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|
Guarantee Dates Of Group Tours In 2017: 04.08 - 14.08.2017
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.
SERVICES & COST
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|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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
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.
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.
List of personal gear
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who can attempt this trek? Should the participants of the tour have prior trekking experience or prepare themselves physically?
- Can people with health problems participate in this programme?
- Is travel insurance compulsory for this tour?
- What is the weather like in the mountains?
- What are the probabilities of encountering some dangerous creatures (besides relatively harmless mosquitoes) such as snakes, spiders, scorpions, mites etc.?
- Is it allowed to pick up mountain herbs and flowers? Which plants should be avoided?
- How are meals organized during the trek programme?
- How about communication facilities during trek travel?
- How good is Internet access?
- Visa, permits.
In case you can’t find the answer to your question on our site, please call our tour operators team for assistance.
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Itinerary Day 1. Osh - Fergana - Margilan (167km).
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Kyrgyz-Uzbek border. Overcoming the border. Transfer to Fergana. Arrival to Fergana accommodation and rest at the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing in Margilan. Returning to Fergana. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2. Fergana - Rishtan - Kokand - Tashkent (300km).
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Rishtan. Visiting ceramic ateliers for the production of ceramics. After, visiting Kokand. Guided sightseeing tour around Kokand: Khudoyar-Khan Palace, Mausoleum Madari Khan, Jami Mosque. Transfer to Tashkent through the Kamchik pass. Overnight rest in hotel.
Day 3. Tashkent - Samarkand (300km).
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to railway station. Departure from Tashkent to Samarkand by high-speed train «Afrosiyob» (08:00-10:10). Meeting at Samarkand railway station. Transfer to hotel and check-in. Guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand: Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilla-Qori Madrasah), Gur-e Amir Mausoleum (Tamerlane’s sepulcher), Rukhabad Mausoleum; after lunch: Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory. Overnight rest in hotel.
Day 4. Samarkand - Bukhara (280km).
Breakfast in hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand: St. Daniel Mausoleum, Khazrat-Khizr Mosque. Leisure time: Siab Bazaar recommended. After lunch transfer to Bukhara, visiting Samarkand Paper Mill when leaving. Arrival in Bukhara. Leisure time. Overnight rest in hotel.
Day 5. Bukhara - Tashkent.
Breakfast in hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Bukhara: Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo Khauz Mosque, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex (Kalyan Minaret and others), Ulugbek Madrasah; after lunch: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Transfer to railway station. Departure from Bukhara to Tashkent by night train. Overnight rest in train.
Day 6. Tashkent. Departure.
The cost of the tour in USD for 1 person Group 2 3-4 5-6 7-9 10-15 Single supplement Cost 559 487 429 397 366 45
*Please contact our operators for all individual requests.
The cost tour includes: The cost tour doesn’t include: • Hotel accommodation in twins / double rooms, with breakfast; • Guided sightseeing tours; • Comfortable air-conditioned means of transportation throughout tour, including airport transfer; • Ticket for the high-speed train Afrosiyob Tashkent - Samarkand (Economy Class); • Ticket for the night train Bukhara - Tashkent (Economy Class); • International airfares; • Sites entrance fees; • Meals; • Travel health insurance; • Uzbekistan visa support.
• Entry fees: - 47 USD/per pax; • Meals: - Half board (evening meals) - 75 USD/per pax; - Full board - 140 USD/per pax.
Hotels 3* - cozy private hotels, with traditional national interiors in many of them, providing all the necessary facilities for comfortable stays; notable for very warm hosting and home-like atmosphere.
This tour comes with the following accommodation:
City Hotels 3* Fergana Club Hotel 777 3* or similar Tashkent Samir Hotel 3*+ or similar Samarkand Arba Hotel 3* or similar Bukhara Siyavush Hotel 3* or similar
The cost of of additional excursions:
• Tea testing in the "Silk Road Spices" tea house (Bukhara) - 5 USD/per pax; • Visiting the theatre of historical costume El Merosi (Samarkand) - 10 USD/per pax; • Wine testing in old winery named after Hovrenko (Samarkand) - 15 USD/per pax; • Folklore show in Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah (Bukhara) - 15 USD/per pax; • The cost of the master class afloat with tasting for groups of 6 people - 25 USD/per pax. The cost of the tour in USD for 1 person Group 2 3-4 5-6 7-9 10-15 Single supplement Cost 751 679 621 589 555 90
*Please contact our operators for all individual requests.
The cost tour includes: The cost tour doesn’t include: • Hotel accommodation in twins / double rooms, with breakfast; • Guided sightseeing tours; • Sites entrance fees; • Folklore show in Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah; • Comfortable air-conditioned means of transportation throughout tour, including airport transfer; • Ticket for the high-speed train Afrosiyob Tashkent - Samarkand (Business Class); • Ticket for the night train Bukhara - Tashkent (Business Class); • Half board (evening meals); • Bottle of mineral water per day/per pax; • Souvenirs. • International airfares; • Lunches; • Travel health insurance; • Uzbekistan visa support.
Hotels 4* - very comfortable hotels providing excellent facilities and services; mainly located in or near city centers.
This tour comes with the following accommodation:
City Hotels 4* Fergana Club Hotel 777 3* or similar Tashkent Ramada 4* or similar Samarkand Emirkhan 4* or similar Bukhara Omar Khayam 3*+ or similar
The cost of of additional excursions:
• Tea testing in the "Silk Road Spices" tea house (Bukhara) - 5 USD/per pax; • Visiting the theatre of historical costume El Merosi (Samarkand) - 10 USD/per pax; • Wine testing in old winery named after Hovrenko (Samarkand) - 15 USD/per pax; • The cost of the master class afloat with tasting for groups of 6 people - 25 USD/per pax.
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