Nature & Culture Treasures of Central Asia

Trekking in the Tian Shan Mountains and excursions in Osh, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva

 

Country: Kyrgyzstan, Tien-Shan mountains, Uzbekistan View the route map »»
Tour duration: 14 days / 13 nights, 16 days / 15 nights
14 days itinerary: Osh – Aflatun River Valley – Lake Sary-Chelek – Kara-Suu River Valley – Lake Iri-Kol – Osh – RishtanKokand TashkentSamarkandBukhara – Tashkent
16 days itinerary: Osh – Aflatun River Valley – Lake Sary-Chelek – Kara-Suu River Valley – Lake Iri-Kol – Osh – RishtanKokand TashkentSamarkandBukharaKhiva – Urgench

GUARANTEED DATES OF THE GROUP TOUR IN 2022: (open)

In this group tour we combined trekking in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and excursions to the ancient cities of Uzbekistan. Within one trip, you will be able to look at two countries from various sides and enjoy the whole palette of their versatility, including beautiful mountains and architectural wonders of human.

You will spend the first half of the trip in the protected area of the Western Tian Shan. Trekking takes place along easy mountain trails in coniferous forests and deep gorges, near large beautiful lake Sary-Chelek. The group is accompanied by a mountain guide, a service staff and horses. 

In the second half of the tour we will return to the civilization and moving from Kyrgyzstan to Uzbekistan through green Fergana Valley – the land of hereditary artisans and ancient traditions of hand-made delicate silk and original ceramics. We will visit pottery workshops, and then go to legendary cities of the Silk Road – Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Medieval oriental architecture, an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables in the bazaars, amazing Uzbek cuisine and sincere hospitality are waiting for you in sunny Uzbekistan!

  • Itinerary,
    Services & Cost
  • Visa
  • Route description,
    Personal gear, Services
  • Useful Information,
    Visa, permits

 

Itinerary:
Day 1. Arrival in Osh. Transfer Osh – Aflatun River Valley (350 km).
Travel time: 7 hours.
Meeting at the airport. Transfer from Osh to Aflatun River Valley, located in the eastern part of the Chatkal Ridge, the largest in the Western Tien Shan Mountains. We set up a tent camp in a picturesque place, right at the confluence of the Aflatun and Utur Rivers, in the shade of walnut trees.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent (1300 m).

Day 2. Yuzhniy (South) Aflatun River – Uyalma River (18 km).
Travel time: 7 hours; altitude difference: + 600 m.
The beginning of trekking. Trekking up along the Yuzhniy (South) Aflatun River valley to the confluence with Uyalma Gorge. A good dirt road runs along the canyon of Yuzhniy (South) Aftalun River among the picturesque spruce forests. The trail is perfect for the first day of the route.
A rest stop, lunch in a birch copse by the river. After lunch we continue the trekking up along the gorge to the confluence, which is a wide valley with green meadows and spruce forest.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent (1900 m).

Day 3. Uyalma River – Kuldambes Pass (2750 m) – Lake Sary-Chelek (11 km).
Travel time: 8 hours; altitude difference: +850 m; -850 m.
Trekking over Kuldambes Pass (2750 m) and then descent to Lake Sary-Chelek via Ashuu pass (2551 m). Easy trekking over Kuldambes Pass is done at the background of picturesque landscapes of Uyalma Valley and the Chatkal Ridge. After crossing Kuldambes pass we start slow descent to Ashuu pass - the viewpoint with stunning views of lake Sary-Chelek.  Lake Sary Chelek resulted from an enormous landslide blocking the river, which happened about 10000 years ago. Descent from Ashuu pass to the valley of lake Sary-Chelek.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent (1900 м).

Day 4. Lake Sary-Chelek – Makmal Pass (2654 m) – Kara-Suu River Valley (13 km).
Travel time: 7-8 hours; altitude difference: +755 m; -755 m.
We leave lake Sary-Chelek shores and trek upstream the Sary-Chelek River to its confluence with the Makmal River. A path along the river will lead us first to alpine meadows, and then to the wide saddle-point of Makmal Pass (2654 m). From the pass, it is possible to make a simple ascent to a nearby peak. A rest stop, lunch. Descent along the Kurumdu River to the Kara-Suu River valley.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent (1900 м).

Day 5. Kara-Suu River – Lake Kara-Suu (8 km).
Travel time: 4-5 hours; altitude difference: -100 m.
Continue easy descent along the Kara-Suu river valley to lake Kara-Suu (Karakamysh). The lake is incredibly beautiful and is located in a picturesque gorge. You will enjoy the stunning view of the Min-Teke mountain range from the shores of the lake.
After lunch, horseback riding, acquaintance with the life of nomads.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent (1800 m).

Day 6. Lake Kara-Suu – Kuturma Pass (2446 m) – Lake Iri-Kol (7 km).
Travel time: 6 hours; altitude difference: +646 m; -446 m.
After trekking along lake Kara-Suu we start an easy ascent to Kuturma Pass (2446m). A picturesque path runs between juniper trees and rocks. From the pass there opens a stunning panorama of southern part of lake Sary-Chelek. Descent from the pass is quite steep, but does not take much time and soon we reach the banks of lake Iri-Kol.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent (2000 m).

Day 7. Lake Iri-Kol – Lake Sary-Chelek (5 km). Transfer to Osh (320 km).
Travel time: 9 hours; altitude difference: -940 m.
Trekking from lake Iri-Kol to the southern part of lake Sary-Chelek along a good path. The route runs through apple orchards along numerous turquoise lakes.
Transfer to Osh. Time for walking around the city.
 Meals: breakfast, lunch.
 Overnight at a hotel.

Day 8. Osh (sightseeing). Osh – Rishtan – Kokand (180 km).
Travel time: 5 hours.
Sightseeing in Osh: sacred Sulayman-Too mountain and museum in a cave.
Transfer to the land border with Uzbekistan. Border formalities.
Transfer to Rishtan. Visiting the Center of Ceramics, acquaintance with the masters and their crafts. Demonstration of ceramic pottery making process.
Transfer to Kokand, the former capital of the Khanate of Kokand (18-19 cc.).
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at a hotel.

Day 9. Kokand (sightseeing). Kokand – Tashkent (240 km).
Travel time: 4 hours.
Sightseeing in Kokand: Khudoyar-Khan Palace, Modari-Khan Mausoleum, Djami Mosque, Necropolis Dakhma-i-Shakhon.
Transfer to Tashkent via the Kamchik pass (2285 m). Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan and modern megapolis; meanwhile, it is over 2,000 years old, and there is still some of its old part surviving, called Old Town.
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at a hotel.

Day 10. Tashkent (sightseeing).
Sightseeing in Tashkent: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah, the oldest bazaar of Tashkent “Chorsu”.
After lunch – continuation of the sightseeing: Independence Square, Amir Temur Square, walking in the center of Tashkent.
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at a hotel.

Day 11. Tashkent - Samarkand (330 km). Samarkand (sightseeing).
Travel time: 5 hours.
Transfer to Samarkand, probably the best-known Uzbekistan’s historic city. Over 2,750 years of age, it has a rich history and boasts world-famous masterpieces of medieval Islamic architecture, most of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Sightseeing in Samarkand: the most impressive square in the entire Central Asia – the Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilya-Kori Madrasah); Gur-e Amir Mausoleum – necropolis of the Timurids; the famous Siab bazaar.
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at a hotel.

Day 12. Samarkand (sightseeing). Samarkand - Bukhara (280 km).
Travel time: 4-5 hours.
Continuation of sightseeing in Samarkand: Bibi-Khanym Mosque; architectural ensemble Shah-i-Zinda; Ulugbek Observatory.
Transfer to Bukhara, one of the world’s oldest cities and one of the seven holy cities of Islam. It is over 2,500 years old, and seems to be emanating the breath of history. The city was a large political and religious center in the Middle Ages with over 350 mosques and 80 madrasahs (Islamic colleges), many of which survive. The historic center of Bukhara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at a hotel.

Samarkand

Day 13. Bukhara (sightseeing).
Sightseeing in Bukhara: Mausoleum of Samanids, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Khauz Complex, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex, Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, Ulugbek Madrasah.
After lunch – continuation of sightseeing in Bukhara: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade.
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at a hotel.

Option with departure from Tashkent (14-day route):
Bukhara – Tashkent (580 km, 4 h).
Transfer to Tashkent by train “Afrosiab”. Meeting at the railway station, check in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent.

Bukhara

Day 14. Bukhara – Khiva (440 km).
Travel time: 7 hours.
Transfer to Khiva through the famous Kyzylkum desert along the Amu Darya River
Walking around the historical district – Itchan Kala (XVIII century) which is the walled inner town of the old Khiva oasis and State Museum-Reserve protected as a World Heritage Site.
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at a hotel.

Option with departure from Tashkent (14-day route):
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. The end of the tour program.
Departure from Tashkent.

Bukhara

Day 15. Khiva (sightseeing).
Sightseeing in Khiva (Itchan-Kala): Pakhlavan Makhmoud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Hajji Madrasah & Minaret.
After lunch – continuation of the sightseeing: Tash Khauli Palace, Alakuli Khan Madrasah, Juma Mosque, Mukhammad Aminkhan Minaret & Madrasah.
Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at a hotel.

Bukhara

Day 16. Khiva – Urgench (departure).
Travel time: 0,5 hours.
Transfer to the airport of Urgench city. The end of the tour program. Departure from Urgench.
Meals: breakfast.

Bukhara

COST OF THE TOUR IN USD:

Type of accommodation: Departure from Tashkent
(14 days)
Departure from Urgench
(16 days)
Twin/double share. USD 1755 USD
SGL supplement USD +315 USD

This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged whatever final number of persons in a group.

The cost of the tour includes:

    • Meeting and seeing off at the airport;
    • Comfortable air-conditioned transport during the entire tour;
    • Accommodation in hotels on twin/double sharing basis with breakfasts;
    • Guided sightseeing tours according to the program;
    • Meals according to the tour program;
    • All needed documents arrangement:
      • Permit for visiting the territory of Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve;
      • Ecological fee.
    • Services during the trekking part of the trip:
    • Bivouac and kitchen equipment rental:

The cost of the tour doesn’t include:

  • International flights;
  • The cost of meals in the cities;
  • Medical costs and insurance.

Additional Services:

  • Supplement for additional night on arrival or departure:
    • Single room – 45 USD/per room /per night;
    • Double room – 55 USD/per room /per night.

Hotels.
We offer accommodation in small cozy hotels often decorated in a national style. This type of accommodation is completely unique: it combines modern comfort in every detail and a unique culture of hospitality in a chamber atmosphere with almost home cosiness.

City Accomodation
Tien-Shan mountains Tent camp
Osh Sunrise Osh Hotel 3* or similar
Kokand Silk Road Kokand 3* or similar
Tashkent Samir 3* / Orient Grand Hotel 3* or similar
Samarkand Arba 3* / Jahon Palace 3* or similar
Bukhara Kabir Hotel 3* / Kavsar Hotel 3* or similar
Khiva Shams 3* / Shokh Jahon Hotel 3* or similar

Transport in Kyrgyzstan

Group Type of transport
Group 1-3 pax. "Mitsubishi Delica"
Group 4-15 pax. "Mercedes-Benz Sprinter"

Transport in Uzbekistan

Group Type of transport
Group 1-2 pax. "Chevrolet Lacetti"
Group 3-6 pax. "Hyundai Grand Starex"
Group 7-9 pax. "Toyota Hiace" / "King Long"
Group 10-15 pax. "Mitsubishi Rosa" / "Eurise"
Group 16-45 pax. "Golden Dragon"

 

Visa and Visa invitation to Uzbekistan:

Visa-free regime for up to 60 days has been established  for citizens of countries below:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Moldova
  • Russia
  • Ukraine

Visa-free regime for up to 30 days has been established  for citizens of countries below:

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The Republic of Korea
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Singapore
  • the Vatican
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Visa to Kyrgyzstan

Under current rules visa-free stay within unlimited period on the territory of Kyrgyzstan is granted for the nationals of the following countries:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belorussia
  • Cuba
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Laos
  • Moldova
  • North Korea
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Vietnam

List of states granted visa-free stay up to 90 days: Mongolia, Ukraine.

List of states granted visa-free stay up to 60 days

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Britain
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican

Visa-free access to Kyrgyzstan up to 30 days: Malaysia.

Read more about visa to Kyrgyzstan here »»

 

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.

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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 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.

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List of personal gear provided by Central Asia Travel company

Sleeping bag.
Sleeping pad.
Raincoat.
Telescopic ski sticks for trekking.
Metallic vacuum flask 0.5 - 1.0 litres.
Forehead flashlight.

List of personal gear which tourist should bring himself

Trekking boots or hiking shoes and/or sandals (Teva, Keen or similar).
Assault jacket GORE-TEX (RedFox Vector GTX III or similar).
Suit POLARTEC (for instance, jacket BASK Kondor V3 + trousers BASK Vinson Pro V2)
Skin tight linen thermals POLARTEC thin thermals to wick moisture away from the skin (for instanceRedFox Dry Zone)
Thin Gloves, Fleece, Polartec, WindBloc and thick insulated gloves (for instance,RedFox Ice)
Peaked cap or panama hat + insulated winter hat.
Knitted T-shirts.
Thermal socks, like Boreal TREK Thermolite or similar + ordinary socks.
Backpack 40-60 l.
Lip balm.
Sun cream (SPF 25-40).
Sunglasses.
First-aid kit (personal).

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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 a horse handler who is responsible for proper packing of the loads on horses and porterage.

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Meals

Throughout the trek programme you will be served hot meals three times a day.
Below you can find the menu of one of the trekking days:

Завтрак  

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.

Обед  

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.

Ужин  

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 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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Route Map

Route Map

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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  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. Is it possible to swim in the lakes?
  6. What are the probabilities of encountering some dangerous creatures (besides relatively harmless mosquitoes) such as snakes, spiders, scorpions, mites etc.?
  7. Is it allowed to pick up mountain herbs and flowers? Which plants should be avoided?
  8. How are meals organized during the trek programme?
  9. How about communication facilities during trek travel?
  10. How good is Internet access?
  11. 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 2750 m 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. Is it possible to swim in the lakes?
    Most definitely it is. In summertime the temperature in the lakes is about 17-19°С. No wonder many travelers like to experience some bracing bathing. So don’t forget your swimsuit.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
    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.
    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.
  9. How about communication facilities during trek travel?
    Cellular telecommunication is available in Osh and on the way to Aflatun settlement. 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.
  10. How good is Internet access?
    Internet access is available only in Osh. There are many internet-cafes there.
  11. 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.

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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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