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Heart of the Tien Shan
Kyrgyzstan-Heart of the Tien Shan

Heart of the Tien Shan

14 Days | From £1645 | 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 true mountain wilderness then this could be your trip of a lifetime.

14 Days | From £1645 | Guided Group Departures

  • Trek amongst the unspoiled Terksey Ala-Too Mountains
  • Marvel at incredible Issyk Kul Lake

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 then follow a linear route into the heart of the Terksey Ala-Too and discover a pristine landscape of forests, meadows and soaring peaks. Heading 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. This ambitious adventure will be best suited to those with a pioneering spirit, who like their trekking to be challenging and wish to explore a genuine mountain wilderness.



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Day 1
Depart UK
Day 2
Arrive Bishkek. Rendezvous at the group hotel for a 2000hrs pre-trip briefing.
Day 3
Leaving Bishkek we travel overland and past Issyk Kul to overnight at the old Cossack garrison town of Karakol and visit the wooden cathedral here, constructed without nails!
Day 4
After transferring to the trailhead we begin our Tien Shan adventure by trekking into the Seven Bulls Gorge. Overnight Camp.
Day 5
Trekking deeper into the Terksey Ala-Too high peaks come into view as we follow a forested valley to beneath the Telety Pass.
Day 6
Ascending the Telety Pass we are now in the heart of this spectacular mountain range. From the pass we descend to our overnight campin the Karakol Valley.
Day 7
Today we make the trek to the base of the magnificent Karakolskii Peak for closer views of this impressive mountain, returning to our previous nights camp.
Day 8
A shorter walk today as we head to the Sirota area and make camp close to Alakol Lake, in a truly wild and stunning location.
Day 9
Passing the beautiful mountain lake of Alakol it's then a stiff ascent over the Alakol Pass to then descend to our final camp location in the idyllic Altyn Arashan Valley.
Day 10
We have one more walking day amidst this incredible mountainscape. So, today we head further up the Altyn Arashan Valley to view Palatka Peak and return back to camp.
Day 11
Leaving the Terksey Ala-Too by 4WD vehicles we now head to the shores of incredible Lake Issyk Kul and a pleasant lake side hotel.
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 can enjoy a celebration dinner and reflect on our time discovering a remote mountain wilderness and the beauty of Kyrgyzstan.
Day 14
Depart Bishkek, Arrive UK.
  • Tour grade: C-Demanding, Max alt approx 4000m
  • Tour code: TKYR
  • GROUP SIZE : Max 8
  • 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
  • What is included:
    English-speaking guide, accommodation, overland transfers, most meals
  • Accommodation: Hotels 5nts, Camping 8nts
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