Double trek on the south side of Lake Issyk-Kul

On the south side of Lake Issyk-Kul

22 day tour, good physical condition, since 2019

Hike in 2 different areas of the Tian Shan Mountains

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During your bike tour there will be plenty of time to enjoy the local nature

In the yurt camp on the shore of lake Issyk Kul you can go for a swim in the clear blue water.
In the mountains you can go for a hike, ride a horse or pay a visit to the nomadic families who live in the mountain pastures during the summer.

About tour

Trekking tours are great holidays when you are in a good physical condition, able to cope with unpredictable situations and love nature. On this tour you will not only hike in 2 different areas of the Tian Shan Mountains but will also have the opportunity to experience life of the Kyrgyz nomads, staying in yurts in the mountains.

The first trek is mostly through green alpine meadows, alt. between 2.000 m and 3.000m, ending in a yurt camp at 2.450 m. The second trek is in the Karakol region with passes of over 3.500 m. The second trek tour is not easy but you will always remember it as an unforgettable experience.

Walking days are usually between 4 to 8 hours. The group consists of 4-8 people, guides and an English speaking interpreter. For the first trek your luggage will be carried by horse, and on the second trek porters will carry your luggage, – a maximum of 12 kg p.p. During the tour you will sleep in small tents or in yurt camps. Transportation will be by own minibus.

You need to bring a warm sleeping bag, isomat, warm clothes, water proof clothing and very comfortable walking shoes.

Day By Day Programme

Here you can find a detailed description of the tour with routes and locations

  Day 1Departure from your local airport.
  Day 2Arrival Manas airport, transfer to the hotel and after lunch sightseeing around Bishkek. Stay in hotel in Bishkek.
  Day 3Day hike in Alamedin Gorge, 30 km from Bishkek, to get used to altitude and time change. Stay in hotel in Bishkek.
  Day 4By car first along the south side of Lake Issyk-Kul and into the mountains to the yurt camp at Tuura-Suu at 2.200 m. Stay in yurt.
  Day 5Day in the yurt camp Tuura-Suu, hike and/or horse ride. Visit village. Stay in yurt.
  Day 6By car to the yurt camp Sonun close to the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. Here you can swim or hike in the badlands. Stay in yurt.
  Day 7By car to the starting point of the first trek. In Tosor canyon the guide, horsemen and horses will be waiting for you. Hike that day about 4/5 hours. Stay in tent.
  Day 8-9Hike to the yurt camp at Temir-Kanat at 2.450 m where you will arrive in the afternoon of day 9. Stay in tent and yurt.
  Day 10Day in Temir-Kanat, hiking in the mountains, horse-riding.
  Day 11From Temir-Kanat to the district village of Bokonbaevo where you will meet a man who hunts with golden eagles. Then to Skaska (fairytale) for a short hike in a hidden valley with remarkable weather-beaten rock formations and finishing in Jeti-Oguz, famous for its flowers and also for its red rock formations with names like “Broken Heart“and “Seven Oxen”. Stay in yurt.
  Day 12To the yurt camp at Kara- Kyz, alt 2.200 m, starting point of the second trek.
  Day 13Start trek, hiking about 5/6 hours, camping at the end of the Jergez Valley. Stay in tent.
  Day 14Crossing the Ailanysh Pass (3.560 m) Camping in forest.
  Day 15Crossing the Ortok Pass (3.780 m) to the Arashan hot springs. Camping and the possibility to take a bath in the hot spring waters.
  Day 16Day trek to Ala-Kol Lake (3.500 m) crossing the Ala-Kol Pass (3.860 m) Return to Arashan for the night. Stay in tent.
  Day 17Walk down through the Arashan Gorge to the car (3-4 hrs) and then back to Karakol. Stay in B&B.
  Day 18Along the north side of Lake Issyk-Kul to Tamchy, a nice village with a good beach. En route stop in Cholpon-Ata to visit the archeological open air museum to see petroglyphs made by the Scythes. Stay in B&B.
  Day 19In the Boom Gorge stop for a hike of 4-5 hours in the Konorchok Canyons and then continue to the ski resort Orlovka where you will stay in a cottage.
  Day 20Near Tokmok visit the Burana Tower and museum, a remnant of a town from the old Silk Road. By car back to Bishkek, stay in Hotel Umai or equivalent.
  Day 21Day without fixed programme, time for shopping and visiting Osh bazaar. Stay in hotel, (lunch not included).
  Day 22Transfer to Manas Airport and departure.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it might be necessary to make small changes in the program.
We ask for your understanding.

Tour specifics

Our tours can be organized for individual travelers or groups of up to 10 people (and sometimes more) and for families with (young) children. For the majority of our tours you can specify the start date and length of the tour.

Date
July 17August 7
Group
4 and more persons
For four and more persons
Price€ 1.695 p.p. 

For bookings of 4, or more, persons we offer a 5% discount. In case there are less participants than required, if you pay an additional fee, the trip will go on as planned.

Terms of payment

•  Transportation by own minibus
•  All meals
•  Stay in hotel, guesthouse, yurt, tent
•  Programme as described
•  English speaking guide/ interpreter
•  Camping equipment except sleeping bag and Iso-mattress
•  Porters to carry luggage (max 12 kg pp.)
•  Cook
•  Trekking guide
•  Road taxes

•  Flight
•  Insurances
•  Personal expenses
•  Entrance fees
•  Tips
•  Alcoholic and other bottled beverages
•  Activities not mentioned in the programme

If you have to cancel a tour you already booked, we have to charge you cancellation fee.
If Ecotour cancels the tour, of course you will get back the full amount you paid.
If you cancel your trip, depending on the time your message reaches us, you owe Ecotour the following amount:

till 42 days before departureone pays the deposit
day 42- till day 2835 %
day 28- till day 2140 %
day 21- till day 1450 %
day 14- till day 575 %
day 5 – till day 290 %
on the last day before and the day of departure100%

A trip with Ecotour means an unusual and unforgettable vacation.
Our trips are suitable for those who do not insist on luxury, love the mountains,
appreciate the silence and do not want to travel in large groups.

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Mountain passes, bad tracks, off-road, and firm climbs over 3000 m characterize this route.
Not all slopes are steep, but some are very long and on dirt roads.
But it is worth the effort.