Trekking to lake Sary-Chelek

Type of trip: Trekking, hiking
Duration: 10 days
Season: July-September
Group: 04 pax-12 pax
Type of accommodation: Tents

This trip passes along the Western Tyan-Shyan. Starts from Bishkek on the mountain highway Bishkek-Osh via passage Too-Asuu (3586m) trough 3 km. tunnel, passage Ala-Bel (3850m), picturesque gorge Chichkan, Toktogul reservoir, Kurpsai reservoir and Hydroelectric Station in Tash-Komur, village Arkit and entry to the national reserve “Sary-Chelek” Lake.

The Sary Chelek biosphere reserve, which lies in the Arkit Gorge, a relatively small mountain hollow in the Chatkal Mountains. It was founded in 1959 to protect and research the pristine natural landscapes – lowland steppes and ridges with snow-capped peaks; rapid rivers and mountain lakes; blossoming valleys and alpine meadows (lying between 1200 m and 4274m) – with their varied flora and fauna. More than 1000 species of plants, 160 species of birds and 34 species of mammals (such as deer, bear, lynx, wolves, foxes, badgers, porcupine … even snow leopards) can be found in this relatively small, unspoiled national park. It is also supposed to be a marvellous place for those interested in insects of all kin There are also some other small lakes to the south–east (such as Kyla Kol, Iyri Kol, Aram Kol, Cherek Kol, and Bakaly Kol), but Sary Chelek is regarded as the “gem” – the “Jewel in the Crown”.

This trip can be called a traveling in Biosphere Paradise. I invite all travelers, who love nature, mountain, and would like to visit this Biosphere Paradise. Dear Friends, I hope that this trip leaves very good impressions. Welcome and Join to my Team.

Description of the itinerary

AM meeting the group at Bishkek International airport “Manas” and transfer to hotel (for early check-in). Time for rest. PM city tour including visiting of Central Square Ala-Too, History Museum, Park Panfilov and Osh bazaar. The present look of the square was formed in the first half of 1980-s, when the architectural ensemble was built which comprised the Government House and the Museum of History of Communist Party, which is now the Kyrgyz State Historical Museum. Ala-Too Square is the place where all big public events and national celebrations are held. The Historical Museum is located on the Ala-Too central square, next to the Government House. Dinner at local restaurant with Kyrgyz folkloric music show (should be paid supplementary). Overnight in guest house.

Day 2. Transfer Bishkek – Arkit
After breakfast drive to the village Arkit via Too-Asuu passage (3586 m) and Ala-Bel passage (3250 m) ravel the village of Arkit via Bishkek-Osh highway. The path goes through a mountain tunnel, two mountain passes and Suusamyr valley. Accommodation in a guest house in Arkit.

Day 3. Lake Sary-Chelek
The beginning of active part of the tour. After breakfast drive to the national park Sary-Chelek (1900 m. above sea level).Setting up a camp. Taking a walk by the lake (6 km). Dinner in the field. Overnight is in the tent.

Day 4. Lake Bakaly-Kel.
After breakfast, visit Bakaly – Kel, walking (about 6 km) to the panorama. Return to the camp.

Day 5. Lake Tuyuk-Kel, Lake Kyla-Kel.
After breakfast, walking (about 7 km) to visit Lake Tuyuk-Kel, Lake Kyla-Kel.

Day 6. Lake Iri-kel.
After breakfast, walking about (12 km) and trekking by horse riding to the lake Iri-Kel via the passage Keterme ( 2200 m. above sea), where opens panorama and offering stunning views of Sary-Chelek lake. Crossing to small lakes and visit Choichok-Kel, Aram-Kel, which represent panoramic view on the National Reserve. And then, down up to lake Kyla-Kel. During walking, on the way, it is possible to see walnut forests, flora and fauna of reserve. Return to the tent. Dinner and overnight in the tent.

Day 7. Rest day.
Free time for hiking, fishing, swimming, walking around lake Sary-Chelek, sight-seeing of mazar - Toskool-Ata. Return to the camp.

Day 8. Lake Sary-Chelek-gorge Chychkan
After breakfast drive to Chychkan. On the way, visit Tash-Kumyr HES (Hydro electrical station). Dinner and overnight are at the guest house of gorge Chychkan.

Day 9. Gorge Chychkan-Bishkek
After breakfast, drive to Bishkek along the Suusamyr valley. Dinner and overnight in Bishkek.

Day 10. Departure day.
After breakfast, transfer to the international airport “Manas”.