Trekking to high mountain lakes of Jetim Bel Range - ITMC Travel

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Trekking to high mountain lakes of Jetim Bel Range


Best season: July – August

Location:  Tien-Shan, Kyrgyzstan

Duration: 12 days

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

We would like to invite you to join our amazing trekking trip along the gorges of Djetim-Bel Range. It can be a good alternative to popular trek in Terskey Ala-Too Range. The benefit of Djetim-Bel Range that the region is not crowded. You will visit Teshik-Kol Lake (3504m), cross mountain passes can choose a pick for climbing. The area is not famous with its high mountains (average altitude of peks here is 4000m) and it does not attract experienced mountaineers. However, the area is fine for trekking and easy climbing. Transport supports during the trek, and service of professional guide will make your trip comfortable, safe and interesting.

1st Day.  Bishkek

International flight to Bishkek. Meet at Airport in Bishkek. Transfer to the hotel. Rest. Afternoon city sightseeing tour of Bishkek: Philharmonic Society, Ala-Too Square, Victory Square, Handicraft Shops, Osh bazaar, Fine Arts Museum.

2nd Day. Bishkek – Sary-Bulak

Transfer Bishkek – Sary-Bulak (410km, approx. 8 hours drive) by truck bus. Set up base camp at the confluence of the rivers of Kara Soz and Balgart. Acclimatization. Overnight in tents at an altitude of 2800-2900m.

3rd Day – 4th Day. Sary-Bulak – Teshik-Kol Lake

Two days of trekking to Teshik-Kol Lake (3504m) along the Kara-Kaman and Ichke-Tor rivers. Low grade, altitudes during the day vary from 2800m to 3500m. Trekking distance is 30 km, 5-6 hours of hiking per day. During this part of the itinerary it is not possible for the truck to drive the same route as the hikers.  The vehicle will take a different route and meet the group 2 days later in the area of Teshik-Kol Lake. About 5km from the lake are the Jyly-Suu hot springs.  The group spend a day of rest near the hot springs.

5th Day. Teshik-Kol Lake – Murza

Rest day. Transfer by car to the area of the Jetim Bel range along Jyly-Suu and Burkan rivers (60 km, off-road, about 8-9 hours of driving). Camp in the area of Murza burial ground.

6th Day. Murza – Ara-Bel Pass

Transfer by vehicle along the Burkan river to the Ara-Bel pass (42 km). Easy climbing to the summits located in the area. Approach, ascent and descent of one peak takes about 6 hours. For ascent clients need rope, crampons, ice axes and trekking poles.  Option:  The group can spend 2-3 days more in the area of the Jetim Bel Range for circular treks and ascents of peaks. There are several glacial summits of about 4000m in altitude that are located close to the road in this area.

7th Day. Ara-Bel Pass – Ekurgon-Kol Lake

Transfer and hiking from the Ara-Bel pass to Ekurgon-Kol Lake crossing the Sary-Tor pass (4050m), a distance of 18km.  When trekking close to the lake there is no truck support.  Camp in the area of Lake Ekurgon-Kol.

8th Day. Ekurgon-Kol Lake – Suyok Pass

Transfer by vehicle to the Ara Bel valley (52 km, 2-3 hours drive). Drive through the Suyok pass (4021 km). Day of rest with optional hiking. Overnight in tents near the lake.

9th Day. Suyok Pass – Juuku Valley

8 hours of trekking to Juuku river (35km), crossing the Juuku pass (3633m). The vehicle cannot drive in this area and meets the group in the Juuku valley.

10th Day. Juuku Valley – Tamga Village

Transfer to Tamga village. Rest on the beach of Issyk-Kul Lake. Overnight in Guest House.

11th Day. Tamga Village – Bishkek

After breakfast transfer to Bishkek (300km) via Burana Tower. Overnight in the hotel.

12th Day. Departure

Check-out. Transfer to Airport. Departure by international flight.

Group of 2 people – USD 1865 per person

Group of 4 people – USD 1385 per person

Group of 5 people – USD 1085 per person

Group of 6 people – USD 1080 per person

Group of 7 people – USD 995 per person

Group of 8 people – USD 970 per person

Group of 10 people – USD 930 per person

Single supplement – USD 125 per person per programme (available in the hotels and guest houses only)

*Prices for other size groups available on request, please contact us.

Price includes the following service:

  • English speaking trekking guide
  • Cook for trek
  • Workman for groups of 6 or more people
  • Twin bedroom accommodation in the 3* Hotel  in Bishkek (3 nights)
  • Twin bedroom accommodation in Guest House in Tamga (1 nights)
  • Trekking tents
  • Meals: Full board during the trek, Breakfasts in the Hotel in Bishkek and Guest House in Tamga.
  • Land transport by cross country vehicle as stated in the programme description
  • Excursions and entrance fees

Additional services available at extra cost:

  • Kyrgyz visa fee (if required) – USD 45 per person
  • Lunches and/or Dinners in Bishkek and cafe en-route – approx. USD 10-15 per person      
  • Porter service – USD 360 per porter per programme


  • Each porter carries 20kg of commercial weight. Any additional weight in excess of this will be charged at a rate of USD 3 per 1kg.
  • 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.