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Heart of the Tien Shan
Heart of the Tien Shan, Kyrgyzstan, Asia

Heart of the Tien Shan

14 Days | From £1,499 | Guided Group Departures

This adventurous expedition style trip takes you into the heart of the Tien Shan mountains on a challenging trek through breathtaking scenery. If you're looking for a true adventure and to get out into a mountain wilderness then this could be your trip of a lifetime.

14 Days | From £1,499 | Guided Group Departures

  • Beautiful mountain flora, alpine meadows and coniferous forests
  • The unspoiled Terksey Ala-Too Mountains
  • Spend time at the remarkable Lake Issyk Kul
  • Explore the Seven Bulls Gorge

From Bishkek we head to the former Cossack town of Karakol, famous for its wooden cathedral made without nails. We then head into the 'Seven Bulls' gorge along the southern shore of Issyk Kul to follow a linear route into the heart of the Terksey Ala-Too and discover a pristine landscape of forests, meadows and soaring peaks. Continuing deeper into the Terksey Ala-Too via a series of mountain passes, our trek leads us through a wild and magnificent part of the Tien Shan, so untouched it remains the realm of the snow leopard.

Along the way we make detours to explore glacial valleys to get close-up views of the high peaks. We exit via the Altyn Arashan gorge on the northern shores of Issyk Kul and devote a full day to relaxing by the 'Titicaca of Central Asia' before returning to Bishkek. Explore a genuine mountain wilderness.

See below for a map of the trip:

Map of Heart of the Tien Shan

*map may not be to scale

Day 1
Depart UK.
Day 2
Arrive Bishkek. Afternoon city tour.
Day 3
Drive past Issyk Kul to overnight at Karakol and visit the wooden cathedral here.
Day 4
Trek the Seven Bulls Gorge to Oguz Bashi Peak. Visit local yurts.
Day 5
Trek deeper into the Terksey Ala-Too.
Day 6
Ascend the Telety Pass; camp in the Karakol Valley.
Day 7
Trek to the base of Karakolskii Peak.
Day 8
Walk through Sirota area, passing stunning waterfalls.
Day 9
Stiff ascent over the Alakol Pass past an alpine lake.
Day 10
Trek further into the Altyn Arashan Valley to view Palatka Peak.
Day 11
Leave the Terksey Ala-Too by 4WD vehicles, drive to Lake Issyk Kul.
Day 12
A day at leisure to relax and perhaps take a swim in the waters of Issyk Kul.
Day 13
Today we travel back to Bishkek and enjoy a celebration dinner.
Day 14
Depart Bishkek. Arrive UK.
  • Trip grade: C - Demanding
  • Duration: 14 days
  • Trip code: TKYR
  • GROUP SIZE : 4 Min - 14 Max
  • Max Altitude: 5,181m
  • Accommodation: Hotels x 5 nts, guesthouse x 1 nt, camping x 7 nts
  • Meals: 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 evening meals inc
  • Departs: July and August
  • OVERSEAS JOINING POINT : Bishkek
  • IMPORTANT : Make sure your chosen holiday is guaranteed to run before you purchase your air tickets and make any other travel arrangements
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