Trekking to waterfall country

Best season:
May - October

Location:  Kyrgyz Range, Kyrgyzstan

Duration: 6 Days

Highly recommended: All tourists should have medical insurance for the particular activities with a minimum coverage of USD 35 000 or EUR 30 000.

 

There a lot of trekking itineraries that run through the gorges, however we would like to offer you interesting hiking across almost four thousand pass. The area is very spectacular and beautiful. Yes, it will be difficult on Ozerny pass. This part of the route requires to have trekking experience and great skill. You will experience four seasons of a year within the few days’ trek.  You will leave summer in Sokoluk Gorge and meet serve winter at the altitude of four thousand. The route goes from waterfall valley to Ala-Archa gorge and further to Ak-Sai Glacier, situated at the altitude 3200m. Ala-Archa Natural Park is protected area. Forest, mountains, bright colors, white peaks - fascinating and hypnotic area. 

Scheme of the program

1st Day.  Bishkek – Sokuluk Gorge

Our staff will pick you up from the hotel or any other place of accommodation in Bishkek and arrange transfer from the city to Sokuluk Gorge. Driving distance is approximately 75 km. Transfer takes couple hours. Upon arrival to the start point of trek, we will set up tent camp at the altitude 2000m. Today is the day of acclimatization. We will do circular trek up to Ashu-Tor Gorge and return to the camp inlate afternoon. Overnight in Tent Camp.

2nd Day. Sokuluk Gorge – Chon-Tor valley

Trek up the Sokuluk gorge to the confluence of the Chon-Tor and Eastern Sokuluk streams. New camping site is located at the altitude 3200m. Overnight in tents.

3rd Day. Chon-Tor valley – Ala-Archa Gorge

This is the most challenging day during the programme.  We have to go from the Sokuluk gorge to Ala-Archa over the Ozernyi Pass (3917m).  Set up a camp at the altitude 2920m. Overnight in tents.

4th Day. Ala-Archa Gorge (Alplager)

Trek down the Ala-Archa gorge to alpine camp (2100m) which has another name Alplager. Set up your camp in the forest at the slope of the mountain. Overnight in Tent Camp.

Attention! There is a possibility to arrange accommodation in small cottages with minimum comfort at a reasonable price or at the comfortable hotel at extra charge this night.

5th Day. Alplager – Ratzek Stop

Hiking to Ratzek Stop along Ak-Sai Valley. The route to Ratzek stop is not easy. You will go through the forest up to the first steep rise and will reach mountain meadows. Then the route is not so difficult. It comes among almost flat meadows, but you will need to have some rest after, before the most difficult part of your itinerary. Path lift up along moraine very steeply. You are at Ratzek Stop after two more steep rises.

Trekking distance today is about 6.5 km takes 4-5 hours. Ratzek stop is located at the altitude 3200m. Overnight in tent.

Attention! Optionally accommodation in Ak-Sai mountain hut can be booked at extra charge.

6th Day. Ala-Archa – Bishkek

Hiking in the area of the Ak-Sai Glacier. Trek down to the Alplager – 2 hours of walking. Transfer by vehicle to Bishkek (40 km, 45 minute drive). Overnight in the hotel.

 

NB: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D - Dinner

 Altitude. If you are new to altitude you may have concerns about the effects. Don’t worry because this trekking goes in quiet manner, without big altitude difference. This altitude rarely causes anyone any problems on this trip. The best way to avoid such symptoms is to walk at a gentle steady pace and drink plenty of fluid. 

Age: We have been conducting this trekking trip for people aged from 12 to 70 years old. 

 

Clients statement

ITMC insistently advises all participants of hiking, climbing and mountaineering to be aware of and accept possible risks of personal injury or death might be caused by the mentioned activities. Participants should be responsible for their own actions and involvement. 

Trip itinerary and service can be changed by request.

 

Price 2020

Group of 2 people – USD 430 per person

Group of 4 people –USD 300 per person

Group of 6 people – USD 240 per person

Price includes the following service:

  • Land transfers (on Day 1 and Day 6, from and to Bishkek)
  • Tent on a two person sharing basis
  • English-speaking trekking guide
  • Food for self-cooking during the trek (buying food for trekking period)
  • Kitchen & dining utensils and gas for cooking

 

* Notes: It is expected that clients will cook for themselves. Cook services can be provided at extra cost. 

 

Additional services available at extra cost:

  • Porters to carry tents, kitchen utensils, personal belongings – USD 240 per porter per programme
  • Cook service - USD 300 per program
  • City tour in Bishkek
  • Accommodation in Bishkek – from USD 15 per person per night (Hostel)
  • Accommodation in three, four or five star hotel in Bishkek – available on request, prices on request 

Payment

To guaranty booking full payment for confirmed trip should be done 21 days prior the 1st day of the trip. Non payment in time may result in full cancellation.

All service fees charged by banks or other financial institutions for payment processing must be paid by Sender.

 

Cancellations and charges

There is no fee for changes or cancellations when made more than 21 days prior to arrival, 

but any actual expenses incurred relating to documents such as visa support, permits, or any other necessary official paperwork, will have to be paid for by the client;

  • There  is 10% fee of ordered services for changes or cancellations when made 15 to 21 days prior to arrival;
  • There is 50% fee of ordered services for cancellations when made 7 to 14 days prior to arrival.
  • There is 100% fee for cancellations when made less than 7 days prior to arrival.

 

  • Trekking shoes or boots
  • Trekking poles
  • Rucksack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock cream

 

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