The Kyrgyz “Nomad’s path”, 14-day Trek in the Terskey Ala-Too (Tian Shan) in Kyrgyzstan

Join Misha, your KMGA-certified guide, as he takes you on this magical, mystical and sensational 14-day trek in the Terskey Ala-Too (Tian Shan) in Kyrgyzstan, an adventure that take us across the most spectacular scenery in Central Asia, along the Kyryz “Nomad’s path”.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

14 days

Mountain Range

Tian Shan

People per Guide

10 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug

Type of Trip

Group

Highlights

 
  • Discover the magical and awesome landscape of Kyrgyzstan!

  • See mountains, gorges, rivers, valleys, fields and glaciers

  • Explore the ancient villages, towns and cities of the country

 

If you join me on this truly amazing 14-day trek in the Terskey Ala-Too (Tian Shan) in Kyrgyzstan, you will be exposed to the most jaw-dropping and breath-taking landscape, scenery and terrain imaginable, as the countryside changes from rocky mountains and mars-like red terrain, to lush green forests and fields, tranquil lakes, and vast valleys and gorges, all along the famous Kyrgyz “Nomad’s path”.

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.

We meet on the 1st day in Manas Airport, and from there we head to Tamga Village for a spot of sightseeing and to get to know each other.

The subsequent 10 days then entail trekking, hiking and sightseeing through a kaleidoscope of different settings and terrains, with every day bringing us to incredible sights around the towering and majestic Tian Shan Mountains.

Some of the highlights include the Fairy Tale Canyon, a desolate tundra reminiscent of another planet, the gorgeous and sumptuous Chunkur Kel and Issyk Kul Lakes, the impressive and mighty Djuuka Pass, featuring enormous gorges and canyons, and the snowy mountains, rocky slopes and glaciers of the impressive Tosor Pass.

Along the way we will be trekking, traipsing and travailing around postcard-pretty and lush green fields and valleys, covered in lovely natural vegetation, and countless streams, rivers, waterways and gorges.

On day 12 we return to civilization, when we head to the pretty town of Tamga, and the final few days are spent exploring both Tamga and the city of Karakol, the 4th biggest in the country.

Our trips ends when we head back to Bishkek, tired and weary, yet content and satisfied at having trekked through some of the best unexplored scenery in Central Asia.

Following this path around Kyrgyzstan is a truly special experience – book now and you won’t regret it!

For a different perspective of Kyrgyzstan, have a look at our 12-day “Asian Patagonia” trek in Kyrgyzstan, from Bishkek, here!

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Price per person

 
Group of 3
1600 EUR

Group of 4
1485 EUR

Group of 5
1485 EUR

Group of 6
1340 EUR

Group of 7
1400 EUR

Group of 8
1300 EUR

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
  • Transport during the trip
  • Luggage transfer during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 Price does not include: 1. Accommodation in hotels after the program; 2. Single room accommodation 3. Alcohol and soft drinks; 4. Transfers, excursions or horse riding over the program etc.; 5. Visa and invitation letter to Kyrgyzstan; 6. Medical insurance.
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1“Manas” Airport – Bishkek – Tamga village

    Meeting in airport “Manas”. Transfer to Bishkek accompanied
    by a great view to Kyrgyz Ala Too Mountain Range. Start
    driving towards Tamga village. Visit Burana Tower on the
    way, which is famous historical monument and UNESCO
    heritage (11-12 century A.D.). During the excursion you can
    climb to the top of 24m tower and see panorama of beautiful
    Chui valley with Kyrgyz Mountain Range on the background.
    Stop in the Boom gorge for lunch.
    Dinner and overnight in Tamga guesthouse.

  • Day 2Tamga village

    Drive to Barskoon Gorge to visit waterfalls. Our first stop at
    the memorial to the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. It used to be
    one of his favorite place for recreation. From the monument
    start round hiking trip to waterfalls. Two of them calls
    “Snowleopard’s tears” and “The cup of the Manas”. The third
    one “Snowleopard’s jump” is the largest and the most
    powerfull. Drive up to Barskoon pass and get to Arabel high
    mountain plateau. Such places Kyrgyz people call “Syrt”. Its
    terrain and climate is similar to tundra in the North but caused
    by severe of high altitude. Excursion to the “Skazka” (Fairy
    Tale) canyon after lunch. It’s a place with colorful sandstone
    rocks which looks like Mars landscape or characters and
    decorations from Fairy Tales. Just switch on your imagination
    and you can easily spend hours walking in this magic place.
    Stop at the lake side for swimming.
    Dinner and overnight in Tamga guest house.

  • Day 3Tamga village – Tamga gorge

    Breakfast around 8 o’clock. Then final preparations and
    transfer from the guesthouse to outskirts of Tamga village. The
    way is easy and not steep this day, so people can gradually
    acclimatize themselves to climate and high altitude. First we
    hike along old road in Tamga gorge and among orchards. On
    the way we make excursion to Tamga-Tash stone with ancient
    Tibetan inscriptions on it, dated from X-XIc. Further we wade
    a river and enter a forest zone in Chegedek gorge. Short ascent
    by serpentine road in deep coniferous forest, and we come to
    camp place, which is just on the border of forest. Stay in tents.

  • Day 4Chegedek gorge – Karal Dyobo

    The day begins with long ascent to the high plateau called
    Altyn-Kungey. First trail follows us along the river and then
    waving among great number of little hills, which forms whole
    plateau. From the plateau you will be able to enjoy beautiful
    view of Issyk-Kul lake and its shore. In good clear weather
    there is excellent view to Kungey mountains, which are
    hundred kilometers away, across the lake. Next step after
    reaching the plateau is climbing to easy pass which follow us
    to neighbor plateau called Teekaryn. On the way we have to
    wade two big rivers, so it is better to have some sandals for it.
    Crossing the plateau, we stop at the footstep of Korool-Dyobo
    hill (Observation hill). Setting up the camp, relax, enjoy the
    sunset and having dinner with one the best view to Issyk-Kul
    lake.

  • Day 5Karal Dyobo – Tosor pass – Chunkur Kel Lake

    It is a long trip this day but trail is not difficult. In the morning
    we descent from the plateau to Tosor river. Further we go
    along old road leading to Tosor pass. On the way to the pass
    we pass by steep rocky slopes and small glaciers. From the
    pass we can see beautiful panorama high mountain valley lying
    behind the pass and surrounded by snowy mountains. From the
    pass we already can see final point of the day trip – Chunkur
    Kel lake which still looks small from 5km distance. After
    taking the pass we leave the road and follow to the bottom of
    Uchimchek valley. Short stop at shepherd’s house and walk
    further to Chunkur-Kel lake. Put up camp on the shore. The
    bravest ones even can swim in the lake.

  • Day 6Rest day on Chunkur Kel Lake

    Camp on the lake all day. Optionally it is possible to go for
    radial hikes to Tamga pass or make an ascent to one of the
    nearest peak.

  • Day 7Chunkur Kel Lake – Kerege Tash gorge – Barskaun gorge

    Walk around the lake and follow along the river flowing out of
    the lake. Entrance into Kerege-Tash valley open us another
    great panorama of Terskey range. Wide mountain valley
    surrounded by snowy peaks with falling glaciers and smooth
    lines of grassland. In 5-7 km the valley becomes narrow and
    we descent to the bottom of the gorge. Further the path goes
    along the river, time to time climbing up the slope and going
    down to the river again. During the way we twice wade the
    main river and five-seven times smaller inflows. So be ready
    for lots of water entertainment. In the end of the trip we reach
    Sary-Moinok pass and road to Kumtor gold mine, where our
    support car meets us and drive (3-5km) to the camp place on
    confluence of Barskoon and Dongureme rivers.

  • Day 8Barskaun gorge – Dongureme pass – Dongureme gorge

    In compare with other days, this one is the most intensive. We
    start from the forest and come to narrow place of the gorge.
    Here we wade narrow but very rapid river and continue
    climbing up to Dongureme pass. Sometimes the trail goes steep
    and sometimes it gets lost so we have to follow river-bed or
    hillside. But when we reach the pass, it will present us with
    great view to celestial mountains. You will be able to walk on
    little glacier coming down to the pass and see amazing fauna of
    high alpine zone. Form the pass we go down until the better
    camping place, where temperature is not so cold and wind are
    not so strong as on the pass. Setting up the camp and have rest.

  • Day 9Dongureme gorge – Djuuka gorge

    Today we continue descent from the pass and soon reach
    confluence of Dongureme and Djuuka rivers. Here we make
    one of the final wade across the river and come to flat glade
    called Chon-Tash, which means Big Stone. The name of the
    place tells its own tale. Many huge boulders are scattered
    about, on territory of one square kilometer. Setting up the camp
    and have rest

  • Day 10Djuuka gorge – Djuuka pass

    Depending on weather and physical condition of the group, this
    day can be spent as day of rest or radial hike towards Djuuka
    pass. On the way to the pass we have possibility to see three
    wonderful lakes. Each of the lake have different color – blue,
    green and brown. However, each one is filled by single river.
    From the pass by corner of the eye, we can catch a look to
    another big lake called Chokaly-Kel and Arabel plateau. And
    then return back to camp.

  • Day 11Djuuka gorge – Kashka Suu gorge

    Today we descent further along Djuuka gorge to the
    confluence with Kashka-Suu gorge. Find a good place for
    camp on the bank of Djuuka river. From the camp there is
    beautiful view to mountain ridge of high snowy peaks and
    sheer cliffs. On the way we can see grand dome of It-Tish peak
    – the highest peak of the region. In translation from Kyrgyz its
    name means Dog’s Fang.

  • Day 12Kashka Suu gorge – Tamga

    Final passage until the nearest farm, where the bus meets us
    and drives to Tamga (70km). After lunch in guest house, we
    can go to Issyk-Kul lake, take evening bath and relax on beach
    in the warm sun.

  • Day 13Tamga village – Karakol town

    Drive to Karakol town right after breakfast. Karakol (former
    Przhevalsk), at the beginning, was a Russian military outpost
    founded on 1 July 1869. For a long time, many Russians lived
    there. This fact reflected to a culture and architecture of the
    town. Now it is fast developing and the fourth biggest city in
    Kyrgyzstan. Sightseeing tour around Karakol includes visiting city center, bazaar, Russian Orthodox Church, Dungan
    Mosque, Przewalsky museum. Accommodation in a hotel or
    guest house.

  • Day 14Karakol town – Bishkek city

    Taking North shore of Issyk Kul to drive back to Bishkek city.
    On the way stop in Cholpon Ata and visit to open-air museum
    with thousands petroglyphs. Then driving to Bishkek and
    accommodation in hotel. Take a short rest and continue with
    sightseeing excursion around Bishkek. Walk from
    Philharmonic to Ala Too main square. Passing by “White
    House”, open-air art gallery, oak park, different monuments
    and finish by Opera House and Victory Square. Farewell
    dinner in Bishkek.

  • Day 15Bishkek city – Airport “Manas”

    Early breakfast. Drive to the airport. Flight home.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Manas International Airport, Kyrgyzstan

Accommodation

Hotel, guest house or camping in tents, depending on location.

 

About the Guide

 
 

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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What People are Saying about Misha Danichkin

 

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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