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Moderate to Challenging
Activities
  • 10 day trek
Accommodation
  • 2 nights hotel
  • 2 nights homestay
  • 9 nights camping
Meals
  • 13 Dinners
  • 12 Lunches
  • 13 Breakfasts

14 Days$3390USD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: APT

Trip highlights


  • Trek remote regions of the Turkestan range, referred to as the Asian Patagonia
  • Ascend high mountain passes to be rewarded with majestic panoramas
  • Trek into the heart of Pamir-Alay mountain system, to the foot of Ak-Suu
  • Discover picturesque gorges and alpine meadows with a backdrop of sheer rock walls
  • Gain cultural insights staying with a local Kyrgyz family at their homestay
  • Visit Kyrgyzstan's intriguing capital city, Bishkek
  • Enjoy evenings at pre-prepared camps with freshly prepared meals

Trek through the gorges of the Turkestan Range to the heart of the Pamir-Alay mountain system and the foot of the towering Ak-Suu peak. This adventure journeys through the picturesque Turkestan Range, a region often referred to as the Asian Patagonia due to the stunning sheer rock formations and the sense of true wilderness. Marvel at crystal clear glacier fed streams and lakes, lush fir tree forests and alpine meadows with herds of grazing yaks, surrounded by sheer rock walls and no civilization in sight. Take mountain trails along which nature abounds and enjoy panoramic views of the canyons crowned by snow-capped peaks. Trek to the foot of peak Piramidalnyi, the highest point of the Turkestan Range at 5,509 and peak Ak-Suu which soars up to 5,355m. Your main luggage will be carried by pack mule and each evening your camp will be pre-prepared and well-earned freshly cooked meals served. This is a pure and remote trekking adventure complete with memories to last a lifetime.


Upon arrival into Bishkek you will be met at the international airport and transferred to the group hotel to check-in and have some time to relax and refresh. After lunch we'll venture out to enjoy a short sightseeing tour of the city. Bishkek is situated at an elevation of around 2,600 ft in the foothills of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too range, part of the Tian Shan range. These mountains soar up to 15,928ft, providing a dramatic backdrop to the city. Extending from the city’s north is a verdant steppe grassland which reaches into neighboring Kazakhstan. Bishkek is a city of open boulevards and grand marble-lined public buildings combined with towering Soviet-era apartments overlooking central courtyards. The carefully planned, grid patterned streets are mostly flanked on both sides by canals which serve to irrigate the endless rows of trees which provide welcome shade to residents and travellers from the summer sun. Time permitting; we will visit the Manas Monument, the State History Museum, Ala Too Square to witness the changing of the Guard, the Independence Monument, the Old Square with Parliament House and Victory Sqaure. In the evening we will enjoy a group welcome meal. Driving distance: 35km/ 40min. Overnight: Asia Mountains Hotel or similar (950m)

Meals:  D

This morning we have an early transfer to the airport for our 07:35 flight to Osh. Upon arrival we transfer to Uzgurush village, a quiet rural village nestled in the foothills, the perfect place to prepare for our trek ahead. Accommodation tonight will be with a Kyrgyz host family in their humble home. Please note: there is no for single occupancy option on this night. Driving: 340km/ 8-9hrs, +500m Overnight: Local homestay (1,450m)

Meals:  B,L,D

The first trekking day starts with views of wild pistachio trees and walnut orchards. A wild trail stretches along the Buldzhuma River and ascends up the pass with the same name, Buldzhuma (2894m). From the pass you can enjoy the wonderful views of the nearby gorges and Uponym pass in the west. After a rest stop to marvel the spectacular views, we start descending into the valley of the Ak-Tash River where the Ak-Tash tented camp lies hidden and sheltered among the bushes of the green meadows. Trekking: 15km/ 7-8 hrs/ +1250m Overnight: Ak-Tash tented camp with sauna tent (2700m)

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning after a hearty cooked breakfast we traverse along the Ak-Tash River then up scree covered slopes to the Dzhalgychy pass (3,774m). From the top of the pass we are rewarded with a panoramic view of the mighty Turkestan Range, the western face of Peak Piramidalni (5,509m) and Turo pass (4,525m). From here we descend along a trail down following the Dzhalgychy Gorge until we reach our evening's tented camp site. Trekking: 11 km/ 4-6 hrs/ +800 m/ –680m Overnight: Dzhalgychy tented camp (3,100m)

Meals:  B,L,D

Our day begins with a trek up along the grass slopes between the Dzhalgychy and Kashka-Suu Gorges. From the summit, we can gaze upon the panoramic views of Orto Chashma Gorge and the Turo pass (4,525m). From here we make our descent down into Kashka-Suu Gorge then follow the river, trekking until we reach the confluence with Orto Chashma Gorge. Trekking: 7km/ 3-4 hrs/ +500m/ –700m Overnight: Orto Chashma tented Camp (2,800m)

Meals:  B,L,D

From our camp, we make our way along a good trail until the start of our ascent to Kosh Moinok pass (3260m). The winding trail passes through juniper forests, passed a cool, fresh spring and finishes at the saddle of Kara Suu pass (3,760m). The summit affords us spectacular views of the sea of pointed snow-capped rocky crags and peaks which make up the Turkestan Range. We are faced by a towering fortress like row of north-western facing peaks including Kotin (4,521m) and Kreshenie Rusi (4,507m). Trekking: 16 km/ 7-8hrs/ +960 m/ –960m Overnight: Kara-Suu tented camp (2,800m)

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we embark on a loop trek of the Kara Suu Gorge and up to the foot of Peak Piramidalnyi (5,509 m), Kyrkchilta (4,507m), Asan and Usen (4,378m). Local legend has it that, "in ancient times an old man who lived in the mountains had twin sons, named Asan and Usen. He raised them as warriors and was proud the day they left home to join the military. However, they were sent to war and neither returned. The old man stricken with grief raised his arms to the sky and cried, "Oh, Allah, you gave their lives, you then took them away. Return my sons to me and take my life instead" Allah heard his prayer and the ground cracked open. Towering peaks rose toward the sky." It is believed by locals that the two bastions, standing alongside one another at the beginning of Karavshin River are the twin sons Asan (4,230m) and Usen (4,378m). In the background is the snowy white peak of Piramidalnyi (5,509m), believed to the old man watching over his sons for eternity. Trekking: 9km/ 5-7hrs/ +300m/ –300m Overnight: Kara Suu tented camp (2,800m)

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will trek over two passes, Kara Suu (3,760m) and Kosh Moinok (3,260m). It will be a long day but rewarding with views over the stunning ranges of sheer valleys and soaring peaks before reaching the welcome sight of our evening's accommodation back at the Orto Chashma tent camp where we camped on day five. Trekking: 16km/ 8hrs/ +960m/ –960m. Overnight: Orto Chashma tented camp (2,800m)

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we start with a moderate ascent following the course of the Orto Chashma River until we reach the the confluence with the Ak-Tubek Gorge. Here we cross both rivers by bridge and continue to trek this time along the Ak-Tubek River. Leaving the river behind we ascend up to the foot of the Ak Tubek pass and the site of our evening's camp near the white rock. Trekking: 7km/ 3-4hrs/ +800m. Overnight: Ak-Tubek tented camp (3,600m)

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we face a tough ascent ascent up and over the Ak Tubek pass (4,390m). Despite being the toughest climb of the entire trek, we are rewarded at the summit by a truly majestic panorama over the Iskander peak and Orto Chashma River valley region. Following the descent we'll reach our camp located at the beginning of the green zone at Ak-Suu River. Along today's route you will witness the sheer rock faces of Iskander (5,120m), Petrogradez (5,165m), Admiralteez (5,090m), Aksu (5,355 m), A. Block (5,229 m) and Aktubek (5,125 m) peaks. Many refer to this region as the Asia Patagonia and it is easy to see why the area has received this name. Trekking: 11km/ 5-6hrs/ +800m/ –140m Overnight: Ak-Suu tented camp (2,800m)

Meals:  B,L,D

Today's trail leads us through juniper forests before kicking up a steep moraine before we reach the remaining glacier. This glacier leads us up into the very heart of the Pamir-Alay and to the impressive peak of Ak-Suu (5,355 m). This pyramid-like snow-capped peak boasts a near vertical slab wall, almost 2km high on the northern slope. The grandiose peak is surrounded by peaks as the two-headed Iskander and Admiralteez, Petrogradez and A. Block. We'll make our way back down to our camp from the night before. Trekking: 14km/ 5-7hrs/ +600m/ –600m Overnight: Ak-Suu tented camp (2,800 m)

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we begin with a descent through forests following the course of the Ak-Mechet River with great views of Iskander Peak along the route. Later we trek through a picturesque verdant gorge until we return back to civilisation and the warm and welcoming host family in Uzgurush village. Please note: there is no for single occupancy option on this night. Trekking: 16km/ 6hrs/ –1350m Overnight: Local homestay (1,450m)

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we bid our farewells to the host family and the mountains and drive to Batken and then on to Osh. We'll enjoy a final group meal together before transferring to Osh Airport for our evening flight back to to Bishkek. Upon arrival in Bishkek, we transfer to the group hotel. Driving: 340km/ 7-8hrs/ –500m Overnight: Asia Mountains Hotel or similar (950m)

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast today you will be provided with a transfer from the hotel to the airport, where the trip concludes. Hotel check-out is 12:00. Luggage storage is available at the hotel if your flight is not departing until later in the day. Driving: 40km/ 1hr.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 13 dinners
  • comfortable hotels on twin share basis
  • Airport transfers on day 1 and day 14
  • group equipment porterage on trek and porterage of 15kg of personal gear
  • experienced local guide
  • group camping equipment
  • fully serviced wilderness camping
  • private transport throughout
  • medical kit
  • return flight Bishkek/Osh

  • Sleeping bags
  • International airfares
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Meals and beverages not indicated in the program
  • Aerated and alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, alcohol etc.

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