To famous lakes of western Tien-Shan by horses
|Country:||Kyrgyzstan, Western Tien-Shan mountains||View the route map »»|
|Tour duration:||14 days / 13 nights|
|Active part duration:||12 days / 11 nights|
|Itinerary:||Osh - Aphlatun settlement - Lake Sary-Chelek - Arkyt settlement - Osh|
This trekking is designed for the fans of horse riding who are keen to visit picturesque, intact corners of nature. The trek takes place in the mountains of Western Tien Shan and comprises a vast area, including the Kirghiz natural sanctuary “Sarichelek”.
We start from the garden-clad Fergana valley, a pearl of Central Asia, through which the Great Silk Road passed. The mountainous area of Western Tien Shan is regarded as very attractive in the region, owing to its immense valleys and peaks exceeding 5000 metres. We make our way in picturesque valleys, cross several passes that lead to great canyons, cloudless alpine lakes and foamy mountain rivers. We’ll visit the large valley of the Chatkal river with a pristine nature. Twice we’ll cross the Chatkal ridge by simple passes in the vicinity of the highest peak with the same name - Chatkal (4503m). Also during the trek we shall be meeting with warm - hearted locals, so that we can learn of their simple nomadic life and taste their local round bread and yogurt with aroma tea.
SERVICES & COST
- ITINERARY IN DETAIL,
- IMPORTANT INFORMATION,
- OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
& LEISURE ACTIVITIES
|Day 1.||Early arrival to Osh. Meet and greet in the airport. Transfer from Osh to Aphlatun settlement.
Accommodation in Camp 1 (1300m; 350km; approx. 6hrs).
|Day 2.||Trekking up along the Yushniy Aphlatun river.
Accommodation in Camp 2 (1700m; 18km; approx. 6hrs).
|Day 3.||Passage up along the Ashuu-Ter river valley to Ashuu-Ter pass and descent to the North.
Accommodation in Camp 3 (2100m; 11km; approx. 5hrs).
|Day 4.||Ride down by the North. Aphlatun river canyon to the Chatkal river valley.
Accommodation in Camp 4 (2700m; 11km; approx. 6hrs).
|Day 5.||Ride from Tegerek-Say river to Kara-Tokoy river.
Accommodation in Camp 5 (2900m; 18km; approx. 7hrs).
|Day 6.||Radial walk to Kara-Tokoy lake and ride across Kokuy-Bel pass.
Accommodation in Camp 6 (2600m; 8km; approx. 3hrs).
|Day 7.||Ride up along Ak-Suu river and further by the South. Kara-Kuldja river valley.
Retrace to Camp 6 (6km; approx. 2hrs).
|Day 8.||Ride across Kara-Kuldja pass and descent to the North.
Accommodation in Camp 7 (2400m; 31km; approx. 7hrs).
|Day 9.||Ride up along Okun river across not hard Okum pass and ride down to the valley of Kara-Suu river.
Accommodation in Camp 8 (2300m; 25km; approx. 6hrs).
|Day 10.||Accommodation in Camp 9 (1750m; 24km; approx. 7hrs).|
|Day 11.||Trekking up to and over Kuturma pass and then descent to lake Iri-Kol.
Accommodation in Camp 10 (1300m; 28km; approx. 6hrs).
|Day 12.||Ride up along Chacha-Kyol, Kile-Kyol, Sary-Chelek and Bokaly lakes.
Accommodation in Camp 11 (850m; 26km; approx. 6hrs).
|Day 13.||Transfer Arkit village - Osh.
Accommodation at hotel (320km; approx. 6hrs).
|Cost of the tour in USD/person:|
|The cost of the tour for 1 person||1930 USD/person|
|*Group: from 6 persons.
*Please contact our operators for all individual requests: firstname.lastname@example.org
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ITINERARY IN DETAIL
Day 1. Early arrival to Osh. Meet and greet in the airport. Transfer from Osh to Aphlatun settlement. Accommodation in Camp 1 (1300m).
We are to spend first night in mountains at the confluence of two rivers in picturesque place. The main thing before having enthralling and quite long-continued adventure is to have a good sleep and have a good rest.
Day 2. Preparation to the route. Start of the active part of the route. Riding up along South. Aphlatun river. Accommodation in Camp 2 (1700m).
Meeting with horses. Trial riding. Riding up along the gorge of South. Aphlatun river to the place of its confluence with Uialma river. First day is always difficult with its novelty of feelings. Good ground road leads by South. Aphlatun river canyon among spectacular forest of the Tien-Shan firs. Motley green grasses of the Alpine meadows clear contrasts with severe beauty of mountains. Camp is on a bank of Ashuu-Ter river.
Day 3. Passage up along the Ashuu-Ter river valley to Ashuu-Ter pass (3368m) and descent to the North. Aphlatun river valley. Accommodation in Camp 3 (2100m).
Long-continued ride to Ashuu-Ter (Middle Aphlatun) pass will reward us with beauty of grand wall of the Chatkal Ushba (4346m) - one of the most famous summits of Chatkal ridge. Soon we ride down by good path to the up Alpine zone of the North. Aphlatun river valley where we settle for overnight at comfortable grassy glades.
Day 4. Ride down by the North. Aphlatun river canyon to the Chatkal river valley. Ride to Tegerek-Say river. Accommodation in Camp 4 (2700m).
Valley before the canyon of the North. Aphlatun river is wide. By way we can make not long-continued excursion to Aphlatun lake, which was founded by one of tributary. Canyon of North. Aphlatun river amazes with huge size of its vertical walls. Good path leads us to wide valley of Chatkal river, where some time later we going to turn to Tegerek-Say river. Camp is set at grassy hills of its bank.
Day 5. Ride from Tegerek-Say river to Kara-Tokoy river. Accommodation in Camp 5 (2900m).
During short day passage from Tegerek-Say river to Kara-Tokoy river we can see greatness of nature and unbelievable beauty of the Chatkal river valley with one"s own eyes.
Day 6. Excursion to Kara-Tokoy lake and ride across Kokuy-Bel pass (3037m). Accommodation in Camp 6 (2600m).
Today we are to not hard riding excursion up along Kara-Tokoy river to the wonderful secluded lake called Kara-Tokoy. At the second part of the day we are to not difficult ride across kokuy-Bel pass (3037m) to the Ak-Suu river valley.
Day 7. Ride up along Ak-Suu river and further by the South. Kara-Kuldja river valley. Retrace to Camp 6.
We ride up by Alpine high grasses of the South. Kara-Kuldja river valley to the foot of the pass of the same name. Our way is lying in immediate closeness to Talass Alatau ridge with summits of more then 4000m altitudes. One of these summits is Kara-Kuldja (4115m). Camp is on a bank.
Day 8. Ride across Kara-Kuldja pass (3161m) and descent to the North. Kara-Kuldja river valley. Accommodation in Camp 7 (2400m).
We overcome Kara-Kuldja pass and make descent by path to the valley of North. Kara-Kuldja river. Good path leads us to this pass very gently, the pass is situated at the junction place of Chatkal ridge and Talass Alatau ridge. From the saddle the path goes down gently to North. Kara-Kuldja river passing a few its tributaries. Luxury landscapes accompany us from both sides of our way. Camp is at comfortable place on a bank of the river.
Day 9. Ride up along Okun river across not hard Okum pass (2649m) and ride down to the valley of Kara-Suu river. Accommodation in Camp 8 (2300m).
Grand view at vast Talass Alatau ridge appears from the line of the ascent to the pass. We can see all its peaks and precipices of rocks. Okun river is falling around southern-eastern extremity of Atoinak ridge and divides two tracts - Karagay-Tumshuk and May-Litor. The uppers of Okun river (called May-Litor river) round Shukoletau summit (3054m) from South-North, and the saddle of Okum pass is not far away from this place. Descent to Kara-Suu river is not hard, and very soon we are going to come to the place of pitching our camp.
Day 10. Accommodation in Camp 9 (2300m).
This day is the day of the rest with having not exhausting excursion to Kara-Suu (Karakamish) lake and to the waterfall where the water leaves the lake spouting with impetuous stream and rushes down by huge boulders of a swell. Compact mountain massif called Min-Teke appears from banks to the South-East of the lake, and mountain ridge dividing us from several lakes (there are Kely-Kel, Iry-Kel, Chacha-Kel, Bockaly etc. lakes which are situated in close neighborhood with huge Sary-Chelek lake) is rising above western side of Kara-Kamish lake. At will not hard ascent to the saddle of Kuturma pass (2446m) is possible, where incredible view at all cavity with scattering of lakes appears from.
Day 11. Trekking up to and over Kuturma pass (2446m) and then descent to lake Iri-Kol. Accommodation in Camp 10 (1300m).
This is interesting in its impressions day. We ride up along valley of Kara-Suu and Kyzyl-Suu (the uppers of Kara-Suu river) rivers and then having overcome Makmal pass (2654m) we get to Kara-Tokoy tract. Having descended along Sary-Chelek river to the valley we turn out at the shore of majestic lake - Sary-Chelek lake - which is considered as a pearl of beauty in area of Chatkal ridge. It’s going to be difficult, long-continued and most memorable day with great impressions. This day is going to end with overnight on the Sary-Chelek lake shore.
Day 12. Ride up along Chacha-Kyol, Kile-Kyol, Sary-Chelek and Bokaly lakes. Accommodation in Camp 11 (850m).
Today we are to say Goodbye to stunning Sary-Chelek lake. It’s going to be not long ascent to Ashuu pass and descent to Kechkil river valley (Arkit-Say river). Easy pass connects valleys of Sary-Chelek river and Arkit-Say river. Emerald-blue water of the lake and its shores having become overgrown with Tien-Shan firs appear from the saddle of the pass. Camp is on a bank of the river.
Day 13. Transfer Arkit village - Osh. Accommodation at hotel (320km; approx. 6hrs).
Day 14. Transfer to airport. Departure.
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?
- Is it possible to swim in the lakes?
- 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?
- What should and what shouldn’t I take with me?
- How are meals organized during the trek programme?
- How about communication facilities during trek travel?
- How good is Internet access?
- Visa, permits
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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 to high altitude lake Sary-Chelek and other lakes of the Western Tien-Shan.
Trekking on foot covers from 10km to 18 km a day with altitude difference up to 1500m. The route runs at the maximum altitude of 3368m above sea level (Ashuu-Ter pass).
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 a horse handler who is responsible for proper packing of the loads on horses and porterage.
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 firm air-beds as well as comfortable sleeping bags with individual lining.
- 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.
We also offer the travelers small a flashlight for forehead with extra batteries.
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 Osh - 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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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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Trekking to Lake Sary Chelek
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