Number of flora spices of the national park exceeds 1000 ones. Among them there are 150 species of trees and shrubs, including such rare and precious as walnut, Nedzvetski apple-tree, Regel pear-tree, Persian rowan-tree, Semenov silver fir, abelra, atlatunia, ekzohorda, cherry-pleem, grapes and many others. These are about 160 spices of birds and 34 spices of mammals. Among them there are animals presented in the Red Book: snow leopard, Central Asia lynx, Tien-Shan bear, golden eagle, falcon and others. But the most impressive is the number of song-birds here: nightingales, yellow buntings, warblers, tomtits and others.
The plateau, which is situated in sub-alpine zone of the national park, is the memorial of ancient geological catastrophe. The natural dam of 15 square km around the Sary-Chelek Lake was formed after the crumbling of two ranges. The obstruction dammed the river forming the Sary-Chelek Lake. Breaks of the ranges and hollows on the gigantic obstruction were filled with water. They formed six lakes which shores are covered savannah – like verdure. Thousand years old archas mount over two meters high grass of prangos and ferula. Above the lakes, on the primary slopes of Chatlkal range, there is alpine zone with severe Arctic climate, long winter, with snow storms and avalanches.
Day 1: Your guide meets you at the airport in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital, and takes you to a hotel, where you can recuperate after your long flight.
Day 2: The day starts with a detailed briefing of what the rest of the trip holds. Then we start our adventure! We drive to Urmaral canyon via Tez-Ashuu Pass (3400 m), Otmek Pass (3330 m) and the town of Talas. It takes us 8-9 hours to reach this place by the picturesque mountain road. Here there is our first camp.
Day 3: We start our trek and hike up the Urmaral canyon and further along Chiim-Tash river (6-7 hours). Our way goes along narrow canyon with beautiful fur forest.
Day 4: We continue our way to the Chiim-Tash pass (5-6 hours) and stop for night near by two small glacier lakes.
Day 5: The ascent to the pass (3600 m) isn’t strenuous, and it takes about 3 hours on a good path to reach the saddle, from where we gaze in awe at the exceptional panorama of the endless ranges of West Tien-Shan. Short descend southward leads us to the West Kara-Kuldja canyon where we spend a night (totally 6-7 hours).
Day 6: Today we cross one more pass, Kara-Kuldja Pass (3160 m), and find ourselves at the East Kara-Kuldja canyon. We hike down about 9 km. till the beginning of the Kashka-Suu canyon (7-8 hours).
Day 7: This day starts climbing up the Kashka-Suu pass (3600 m), then we descend to the Kara-Suu canyon and reach the Kara-Suu Lake (8-9 hours). Our camp is located among big birches.
Day 8: Rest day. Optionally hiking.
Day 9: Only one pass Keterme (2445 m) separates us from our destination, the Sary-Chelek Lake. From the pass we see three wonderful lakes around. Iiri-Kul, Kylaa-Kul and the famous one, Sary-Chelek Descent to the lake Iiri-Kul. Camping near the lake Iiri-Kul.
Day 10: Radial trip to Sary-Chelek Lake.
Day 11: Boarding our vehicle we come back to civilization. We drive to Osh, the second biggest city of Kyrgyzstan and accommodate at hotel.
Day 12: Today Osh is ours to explore. We visit the sacred Suleiman Hill and famous Osh bazar. After sightseeing we fly to Bishkek and in an hour arrive there. During dinner we take the unique opportunity to look at the Kyrgyz folk-show.
Day 13: You depart from Kyrgyzstan. We enjoyed hosting you in Central Asia and hope to see you once again!
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