Cross passes of the West Tien-Shan

Trekking

Situated in the middle of Kyrgyzstan, trek near the famous lake Sary Chelek; small pearl of Kyrgyzstan, rarely visited by western foreigners. The Lake and surroundings is protected area and a Biosphere Reserve. The fourth largest Lake of the country. The reserve is botanically most important, it supports more than 1,000 species of plants and nearly 33% of the protected area remains forested (walnut) and of particular significance are the number of wild ancestors of commercially important plants found here - wild apples, endemic walnuts and other nut-bearing trees, wild tulips, grapes etc.

Programme

Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek, night in Guesthouse
Day 2: Transfer to Toktogul, further to the village of Cholpon Ata, camp, near river.
Day 3: After breakfast truck brings the group till the start of the trek, village Almalu, near Kara Kulja river. Start of walking, walk up 12km, camp near the river.
Day 4: Walk into the direction of the river Okun (altitude 1781m), 13km, camp.
Day 5: Walk up to Kashka Suu pass (3600m) and down to lake Kara Suu, camp.
Day 6: Up to pass Kotormo (2446m) and take the path west to Sary Chelek lake, camp.
Day 7: Enjoy the morning at Sary Chelek and walk further to Arkit.
Day 8: Back to Bishkek, or further to Osh (and to Uzbekistan).

Cross passes of the West Tien-Shan

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