Tour to the “Alpine lakes”
Category: Auto/ horseback tour/ trekking tour
Duration: 8 days
Level of Difficulty: Easy to medium
Best season: July – mid September
Best group size: from 3 to 15
Itinerary: Bishkek- Chonkemin- Bokonbaevo- Karakol- Bishkek
Recommendations: weatherproof warm clothes, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.ing bag
Meeting at the airport and departure to the Chong Kemin valley. On the way visiting the ancient architectural complex “Burana” tower (X-XIcc). Lunch in the home stay of Chon Kemin. First day is adapting day, trekking for few hours/ relaxing. Dinner and overnight there.
Next day after good breakfast starting car tour to the southern shore of Issyk-Kol lake. Stay in local shepherds yurt camp. Preparing for the horse back tour to the “Kol-Tor” lake. “Kol-Tor” lake- is alpine lake located on the 2800 meter above sea level. Lunch near lake shore. On the way you will see the local shepherds life. Enjoying a drink “kymyz”. “Kymyz” – is fermented mares milk. After horse back tour, in the evening stay in yurt camp near the Issyk-Kul lake.
This day is relaxing day. Swim in the lake after good lunch auto tour to the “Skazka” canyon, “Skazka” means – “Fairy tale”. To do trekking in red canyon. Picnic lunch there. Return back to the yurt camp. Dinner and overnight in yurt camp.
8 am. After good breakfast moving to Karakol city. You will see all attractions of Karakol town. Free time, explore Karakol by yourself. Preparing for the trekking tour to the Ala-Kol lake.
This day ascent to Kurgak-Tor valley, 3 000 m. Amazing views of the valley. Hiking to beautiful Mountain Lake, called Ala-Köl (3 500 m). You will pass by two waterfalls. Stay at Ala-Köl for overnight. Trekking time” 5-6 hours.
Hike through the Ala-Köl pass (3860 m) to the Keldyke Gorge and from the pass see the excellent panoramas of Takyr-Tor glasier and five thousand mountain peaks of Terskey Ala-Too. Lunch after coming down. Walk to the Altyn-Arashan resort, which is situated 2450 m above sea level. Camp at this wonderful place which is surrounded by magnificent rocks and from where a lot of streams begin from the glaciers. Trekking time: 8 hours
Spend time till lunch in Altyn-Arashan gorge. At the Altyn-Arashan resort is possible to take a thermal water bath. You will never forget the sight of the snow on Peak Palatka (Tent) 5260 m. or "Swallow's Nest Pool", nestling beneath the open sky. Afternoon walk from Altyn Arashan resort down by Arashan Gorge (4 hours). Drive to Karakol (30 minutes). Dinner and overnight in a home stay. Trekking time: 4-5 hours
9:00. Today is the final day. After breakfast, transfer to the airport/ to the hotel in Bishkek. On the way you will see open air museum in Cholpon-Ata. This is an art on the stone. Lunch in the cafe in Boom gorge.
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