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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

 

 



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Kyrgyz Republic

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New: Trekking in the Karakol region

Date 29/7 – 12/08 2017. Price 1,350 euro p.p.for 4 or more participants.

This two-week tour has been specially designed following the many requests of our customers interested in the famous Altyn-Arashan – Ala-Kol route in the Karakol region. We have combined the well-known trek with the unknown that will go through pristine and untouched valleys, and past small lakes.

The first part of the tour begins with day hikes in the Konorchok Canyon and around the yurt camps in the alpine valleys allowing you to get adjusted to the altitude and be prepared for the main trek. You will experience the culture of nomads by staying in yurts, the nomads’ dwelling made of felt and wood, visiting herdsmen and their families in the pastures and tasting their traditional drink, kymyz, made from mare’s milk.

Accommodation in Bishkek is a small pleasant hotel not far from the centre, and guesthouses and B&B s in Karakol and Tamchy.

You start your 5 days trekking from Jergez Valley, free from mass tourism. Through forests, pastures, past small lakes, and over rocky barren landscapes you move from east to west. You cross 3 passes of over 3,500m and reach the pass from where you will first see the famous turquoise-coloured Ala-KolLake surrounded by mountain peaks. You camp 2 nights in the Altyn–Arashan Valley also known as Golden Spa for its healthy hot springs. The tour is challenging but you will always remember it as an unforgettable experience.

Walking days are usually between 4 and 8 hours. The group consists of 4-8 people, guides and an English-speaking interpreter. Porters will help to carry your luggage, - a maximum of 12 kg p.p. During the trek, you will sleep in small tents.

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

Programme

Day 1 Departure for Kyrgyzstan

Day 2 Arrival at Manas Airport and transfer to your hotel in Bishkek. After lunch, we will go sightseeing around Bishkek with a guide/interpreter. Bishkek is a rather new town 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 along the oldest park in Bishkek – Oak Park and onto the main square Ala-Too. Passing by the National Opera and Ballet Theatre, you will get to Victory Square, built for the 40th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War (Second World War).Stay in hotel.

Day 3 By minibus to the Boom Gorge and hiking there in the Konorchok canyon with red rock pillars shaped by wind and rain (about 4-5 hours). Drive to the yurt camp Tuura-Suu located in a remote mountain valley (2,200m). We spend the night in the yurt camp just outside the village where a local family will take care of us. This yurt camp is exclusive to Ecotour guests and thus there is no mass tourism. Here we will have the opportunity to experience the life of local people in these remote mountain villages. Stay in yurt.

Day 4 Day in Tuura-Suu. Hiking or horse riding in the mountains, visiting the herdsmen in their yurts and tasting kymyz, the traditional drink of nomads made from mare’s milk. In the afternoon visit to the village and listen to children singing folk songs and playing musical instruments. Stay in yurt.

Day 5 Drive along the south shore of Lake Issyk-Kul to Bokonbaevo to meet a man who hunts with golden eagles. He will bring one of his birds and tell about eagle hunting. Then onto the yurt camp Sonun at the lake. Here you will see all types of landscape: semi-desert, forest and mountains with beautiful glaciers at a distance, and across the lake to the mountain ranges on the other shore. In the afternoon you can go swimming in the lake or hike in the badlands. Stay in yurt.

Day 6 Keep heading East to the yurt camp at Jeti-Oguz, a lush valley with some striking red sandstone rock formations including the “Seven Bulls” from which the valley takes its name and the “Broken Heart”. Here each rock has its own story and legend about its origin. Stay in yurt at 2,300m.

Day 7 In the morning hike down through the pleasant gorge with forest and river to the sanatorium (6km) built in the Soviet period and with mineral water pools. Upon request a massage can be arranged. By minibus to Karakol, the east end of the lake and the biggest city of the region. In the afternoon strolling around the city with few Russian gingerbread styled houses, visiting the Dungan Mosque (1910) and the Russian Orthodox Church (1898) built of wood. Stay in guesthouse.

Day 8 Driving from Karakol to the Jergez valley. Start trekking 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 2,000-2,400m. Camping at the end of the valley.

Day 9 Cross the Ailanysh Pass (3,560m) to the Alamaluu Valley (5-6 hours). On the way, you have a nice view of the Almaluu Valley, waterfall and carpets of flowers. Camping in the forest.

Day 10 6-7 hours of trekking over the Ortok Pass (3,780m) to the Arashan hot springs. We will pass by small mountain lakes, Kyrgyz Jailoo and enjoy the view of the Tashtanbek Tor Bashy peak (4,600m). Camping in Arashan Valley with a small resort consisting of few guesthouses built in the Soviet period; take a bath in hot springs with radon water.

Day 11 Day hike to the famous Ala-kol Lake (3,500m) set in a barren, rocky depression and surrounded by the peaks of the Terskey Ala Too Range. The lake is approached along rocky paths and scree slopes via the Ala-Kol Pass (3,860m). View to the Ala-Kol Lake from the top of the pass. In the evening, back to the Arashan Valley and staying in tents.

Day 12 Walking on some winding serpentines and down to the Arashan Gorge covered with spruce and pine forest on one slope and with various herbs and flowers on the other (3-4hrs). At the beginning of the gorge, the minibus will be waiting. By minibus back to Karakol. Stay in guesthouse.

Day 13 Continue along the north shore of the lake to Tamchy Village. On the way stop at SPA with several pools where the water temperature ranges from 43-48 °C. Next onto Cholpon-Ata to visit the Archaeological Open Air Museum and to see the petroglyphs (rock drawings made by the Scythes from the 11th to 3rd centuries BC). Stay in B&B.

Day 14 Drive back to Bishkek (250km). In the afternoon you can visit the Osh bazaar for shopping. Farewell dinner. Stay in hotel.

Day 15 Transfer 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.

For bookings of 4, or more, persons we offer a 5% discount.

Should there are less than 4 participants for this tour, you will be requested to pay an additional fee to take this tour individually (unless unescorted) or with a small group.

Kyrgyzstan is a land full of beautiful experiences and wonders unique...
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Kyrgyz nomadic culture

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.

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tour specifics

 

 

 
Date   July 29
 
August 12
   
Price  € 1.350
   
Group 4 - 8
 

In the price is included::

• Transportation by own minibus
• Transfers from and to the airport
• All meals
• All overnight stays
(hotel in Bishkek, yurts and tents)
• Program as described
• English speaking guide/ interpreter
• Guide and porters for trekking
(Max 12 kg p.p.)
• All camping equipment,
except sleeping bags and iso-mattrass
• Road taxes and entrance fees.

 

In the price is not included::

• Flight
• Insurances
• Tips
• personnel expenses
• Alcoholic and other bottled beverages

 

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