SARY CHELEK TREK
Trip code: SCTR
Trip season: 01/07-31/09
Days: 9 days
Group size: 1-16 pax
Price: Please refer to trek dossier for the most up-to-date information.
Description: The nine day trek from Talas region to Sary Chelek National park through Kyrgyz Tien Shan a least visited and explored mountains in the world. We trek along valleys, rivers and glaciers to enjoy the untouched nature of Talas and Chatkal ranges. On the way we visit many shepherd camps and observe the life of this sturdy people from first hand. Our destination is lake Sary Chelek - A kyrgyz for yellow plate. The trek goes over several passes of mountain ranges, fur tree forests and juniper groves. The area we trek through is abounded with wild life: mountain goats, deer, foxes, wolves, plenty of marmots etc. The tour begins and ends with the opportunity to visit some of Kyrgyzstan's finest cultural and historical treasures.
Route: The route begins with 300 km drive to Talas. Here at conjunction of Besh Kol and Urmaral rivers we meet with horses who carry personal luggage and camping gear for the trek through stunning mountain scenery. This trekking route goes by several mountain valleys passing many tempestuous rivers, high glaciated summits and a wide variety of colorful panoramas. The alpine meadows are extremely beautiful with a profusion of flowers and lush grass pastures. Several Golden Eagles have their home here along with other bird-life. There will be time at the end of the trek for sightseeing and shopping in Bishkek bazaars, and we will gather together for a banquet on the last night.
Grade: The tour is six days trekking on foot. Paths are generally in good shapes. Mountain passes are steep but not technically difficult. The trek is horse - assisted, so you need to carry only a day pack with some of your belongings. Average walking time is around 5-6 hours per day. Daily altitude gain is between 500-1200 m. You must be reasonably fit to attempt this trek. Trekking/hiking and camping background advisable but not essential.
Trek Crew: The trek is assisted by guide, cook and horses who carry camping gear for the trek.