Take a mountain trail from the Issyk-Kol region to the village Kochkor via beautiful lakes Kol-Ukok and Kol-Tor. The itinerary is suitable for trekking or horseback riding. The route is wild and not crowded by visitors.
Transfer from Bishkek to Kara-Talaa village. (Southlake shore of the Lake Issyk-Kul). Arrive in the village. Meet the local tour leader Ermek. Welcoming in the guesthouse. Dinner and accommodation in the guesthouse. (optional to start the horse trek the same day if you will be able to get the Kara-Talaa until 12:00 am). Bishkek to Kara-Talaa village is approximately 3-4 hours driving
After breakfast transfer to a tiny village in the mountains “Tuura-Suu” where your horses and guides team will waiting for you.Short briefing of security measurement and packing the items of luggage. Start horse trek up to the gorge Tuura-Suu. Take about 4 hours of horseback riding and reach the slop of the pass Ukok where you will set up the camping. Sightseeing around, exploring the small lakes from the glacier, and enjoying the stunning mountain views around. Sleep intent.
Today crossing the pass Ukok (3870m) and accent the gorge Mazar-Ukok. Lunch picnic near the river and over the pass Sary-Bel reach the lake Kol-Ukok. (From mid-July the lake will be surrounded by nomad’s yurt. In this period you can stay overnight in the yurts and participate in the shepherd’s life). Camping near the lake. Sightseeing.
After breakfast. Hiking up to the mountain Lake Kol-Tor and waterfall falling down right from the lake. Enjoying nature and amazing snow cup mountains. After lunch continue horseback riding day for 16 km distance down to Kochkor valley (Naryn region). Finish the horse trek by late afternoon and transfer for Kochkor village. Accommodation in the guesthouse or leave for 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.
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.
During the tour, you will do camping in the wild for 1 or 2 nights. Depending on the season and local nomads’ migration you may be welcomed in the family yurts near the lake Kol-Ukok. The villages Kara-Talaa and Kochkor offer nice family-run guesthouses.
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.