(EN) Khan Tengri
  • (EN) Itinerary: Bishkek – Karakol - Djergalan valley - Tup valley - Djanalach valley - Sary Jaz valley - Tuz valley - Chon Tash – Glina - Merzbacher glade - Komsomolets glacier - Karkara - Issyk Kul lake
  • (EN) Track duration: 15 days
  • (EN) Since June to September
  • (EN) Stay: Nomads tent, home stay, hotel
  • (EN) Track complexity: Extremely

(EN) Toughest and the most challenging trek in our collection, It takes you to remote east corner of Kyrgyzstan — Inylchek valley, home to biggest glacier of Kyrgyzstan and highest peaks in the regionKhan Tengri 7010 m and Pobeda 4739 m. Observe Inylchek valley from the height of the birds flight, see unique Mertzbaher lake from a distance and finally finish at the base camp in the foot hills of massive walls of Khan Tengri and Pobeda peaks where climbers all over the world would start their ambitious climbs. Trek starts in green and forested Djergalan valley, beautiful with a profusion of flowers and lush grass pastures. Here, porters take over and carry personal luggage and camping gear for the trek through stunning mountain scenery: cool juniper groves, many tempestuous rivers, high glaciated summits and a wide variety of colorful panoramas with breathtaking landscapes. From Sary Djaz which was closed for trekkers in Soviet times due to its neighborhood with China we trek over another range to find ourselves above Inylchek glacier with Nansen peak north face right before us. We might meet a few Kyrgyz shepherds on the way up and even camp close enough to observe at first hand how these sturdy people live. But generally the area is rarely visited by trekkers and therefore is abounded with wild and bird life: mountain goats, Marco Polo sheep, deer, foxes, wolves, plenty of marmots etc. Several Golden Eagles have their home here along with other colorful bird and wild-life. The tour begins and ends with the opportunity to visit some of Kyrgyzstan’s finest cultural and historical treasures. There will be time at the end of the trek for sightseeing and shopping in Karakol’s and Bishkek’s bazaars, and we will gather together for a banquet on the final night.


(EN) Tour Program
(EN) 1 Day (EN) Bishkek - Karakol

(EN) Arrive Bishkek in the morning. Meet agent and van.
Drive 400 km to Karakol town based on the eastern
end of Issyk Kul lake – the second largest alpine lake
in the world after lake Titicaca in South America. Short
sightseeing around the town visiting the most
interesting sights: Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity
cathedral built in 1856 without a single nail and
Dungan mosque built in in shape of Chinese padoga.
Overnight in hotel.

(EN) 2 Day (EN) Karakol - Djergalan valley

(EN) After breakfast we drive Djergalan valley by exciting
mountain road winding through the forests and
between rocks along rushing waters of mountain
rivers. Short trek upstream along the Djergalan river to
camp close to Djergalan pass. Overnight in tents.

(EN) 3 Day (EN) Djergalan valley - Tup valley

(EN) Trek over Djergalan pass to Tyup valley. Today we
follow poor jeep tracks gradually gaining the height
along the valley floor to the foothills of Asuu-Tor pass
of 3649 m. Overnight in tents.

(EN) 4 Day (EN) Tup valley - Djanalach valley

(EN) Trek over Asuu Tor pass of 3649m to Ashu Airyk
valley. Trek downstream for the rest of the day along
the grassy slopes of Ashu Airy to conjunction with
Djanalach valley. Overnight in tents.

(EN) 5 Day (EN) Djanalach valley - Sary Jaz valley

(EN) Its a long day today, we trek up stream along alpine
meadows and over Echkilitash pass (3723 m) to Sary
Jaz valley. Sometimes the trail could be rough and
destroyed and we trek for a while along dry river bed
to Sary-Djaz valley to catch up with military outpost
and get registered with border guard unit. We camp
over Sary Jaz river - on of the mighty rivers in
Kyrgyzstan. These territories were closed for visitors
at Soviet times due to its neighborhood with China
and even these days we should apply for special
permit to visit an area. Overnight in tents.

(EN) 6 Day (EN) Sary Jaz valley - Tuz valley

(EN) Another long day. We trek upstream of Tuz valley to its
higher grounds. Trail is in good condition and mainly
flat. We are now pretty close to getting over Tuz pass
to get to Inylchek glacier valley. Overnight in tents.

(EN) 7 Day (EN) Tuz valley - Chon Tash

(EN) Trek over Tuz pass 4001 m. On th stop of the pass
catch a breathtaking panorama over Inylchek glacier
and highest peaks of Kyrgyzstan: Khan Tengri and
Pobeda peaks seen from the distance and impressive
wall of Nansen peak just in from of us. Trek all th way
down to the valley bottom. Short trek up the Inylchek
valley to Chong Tash campsite. Half day free to regain
energy, read book or enjoy sunbathing. Overnight in
tents.

(EN) 8 Day (EN) Chon Tash - Glina

(EN) Approach glacier by trekking up along huge mountain
river flowing from large ice grotto. Climb up a glacier to
traverse to right bank. It will take some time as there is
no trail on this section. We will now trek along side
moraines for a few days. Trek to Glina campsite.
Overnight in tents on the side moraine.

(EN) 9 Day (EN) Glina - Merzbacher glade

(EN) Half day trek to Merzbacher glade – the green
meadow across Merzbacher lake. On a glade there is
a research station built in recent years to observe the
glacier and Merzbacher lake. Free time for rest.
Overnight in tents or cabin.

(EN) 10 Day (EN) Mertzbacher glade - Komsomolets glacier

(EN) Full day trek along the glacier towards conjunction with
Komsomolets glacier. Rocky walls and snowy peaks all
around us. At night the clear view of milky way is
unparalleled. Overnight in tents.

(EN) 11 Day (EN) Komsomolets glacier - South Inylchek BC

(EN) Final leg to South Inylchek base camp. Once we
approach we see stunning Khan Tengri peak on the
left and mighty Pobeda peak on the right. Sauna and
Vodka in the evening. Overnight in BC tents on twin
share basis.

(EN) 12 Day (EN) South Inylchek glacier - BC

(EN) Free day for rest or optional hike to the foothills of Khan
Tengri peak. Stay in camp if you like and enjoy the
views from the tent. You did a great job already.
Overnight in tents.

(EN) 13 day (EN) South Inylchek BC - Karkara - Issyk Kul lake

(EN) Meet helicopter. Fly thru the mountains to Karkara
helipad. Meet comfortable aircon vehicle. Drive to the
shore of Issyk-Kul lake - the second largest alpine lake
in the world. Accommodation in guest house or hotel.
Free time for swimming or rest. Overnight in guest
house.

(EN) 14 Day (EN) Issyk Kul lake - Bishkek

(EN) Drive to Bishkek (240 km) - the capital city of
Kyrgyzstan. Accommodation in guest house. Short
sightseeing of Bishkek and free time for souvenir
shopping. Overnight in guest house.

(EN) 15 Day (EN) Bishkek - Airport

(EN) Transfer to airport for onward flight to your home or
next destination.

(EN) Tour price includes:

(EN) Hotel accommodation (**/***)
(EN) Full board whilst on trek
(EN) All relevant transportation
(EN) Cook/Guide services
(EN) National and state park fees
(EN) Mineral water whilst on trek

(EN) Tour price does not include:

  • (EN) Excess baggage costs
  • (EN) Air fare to Kyrgyzstan
  • (EN) Single accommodations
  • (EN) Travel insurance + Medevac charges
  • (EN) Certain meal whilst not on trek or tour
  • (EN) All personal expenses, equipment, clothing
  • (EN) Visa and passport cost