TIEN SHAN INTRO TREK
Trip code: JOAA
Trip season: July - October
Days: 7 days
Group size: 1-16 pax
Price: Please refer to Trek Dossier for the most up-to-date information.
Description: Tien Shan Intro is a great choice to start your trip in Kyrgyzstan. This seven days-long trek takes you in some of the most beautiful scenery in Eastern Kyrgyzstan and Tien Shan - the world's second largest alpine lake Issyk-Kul, mountain ranges and snow capped peaks, passes, hot springs of Altyn-Arashan valley and truly amazing Ala-Kul lake located high in the mountains at the altitude of 3532 metres above sea level. The tour begins and ends with the opportunity to visit some of Kyrgyzstan's finest cultural and historical treasures.
Route: The route begins with drive to Karakol town located on the eastern shore of Issyk-Kul lake. There will be time to swim and explore the lake and its environs on foot or by boat before continue to Karakol, once a Russian fortress. Next day we will drive up into the nearby Djety Oguz (Seven Oxen) mountain valley visiting legendary Oxen and Broken heart of the beauty on the way. Here, porters take over and carry personal luggage and camping gear for the trek through stunning mountain scenery. The trekking route, known as the 'Tien-Shan Intro', goes through cool juniper groves and passes crystal clear Ala-Kol lake, many tempestuous rivers, high glaciated summits and a wide variety of colourful panoramas with breathtaking landscapes. 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 colourful bird and wild-life. There will be time at the end of the trek for sightseeing and shopping in Karakol's and Bishkek's bazaars, and we will gather together for a banquet on the final night.
Grade: The tour is four days trekking on foot. Paths are generally in good shapes. Mountain passes are steep but not technically difficult. The trek is porter-assisted, so you need to carry only a day pack with some of your belongings. Average walking time is around 6 - 7 hours per day. Daily altitude gain is about 800 -1000 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 and porters to carry camping gear for the trek.