FOLLOWING NOMADIC TRACES (TREKKING TO LAKE SON KUL) - Trekking in Kyrgyzstan.
Best trip time: July – September.
10 days program schedule 2019:
Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek. We will meet you at the airport and deliver you to a wonderful hotel. After a rest break we will take you on a tour of the city where you can get a feel for the Kyrgyz capital and its architecture. We will stop off at Ala-Too Square with its famous view of the snow-capped peak in the Kyrgyz Range off in the distance, and visit the city’s green parks and the Manas monument and much more.
Day 2: Meet-up with the support team and transfer to the Shamsi Gorge to the trekking departure point (120 km). Along the way we will visit the Burana Tower, in an area where the town of Balasaghun once stood in the middle ages, the capital of the Khanate of Karakhanid (940-1210). After lunch we will trek through the At-Djailoo Gorge to the Shamsi Pass (approximately 2 hours). We will set up camp on in the forest on the river’s edge (2300 m) and finish the day with an evening meal. Overnight in tents.
Day 3: Early departure for a long day ahead. Trekking up through the At-Djailoo gorge to Shamsi Pass (3570 m). Along the way we will wade across two small rivers. Lunch on the pass and afterwards continue upwards through the southern Shamsi Gorge to arrive at the borderless summer pasture (Djailoo) Sarala-Saz. On this day we have to cover approximately 25 km. Rest break and overnight stay in tents at an altitude of 3000 m.
Day 4: We begin by wading across the small river of Buzulgan-Suu, and then continuing trekking along the mountain crest which serves as a watershed between this small river and the Kashka-Suu river. A steep downward trek to then cross over the Eastern Karakol River will put us very close to the camp which our team built at the entrance to the gorge under the Buchuk pass. Rest break and overnight stay in tents.(5-6 hours, 2500 m).
Day 5: Trekking in the beautiful eastern Seok Gorge over the Buchuk Pass (3400 m). The ground of the gorge is level therefore the path to the next campsite is easy. The site on the river bank of the same name is very picturesque. We will overnight in tents at an altitude of 2550 m.
Day 6: After crossing the eastern Seok River over a wooden bridge we will begin our morning ascent up to the Kumbel Gorge. This part is easy and should present no real difficulties. After the Kumbel Pass (3550 m) a long leg of the journey through gorges in the direction south-east until the opening of the gorge at Kyzart Pass which separates two valleys, the Kochkor and the Djumgal. Here in a clearing with its own spring there will be a campsite already set up and along with a guide and a cook awaiting our arrival. Pause for rest and overnight stay in tents (8-9 hours, 2550 m).
Day 7: After breakfast we will begin trekking through the Kyzart Valley in the Chaar-Archa pass (3039 m). Trekking continues in a gorge of the same name and descent through the gorge in the broad Kilemche valley. We will spend the night in tents (6 hours, 2500 m).
Day 8: Ascend to the last pass, the Djangyz-Karagai (3325 m), which offers a famous view of Son-Kul. This is a fairly easy ascent followed by trekking to the campsite on the shores of the high mountain lake (3013 m). Everywhere one can see cattle grazing peacefully amongst nomadic yurts all with the amazing lake as a backdrop. The incredible landscape is rounded off by spectacular evening sunsets. We will spend the night in tents (6-7 hours, 3020 m).
Day 9: Today we depart from Son-Kul Lake and transfer to Kochkor where we will have a traditional Kyrgyz lunch at the home of local inhabitants. The wares of local artisans and craftsman are available to purchase. After lunch we will transfer back to Bishkek (4 hours) where we will spend the night in a hotel.
Day 10: Return home.
Quotation for groups 10 persons and more:
695 EUR€ per person
Additional payment for SGL supplement - 105 Euros per person
The cost includes:
- Meeting/seeing off at the airport;
- Accommodation in 3*hotels according to the program (twin accommodation);
- Trekking tents for accommodation;
- Meals 3 times a day during the program, including trekking days;
- Transport support for all time of the program;
- Trekking guide and cook during the trek;
- Entrance fee for all excursion according to the program.
The cost does not includes:
- International flights;
- Equipment rental;
- Extra surcharge for a single room;
- Personal expenditures;
- Excess baggage charges;
- Changes in the program.