How to connect the beautiful, healthy, easy and just great? May be just realize the Karakol trek?
This is the most famous and impressive trek. Its uniqueness is in its diversity of landscapes types and accessibility almost for everybody. It is amazing, but panorama view will be more and more beautiful step by step during all your way. At the first moment you will really enjoy the view of red rocks in Jety-Oguz Gorge and further you will see exciting Jety-Oguz Wall Glacier (5181 metres of height), nature fir forest in Karakol Gorge, amazing Ala-Kol Lake and Altyn-Arashan with its health hot sulphur springs. And now you see? This amazing trek is quite soft and loyal for your body, very good for your health and great for your mind!
Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek. Accommodation in the hotel, Guest House
Arrival to Bishkek. Accomodation in the Guest House.
Meeting in the office and duscution all trek details. Preparations.
Day 2: Transfer Bishkek – Kyzyl-Suu (450 km.)
A.M. Early Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Chon-Kyzyl-Suu.
P.M. Lunch on the way. Further way to Chon-Kyzyl-Suu along the south shore of Issyk-Kul Lake which occupies the Central part of the valley created by the circle of the Terskey and Kungey Ala-Too mountain ranges. Issyk-Kul Lake is the largest in the Tien-Shan Mountains (6,236 sq. km.) and has a maximum depth of 703 m. The altitude of the lake is 1608 m. above the sea level. Issyk-Kul Lake is unique in that dozens of rivers and streams flow into it, yet none flow out.
Arrival to Pokrovka village, meeting with porters. Trekking via East Tuyk river along the Chon Kyzyl-Suu George, to the altitude of 2400 metres above sea level – the first place of overnight stay.
Set the tent camp, Dinner.
Day 3 – 4: Kyzyl-Suu – Archa – Tor – Jety-Oguz (3100 km. above sea level)
After breakfast. Trekking via Archa-Tor pass to Jety-Oguz George. Many legends connect with his strange red rocks of Jety-Oguz gorge. The Alpine health resort „Jety-Oguz“ lies on the river with the same name at an altitude of 2200 m. in a picturesque gorge on the Northern slope of the Terskey Ala-Too range. A broad valley surrounded by snow-capped summits – this place is the most beautiful in the Northern Tien-Shan area. The origin of Jety-Oguz is connected with whimsical red rocks that stand high at the very entrance to the gorge. Set the tent camp in wood zone in convenient place near the confluence of rivers – Jety-Oguz and Telety in Gety- Oguz gorge.
During these days – radial hiking directing to the Jety-Oguz Wall Glacier, where travelers could see amazing views of the top of 5181 metres of height. Two days overnight in tent camp.
Day 5: Jety-Oguz – near by Telety Pass (3650 km. above sea level)
Start ascent to Telety pass (3650m). There is a convenient track, which pass on coniferous wood almost directly to pass. Further downwards there is an abrupt descent on a talus. No trees, no bush – only alpine meadows. Having chosen a convenient place for set up the camp, overnight.
Day 6 – 7: Near by Telety-Pass – Karakol Gorge (3800 km. above sea level) tents
Start trekking to Karakol George via Telety pass – little bit hard ascent you will continuous by almost even terrain. You will go trough forest by narrow tangled lanes. Cross rivers by bridge, by stones and by stem tree. After 3 hours trekking by nearly even terrain you will must to go up to grassy declivity and clamber by wooded declivity (about 2 hours).
Set up the tent camp. It is better to make here two overnights stays. In this case you will have a chance to realize radial hiking to the Karakol Peak (5240 m. ab. sea level) or to Oguz-Bashi (5150m. ab. sea level).
Day 8: Karakol Gorge – Ala-Kol Lake – under Ala-Kol pass (3860 km. above sea level) tents
AM After breakfast you will start your climb Ala-Kol Lake (3 hours) via the forest oasis of SIROTA (2900m) (meaning “orphan” thanks to it’s location in the middle of a barren, rocky valley). Here you will find a little alpine log hut built by group of mountaineering enthusiasts several years ago. Sirota is one of the region’s most arrestingly beautiful areas with its unique landscape and spectacular views.
PM Lunch is on the shore of the pearl of Karakol canyon – ALA-KOL LAKE via Ala-Kol pass 3860m – 6hours. Ascent on the Ala-Kol pass (3860 m). The short, flat summit makes a good vantage point for picking out Terskey Ala-Too’s highest peaks: KARAKOL (5273m), DJIGIT peaks. The ridge that these peaks creates runs across the horizon from west to east. This lake is famous for its eerie, ever-changing color and for being situated at an altitude of 3500m above sea level. Everybody finds the spectacle of this miracle of nature absolutely unforgettable. If you just here for the first time, we guarantee that you will fall in love with Ala-Kol and its surroundings. The color of the lake surface changes from greeny-blue to violet every hour depending on weather conditions.
Continue your way under Ala-Kol pass, set up the tent camp, dinning, the rest.
Day 9: near Ala-Kol Pass – Altyn-Arashan (3200 km. above sea level) tents
AM Breakfast staring ascent to the Ala-Kol Pass along the grass slope with good seeing pats, along the stone slopes. There are lots of small rivers, which you will across.
PM Stop in the marvelous place for the lunch. Usually something light with the warm tea. Further way descending from the pass at walking you will go through the pine-tree forest of Altyn-Arashan Gorge. Much area of which is a botanical research area called the Arashan state nature reserve. The resort at Altyn-Arashan is famous for its hot sulphur springs. You could see the carpet of flowers and different sorts of grass. The road to the camp will go through picturesque Mountain Canyon. The condition of road is very hard. It is real climbing for car. The road goes along the river shore. There are lots of serpentines. There is an opportunity to take a radon bathes. And have a great walk paths.
Reaching the camp place. Setting the camp. Dinner and rest.
Day 10: Altyn-Arashan – Karakol (1720 km. above sea level) Guest House
AM Breakfast. Meeting with the car. Transfer to Karakol town.
PM Lunch in the local café. Sightseeing excursion.
the mosque Dungan that was built in 1907 year and it is the place of worship of Buddists from all Central Asia. It built in the buddist pagoda style in wood. It was built without a single nail.
Accommodation in the local guest house. Dinner.
Day 11: Karakol – Cholpon-Ata (140km) Hotel
After Breakfast transfer to the Cholpon – Ata region, where you can visit the open air museum of petroglyphs, swimming in the lake, and just have a rest day.
Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 12: Cholpon-Ata – Bishkek (260km) Hotel
AM Breakfast. Transfer from Cholpon-Ata to Bishkek by North Beach of Issyk-Kul Lake.
PM Lunch in Kyrgyz family near by Tokmok city. Visit of:
Burana Tower that is situated in the center of ancient town – Balasagun. The tower is 24,6 miters high (original height was 45 miters). The territory of the museum with central ruins of the town is 36 hectares.
After arriving to Bishkek city travelers accommodate at the hotel have a rest time till evening.
Dinner is at the local restaurant, rest, transfer to the airport for the flight.