Duration: 21 days

  • 180 km trekking route in spectacular Tien-Shan Mountains
  • Scenic Merzbacher Lake which drain all its water late August every year
  • Hike over 5 passes of 3000m – 4000m
  • Possibility for ascent to Dikiy Peak 4832m
  • Walk on Inylchek Glacier, one of the largest ones in the world
  • Accommodation in Hotels and Tent Camps

Season: July – August

Days:

Itinerary:

1 Arrival in Bishkek. Sightseeing. Hotel
2 Transfer to the Lake Issyk-Kul. On the way visit Burana Tower (XII AD) and petroglyphs museum. Hotel or Guest House
3 Transfer to the start point of trekking in Dzhergalan gorge and a short walk to the camp site. Acclimatization. There is a rich wildlife – archa, currants, clear water, grassy slopes and firewood for a bonfire. Tent Camp
4 Cross the nameless pass (2800m). The way is simple and goes along grassy slopes. Ascent time from the stop to the pass is 2-3 hours. Descent from the pass to Dzhergalan River along the narrow gorge is about 1.5 hour. Descent from the pass to the Tjup river valley. Altogether the hike time is 7 hours. Tent Camp
5 Cross Ashu-Tor pass to upper reaches of the Dzhanalach river which flows into a wide valley. You can get acquainted with herdsmen’s life here. Hike time is about 6 hours. Tent Camp
6 Hike to the south along Dzhanalach River valley to Echkilitash pass (5-6 hours). Fabulous view of summits of the Sari-Dzhaz range opens from the pass. Descent (0.5 hour) to green slopes near Echkilitash river. Tent Camp
7 After 3 hours descent along the left slope of Echkilitash gorge the route comes to the Sari-Dzhas and ascend to Saridzhaski range along its tributary – Tjuz River. Tent Camp
8 Crossing over Tjuz Pass (4001 m). It is possible to by-pass the glacier walking on scree to the right. It takes you 3 – 4 hours to ascend the pass. Descend on the scree and a grassy slope to the Inylchek river. Hike time 6 – 7 hours. Tent Camp
9 Day of rest, short walk along Inylchek valley. Tent Camp
10 Lower part of Inylchek glacier is covered with stones and moraines and is not difficult. It takes you 8 – 9 hours to go to the Merzbacher glade, so it is necessary to make intermediate overnight camp.
11-12 Radial trekking to the Merzbacher lake and Shokalskiy glacier, where between stones you can easily find nice crystals of tourmaline, quartz, fluorite, topaz and other minerals. Tent Camp
13 Helicopter flight to the Dikiy glacier. Hike to the base camp Inylchek. Tent Camp
14 Hike to the foot of Dikiy Peak 3-4 hours. Tent Camp
15 Ascent to Dikiy Peak (4832m). A nice view of the highest summits of Tien-Shan opens from the peak. Time of ascent and descent is 8 – 10 hours. Tent Camp
16 Return to the Base Camp. Walking on the glacier. Tent Camp
17 Helicopter flight to the Maydadyr. Transfer to Karakol (170 km, 4 hours). Tent Camp
18 Transfer to Issyk-Kul Lake over Chon-Ashu pass. Hotel or Guest House
19 Rest by the Lake. Hotel or Guest House
20 Transfer to Bishkek or Almaty. Hotel
21 Departure from Bishkek or Almaty

Conditions and notes:
1) This trek is considered of average difficulty level. We advise it for tourists who are very fit, and familiar with trekking in the mountains of at least 3000m. Climate of Central Tien-Shan is continental, dry, with significant difference between day and night temperatures. Sometimes the sky can be overcast and cold weather lasts for 2 or 3 days. At the altitude of 3500m it is snowing as a rule. Be ready for these difficulties. While crossing the glacier you must be able to use safety rope.
2) Every member must have warm clothes, raincoats, trekking boots, sleeping-bag, sleeping pad, trekking sticks, sunglasses.
3) All tourists must have medical insurance.

Service:
– Transportation
– Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
– Full board
– Kitchenware and dining set
– Guide / Interpreter, Cook, Porters

Extra service:
– Boating on Lake Issyk-Kul
– Folklore show
– National horse games show
– Kyrgyz visa support
– Registration in OVIR