Trekking to Lake Sary-Chelek
|Country:||Kyrgyzstan, Western Tien-Shan mountains||View the route map »»|
|Tour duration:||10 days / 9 nights|
|Best time to travel:||July - September|
|Itinerary:||Osh - Aflatun settlement - Lake Sary-Chelek - Arkyt-Sai river - Osh|
Guarantee Dates Of Group Tours In 2017: 23.06 - 02.07.2017
The Western Tien-Shan mountains is a real treasure of spectacular lakes including the grandiose lake Sary-Chelek. It is to this lake that the route of the trekking takes you through picturesque mountain passes, deep gorges, along the torrents of mountain rivers. In addition to Lake Sary-Chelek, you will encounter a number of other smaller lakes which look like a chain of crystal-clear diamonds scattered among the rocky mountain peaks.
Lake Sary-Chelek and its surroundings are full of enchantment. Located at the altitude of 1873m the lake is cupped in the basin among mountain ridges. With the length of 7,500m and the width of 2280m, the lake is 234m deep. It was formed as a result of tectonism of the area about 2000 years ago. On a fair day the extreme transparency of the water makes underwater inhabitants as well as deep water landscapes clearly visible. The lake is located on the territory of Sary-Chelek biosphere reserve. Surrounding the lake and reflecting in its water surface are rocky cliffs and thick juniper, fir and spruce forests.
Don’t miss the unforgettable trip to Lake Sary-Chelek.
Services & Cost
- Itinerary in Detail,
- Route description,
Personal gear, Services
- Useful Information,
- Optional Excursions & Leisure Activities
|Day 1.||Early arrival to Osh. Meet and greet in the airport. Transfer from Osh to Aflatun settlement at the confluence of the Aflatun and Utur rivers. Camp 1 (1300m; 350km; approx. 6hrs).|
|Day 2.||The beginning of active part of the tour. Trekking up along the Yushniy Aflatun river. Camp 2 (1700m; 18km; approx. 6hrs).|
|Day 3.||Continue trekking up along the Yushniy Aflatun river and then further along Uyalma river. Camp 3 (2100m; 12km; approx. 5hrs).|
|Day 4.||Trekking over Kuldambes pass and then descent to Lake Sary-Chelek over Ashuu pass. Camp 4 (1900m; 10km; approx. 5hrs).|
|Day 5.||Day’s rest on Lake Sary-Chelek. Walks along the lake banks. Retrace to Camp 4.|
|Day 6.||Ascent along Lake Sary-Chelek over Makmal pass. Descent to the Kyzyl-Suu river. Camp 5 at the confluence of the Kyzyl-Suu and Kurumdu rivers (2000m; 13km; approx. 6 hrs).|
|Day 7.||Trekking downstream the Kara-Suu river to lake Karakamysh (Kara-Suu). Camp 6 on the lake bank (1800m; 12km; approx. 3hrs).|
|Day 8.||Trekking up to and over Kuturma pass and then descent to lake Iri-Kol. Camp 7 on the lake bank (1300m; 10km; approx. 5hrs).|
|Day 9.||Trekking from lake Iri-Kol to the southern part of lake Sary-Chelek in Upaly ravine. Continue trekking round lake Kely-Kol and further to the Arkyt-Sai riverwhere the vehicle will be waiting to pick you up (10km; approx. 2hrs). Transfer to Osh. Accommodation in the hotel (320km; approx. 6hrs).|
|Day 10.||Osh. Departure. Subject to departure time there is leisure time in Osh when you can visit the Osh bazaar. Transfer to airport. Departure home.|
|The cost of the tour 2017 in USD for 1 person:|
|The cost of the tour for 1 person||1040 USD/person|
|SGL supplement||+ 100 USD/person|
|*This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged whatever final number of persons in a group.|
|The cost tour includes:||The cost tour doesn’t include:|
Itinerary in Detail
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 18km a day with altitude difference up to 850m. The route runs at the maximum altitude of 2750m above sea level (Kuldambes 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Optional Excursions & Leisure Activities
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«Tour to Uzbekistan»
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The Orient is a delicate thing: fine pattern, delicate silk, fine arts, graceful and charming dances… The tour across Uzbekistan called “The Oriental Adventures” will guide you through the most interesting places of this wonderful country. We understand that you wish to manage seeing the most impressive, eye-catching, important and unique things during your short vacation in order to be able to estimate true worth of magnificent monuments of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, in order to be able to enjoy surrounding nature and its generous gifts!
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Itinerary Day 1. Osh - Fergana - Margilan (167 km).
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 (300 кm).
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 (300 km).
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 (280 km).
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.
Photo of the tour:
Video: Travel in the mountains. Trekking to Lake Sary Chelek
(Western Tien Shan, Kyrgyzstan), June 2015
Our company organised a hike (informative walking tour) to high-altitude Lake Sary Chelek for 11 representatives of different tourism agencies from Brazil, Spain, Great Britain, Chile and Russia, who, together with our united team, had a nice time of it in the country of turquoise lakes, deep gorges and picturesque mountain passes, away from the civilization, in the very heart of the Sary Chelek Nature Reserve.
The expedition participants enjoyed the beauty of primeval nature, admired the simplicity of the local people’s life, participated in various master classes and partook of oriental food prepared by our professional cooks, while our team ensured a stable functioning of the camps.
Simple but filled with fairytale landscapes and bright impressions, a mountain tour like this is the best version of a team building event! Activities in the mountains tend to reveal a person’s potential completely, while difficulties and joys that people experience together make them naturally closer!
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