Cross passes of Terskey Ala-Too

Trekking


Part of the Northern Tien Shan and situated along the south-side of Issyk-Kul Lake. The highest peak of the area is Peak Karakol (5218 m), others are Jeti-Oguz Wall (5181 m), Peak Jigit (5072 m) and Ak-Suu Wall (5020 m). The passes do not exceed 3900m. The route will follow paths through the forests (with Tien Shan birch, Tien Shan firs, archa-trees, edelweiss). In this area of multi-coloured rocks with many lakes there are no permanent settlements; in the summer many nomadic families take their yurts to the 'jailoo' (high mountain meadows) and pasture their animals (horses, sheep, cows and goats) and prepare the fermented mare's milk, 'kymyz'.

Programme

Day 1-2: Arrival in Bishkek, next day transfer to the Chon Kyzyl Suu Canyon, preparations.
Day 3: Trek into the direction of the Archa Tor Pass (3800m), camp before the pass.
Day 4: Cross Archa Tor Pass, descend and go along Asan Tokum River to Jeti Oguz Canyon.
Day 5: Make treks in the Jeti Oguz Canyon.
Day 6: Go over the Telety Pass (3800m), and descend to the Karakol River.
Day 7: Go up to the Karakol Glacier (4000m) and camp near glacier.
Day 8: A strong day with crossing the Karakol and Jigit Glacier and trek over the Ontor Pass (4010m) along the Kol Tor River.
Day 9: Trek to the Sirota place (3000m).
Day 10: Along the Ala Kul Lake, cross Ala Kul Pass (3860m) and camp near the forest.
Day 11: Walk up to the Altyn Arashan, thermal baths, rest.
Day 12: One day for exploring the surroundings, e.g. Aksuu Wall and Peak Palatka, night again in Altyn Arashan.
Day 13: Trek down into the direction of village Ak Suu, connecting transportation to Karakol, accommodation in Guesthouse.
Day 14-15: Departure for Bishkek, overnight in hotel, next day departure.

The total duration of this soft trekking tour, with the help of porters (on lower passes even with horses) takes 15 days, trekking is 10 days.

Cross passes of Terskey Ala-Too

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