Lakes of Kyrgyzstan

Lakes of Kyrgyzstan

Duration: 14 days
Season: June – October
Route: Chui, Issyk-Kul, Naryn, Djalal-Abad, Osh region
Conditions: There is not a lot of physical exertion throughout the journey. But there will be several long transfers about 7 hours a day and travelers will reach an altitude up to 3500 m. 
 

Kyrgyzstan as well known is a mountainous country with many snowy peaks and beautiful valleys, glaciers and rivers, and of course mountain lakes which are worth singling out. On the territory of Kyrgyzstan there are about 2000 lakes of different origin: tectonic, clod, glacial and karstic. There are lakes that rightfully compete in size with the seas, and also there are small pearls which are hidden from the eyes and so small that you will never find them on the map, but they are really beautiful and magnetic.

The three largest lakes of Kyrgyzstan - Issyk-Kul, Son-Kul and Sary-Chelek, are the most attractive and accessible for tourists. During the tour - Lakes of Kyrgyzstan travelers will have the opportunity to visit all three lakes and also the beautiful and hard-to-reach lake Kel-Suu.

Day 1

Airport-Bishkek – Kochkor village (250 km)

Meeting at the airport, transfer to Bishkek and then further to Kochkor village. Accommodation in guest house.  (LD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Bishkek – 700 m, Kochkor – 1750m

Day 2

Kochkor – Son- Kul Lake (140km)

After breakfast transfer from Kochkor village to Son Kul lake over Kalmak-Ashuu pass. Overnight in yurt camp. (BLD)    

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Kochkor – 1750m, Kalmak-Ashuu pass – 3446m, Son-Kul Lake – 3016m

Day 3

Son-Kul – Tash Rabat (400km)

Transfer to Naryn town over Kurtka pass. Transfer and excursion to Tash-Rabat caravanserai. Historical monument of the XV century, on the Great Silk Road.  Overnight in yurt camp. (BLD)    

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Kurtka pass – 3174m, Naryn – 2500m, Tash-Rabat – 3500m

Day 4

Tash Rabat – Kel-Suu lake (220km)

Transfer from Tash-Rabat to Kel-Suu lake. Overnight in tents. (BLD)    

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Tash-Rabat – 3500m, Kel-Suu lake – 3500m

Day 5-6

Kel-Suu lake

Hiking trips in region of Kel-Suu lake. Overnight in tents. (BLD)    

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Kel-Suu lake – 3500m

Day 7

Kel-Suu lake – Naryn

Transfer to Naryn city. Accommodation in hotel or guest house. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Naryn – 2500m

Day 8

Naryn- Djalal-Abad (400km)

Transfer to Djalal-Abad city. Accommodation in hotel or guesthouse. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Naryn – 2500m, Djalal-Abad –  763m

Day 9

Djalal-Abad – Arslanbob (110km)

Transfer to Arslanbob village. Excursion to the Small Arslanbob waterfall, and visiting relic walnut forest which is the biggest in the world. Hike to panoramic  mount with nice view to the village. Family run accommodation. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Osh –1000m, Arslanbob -1700m

Day 10 

Arslanbob – Arkyt (Sary-Chelek Lake) (200km)

Transfer to Arkyt village. Family run accommodation. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Arslanbob – 1700m, Arkyt – 1700m

Day 11 

Arkyt - Sary-Chelek Lake - Arkyt (25 km)

Rest day. Excursion to Sary-Chelek Lake and walk around it. Family run accommodation. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Sary-Chelek lake-1873m

Day 12

Arkyt - Chichkan (250 km)

Transfer from Arkit village to Chichkan gorge. On the way stop on Toktogul reservoir. Overnight in a guest house. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Sary-Chelek lake-1873m, Chichkan gorge – 2000m

Day 13

Chichkan - Bishkek (280 km)

Transfer to Suusamyr valley over Ala-Bel pass, and then to Bishkek over Tuya-Ashuu pass. Accommodation in a guest house. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Tuya-Ashuu pass - 3582m, Ala-Bel pass - 3184m, Bishkek – 700m

Day 14 

Bishkek-Airport (30 km)

Transfer to airport. Flight home. (B)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Bishkek – 700 m

Service includes:
Double or twin accommodation in guesthouses/ hotels according program
Transport for transfers during tour
Cook and full board during tour
English speaking guide
Tents, kitchen and camping equipment during tour
Porters during trekking to carry up to 10kg of your private stuff (for each person)
 
Servise doesn't include: 
Accommodation in hotels before and after the program
Alcohol and soft drinks
Transfers, excursions or horse riding over the program etc.
Visa and invitation letter to Kyrgyzstan
Medical insurance

Clothing and Equipment:
Sunscreen (at least 20SPF)
Chapstik or equivalent lip balm
Sunglasses with UV protection
At least a 25 Liter backpack for personal items
Sleeping bag 
Sleeping mat
Telescopic trekking sticks poles (optional)
Head lamp (eg Petzl) spare bulbs & batteries 
T-Shirts, long-sleeved T-shirt, shorts
Trekking pants
Underwear
Fleece jacket or pullover 
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) 
Down vest and/or jacket (optional) 
Waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex) with hood
Waterproof pants (Gore-Tex)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks 
Thin gloves for trekking and overnight    
Sun hat or scarf 
Warm fleece hat or light balaclava 
Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces 
Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and/or sandals