointed snow-capped peaks 5,000m and more in height, wild coniferous forests on the northern slopes, a ridge of red sandy rocks, the Djhety-Oguz, swift rivers and exceptionally delightful gorges.
As the trek goes in the immediate proximity to the highest part of the range, the trekker has a unique opportunity to continuously enjoy the views of its immense and severe peaks: Karakol Peak (5,218m), Djhety-Oguz Peak (5,181m), Djhigit Peak (5,172m) and Aksu Peak (5,020m). Travellers will immerse in the freshness of fragrant fir forests and experience the healing effects of hot mineral springs (Djhialisu, Altin-Arashan). Tourists will get to know the harsh beauty of nature during the round day trips to the foot of great summits. At the end of the tour you will spend a couple of days on the warm sandy shore of famous Lake Issyk Kul.
Best time for trekking is from July to September.

  • ITINERARY,
    SERVICES & COST
  • FAQ,
    Visa, permits
  • OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
    & LEISURE ACTIVITIES

 

Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival in Bishkek. Meet in the airport and transfer to Bishkek ( 30 km, 1 hr). Transfer to hotel and check-in.
Day 2 Bishkek city – Karakol town. 430 km,7-8 h, +900 m.
Day 3 Karakol city tour. Karakol town – Djety Oguz gorge. 45 km, 4-5 h, +900m.
Day 4 Radial hike to Oguz Bashi peak. Trek to Telety pass. 16 km, 6-8 hrs., +450 m.
Day 5 Trek over Telety pass (3800m) down to Karakol gorge (2500m). 18 km, 6-8 hrs., +750 m/-1300 m.
Day 6 Radial hike to the foot of Karakol peak (5216m). 16 km. 6-8 hrs, +700 m/-700 m.
Day 7 Trek along the gorge to “Sirota” hut and to Ala Kol Lake (3532m). 9 km, 6-8 hrs, +1100 m.
Day 8 Trek over Ala Kol pass (3800m) passing Ala Kol Lake and descend to Arashan gorge (2600m). 18 km, 6-8 hrs, +200 m/-1200 m.
Day 9 Altyn Arashan gorge – Cholpon Ata town. 155 km, 4-5 hrs, -1000 m.
Day 10 Cholpon Ata town – Bishkek city. 250 km, 3-4 hrs, -800 m.
Day 11 Bishkek city – Airport “Manas” 30 km, 1 hrs.

Cost of the tour in USD/person:
The cost of the tour for 1 person: 1770 USD.
Single supplement in hotels: 130 USD / person.
Single supplement in tents: 70 USD / person.
*Group: from 6 persons.
*Please contact our operators for all individual requests: adventure@centralasia-travel.com
The cost of the tour includes: The cost of the tour doesn’t include:
Accommodation in hotels in Bishkek – 3 nights;
Accommodation in Amir hotel or Green Yard Guest House in Karakol – 1 night ;
Accommodation at the Hotel at Issyk-Kul Lake – 1 night ;
Accommodation and full board (hot food for breakfast and dinner, lunches as snack boxes) in the permanent tent camps along the trek Djety Oguz gorge – Altyn Arashan gorge – 6 nights. (Please note, you do not need to set up your tents, they will be set in advance + cook will be waiting for your with hot meal when you arrive!);
FB during whole program;
Escorting Guide during the whole program;
Porter service during the trek (The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 12 kg of personal belongings. 1kg extra – 12 USD per programs);
All the transfers according to the program;
Entry and ecological fee;
International air flights;
Medical insurance;
Registration in local police department (10 USD per pax);
Beverages and meals not included in main menu ;
Early check in at the hotel;
Visa support and visa fee (if necessary);
All optional deviations from the main itinerary;

Itinerary brief description

This trekking is rather easy and is suitable for anyone with good physical condition. Tourist above 16 and under 65 years of age can join this tour provided they have no serious health problems and their doctor does not object to participation in such kind of tourist activities. Children above 14 can also join this trekking tour provided they are accompanied by their parents. Trekking on foot covers from 5km to 18km a day with altitude difference up to 1600m. The route runs at the maximum altitude of 3800m above sea level. Each participant carries his own rucksack with personal belongings, supply of drinking water and first-aid kit. The rest of the gear (the weight of the gear should not exceed 15kg per person), as well as group camping equipment and supply of provisions is transported by pack-horses. Typically the region enjoys rather stable weather: it’s warm and sunny, though some rain is possible, which relieves the monotony of the trip. The daytime temperatures range between +15° to +30°С, whereas at night the temperature can drop as low as +8 or +10°С.

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Service staff

Throughout the trekking travel you will be escorted by high altitude guide, who is the tour manager and our authorized representative. He is responsible for the safety and security of the group as well as decision making, including any changes in the route due to unforeseen circumstances that could threaten the health and well-being of the participants.

The tour is serviced by a team whose responsibility is to pitch and take down tents, lay the table for meals, wash up, pack the loads on horses, make fire and the like.

The team also includes a dedicated professional cook and porters who is responsible for proper packing of the loads.

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Equipment on route

-Tents are used for accommodation of two persons. The tents are wind-resisting and water-proof and are suitable for any weather conditions. For your comfort the tents are equipped with camping mats.
- Tent camp also has a big hangar-like mess tent with tables and camp chairs.
- Throughout the trek we provide quality tableware.
- To cook dishes during the trek we provide gas burner with gas cylinders or a supply of firewood.
- The tent camp is equipped with portable WC.

Any trekking group is provided with portable radio transmitters and GPS navigator.

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List of personal gear

rucksack
trekking sticks
trekking boots with proper protectors
track shoes or trainers
warm and windproof clothes
a rain cloak
reserve clothes
headwear (a warm hat and a cap to protect from sun)
sunglasses
sun protection cream
personal first aid kit
electric flashlight with spare supply of batteries
other personal belongings you may find necessary during the trekking trip

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Meals

Throughout the trek programme you will be served hot meals three times a day. (Please note that in cities we provide only breakfast, whereas lunch and dinner, or any additional food extravagance and alcoholic beverages can be arranged extra.) Below you can find the menu of one of the trekking days:

Breakfast:
First dish: cereal porridge (semolina, oats, rice).
Second dish: cooked eggs with sausages, omelette, pancakes, thick pancakes, toasted bread, cottage cheese pancake, etc.
Buffet table: cheese, sausage, assorted bread, butter, ketchup, marmalade, chocolate paste, sweets, cookies, wafers, dried cream, honey, sugar, halavah.
Drinks: selection of hot drinks, such as tea (black and green), coffee, cocoa.

Lunch:
Buffet lunch: assorted bread, fresh salads, canned fish, cheese, sheep cheese, assorted meat appetizers, tea (black and green) sweets, cookies, wafers, fruits (apples, pears), dried fruits (apricot, raisin, figs, etc.), assorted nuts.
*In case of camp lunch first course is added.

Dinner:
First course - soup (European or local cuisine).
Second course - various dishes of European cuisine with assorted garnish, as well as a choice of local dishes.
Buffet table: assorted bread, cheese, sausage, ketchup, spices (mustard, various dressings), sweets, cookies, wafers, sugar.
Drinks: selection of hot drinks, such as tea (black and green), coffee, cocoa, thin jelly.
Dessert: watermelon, melon, fruits.

Starting point

Tourists should arrive to Bishkek - the starting point of the tour on the date the tour begins. All expenses connected with early arrival or late departure on completion of the tour should be covered by tourists themselves. In this case our company can arrange transfers to and from the airport as well as book the hotel.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can attempt this trek? Should the participants of the tour have prior trekking experience or prepare themselves physically?
  2. Can people with health problems participate in this programme?
  3. Is travel insurance compulsory for this tour?
  4. What is the weather like in the mountains?
  5. What are the probabilities of encountering some dangerous creatures (besides relatively harmless mosquitoes) such as snakes, spiders, scorpions, mites etc.?
  6. Is it allowed to pick up mountain herbs and flowers? Which plants should be avoided?
  7. How are meals organized during the trek programme?
  8. How about communication facilities during trek travel?
  9. How good is Internet access?
  10. Visa, permits.
1.

Who can attempt this trek? Should the participants of the tour have prior trekking experience or prepare themselves physically?
This trekking is rather easy and is suitable for anyone with good physical condition. Tourist above 16 and under 65 years of age can join this tour provided they have no serious health problems and their doctor does not object to participation in such kind of tourist activities. Children above 14 can also join this trekking tour provided they are accompanied by their parents.

The offered trekking tour can be graded as simple-average, which means no special skills in mountaineering are required. The escort team consists of an experienced high altitude guide able to choose the right path and advise you on the precautions to be taken in each section of the route. During the tour you will have to trek on foot long distances. Therefore the only condition for those willing to participate in this trekking programme is absence of medical contraindications to such activities.
 

2. Can people with health problems participate in this programme?
Please note, that the route of the tour runs through mountains with considerable altitude differences (the maximum altitude is 3650m above sea level). The participants can experience some symptoms of altitude sickness which disappear when the descent from the mountains starts. Therefore the tour may not be suitable for persons suffering from heart or respiratory problems (hypertension, asthma). We recommend you to consult your doctor before planning this tour.
 
3. Is travel insurance compulsory for this tour?
Yes, it is. The medical insurance of up to $ 10,000- 15,000 should be obtained before leaving your homeland.
 
4. What is the weather like in the mountains?
In the summer the weather is fair and sunny with daytime temperature reaching +28°С. At night, however, and on rainy days the temperature drops to +8 or +10ºС which makes the availability of warm jacket rather useful.
 
5. What are the probabilities of encountering some dangerous creatures (besides relatively harmless mosquitoes) such as snakes, spiders, scorpions, mites etc.?
Though such a probability exists, it is too small as proved by our long experience of organizing trekking tours.
 
6. Is it allowed to pick up mountain herbs and flowers? Which plants should be avoided?
It is advisable not to touch the plants you are not familiar with as some of them can be rather toxic (for example giant fennel can sting you when you touch its leaves). It is forbidden to pick up Red Book plants. The mountain slopes are home to many medicinal herbs including mint, origan, thyme, which you can pick up and brew a delicious ‘mountain tea’. The banks of the rivers are covered with bushes of dog rose and sea-buckthorn.
 
7. How are meals organized during the trek programme?

You will be escorted by a cook and other service staff responsible for arranging regular and tasty meals. You don’t need to bother about tableware, kitchen utensils and equipment as we provide all these as well as tables, chairs, and tents throughout the whole trek programme.

Below you can find the menu of one of the trekking days:

Breakfast:
First dish: cereal porridge (semolina, oats, rice).
Second dish: cooked eggs with sausages, omelette, pancakes, thick pancakes, toasted bread, cottage cheese pancake, etc.
Buffet table: cheese, sausage, assorted bread, butter, ketchup, marmalade, chocolate paste, sweets, cookies, wafers, dried cream, honey, sugar, halavah.
Drinks: selection of hot drinks, such as tea (black and green), coffee, cocoa.

Lunch:
Buffet lunch: assorted bread, fresh salads, canned fish, cheese, sheep cheese, assorted meat appetizers, tea (black and green) sweets, cookies, wafers, fruits (apples, pears), dried fruits (apricot, raisin, figs, etc.), assorted nuts.
*In case of camp lunch first course is added.

Dinner:
First course - soup (European or local cuisine).
Second course - various dishes of European cuisine with assorted garnish, as well as a choice of local dishes.
Buffet table: assorted bread, cheese, sausage, ketchup, spices (mustard, various dressings), sweets, cookies, wafers, sugar.
Drinks: selection of hot drinks, such as tea (black and green), coffee, cocoa, thin jelly.
Dessert: watermelon, melon, fruits.

Drinking water is provided from crystal-clear mountain springs. However, it is recommended to drink only boiled water. In cities and during long transfers it is advisable to use bottled water.
 

8. How about communication facilities during trek travel?
Cellular telecommunication is available in Bishkek and on the way to valley of Djhety-Oguz river. In the mountainous areas, especially in mountain valleys, there are difficulties with signal receipt. Tour manager is equipped with portable satellite terminal to provide uninterrupted external link. Moreover, the group is provided with walkie-talkie to ensure trouble-free connection between trekkers.
 
9. How good is Internet access?
Internet access is available only in Bishkek and Karakol. There are many internet-cafes there. In the valley of Djhety-Oguz river and in the mountains there is no Internet access.
 
10. Visa, permits.
Kyrgyzstan has considerably simplified its visa policy and today citizens of 70 countries of the world enjoy visa-free access to this Central Asian state.
Visa-free entry to the territory of Kyrgyzstan is granted for the nationals of the Russia, the CIS countries and a number of citizens of European and other foreign countries.
The details on Kyrgyz visa, rules of entry and stay on the territory of Kyrgyzstan you can find here.
To enter the territory of Kyrgyzstan the foreign national must have a foreign passport valid for not less than 6 months following the termination date of the tour.
It is also important that before their trip to Kyrgyzstan foreign nationals arrange travel medical insurance with coverage of up to $10,000-15,000.

In case you can’t find the answer to your question on our site, please call our tour operators team for assistance.

ICQ: 411758424 - touroperators of mountain programs and adventure types of tourism.
E-mail: adventure@centralasia-travel.com

 

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