Trekking to the valley of mountainous lakes

Trekking to the valley of mountainous lakes

Duration: 4 days
Season:  April – September
Route: Tamga – Barskaun gorge – Uchimchek gorge – Tamga-Bel pass – Tamga gorge – Tamga
Level of difficulty: program is suitable for active people with good health, able to acclimatize on 4000m above the sea level and make hiking passages for 5-7 hours a day. Average altitude difference during trek is 1000m.

The Teskey Ala Too range is located in the North-Eastern part of Kyrgyzstan and surrounds the Issyk-Kul lake on the South. Its length is up to 375 kilometers and it rises in its highest part at 5281 meters above sea level (Karakolsky peak). The average height of the ridge is about 4500m.
The Teskey Ala Too range follows the massif of the Victory peak and Khan Tengri peak. It is the second largest center of the Tien-Shan glaciation there are about 1100 glaciers.
In the mountains of Teskey Ala Too there are many beautiful places: Altyn Arashan, Barskaun, Djety Oguz, Karakol. Teskey Ala Too ridge is very beautiful in a variety of landscapes. In one day you can see the beauty of red sandy cliffs, wild forest and snow peaks, widely spread over the Issyk-Kul Lake. Each gorge is unique and unrepeatable.

Arabel valley region is the mountain tundra. Permafrost fills the entire space of the Arabel valley. Winds are constantly blowing here and its cold here most of the time - the average annual temperature is -7-8 degrees Celsius. The harsh climate in many respects influenced the plant world: there are no trees and shrubs only low dense grass, mosses and lichens grow. Nevertheless the landscapes of such beauty can rarely be seen. There are many amazingly beautiful lakes in the valley. Lakes are shallow and of a variety of shapes. Here is located Lake Chunkur Kel which we are going to visit. And further we go to the high-altitude plateau Altyn Kungey. At the plateau there is a stunning panorama of Issyk Kul Lake.

This trip is an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with the beauty of the Terskey Ala Too ridge in a short time.

Day 1

Tamga – Barskaun gorge (30km) – Start of the trek

Transfer to Barskaun gorge to the beginning of the trek. Hike to the confluence of Barskaun and Djany Korgon rivers. After wading small stream we begin ascent along steep grassy slope. Stop on the top of the slope, where it makes little plateau with good panorama on Barskaun gorge. Then hike along the river toward Djany Korgon pass. Overnight in tent camp. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Tamga – 1685m, Start of trek – 2400m, overnight at 3500m.

Elevation: +1100(1800)m. Distance: around 6km. Time: around 6-7hours on the way.

Day 2

Djany Korgon pass –  Chunkur Kel Lake

Crossing over Djany Korgon pass. Descent to the valley of high mountainous lakes. Setting up the camp at blue lake’s shore below Kyz Korgon pass.  Excursion to Chunkur Kel Lake. Overnight in tent camp. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Djany Korgon pass – 3745m, Chunkur Kel Lake – 3670m, overnight at 3700m.

Elevation: +250,-50m. Distance: around 12km.

Time: around 4-5 hours on the way.

Day 3

Kyz Korgon pass – Altyn Kungey plateau

Ascent to Kyz Korgon pass. Ascent is very difficult and mainly follows along grassy slopes. But only final part before the top, we should go along scree slope and rock bands. Descent from the pass along scree slopes. Having reached the bottom of the pass, step on grassy trail again and continue walking toward Altyn Kungey plateau. From the plateau you will see beautiful panorama of Issyk Kul Lake. Overnight in tent camp.  (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Kyz Korgon pass - 3960m, overnight point - 3100m. Elevation +250,-850m. Distance around 10km.

Time: around 7-8 hours on the way.

Day 4

Chegedek gorge – Tamga village – Finish  of the trek

Further descent from plateau into Chegedek valley. Soon we reach an old road in Tamga gorge and hike to Tamga village. (BLD)

Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Tamga -1685m.

Elevation -1400m. Distance around 15km.

Time: around 6 hours on the way.

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
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 - 2 pairs (for sleeping in tents cotton socks - 3 pairs)
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


Service includes:

Double or twin accommodation in guesthouses
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.