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Trekking tour to Song kul lake,Kyrgyzstan

Code: A78 

 

Description of kyrgyzstan

 

The purest mountain air, beautiful and pure lakes, spring water, snow tops of mountains and reserves-all this nature of Kyrgyzstan. Unique on the unique beauty different at all times years the mountain nature is the main richness of Kyrgyzstan. Uniqueness of the nature of Kyrgyzstan is caused by an inland arrangement of the country, remoteness from the seas and oceans and a high position above sea level. These and many other reasons have predetermined variety of natural complexes. Complex structure of a relief and unique ecological conditions promoted a big variety of an animal and flora. In the territory of Kyrgyzstan there is both a hot desert, and the coniferous and deciduous forests, and steppes, and swamps, and even places where in the winter air temperature falls to minus 40 degrees.
Mountains are the main part making all natural complex of the country. Many call Kyrgyzstan by the second Switzerland because of similarity of the nature of the Swiss Alps and the Kyrgyz mountains. But if in the Alps of Switzerland there is no place where has glanced the tourist's look, then the nature of Kyrgyzstan remains pure and untouched, and every year draws more and more attention of fans of the mountain nature. Powerful ridges, the wide closed and half-closed intermountain hollows define features of the nature and climate. More than 6,5 thousand glaciers form Kyrgyz Arctic. In the territory of Kyrgyzstan there is the highest point of all Tian - Shanya-Jengish Chokusu. Its height makes 7439 meters, and there is he in east part of the country. The top, the second for height, - Lenin Peak 7134 meters high, is on the Trans Alai Range in the south of Kyrgyzstan. In mountains it is possible to meet a great number of the rare and disappearing animals included in the Red List. Among them there are arkhara, the Central Asian otters, gray monitor lizards, red wolves, and the true master of the Kyrgyz mountains, a magnificent snow leopard. For those who at least once will see with own eyes the majestic nature of Kyrgyzstan, will never forget picturesque mountain lakes, the rough mountain rivers, falls, majestic rocks, curative sources and century glaciers.

 

Day 1: Bishkek city tour

 

Today we will have Bishkek city tour. Bishkek is located at an altitude 750-m.above sea level. City tour will start from visiting Victory Square, Oak Park, Central Ala-Too Square, the History Museum, National Philharmonic, and other interesting sightseeings. After visiting all these places, we go for a lunch in national restaraunt. You will try origin kyrgyz food. After we continue our city tour and visit Asian Bazaar. Asian Bazaar is opened in Soviet Union times and  was reconsructed in 2001. There you can find many interesting things. Then we drive to hotel to have a rest. About 19.00 o`clock we go for dinner in one of the best local restaraunts. Night in hotel.

  1. Bishkek city tour
  2. Lunch in national restaurant
  3. Visiting Osh Market
  4. Leisure time
  5. Dinner ii national restaurant
  6. Stay at hotel

Victory Square in BishkekPark in BishkekSquare ala-too in BishkekKyrgyz Drama and Ballet Theater in Bishkek

 

Day 2: Boom canyon (1450m), trekking to gorge “Pilone” (2280m), camp of canyon (2150).

 

Morning wake up 2 hours driving by bus on good road till Boom canyon (1450m). Our horses will be waiting for us at the leopard stone statue, different statues are considered to be popular in Kyrgyzstan most of them you may see along the road such as: animals, workers with hummers and other “objects of labor” there’re symbols of Soviet power. We will spread the load on horses. Keep our way on narrow path. After big farm we rise up on gorge of ‘Pilon” with local Kyrgyz friends. Next day we will go to big valley to the west. Next stop on farm after which we go to gorge 1 hour walking. narrow pass will lead us to plateau. From both sides of the plateau we may watch a red beautiful canyons flowing together with river. Further next on the path to canyon. Overnight in camp.

Transfert : 2h-100km

Night : Camp

Time of walking : 4h

Difference in altitude : +830 m

Difference in altitude: -510 m

Old shepherd on pasture in KyrgyzstanFortress tash rabat in kyrgyzstanKyrgyz horseRoad to the lake song kul

 

Day 3: Trekking gorge of Kolkhoz (2420)-Camp Touyok (2220).

 

Raised up in valley, you will see much vegetation; keep going the path narrowing till the right bank. We walk on canyon to go out on huge pasture. Glacial tops of the mountains remind us the tops of nomadic yurts established by nomads in summer. You will see here ex collective farms abandoned many years ago. As regime changed the yurt camps became practical and cozy especially for nomads whose life style is cattle-breeding. From gorge we go down to the valley Touyk. Make camp on lawn among held in front of big mountain snow tops.

Night : Camp

Time of walking : 7h

Difference in altitude : +650 m

Difference in altitude: -200 m

beautiful_landscape_on_the_lakesong_kul_Kyrgyzstan.jpgThis is KyrgyzstanCelestial Mountains of Kyrgyzstanadmiring_tourist.jpg

 

Day 4: Gorge Belboulak (2460)- Valley Chamsy (1760).

 

There is a beautiful path of ex landing strip to Belboulak gorge. We will able to see a magnificent panorama: conifer forest, mountains and snow tops. Going down on landing strip till the ford, keep walking on water or by horse. One more hour of walk till camp located next to several yurt camps.

Night : Camp

Time of walking : 5h

Difference in altitude : +260 m

Difference in altitude: -700 m

Mountains of KyrgyzstanHeavenly mountains of Kyrgyzstan, horsesThe majestic mountains of Central AsiaBeautiful_mountains.jpg

 

Day 5: Trek: camp at the feet of Chamsy gorge (2980).

 

Raised up from valley we go on landing strip then continue walking on path. Cross several small rivers. We establish camp at the feet of Chamsy gorge.  In July the valley is covered with flowers, the vicinity is going to be hilly! Consequently one should be trained to establish a tent correctly.

Night : Camp

Time of walking : 6h

Difference in altitude : +1220 m

Kyrgyzstan is the country of the Heavenly MountainsKyrgyzstan is a mountainous regionJourney to the mountains of KyrgyzstanCamp in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan

 

Day 6: Trek: Gorge Chamsy (3570) - plain of Kochkor (2460)- Pass Kyzart.

 

We will be rising up on ascent covered with flowers. Further up on the path along which you may watch rock fall and beautiful views from gorge. Further down to the valley marked on the map which finishes by canyon. At the end of canyon you will see plain with dry path leading to Kochkor valley. Our buses will be waiting for us here. The way to Kyzart village will take 1:30 hours. Overnight at local people.

Transfert: 3h-160km

Night : Camp

Time of walking : 5h 30 min

Difference in altitude : +540 m

Difference in altitude: -1060 m

Sunset in the mountains of KyrgyzstanYurt of nomads in the mountains of KyrgyzstanHunter with Eagle in KyrgyzstanMountain river in Kyrgyzstan

 

Day 7: Trek: gorge Tuz Achou (3230m)-the north bank of Song Kul Lake (3010m).

 

 It’s 30 min walk to the south bank. it’s enough to raise up on the path 2480m altitude. The raise up to the mountains till Tuz Achou. The only panorama on Song Kul Lake considered the most beautiful. Smooth rise down where we will see many yurt camps around the lake. At the lake buses will join to us. Overnight in yurt.

Night : Camp

Time of walking : 5h

Difference in altitude : +750 m

Difference in altitude: -220 m

Kyrgyzstan, Yurt camp near Song Cul lakeWe cross the river on horsebackKyrgyzstan, the mountain range of Moldo Ashuu, Lake Song CulHappy Horse Rider

 

Day 8: Song kul transfer to south part

 

Whole day horseback riding tour at Song kul lake. The life in Song kul lake is very interesting, on the way of our tour we will visit nomads and their hoses- yurts, where we can drink tasty tea with salt, try real beer of nomads-which call Kumys (fermented milk of mare), and eat Kyrgyz sheep`s cheese – Kurut. We ride horses towards the lake where we could find local fish men, they know many facts about the real life at Song Kul lake , sometimes they live there the whole year and in the winter temperature is around -40. We visit stones of Manas, where your guide will tell you the story about ancient Kyrgyz athletes. In the evening visiting of Moldo Ashuu pass which is on an altitude 3251 m. above sea level. Night in yurt.

Kyrgyzstan, National cheese KurutKyrgyzstan, Horse caravanKyrgyzstan, Parking for horsesKyrgyzstan, Beautiful scenery

 

Day 9: Song Kul-Bishkek (330km)

 

Last minutes to say good bay to our hosts - nomads. We take our way to Bishkek through 33 parrots pass 3450 m. After crossing the pass, we will have easy walk to visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Song Kul Lake. Then we drive by main road Torugart-Bishkek and cross the Dolon pass 3030 m. For lunch we will stop in Kochkor. We continue our way to Bishkek, on the way we will see the beautiful panorama of Orto-Tokoy water reservoir, then we cross Kubaky pass 2200m. Arrive to Bishkek. Dinner in local restaurant. Night in hotel.

Trekking to the most beautiful places in KyrgyzstanParrot pass 32, Song Song Cul lake, KyrgyzstanSong Cul Falls, Kyrgyzstan32 Parrots Song Cul, Kyrgyzstan

 

Day 10: Bishkek-Europe

 

Tracking Supplement

 

 

Price includes :

 

-       Meeting at the airport

-       Transport and driver

-       Guide service

-       Full board

-       Accommodation

-       Admission to museums

-       Visa support

 

Price does not include:

 

-       Travel insurance

-       Airtickets and taxes

-       Alchogol and mineral water

 

Season:

June-15 October

 

The weather in Kyrgyzstan

 

The climate is continental in Kyrgyzstan, very cold winters and hot summers. In Kyrgyzstan, the best time is from mid-June to late September. But time, as elsewhere, can vary depending on the cycles of drought and hot periods or heavy rains! Because of the altitude and climate, we offer this trip in July or August. The climate is continental, with little precipitation. Air is changing dramatically reduce the heat during the day and at night in the summer, especially above 2000 m. The importance played by the differences between mountains and desert valleys. Snow lies on high peaks. Summer is quite hot and dry with possible thunderstorms, especially in June and July. The best time for hikes and excursions from May to October. Warning: the weather is unpredictable, so you need to be prepared for the difficult climatic conditions.

 

Temperature May June July August September October November
Altitude 700 m              
Day    (°C) +23 +26 +30 +35 +27 +20 +14
Night  (°C) +18 +20 +25 +28 +19 +11 +6
+1000 m              
Day    (°C) +17 +20 +24 +29 +21 +14 +8
Night  (°C) +12 +14 +19 +22 +13 +5 +0
+1000 m              
Day    (°C) +7 +10 +14 +19 +11 +4 -2
Night  (°C) +2 +4 +9 +12 +3  -5 -10

 

Requirements for passport and visa

 

 Make sure your passport is valid for more than 6 months after the expire date. A visa is not required for entry into Kyrgyzstan since 22.07.2016. Exactly such formalities and for the citizens of France and Switzerland. Travel always with a color passport photos and a copy of the passport.

 

Vaccination and health

 

 As to health one can make vaccinations (hepatitis A, polio, tetanus). You can also make a vaccine against diphtheria and typhoid. For long-term stay can be recommended (over one month) vaccination against rabies. It is also recommended to visit the dentist before to departure.

 

 

Currency

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 Currency in Kyrgyzstan is Kyrgyz Som. Abbreviation: names, soms, indicative rates 11.05.2016 1 € = 76 soms: you can change as the USD and the euro in banks, exchange offices and hotels in major cities. Banks, hotels, as a rule, accept Visa card, MasterCard. Kyrgyzstan is known for its wool (hats, shoes, coats, etc.), Handicrafts and tableware at Osh market ... Bargaining is normally excepted, as in other Central Asian countries. Euro and dollar change without problems in Bishkek and Osh. Tipping is part of the culture. Regardless of wages, tips are always at the discretion.

 

Payment

The total amount is divided between the team driver, guide. We recommend you to make a separate envelope for each worker (guide, driver), to avoid trouble. Asia expedition may advise you to leave the KGS 110 euros per person as a tip. Based on the amount, it is multiplied by the number of days speaking guide 2 € per day the driver of 1-2 € per day. Assistant 1 € per day. We can leave you some tips in hotels and restaurants. In this trip, you will be accompanied by english-speaking local guide. Its role is to ensure the safety of the whole team, accompanied by you for the entire period of the trip, to ensure the quality of services provided. He is the only one who makes the decision, in order to avoid risks.

 

Accomodations and conditions

 

Journey  private vehicles, a minibus 4x4 depending on the location and size of the group. The roads are pretty bad, except for some major routes. However, considerable work on the building of new roads is conducted on Chinese and Tajik borders. Accommodation at the hotel, in the family and in the camps.  Hotel are in cities. Also for living, we use the tent for 3 persons per tent. Mattresses are also available. Everyone is responsible for assembling and dismantling his tent. Be careful when you choose your room   the hotel can have single or double rooms). Electricity: 220 V, 50 Hz Bring a flashlight and charger plug for telephone.

 

Food

 

 Breakfast: hot dishes. Since the Kyrgyz people have been strong enough, they prefer a large amount of food . No problems. We provide you a meal, you can make additions in food to your liking.

 

Luggage

 

During the day you can take with a lightweight backpack with necessary items. In the camp you can leave your main bag where all your things .. Backpack: this bag you use in an airplane or wear every day for hikes, excursions and transfers. Reminder: length, width and depth of your bag must not exceed 115sm. Maximum of 5 kg. Attention never put in your hand luggage knife, metal or blunt objects, batons, food or liquid volume more than 100 ml during the flight. Most airlines limit the number and weight of baggage only one suitcase weighing 20 kg per person. Note: Any additional bag or extra weight will be charged by the airline during of registration. This should be a travel bag waterproof, very durable, and it should be marked by our labels to easily find it later. Secure your luggage: during air travel, your luggage is under the responsibility of the airline. Any dispute should be resolved directly between you and the carrier, with the arrival of the flight. In the case of non-delivery, theft or damage of your luggage, you need to write a statement from the airline. Our company will be with you to solve this problem, in the best case, your luggage will be delivered to you within a few business days. All additional costs of the loss of luggage fee on we solve on the place. During the trip, luggage should be adapted to transport it. Be especially careful at hotels (use safe deposit boxes to store your passport, money, jewelry) for city tours or local food at the restaurant. Bag with your passport and money, it is your personal responsibility. Asia Expedition will not be responsible in case of theft or loss.

 

Hygiene and Clothes

Equipment Clothing: Make sure that your clothes are securely isolated from the external weather conditions. You can take a piece of soap to wash the head, legs and laundry. WARNING list and amount of clothing should be limited! You have to prepare your luggage in quantity and volume, and to protect from the weather. Take the usual jacket GORETEX - T-shirts with short sleeves and long sleeves - light winter jacket, hiking pants, light pants, swimsuit, hat or cap and scarf, pair of socks, a hat, a pair of gloves (from the wind) - thermal tights - waterproof pants and breathable pants. Shoes - Trekking Footwear: your shoes have to be comfortable, take slippers "Choose a good waterproof shoes, not too heavy, not too hard and strong for a good protection of the ankle, with a tenacious soles) Shoes: for light walks, flights, trips and parties. Sleeping bag (- 8 ° C). A small toilet bag, soap (avoid shampoos and liquid soaps that affect the pressure drops, a small towel (40 x 120 cm) - a small emergency first-aid bag, pocket knife, flashlight (with spare batteries and lamps), a roll of toilet paper, a cream protective from the sun (high rate)  hygienic lipstick, a pair of sunglasses, a gel hand sanitizer, handkerchiefs, a pair of spare laces, a bag that you can wear around the neck to protect their valuables, you can carry the bag on your belt, this bag you will be putting your passport, currency, credit cards, personal documents, insurance policy, a color photocopy of the passport which will facilitate the administrative procedure in the case of lost or stolen passports (not to keep a photocopy with your passport),

 

Medicine

Personal pharmacy: buy in stores for first aid. You can also use a sealed plastic bag. From diarrhea and constipation - Tiorfan 100mg - Intetrix - Forlaks 10mg Nausea - Motilium (Lyoc) 10mg Hemorrhoids - Ginkor, Burns Gastric - Mopral or Inexium analgesics - aspirin Rhone chewable 500 mg - Paracetamol 500 mg of anti - (Solupred 20) - Profenid 100 mg Decontracture - Coltramyl 4 mg Anti infectious agent - Pyostacine 500 mg bandages, scissors. purifier - Hydroclonazone or medicine from altitude sickness. This list refers to the pharmacies  that you need during the trip. Consult your doctor if you need any additional medications that, if you are going with family or friends.

 

 Take sandals to cross the river. Safety, it should be recalled that no region of the world, no country can not be considered safe from the terrorist threat. Time difference GMT / UTC + 6:00 in Kyrgyzstan. The sense of hospitality is part of the culture!

Behavior

 

It’s multicultural country, please  you must respect the customs, traditions, culture and religion people. In the city (mainly in Bishkek) dress code is free, but to visit religious places should wear long-sleeved clothing and pants. The campaigns in rural areas or small towns, villages, wear long sleeves that cover your knees and shoulders especially in religious places. For swimming in lakes and rivers, for the ladies one should choose shirt covering the entire body.  When we visit religious sites or living houses  one need to take off your shoes, stroking the child's head or shake hands with women are considered to be unacceptable.  Avoid aggressive tone, you should not raise your voice, gently exert signs of love in public or better avoid them in public places. Do not give pens, sweets and other gifts to children. This behavior is sort of begging and sometimes children drop out of school. Do not distribute drugs. Tipping is not required on a daily basis. Residents of the wealthy countries regularly tip.  Tipping may vary depending on the quality of services, guide services, drivers, service at the hotel and duration of services. In any case, keep in mind that it’s better to give nothing than not to give enough! At worst, you risk offending a person. If you want to give something out of their own pocket, do it friendly. To the locals it would be a gesture that you appreciated their work. In hotels, you can give a tip 0,10 € for luggage assistance. The country of nomads, has its own habits and customs, lifestyle.  It is important to pay attention to the protection and conservation of nature. Do not leave the non-degradable waste on the ground, take them with you! For example, the batteries have expired, plastic bags in towns and villages because the management of village waste is not always in control and destruction of litter!!! Therefore, it is imperative not to litter, not throw away degradable waste.

 

 Keep in mind, it is forbidden to buy souvenirs of wild animals and flowers. In particular, products of animal skins, crystal, etc.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask your guide. you should also pay   compensation for CO2 emissions corresponding to the number CO2 . Such compensation can be estimated that the round-trip Paris / Bishkek equivalent emission of 2.24 tonnes of CO2-equivalent per person. For this trip the amount of compensation is 54 € (€ 18.36 benefit from the tax reduction provided for in the case of delivery of works of general interest).

 

Lexicon:

Hi -Salamat syzby!

Goodbye- Jakshy kalgyla!

Thank you -  Rahmat

Today – Bugun

Yesterday – Keche

Tomorrow- Erten

Goodnight- Jatkyla Jakshy

This beautiful- This Nice- Jakshy

This is good- Jakshy

Mountains- Too, ( in the mountains)- TooDo

is high- Biik

How do you do-Kandaïsyndar?

It will be good- I'm Fine- Jakshy

Rahmat It will not be- I feel bad- Jakshy Emes

I'm hungry!-  Kursagym achty

Bon Appetit- Tamagyn tattuu Bolsun

How much does it cost? - Kancha Turat? Kanchadan?

Father- Ata,  Mother- Apa, Brothe – Baike, Sister- Ejeke,

1- Bir 2- Two Eki, Three 3- Uch,  Four 4-tort,  5- Five Besh, 6 Six- Alty,  Seven 7 jety,  8- Eight segiz, 9-nine –Togouz, 10-Ten On,  20-Twenty Jiïrma, Thirty 30-  Otuz,  Fourty 40 - Kirk,  50-Fifty- Eluu, 100 hundred – bir dzuz,  200 -eki dzuz -Two hundred, Bir min-1000 OneThousand.

Transport:

 

Car A/C Place in the car/ for tourists Foto
Jeep + 5/2-3 pax  jeep1
Hyundai Starex + 7/4 pax  jeep2
Mercedes Sprinter 4WD + 18/12 pax  jeep3

 

 

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