Trekking to two lakes

Trekking to two lakes

21 day tour, experienced hikers only, since ….

21 days is for experienced hikers who want to enjoy the beauty of pristine nature far from hectic civilization. Double trek: starting in Son-Kul and Karakol

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

This tour of 21 days is for experienced hikers who want to enjoy the beauty of pristine nature far from hectic civilization. These trekking tours are a challenging holiday, ideal for people who can cope physically and enjoy facing up to unpredictable situations. The tour takes place in two different parts of the majestic Tien-Shan Mountains and includes visiting two of the lakes –Issyk-Kul and Son-Kul – that are considered as pearls of the country.

You start your trip with a hike in Konorchok canyons and stay in Sonun yurt camp, where you have the possibility to swim in the lake. Then move onto the east of Issyk-Kul Lake. The first trekking you start from the Karakyz yurt camp, and crossing two passes of over 3.500 m you come down to Altyn-Arashan valley famous for its hot springs. You will walk through forests, sometimes-challenging rocky barrens and pass by small lakes. During this trek, you will camp in tents, but porters will help to carry your luggage, as horses are not able to do this part. The luggage has to be maximum of 12 kg p.p.

There are 3 days of driving by car to get from place to place, with a short hike in Skazka canyons and more relaxed days before starting the trekking from Son-Kul lake to Issyk-Kul. In contrast to the first part, you will walk through treeless mountains, vast open alpine pastures where you will meet many herdsmen with their livestock. There will be three passes of 3.300-3.500 m. Whilst trekking you will be camping in tents as well, which will be carried on horse backs together with your luggage.

Walking days are usually between 5 to 8 hours. Our group consists of 4-8 people, 6-12 horses, guides and an interpreter. You need a sleeping bag, isomat, warm clothes, waterproof 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 at Manas Airport and transfer to the hotel in Bishkek. After a rest and a light lunch sightseeing around Bishkek. Bishkek is a relatively new city built mostly in the Soviet style with wide boulevards, many parks and numerous terraces. You can visit the Old Square from where you can walk through the oldest park in Bishkek – Oak Park and onto the main square Ala-Too. Passing by the National Opera and Ballet Theatre, you get to Victory Square, built for the 40th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War (Second World War). Stay in hotel.
  Day 3By car to the Boom gorge (125 km) and from there hike of max 5 hours in the Konorchok Canyon with red sandstone pillars that go on for miles; hence is the name of the canyon, “Never-ending’. One particularly fascinating feature in the canyon is a 2,5-3-million-year-old dormant volcano. Then on to the yurt camp Sonun at the lake. Here you can see a variety of landscape: semi-desert, forest and mountains with beautiful glaciers in the distance, and the lake. In the late afternoon you can go for swimming in the lake. Stay in yurt.
  Day 4To the yurt camp Kara-Kyz (2.000 m), located at the far east of Lake Issyk–Kul, where they get much precipitation due to the westerly wind and consequently is known for lush vegetation. We will hike over beautiful mountains slopes with various herbs and flowers and in the forest. Stay in yurt.
  Day 5Start trekking from the yurt camp through the beautiful spruce forest along the mountain river, passing by shepherds living in their yurts or tents. Around 5-6 hours of walking at an altitude of 2.000-2.400 m. Camping at the end of the Jergez Valley.
  Day 6Cross the Ailanysh Pass (3.560 m) to the Alamaluu Valley (5-6 hrs). On the way you have nice views of the Almaluu Valley, waterfall and carpets of flowers. Camping in the forest.
  Day 76-7 hours of trekking over the Ortok Pass (3.780 m) to the Arashan hot springs. We will pass by small mountain lakes, Kyrgyz Jailoo and enjoy the view of the Tashtanbek-Tor Bashy Peak (4.600 m). Camping in the Arashan Valley with a small resort consisting of few guesthouses built in the Soviet period; take a bath in hot springs with radon water. Stay in small cottage.
  Day 8Walking on some winding serpentines, we come down to the Arashan Gorge covered with spruce and pine forest on one slope and with various herbs and flowers on the other (3-4 hrs). At the beginning of the gorge, the minibus will be waiting for us. By minibus back to Karakol. Stay in guesthouse.
  Day 9By car along the southern shore of Issyk-Kul to Kara-Talaa Village. On the way there will be a short hike in Skaska (Russian for fairy tale). Here, again, there are very impressive rocks formations. Hundreds of years of wind, sun and rain have formed the chalk/limestone hills into weird figures in many different colours. With some imagination you can see castles, animals and other figures from fairy tales in these rocks. Stay with a local family.
  Day 10Driving along the water reservoir we reach Kochkor and partly take the branch of Ancient Silk Road. After the turn from Sary-Bylak the road gets bumpy, on many serpentines we climb Kalmak-Ashuu pass (3.446 m) and reach Son-Kul Lake. The lake is on a plateau at 3.100 m and surrounded by white topped mountains. In summer the fields around the lake are occupied by the shepherds with their herds but in winter nobody lives here because of the cold. Stay in yurt.
  Day 11Relax around the yurt camp adapting to the altitude and go walking in the surrounding area.
  Day 12-19Walking from Song-Kul to Tuura-Suu. You will cross three passes of 3.300-3.500 m. Average altitude – 3.000 m. Luggage will be transported by horses and camping in tents. Details of trip on request.
  Day 20By minibus back to Bishkek (4,5 hrs). In the afternoon you can visit the Osh Bazaar for shopping. Farewell dinner and stay in hotel.
  Day 21Transfer 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.

July 9July 29
4 and more persons
For four and more persons
Price€ 1.920 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.