Tien-Shan and Pamir Mountains
Central Asia is blessed with an array of stunning landscapes, including two mountain ranges that are among the most awe-inspiring in the world: the Tien-Shan and Pamir Mountains. These towering ranges boast some of the highest peaks on the planet and are home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. Let’s explore more about these magnificent mountains and what makes them so special.
Why Visit the Tien-Shan and Pamir Mountains?
The Tien-Shan and Pamir Mountains offer visitors a chance to experience some of the most stunning and diverse landscapes on the planet. The rugged terrain and towering peaks offer breathtaking views and opportunities for hiking, climbing, and adventure. The regions are also home to several unique cultural traditions and offer visitors a chance to learn more about the history and heritage of Central Asia.
Whether you’re an experienced mountaineer or simply looking to explore some of the most beautiful natural landscapes on the planet, the Tien-Shan and Pamir Mountains are an unforgettable destination. With their unique geology, diverse ecology, and rich cultural heritage, these majestic mountain ranges are a must-see for any traveler to Central Asia.
This combine tour providing – an unrivalled opportunity to travel through some of the most scenic mountain terrain in Kyrgyzstan. It is a great opportunity to feel the soul of Nomadic Land in combination adventure activities. All roads lead to majestic vistas and encounters with friendly people.
Itinerary :Bishkek – Kochkor – Son-Kul Lake – Kelimchi valley – Bokonbaevo – Jetty Oguz – Aala-Kul Lake Karakol – Jyrgalan – Cholpon-Ata – Bishkek
Meals: breakfast, dinner
|1||Airport – Ala Archa Nature Park – Bishkek (120 km)|
Arrival in Bishkek airport. Check-in the Hotel. Rest & breakfast. Lunch in local restaurant. Transfer to the “Ala-Archa National Park” 40 minutes. It is an alpine national park in the Tian Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Drive back to Bishkek for dinner. Overnight in a hotel.
|2||Bishkek – Kochkor (200km, 4hrs)|
Breakfast. Transfer to Chuy River for Rafting, which is by far the most popular destination for rafting in Kyrgyzstan. Part of the river runs through the Boom Gorge, which is renowned in Central Asia as the perfect spot to try your hand at rafting for the first time. Lunch on the way. After lunch, we drive to Kochkor village where you visit the Altyn-Kol Women’s Handicraft Co-operation. At Felt Master’s you will learn how nomadic Kyrgyz women made felt rags Shyrdak, Ala-Kiyiz (Kyrgyz felt hand make carpet).Dinner and accommodation are in local Family Guest House
|3||Kochkor – Son-Kul (125 km, 4 hrs)|
Breakfast.Transfer to Son-Kul Lake is the second large high mountain lake at the altitude of 3060 m and one the most beautiful places in country which is must to visit, where you can see nomadic life, ancient culture, tradition and customs of Kyrgyz nomad’s which is still alive today. Lunch in Yurt camp. After free time. Dinner and accommodation in Yurt Camp.
|4||Son-Kul Lake – Kilemche valley (Horse riding, 4-5 hrs)|
After breakfast meet with horses and horseman to start horse riding to Kilemche valley over the Song-Kol Mountains and Jalgyz Karagai pass (3400 m). The way affords wonderful views of Kilemche jailoo, and the pass itself is rocky and exciting. Lunch-picnic. After lunch, continue ride to Kelimchi valley. Dinner and accommodation in local Sheperds’ Yurt Inn.
|5||Kilemche valley – Kochkor (Horse riding, 3 hrs+100km 2hrs drive)|
Breakfast. Continue the horse riding to the Kyzart Pass (2664m) over the Chaar-Archa Pass (3 061 m) into the Chaar-Archa Valley and crossing Kyzyl-Kiya jailoo, an enormous, relatively flat sea of grass. Pass over the Kyzart Pass (2664m) where car with driver will meet you. Lunch in local Family house. Moreover, transfer to Kochkor village. Dinner and accommodation in Family Guest House
|6||Kochkor – Kadji Sai –Ak Say Canyon – Bokonbaevo(120km, 2hrs)|
Breakfast. Transfer to South shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. On the way visit, Ak-Say Canyon located on the shore of the lake with sandy and clear water. The way to the beach side lay through Rocky Red Canyons where you can find Golden eagle nests. Have a rest on the beach, swim and have a picnic lunch. Afternoon, drive to Bokonbaevo village where you will have a dinner and stay at a cozy local family guesthouse. On the way, you can visit Yurt maker’s village workshop to see the hand manufacture process of Yurt Inn. The Yurt Make Master will demonstrate and tell the manufacturing process. Dinner and accommodation in guesthouse.
|7||Bokonbaevo – Fairy Tale canyon – Jety – Oguz (150km, 3hrs)|
After breakfast, you will see “Eagle hunting show”. Berkutchi (eagle hunter) will meet you near the lake and share with you skills about golden eagle. You will see amazing show with hunting scene. Then drive to Skazka canyon (Fare tale), amazing canyon with red stone formation. On the way visit Baksoon waterfall. Afternoon arrival to Kokjayk pasture (Valley of Flowers) in Jety – Oguz Gorge by nickname as Switzerland thanks to beautiful fir, junipers, and birch tree forests covered valley. Jety-Oguz Gorge valley with seven red stones rock formation where you can see Broken Heart Mountain. Here you can walk to the waterfall hidden in mountain. Dinner and overnight in Yurts camp
|8||Jety – Oguz – Karakol valley – Kurgak Tor gorge – “Sirota” (trekking)|
Breakfast. Transfer to Karakol gorge until the first bridge, which is the next gorge from Jety-Oguz valley, whence trekking starts until “Sirota” hut by Kurgaktor gorge. Trekking time: 6-7 hrs.Dinner and overnight is in tent camp at 2500 m.
|9||Sirota -Ala Kol Lake -pass Ala-Kol (3 800 m) – Keldike gorge (trekking) (5-6hrs)|
After breakfast, continue trekking to Ala-Kul Lake (3532m). The ascent is enough steep but not long. Trek up to the Ala-Kul valley through fir tree forest. Ascent from Sirota hut to the lake takes approximately 2-3 hours. The lake is 2.3 km wide and 700 meters across, surrounded by peaks and glaciers, you will have an amazing view of Terskey Ala-Too Mountain peaks chain. Dinner and camping in Keldike gorge (3200 m).
|10||Kelgike valley–Altyn-Arashan valley (trekking)–Karakol (trekking 3-4 hrs+drive 2hrs)|
After breakfast, continue trekking to Altyn-Arashan valley through Keldike gorge, which takes 3 hrs. Extremely picturesque views of Altyn Arashan attract large number of tourists and one of the most popular trekking places for adventure lovers and it is famous for hot springs. You will have an opportunity to bath in the pool with radon water. Lunch in Altyn-Arashan guesthouse. Afternoon meeting with driver and driving to Karakol. Accommodation at the Hotel.
|11||Karakol – Ak Suu (Paragliding)(100 km 2hrs)|
Breakfast. Drive to to the Ak-Suu Mountains for Paragliding activities and it is located 15 km from Karakol City. Bald Mountain is the site that we fly from most because of its location, and the stunning views of the Ak-Suu area. Flight last from 5-10 minutes depending on the wind and preparation also takes enough time. Drive back to Karakol for lunch. Afternoon explore Karakol city: Musem of Prejevalskiy (Great traveller & Biologist from Russian Impire time, who opened the Central Asia), Russian Orthodox Church & Dungan Mosque. Dinner in the restaurant. Accommodation is in the Hotel.
|12||Karakol – Jyrgalan (120km 3hrs)|
Breakfast. Drive to Jyrgalan valley. This place is getting popular among travelers as a fastest growing travel destination for winter sport like ski free ride in winter and for horse riders, trekkers. Lunch in Guest House. Here you can rent a horse and do horse excursion spectacular nature right on your doorstep. You can just relax and have a rest looking to the Mountain View. Dinner and overnight are in Guest House
|13||Jyrgalan – Cholpon-Ata(200km,4hrs)|
Breakfast. Drive to North shore of Issyk Kul Lake. On the way visit, Semenovskoye gorge by entering from it and exiting from Grigorievskoye Gorge it is enough attractive places for nature lovers, and travelers during beach season time. Arrival to Cholpon-Ata, the resort center with clubs, bars and restaurants. Afternoon visit Cultural Complex “Ruh Ordo”, Petroglyphs museum on open air dating from 500 BC – 100 AD – image of wolves, long-horned ibex, goats, horses, snow leopard and some hunting scenes. Rest on the beach. Today lunch and dinner in the resort. Overnight is in the resort.
|14||Cholpon-Ata – Bishkek (270km,4hrs)|
Breakfast. Rest and free time on the beach. Afternoon drive to Bishkek. Lunch in Balykchy town. Evening arrives to Bishkek. Check-in to the hotel. Rest and free time. Dinner in local restaurant Accommodation in the Hotel.
|15||Bishkek city tour|
Breakfast. Bishkek sightseeing: Visit Central Square, Presidential House, White Central Mosque, Oak Park with sculptures and statues of Famous Kyrgyz People, Concert Hall & Ballet, Old Square, National Philharmonic, National historical museum and many others places of interests concentrated in one area. Lunch in local restaurant. Then continue city tour to Osh bazar (open market).Free time. Last moment shopping. Dinner in local restaurant with Kyrgyz folklore show. Accommodation in the Hotel.
|16||Bishkek – Airport. (40km)|
Breakfast. Transfer to airport. Departure.