Leaving Bishkek city for Toktogul water reservoir.
Toktogul is the largest water reservoir in central Asia. Its maximum depth is about 215m. It is very popular to bathe in the reservoir and there are a lot of locals in summer as the water gets very warm.
Lunch picnic en route.
Accommodation in a hotel (very basic). Dinner and overnight.
Sunrise shooting of Toktogul water reservoir.
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Kara Djygach village in Djalal Abad oblast (region). The locals call it Burana. We drive as far as possible and set our tent camp.
A several kilometers hike into the gorge and to a cave. Sunset shooting. Return to the camp. Dinner and overnight.
Sary Chelek Lake translates from Kyrgyz as “Yellow bucket”. Its maximum depth is 246m. The reserve was created in 1959 for saving the flora and fauna of the walnut forest and alpine landscapes.
Sunset shooting. Dinner overnight in the camp.
Chichkan gorge lies at 2000m above sea level. The name translates as “mouse” because it is very narrow and reminds the mousetail. There are Tien Shan blue spruces covering the slopes, as well as birches and juniper (”Archa” in Kyrgyz). Accommodation and dinner in the hotel.
Son Kul lake – is located in Tien Shan at 3016m above sea level. The territory around the lake is summer pastureland for nomads from Kochkor, Naryn and At Bashi regions. It is considered as the best jailoo. The road up to Son Kul lake windes up through mountains and disappears in the sky. This is why the lake is called Son Kul which means “the last lake”.
Lunch picnic en route.
Arrival to Son Kul lake. If we get before sunset we take pictures from the view point at petroglyphs.
Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.
Return to the camp. At 6 pm we drive to the view point (on the big bridge) for sunset shooting. Return to the camp. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.
Tash Rabat is build of stone and located on the bank of Tash Rabat river which is a tributary of Kara Koyun river. It lies at higher than 3500m above sea level.
We take pictures of the caravanserai outside and inside (please bring stands (beds), it is very dark inside). Later we get on the horses and leave for Chatyr Kul lake. Those who can not or do not want to ride can walk. The hike is about 12 km. The horses take our luggage. Lunch – lunch boxes.
We reach Chatyr Kul lake in the afternoon. We photograph the lake from Tash Rabat pass (3800m), but as it is not the best time for shooting we do not spend much time here, we descend towards the lake and set our camp. Before sunset we get on the horses and return to the top of the pass to take good pictures. Return to the tent camp, dinner and overnight.
Chatyr Kul lake is located in Aksai valley close to Chinese border at 3500m above sea level. Its depth is 16,5 meters. The lake is the winter stay for several wild bird species, though there is no fish in the lake.
Return to the camp, breakfast, packing and return to the yurt camp. Arrival to the yurt camp, dinner and sauna. Overnight in the yurt camp.
Return to the yurt camp, dinner and sauna. Overnight in the yurt camp.
Naryn river is the longest river in Kyrgyzstan. Its length is 535km. It is formed by Big Naryn and Small Naryn rivers that start in Central Tien Shan. There are several hydropower stations on Naryn river.
Dinner (snacks and hot tea boiled on a gas burner). Overnight in tents.
Farewell dinner in Bishkek city.
Transfer to the airport.