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We can give our warm recommendations to anyone considering going to Kyrgyzstan in general, and with Ecotour in particular! We spent two weeks in some of Ecotour's yurt camps, and it was a highly memorable experience. Ecotour was very flexible and had arranged a programme that suited our wishes perfectly.

Tom & Karin Airaksinen
Stockholm, Sweden

46-A, Donskoy Pereulok
720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic


+996 557 802805 (English)
+996 772 802805 (English)
+996 555 913245 (German)


Trekking the Tian Shan high passes
from Ak-Suu to Jeti-Oguz

Date: 13/7 – 27/7 2019.

Price: if 4 people 1760-euro p.p., if 6 people 1550-euro p.p.

This 15-day programme crosses 7 high passes and only is suitable for adventurous hikers in good physical condition and with experience of hiking in high mountain areas. After arriving in Bishkek, you will need some time to get used to the change in altitude. Therefore we included a day hike in Ala Archa National Park and another in the Konorchok Canyons. You will also spend a night in one of the yurt camps and get a taste of Kyrgyz nomadic life. During the trek you will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide, a cook and porters. You have to carry your own back pack and are expected to help with putting up tents for the night.

Day by day programme

Day 1: Departure from your home country.

Day 2: Arrival at Manas airport where you will be met by your guide/interpreter and transferred to your hotel. After a rest and lunch some sightseeing around Bishkek. Stay in Hotel Umai or equivalent.

Day 3: Daytrip to Ala Archa National Park. Hike in the park, picnic lunch near the waterfall at 2,650 m. Stay in hotel.

Day 4: By car to the Boom Gorge, 120 km from Bishkek. Here you turn into the Konorchok Canyons for a hike of 4-5 hours. Next drive to Cholpon Ata, a nice resort on the north side of Lake Issyk-Kul. Possibility to swim. Stay in hotel.

Day 5: From Cholpon Ata to Karakol, the starting point of the trek. On the way a stop to take a bath in an open-air spa with warm mineral water (cost currently 200 Kgs p.p.). In Karakol you can visit the Russian Orthodox Church and Dungan Mosque. Stay in a guesthouse in Karakol.

Day 6: Transfer from Karakol to Turgu-Aksu Valley (60 km). Start of 7 days trekking. The first pass, the Bozuchuk Pass at 3,460m is not steep. After 5-6 hours of hiking you will reach the camping place. The camp will be located next to the Bozuchuk lakes which are also at the same altitude with a pass. Hike 12 km, overnight in the tent at 3,450m.

Day 7: Early breakfast because of the long day. After leaving the camp site we will ascend another Bozuchuk pass (3,515m) and descend into Jergez Valley (2-3hours hiking). Stop for lunch. Next, pass Aylanysh lakes and cross the Ailanysh Pass at 3,671m. Then descend into Almalu Valley. Nice view to the Tashtanbek-Torbashi Peak. Overnight in the tent at 2,750m.

Day 8: Leaving the campsite we will continue in the Almalu Valley and cross the Ortok Pass (3,650m) and descend into the famous Altyn-Arashan Valley with its hot springs, 6-7 hours hiking, (14km). After lunch possibility to go to the hot springs and take a bath here (entrance not included). Overnight in tents or in dormitory at 2,500m.

Day 9: Today you will cross the Ala-Kul Pass. This is a rather difficult itinerary and it will take all day to cross the pass (3,860m.) and reach Lake Ala-Kul where you will put up the tents for the night. Walking distance is around 15 km Stay in tents at 3,600m.

Day 10: Hike around the lake and go up to cross the Panoramny Pass that is on the south side of the lake. Next a very steep descent to the Karakol Valley. Lunch in the Karakol Valley and from here to the Telity Valley. Camping at 3,200m.

Day 11: We continue through the valley. At the end you will cross the Telity Pass (alt 3,750m,) the last pass on this trek. Walk down to the valley and camp not far from the river at 3,100m.

Day 12: Walking down to Djeti-Oguz Valley. You will have lunch in yurts and hike to a nearby waterfall. The car will meet you at Kok-Djaik Pasture. From here transfer to Karakol. Stay in guesthouse.

Day 13: Along the south shore of Lake Issyk-Kul to the yurt camp Sonun. Near Jengish you will turn into a nice valley with very special colored rocks. This is the stop for a short hike is Skaska, (meaning fairy tale) with strange eroded hills in many different colors. Sonun is a yurt camp located in the so-called badlands, in a dry semi-dessert area at the edge of the lake. Here you can swim. Stay in yurts.

Day 14: Return from Sonun to Bishkek. In the afternoon time for some shopping and / or visit Osh bazaar, Stay in hotel.

Day 15: Transfer to the airport and departure.


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In the price, everything is included as described in the programme:
• 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

In the price is not included:
• Flight
• Insurances
• Personal expenses
• Entrance fees
• Tips
• Alcoholic and other bottled beverages
• Activities not mentioned in the programme





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