The National park “Alatay” in the Toktogul region of the Kyrgyz Republic on an area of 56826.4 hectares was established on January 26, 2016, by the Decree of the government of the Kyrgyz Republic.
To preserve biodiversity, the economic well-being of the local population, and improve local infrastructure, it is important to develop ecotourism in this region. The region has great potential for ecotourism and the organization of a tourist route connecting with the natural attractions of the Sary-Chelek, Aksy region.
Mountain pearls of Jalal-Abad
Category: Horseback riding tour and trekking
Duration: 6 days
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Season: July, August, September
Accommodations: guesthouse and tent campings
Group size: 8-10 pax
Transport: Combined (Bishkek – Toktogul, Arkyt – Bishkek or Osh)
Travel from Bishkek to Toktogul region via Too Ashuu pass and Suusamyr valley. The driving time is about 5-6 hours. Arrive in Toktogul where you will be welcomed for the guesthouse with dinner. Accommodation in the guesthouse (optional to organize the local folklore culture show).
Breakfast. Transfer by car to the National Park Alatay. On the way visit the local sandpipers who produce the most delicious and healthy honey in the country. Welcoming for the tea and taste the famous jars of honey from Toktogul region. After lunch crossing the river Alatay. Just on the other side of the river, you will meet your guide team with prepared horses. Start horse trek head to the lake Alatay for 7 km. Today will be the first day of easy horse riding to get used to it and enjoy the beauty of Lake Alatay. Camping in the wild. Nature sightseeing. (Horse trek 2 hours)
Breakfast. Packing the camp and start horse trek to Aksy region over the pass Kalaa (3600m) to Min Bugu gorge. Explore the panorama viewpoints of the Alpine mountains. It will be a 4-5 hours horse trek. Camping in the wild.
Breakfast. Continue the horse trek into the valley Kara-Suu. Descent the village Kara-Suu where you will be welcomed for the local family homestay. Dine and sleep in the guesthouse.
After home breakfast, take a horse trek to Sary-Chelek via Kara-Kamysh Lake. During the day, explore the all beauty of the place Sary-Chelek from the top of the pass Kotormo (2 446m). Camping on the lakeshore of Iri-Kul.
Breakfast. Today explore the valley Sary-Chelek. Sightseeing the several mountain lakes. For lunch transfer by car to Arkyt village. Afternoon transfer for Osh or to Bishkek.
The tours start upon request, please contact us. The itineraries can be adjusted individually to fit into your schedule and provide you with the best experience. Furthermore, we are happy to create tailor-made tours according to your wishes.
After having solved all the questions and programs confirming we issue an invoice for payment. You can make a bank transfer or pay upon your arrival time in Bishkek before the trip starts.
The price of the tour depends on the number of people and the season. According to the request and interest, we can negotiate the optimal price for your budget.
If you take a horseback riding option you need advanced horseback riding skills. Take a horse riding class several times for getting prepared to ride a horse in the mountains for 4-5 hours every day.
Trekking optional also may request some prepared training. The altitude is high and you will cross several mountain passes, the highest one is Kum-Bel pass (3 600m). We recommend you train with sport or jogging 2-3 times a week in the run-up to your trip.
Clothing for hiking in temperatures from +25C to -0C. A detailed kit list will be sent to you when you book on.
Overnights during the activity tours you will have overnight for 5 nights and 2 of them in the local family guesthouses and 3 in the mobile tents (comfort 2). We provide you tent/mat upon your request.
We provide you with mineral water where it is available to buy on the way in the village shops when we travel by vehicle. In fact, will have bottled water for two first days. But during all trek-days, we will not able to carry the much mineral bottled waters, we take water from the springs and rivers for cooking and for tea-coffee after well boiling for sure. For drinking, you can use water filters. We offer you to bring the water purified pills from your side. In Kyrgyzstan, people used to drink from the rivers and spring source and we don’t use water filters and any pure file pills. Therefore, you will not able to find the water pure file pills or portable filters in Central Asia at all.
The itinerary is also available to do by trekking. All the luggage will be carried by packhorses and the duration of the trekking time will be one or two hours more daily.
The basic hints for travelers.