Five hundred Tien-Shan miles
Duration: 14 days
Route: Bishkek – Suusamyr valley – Son-Kul lake – Balgart river – Tosor pass – Issyk-Kul lake – Tamga village – Djety-Oguz – Karakol - Bishkek
Conditions: program is suitable for strong active people with good health, able to acclimatize on 4000m above the sea level and make riding passages 80km a day.
Bishkek (100km by car, 30-50km of cycling)
Morning arrival in airpot of Bishkek and transfer to the guesthouse. After rest in guest house, drive out of town take a short ride in mountains near Bishkek, for acclimatization. As options we offer riding to Ala-Archa National Park. Or along the mountain road, towards Issyk Ata valley. Return to Bishkek. (LD)
Bishkek – 700m, during the ride – up to 2000m.
Bishkek – Suusamyr valley – Chaek (150km by car, around 80 km of cycling)
Drive by car to Suusamyr valley over Tuya-Ashuu pass. Start cycling from the valley through Kokomeren gorge and towards Chaek village. Overnight in tent camp or family run accommodation in Chaek. (BLD)
Tuya-Ashuu pass – 3582 m, Suusamyr valley – 2000m, Chaek – 1700m.
Chaek – Kara-Keche pass – Son-Kul (150km by car, around 80 km of cycling)
Ride over Kara-Keche pass and descent to Son-Kul lake. Overnight in yurt camp. (BLD)
Kara Keche pass – 3384 m, Son-Kul lake – 3016m.
Son-Kul (around 40 km of cycling)
Ride along the South and East shore of Son-Kul lake. Overnight in tent or yurt camp. (BLD)
Son-Kul lake – 3016m.
Son-Kul – Sary-Bulak (around 70 km of cycling)
Ride over Kalmak-Ashuu pass and descent to Sary-Bulak village. Stay in tent camp behind the village. (BLD)
Son-Kul lake – 3016m, Kalmak-Ashuu pass – 3384 m, Sary-Bulak – 2700m.
Sary Bulak – Jalpak-Bel pass (around 70 km of cycling)
Ride from Sary-Bulak village up-stream of Kara-Kudjur river. In the end of the valley turn right towards Jalpak Bel pass. Ascent to the pass. Overnight in tent camp about the pass. (BLD)
Sary-Bulak – 2700m, Jalpak Bel pass – 3300 m.
Jalpak-Bel pass – (around 80 km of cycling)
Descent from the pass and then up-stream of Balgart river and it right confluent Dzhyluu-Suu river. Stop at the mineral hot springs. Overnight in tents. (BLD)
Jalpak Bel pass – 3300 m, lowest point on Balgart river – 2700m, Dzhyluu-Suu hot springs – 3000m.
Dzhyluu-Suu hot springs – Chunkur Kol lake (around 40 km of cycling).
All day cycling uphill along Uchemchek (Ashuluu-Tebe) gorge, and stop at the footstep of Tosor pass. Putting up the camp there and then radial trip to Chunkur-Kol mountain lake. (BLD)
Dzhyluu-Suu hot springs – 3000m, point of the camp – 3600m, Chunkur Kol lake (3673m).
Chunkur Kol lake – Tosor pass – Tamga village (around 50 km of cycling).
Ascent to Tosor pass and descent along Tosor gorge towards Issyk-Kul’s shore. Then short ride along asphalt road to Tamga village. Accommodation in guesthouse. (BLD)
point of the camp – 3600m, Tosor pass – 3893m, Tamga village – 1685m.
Day of rest. Relax on beaches of Issyk-Kul and swimming in the lake. Accommodation in guesthouse. (BLD)
Tamga village – 1685m.
Tamga – Djety Oguz (around 80 km of cycling).
Ride to Djety-Oguz gorge. More than half part of the way is along asphalt road. But after turn from the main road to the gorge, you ride along rising unpaved road (around 30km to the camp). Overnight in yurt or tent camp. (BLD)
Tamga village – 1685m, Camp in Djety-Oguz – 2300m.
Djety Oguz – Karakol (around 80 km of cycling).
Ride downhill to the main road, and then further to Karakol town. After lunch take a ride around the city, and sightseeing. Accommodation in guest house. (BLD)
Camp in Djety-Oguz – 2300m, Karakol – 1800m.
Karakol – Bishkek (420km by car)
Drive to Bishkek by car along the North shore of Issyk-Kul lake and Boom gorge. Accommodation in Guest House. Farewell dinner in restaurant. (BLD)
Karakol – 1800m, Bishkek – 700m.
Bishkek – airport (30km by car)
Transfer to the airport and flight home. (B)
Bishkek – 700m.