To the foot of Khan-Tengry peak (7010м)

Trekking along Inylchek glacier

 

Tour destinations: Kyrgyzstan. View the route map »»
Itinerary duration: 14 days / 13 nights.
Active part duration: 8 days / 9 nights.
Tour itinerary: Bishkek - Southern Inylchek glacier - Issyk Kul Lake - Bishkek.

DATE FOR GUARANTEED COMBINED GROUP: 14.08 - 27.08.2016

Tien Shan is one of the highest mountain ranges in the world. But it is its central part - the central Tian Shan - which is characterized by the maximum glaciation; there are indeed giddy heights here. Beautiful mountains (7000m), surrounded with their less high “brothers” settled down compactly here. The trek route presents some grand possibilities not only to set off trekking up on the huge Inylchek glacier divided into Northern and Southern torrents, but also to see the well-known Mertsbaher Lake, and the main thing to touch the very root of magnificent, almost mythical giants - peaks of Khan -Tengri and Pobeda(Victory).

  • ITINERARY,
    SERVICES & COST
  • ITINERARY IN DETAIL,
    ROUTE MAP
  • OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS &
    LEISURE ACTIVITIES

 

Itinerary
Day 1. Arrival in Bishkek. Bishkek - Karakol city. Accommodation in a hotel (1700m; 400km; 6-7hrs).
Day 2. Transfer Karakol - At Jailoo. Accommodation in Camp 1 (2500m; 200km; 6hrs).
Day 3. Trekking from At Jailoo - to Southern Inylchek glacier. Accommodation in Camp 2 (2900m; 16km; 6-8hrs) under Nansen peak (5697m).
Day 4. Trekking from C2 on Southern Inylchek glacier moraines to Putevodny (Guiding) glacier. Accommodation in Camp 3 (3100m; 10km; 6-8hrs).
Day 5. Trekking from C3 on the lateral Inylchek glacier moraine to Mertsbaher glade. Accommodation in Camp 4 (3400m; 10km; 6-8hrs).
Day 6. Hike up along Northern Inylchek glacier to Mertsbaher Lake (3500m; 7km; 4hrs). Return to Camp 4.
Day 7. Trekking from Mertsbaher glade on Southern Inylchek glacier up to Komsomolets glacier. Accommodation in Camp 5 (3800m; 10km; 6-8hrs).
Day 8. Trekking from Camp 5 on Southern Inylchek glacier to Dikiy (Wild) glacier. Accommodation in Camp 6 (3900m; 10km; 6-8hrs).
Day 9. Trekking from Camp 6 on Southern Inylchek glacier to Base Camp «Southern Inylchek». Accommodation in Base Camp «Southern Inylchek» (4100m; 10km; 6-8hrs).
Day 10. Full day in Base Camp. Hikes in the surroundings. Night in Base Camp «Southern Inylchek».
Day 11. Flight from Base Camp «Southern Inylchek» to Base Camp "Karkara". Transfer Base Camp "Karkara" - Cholpon-Ata on the coast of Issyk Kul Lake. Accommodation in a hotel (1600m; 200km; 3hrs).
Day 12. Trasfer Cholpon-Ata - Bishkek. Accommodation in a hotel.
Day 13. Bishkek. Sightseeing tour.
Day 14. Departure.
The cost of the tour in USD for 1 person:
The cost of the tour for 1 person 2080 USD / person
SGL accommodation in hotels +130 USD / person
SGL accommodation in tents +110 USD / person
*Group: from 8 persons.
*Please contact our operators for all individual requests: adventure@centralasia-travel.com
The cost of the tour includes:
Meeting and seeing off in airport;
All transfers according program;
Hotel accommodation 2* in Karakol in twins / double rooms, with breakfast;
Hotel accommodation 3* in Bishkek in twins / double rooms, with breakfast;
Hotel accommodation 3* in Issyk- Kul Lake in twins / double rooms, with breakfast;
Helicopter flight Southern Inylchek BC - Karkara BC;
Service during trekking part:
  - Full board (three hot meals a day);
  - Accommodation in double tents;
  - Mountain guide, cook, service staff;
  - Porter service during the trek (your luggage on trek will be carried by porters; limit of weight of personal belongings carried by porter during the trek should not be more than 12 kg; we don’t return money for lower weight of your luggage; additional payment for 1kg extra - 12 USD per programs);
  - Individual equipment (camping mat, personal crockery: bowls, mugs, spoons);
  - Bivouac equipment (tents, dining-tent, tables, chairs, kitchenware, dining sets, toilet-tent, gas stoves etc.);
First aid kit;
Preparation of necessary documents:
  - Border zone permit;
  - Ecological fees.
The cost of the tour doesn’t include:
International air flights;
Individual equipment (shoes, clothes, sleeping bag);
Medical insurance.

 

ITINERARY IN DETAIL

Day 1. Arrival in Bishkek. Joint transfer Bishkek - Karakol. Accommodation in a hotel (1700m).
Distance: 400km; approx. 6-7hrs. Altitude difference: +900m.

On a hot August afternoon you arrive in the capital of Kyrgyzstan. You leave a huge building of the airport "Manas", involuntarily looking out for someone with the placard where your name ought to be flaunted. It would be a true sign that since this moment you need not think about how to get to the hotel, and, in general, what will happen to you onward. Do not worry! The very person with the placard where your name is written, certainly, is waiting for you. He looks out in the motley crowd of newcomers a person with a backpack, dressed obviously not to the standard norms of civilized townspeople. Then we gather our things - of course, everyone in his own guest room! - then in an orderly manner we embus and start off to Karakol, mentally painting the nearest future, choosing the paints depending on whether you are an optimist or a pessimist (there are not so many options). En route we stop over at a small restaurant, where everyone can choose something tasty to stay his stomach, because it is a long day’s journey, one might feel peckish. We will reach Karakol only by the evening.

Day 2. Sightseeing tour. Transfer Karakol city - At Jailoo. Accommodation in Camp 1 (2500m).
Distance: 200km; approx. 6hrs. Altitude difference: +800m.

Now little by little we switch over to mountainous landscapes because today we shall get to lower reaches of the Inylchek river gorge, where the first stationary camp - C1 is located. That is, though you will station yourself overnight in the mountains, but civilization amenities (almost all) will still surround you. It will manifest itself in warm lodging, hot supper, hospitable personnel of C1 and the radio communication between all stationary camps throughout Inylchek glacier. What advantages? As easy as ABC: you practically need not carry anything: neither a tent, nor utensil, neither gas, nor food! Only personal things you like - clothes, footwear - to whom what is near and dear. Even downy sleeping bag is available for rent, but it depends on your habits.

Day 3. Trekking from At Jailoo to Inylchek glacier. Accommodation in Camp 2 (2900m) under Nansen peak (5697m).
Distance: 16km; approx. 6-7hrs. Altitude difference: +400m.

We start our trek route. The day will not be tiresome since our route is along the riverbank for the present. No ice, no any cracks, only walk up and admire the beauties. On the right of us there is the snow-covered Inylchektay ridge, on the left there is as much the snow-covered Sary-Djazz ridge. Nansen Peak looming up in the distance (5697m) gradually starts to increase in sizes, becoming higher and higher. And here, when it is already impossible to be higher for one, we approach our next shelter - C2. It is the most western edge of Inylchek glacier.

Day 4. Trekking from Camp 2 along Inylchek glacier moraines to Putevodny (Guiding) glacier. Accommodation in Camp 3 (3100m).
Distance: 10km; approx. 6-8hrs. Altitude difference: +200m.

As you have already guessed - trekking on Inylchek glacier edge starts up just today. From year to year the picture of all these faults and cracks varies, and each time, at the beginning of summer season, guides have to blaze a new trail. We are approaching to the glacier Putevodny (Guiding), sweeping into the Inylchek from somewhere on the right. Here you are again will be welcomed by the personnel and guests of C3 who arrived there a little bit before you.

Day 5. Trek from Camp 3 along Inylchek glacier lateral moraine to Mertsbaher glade. Accommodation in Camp 4 (3400m).
Distance: 10km; approx. 6-8hrs. Altitude difference: +300m.

Insidious Inylchek entertains us again with surprises in the form of labyrinths through which our trail makes its way. Not always they cause the attacks of unrestrained joy, but all these are trifles, because there is such a beauty around, and somewhere in the depth of the glacier the river makes noise, breaking through and washing away ice caves and corridors, boils and rushes, divided into the subglacial torrents invisible to eyes. Moving along the trail, which from time to time disappears somewhere, we reach the Mertsbaher glade - C4.

Day 6. Hike up on Southern Inylchek glacier to Mertsbaher Lake (3500m). Return to Camp 4.
Distance: 7km; approx. 4hrs. Altitude difference: + / - 100m.

This place is very strange and mysterious: it is here where the Northern and Southern Inylchek merge and then slip downwards already under one general name Inylchek. But what is absolutely not clear that how, under what physical law Mertsbaher Lake, functions, being located on the Northern Inylchek: once it is absolutely without water then suddenly it is filled with water violently to edges, then it remains so for some time, and again - as if due to some unknown signal - drops out its glacial waters into the river. All heard about this surprising lake, but few saw it. Today the list who has seen Mertsbaher Lake personally will add your names as well. The whole day is devoted to it and you!

Day 7. Trekking from the Mertsbaher glade on Southern Inylchek to Komsomolets glacier. Accommodation in Camp 5 (3800m).
Distance: 10km; approx. 6-8hrs. Altitude difference: +300m.

Yesterday brought new impressions and discoveries, but today we continue moving upwards along the glacier, now it is the Southern Inylchek. Soon, having passed the Shokalsky glacier, leftward of the trek we notice some very high peak. It is Petrovsky peak (5860m). It is just opposite to our next destination will be located - C5 which settled down comfortably under Komsomolets glacier. The nights are getting colder, landscapes are becoming more impressive. But you still feel comfortably and this quite expected feeling!

Day 8. Trekking from C5 on Southern Inylchek glacier to Dikiy (Wild) glacier. Accommodation in Camp 6 (3900m).
Distance: 10km; approx. 6-8hrs. Altitude difference: +100m.

Rub your sleepy eyes - you are still in the mountains! It was not a dream, it is quite a reality, and this reality is amazing! We move forward and upwards, overcoming natural obstacles and reinforcing in the thought that we are heroes, and as is known «normal heroes always go detour», this is exactly what we try to do in order to avoid rolling down into some treacherous crevasse. We walk one after another and we reach Dikiy (Wild) glacier where the height already reached almost 4000m, and everyone can feel it.

Day 9. Trekking from Camp 6 on Southern Inylchek glacier to BC «Southern Inylchek». Accommodation in Base Camp «Southern Inylchek» (4100m).
Distance: 10km; approx. 6-8hrs. Altitude difference: +200m.
The first beams of the cold dawn vigorously make the way into the tents scattered on Southern Inylchek glacier lateral moraine. Breakfast is already served in the comfortable tent, a companion cabin, and all are crawling quietly to the table. After that we collect our things and go ahead. It will not take long to get to the finish point of the trek. When we reach BC, the two well-known and stern giants will decorate our life, or rather its period which shall stay in our memory for ever, of course, and these are Khan -Tengri (7010m) and Pobeda (7439m) peaks.

Day 10. Full day in Base Camp. Hikes in the surroundings.
Night in Base Camp «Southern Inylchek».
There is some category of people who stand in such a mystical awe from the mountains beauty; that they can even burst into tears. Music can affect some people the same way - great, sad, and thrilling. It is impossible to utter a word, simply one want to look at, be silent, and be choked with happy tears. Such emotions become sharp up to a limit at the foot of these tops. This is such a pure and high feeling that it seems as if all your previous life were nothing in comparison with this moment of nirvana. It is comparable with the purest sound, and you hear it, having grown dumb. There comes some spiritual purification, maybe, this way so many imagine Shambala … And it would be desirable that the shy touch to the great secret of this world will not came to an end.

Day 11. Flight from Base Camp «Southern Inylchek» to Base Camp "Karkara". Trasfer BC «Karkara» - Cholpon-Ata settlement on the coast of Issyk Kul Lake coast. Accommodation in a hotel (1600m).
Distance: 200km; approx. 3hrs. Altitude difference: -2500m.
Mountains are unusually beautiful. And through the window they are even more beautiful. And it is such a pity that snow-covered peaks keep away from us quickly, or vice versa: we become far and far away from this kingdom of eternal snow and eternal truths… So many rebellious thoughts there are in the head… So many sincere words we would like to whisper to someone under blades roar over the head… All of us are the same, but yet we are a bit different now.
In addition Issyk-Kul wave will freshen us in the evening; the lash of the wave will stir up recent memoirs. And one fine day when you wish again to go to the mountains, try to close your eyes and to hear noise of Issyk Kul water, howl of the mountain wind and an a gentle familiar voice of an old friend… And if you are lucky then some time… Some time…

Day 12. Transfer Cholpon-Ata - Bishkek. Accommodation in a hotel.

Day 13. Bishkek. Sightseeing tour.

Day 14. Departure.

Route Map

Route Map

 

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