By the Lakes of Sary-Chelek
By the Lakes of Sary-Chelek
Type of tour: trekking
Season: May - September
Duration: 7 days
The itinerary: Kara-Suu – Kara-Suu Lake – Makmal Pass – Sary-Chelek North Lake – Ashuu Pass – Sary-Chelek Reserve – Kara-Suu
The village of Kara-Suu is 600km from Bishkek on the upper reaches of the Kara-Suu River, 1,300m ASL. The village is 70km from Kerben and 260km from Jalalabat. A distinguishing feature of the area is the variety and multitude of flora and fauna. The Kara-Suu River flows from the southern part of the At-Oinok mountain range and joins the river Naryn at the town of Tash-Komur.
Because the Kara-Suu is the Sary-Chelek National Park’s buffer zone, flora and fauna of many kinds are found there. The park and area comprises river valleys and settlements which flow along a winding course through almost all the territory of the reserve, in places between steep banks, strewn with boulders forming rapid cascades and waterfalls up to 3 meters high. Glaciers and permanent ice fields and high mountain lakes lie on the north facing slopes.
It is possible to view all this while driving to the shore of the fascinating Sary-Chelek Lake. It is right at the foot of the Chatkal mountain range. The beauty of this lake can be compared with the best in the world; its waters often appear a greenish shade of blue and make excellent photographs.
Best season: Mid May – End September
Requirements: trekking boots, weatherproof warm clothes, hat, sunscreen, sleeping bag, tent, and sleeping pad.
BRIEF PROGRAM OF THE TOUR
|Day 1||Transfer from Osh to Kara-Suu Village. Arrival in Kara-Suu.|
|Day 2||Setting off northwards from Kara-Suu to the Kara-Suu Gorge, along the banks of the Kara-Suu River.|
|Day 3||Cross the Makmal Pass, and descend into the Kojo-Ata River valley and on to Sary-Chelek Lake.|
|Day 4||Crossing the Ashuu Pass. Down through the Ashuu Gorge to the bottom part of Sary-Chelek Lake.|
|Day 5||Excursion to the 5 small lakes of Sary-Chelek till noon.|
|Day 6||Descend to Arkyt village.|
|Day 7||Morning departure to Osh. Arrival in Osh. End of the tour.|
Transfer from Osh to Kara-Suu Village, 5 hours.
Arrival in Kara-Suu, welcome to your home stay. Dinner.
Setting off northwards from Kara-Suu to the Kara-Suu Gorge, along the banks of the Kara-Suu River, crossing by wooden bridges as necessary. The gorge becomes rather narrow and the slopes are covered with a beautiful silver fir forest. Further on the track passes below a waterfall and then climbs over a pass to Kara-Suu Lake (1,800 m, 17 km, 4 hours). Have lunch and then relax. Enjoy dinner by an open fire.
Then continue the trek along the Kara-Suuriver where the slopes of the mountains are covered with silver firforests. The stony road winds through inhabited jailoos (mountain pastures) where you stop for lunch below the Makmal Pass. After lunch you cross the Makmal Pass (2700m), and descend into the Kojo-Ata River valley and on to Sary-Chelek Lake where you will have dinner and camp overnight in tents.
Followed by crossing the Ashuu Pass (2600m) where you are surrounded by fir forests and have a panoramic view of the infinite ridges of the Tien-Shan Mountains stretching to the far horizon and beyond. During the descent from the pass you will have lunch and then continue down through the Ashuu Gorge to the bottom part of Sary-Chelek Lake where you will have dinner and camp overnight in tents (25 km, 6 hours).
Breakfast followed by an excursion to the 5 small lakes of Sary-Chelek (12km, 3-4 hours) till noon.
Overnight in tents.
|Day 6||After breakfast you will continue on through the fir forests enjoying the panoramic views on the way to Arkyt and descend to Arkyt village for dinner and overnight stay in a home stay (20km, 4-5 hours).|
Breakfast. Morning departure to Osh.
Arrival in Osh. End of the tour.
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