This glorious and wild 12-day trek from Bishkek through the Kyrgyzstan countryside, also known as “Asian Patagonia", is one of the most unique, fascinating and breath-taking adventures one can imagine, and Misha, your KMGA-certified guide, will lead you through the best this country has to offer.
* Trek through the mysterious and awe-inspiring terrain of Kyrgyzstan!
* Explore villages where local people live a traditional, ancient lifestyle
* Be amazed by the scenery - reminiscent of Patagonia
* Scale the massive peak of Aksu Peak (4390m)
The landscape, scenery and terrain of Kyrgyzstan is truly special and unforgettable, and I will guide you as we spend 12 sensational days trekking through the scenery known as “Asian Patagonia” from Bishkek, where we will encounter an insane number of mountains, lush green forests, vast valleys, huge glaciers and some of the most sumptuous and idyllic lakes imaginable.
Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country in Central Asia, bordered by Kazakhstan, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and is best known for its highly mountainous terrain and its long, distinguished and ancient history and culture.
Our epic journey begins when we meet at the airport in Bishkek, from where we fly to Osh City, the oldest city in the country, for a day of sightseeing.
Day 2 is when we fully get going with the trekking, and the subsequent 2 days are spent winding through the Uzgurush Village, where the locals live a traditional way of life, and the absolutely stunning and beautiful deep blue Tortkul Reservoir.
Days 4-6 are dominated by our ascent to the peak of the magnificent and towering Aksu Peak (4390m), traversing past glaciers, valleys and big rivers along the way, with the sweeping panoramic views from the top exposing us to epic and awesome sights out over the other peaks and valleys of the countryside.
Days 7-10 involve trekking past and through numerous tricky passes, before navigating the mighty Ak Tash Valley.
The final few days entail exploring and staying in the Uzgurush Village, where we are able to sample the local traditional food and drink and discover just what life is like in this part of the world.
We finish our adventure with a flight back to Bishkek and a final day of sightseeing, happy and amazed at the exquisite and sublime scenery we have seen in this lovely country.
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- Accommodation included
- Guiding fee
- Flight to the start
- Transport during the trip
- Luggage transfer
- Permit and entrance fees
Price does not include: Insurance, alcohol and soft drinks, transfers and excursions outside of those described in the schedule, horse riding during the trek.
Arrival in airport “Manas” (early morning arrival). Meeting with guide in airport. Flight to Osh city altogether. Accommodation in a Hotel, having rest. Evening city tour around Osh in the oldest city of Kyrgyzstan with 3000 years’ history. Sightseeing tour. Dinner in a local cafe. Overnight in a Hotel.
Start moving towards the South to Uzgurush village. Stop for lunch in Batken. Passing by Tortkul reservoir. Get over “killed pass”. Aksu Peak could be seen from this point if the weather is ok. Arrive to the beginning of the trek to Uzgurush village. Life here is tranquil. Here people are engaged in agriculture, cattle breeding. They are growing tabacco. Village surrounded with walnut-fruit forests. In the guest house instead of shower there is Russian sauna (“banya”). Dinner and overnight in a guest house.
Start of the trek. Walk up along the narrow gorge surrounding by picturesque rock walls, along Lyailyak river. Cross several bridges. Reach Ak Suu and Kara Suu rivers confluence. Then appears wide valley. View opens to Aksu Peak (5355m) from this point. Pass juniper forest. Go along Ak Mechet river. Pass two nomad’s settlements. Set up camp a bit higher on the green plateau. Base camp is at the right shore of Ak Suu river. Dinner and overnight in tent camp.
Crossing juniper forest. Hiking up moraine to the glacier at the foot of Aksu Peak, passing several streams. Note: need to start not later than 9.30 a.m. to pass one stream before it become strong and full of “live stones”. Therefore descending back a bit different route. Nice view opens to Peaks: Iskander, Admiralteec, Petrogradec, Block. Lunch and having rest. Returning to the camp. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Crossing the juniper forest, turn to the left and start moving up to Aktubek pass. It’s long ascent. Passing glacier on the way. The highest point of the day is 4390m. From it opens beautiful panoramic view. Descending down approximately 900m, set up the camp. Dinner and overnight in tent camp.
Start early in the morning. Descend down to Orto Chashma valley, passing juniper bushes, traverse big river on horses, go down along the river to the white rock. Set up camp. Optionally it’s possible to go to the portative sauna. Dinner and overnight in the tent camp.
Start moving from the same side of the valley down to the next gorge. On the way passing several streams. Get over Kosh Moinok pass then reach higher Kara Suu pass. It consists of two parts. From the pass opens cool view to tremendous walls: Kotina, 1000th anniversary of the baptism of Russia. Also view to Karavshin valley from the back. Having lunch, returning back to Orto Chashma camp. Dinner and overnight in tent camp.
Going down a bit, passing river Orto Chashma by the wooden bridge. Crossing juniper and dog-roses bushes in Kashka Suu valley. Hiking over Turo pass. On the way meeting nomad’s settlements. Descending down to the Djalgychy valley. Set up camp near the spring. Rest time. Dinner and overnight in tent camp.
Hike up to the Djalgychy pass. From here opens panoramic view to Turkestan ridge. In case of good weather, it’s possible to see Piramidalniy Peak covered with glacier. Going down along the valley then turning to the left. Crossing Ak Tash river, walking a bit along the river. Set up camp at the left side. Dinner, overnight in tent camp.
Long way to Uzgurush village. Going a bit down through the narrow “Rock gates”. Get over Buljuma pass traversing long down along Buljuma river. Crossing walnut-fruit forest full of walnuts, apples, honeysuckles. Closer to Uzgurush village meet pistachio, almond, apricot trees. Dinner and overnight in the guest house.
Drive towards Osh city. Lunch in local cafe in Batken city. It’s possible to stop at the Batken market to buy local dry fruits, Batken pistachios, almond. On the way can stop for fresh cheap fruits. Continue driving to Osh. Accommodation in a Hotel. Having rest. Evening light walking along the city. Dinner in a local café. Overnight in a Hotel.
Flight to Bishkek in the morning after breakfast. Driving from airport Manas to the Hotel. Having rest. Excursion around the city. Evening farewell dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in a Hotel.
Early breakfast. Driving to the airport. Flight home.
Whether in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, China or Tibet, my passion for travel and customer service will make all the difference on your trip. I lead my groups off-the-beaten-path and always strive to make sure that your experience goes far beyond ordinary tourism. An IFMGA-certified mountain guide, I will take you ski touring or climbing to some of the best spots in the area and will make sure you get a sense of our local culture, and leave with unforgettable memories and a burning desire to return.
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I would recommend this trip to anyone. It was such an incredible experience and Misha was the best guide one could ask for. His knowledge is incredible and he answered every one of my million questions. On top of that he is a great guy to be around. The hike is diverse and the natural beauty is second to none. Don’t miss out on this experience!
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