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Kyrgyzstan
Trekking Adventure
Departing July 2020 - 10 days
 
The Plan

The plan for this adventure is to venture into the stunning Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan and explore this intriguing region.

Starting in Bishkek, we will get a taste for the country and get to know each other with a day hike into the impressive Ala-Archa National Park. The next day we head to Karakol via Burana Tower, the only remains of an ancient city.

In Karakol, we will experience up close the exhilarating horseback game of Kok Boru played at festivals.

Our trek will head up into the Tien Shan  Mountains with our goal being the Boz Uchak Lakes. A cluster of remote crystal clear laes in the  high mountains.

After enjoying the lakes, we head down the valley to the thermal hot springs of Altyn Arashan before finishing off the valley in a soviet truck and returning to Karakol.

After all the adventure, we'll head back to Bishkek for a day of souvenir  shopping and  sightseeing. a night before flying back to Hong Kong with plenty of stories.

13 jul

14 Jul

15 jul

16-19 Jul

19 Jul

20 Jul

21 jul

Trip starts in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in morning. We take a day hike in Ala-Archa National Park. Overnight in Bishkek hostel.

Travel to Karakol with stops at Burana Tower and Lake IssyKul (8hrs with breaks). Overnight in Karakol Guesthouse.

Cultural day in Karakol - watch traditional horse games.Overnight in Karakol Guesthouse.

Begin trek. A 4-day trek to the crystal clear Boz Uchak Lakes. Overnight in tents.

Return  to Karakol for a well-earned celebration meal. Overnight in Karakol Guesthouse.

Travel to Bishkek (6hrs) with stops at Skazka Valley and eagle-hunting show. Overnight in Bishkek Hostel.

Day of sightseeing an souvenir shopping in Bishkek. Overnight in Bishkek Hostel.

Trip ends after breakfast. Depart to HK

22 jul

N.b. Accommodation may change but will be of similar quality. Expedition dates will remain the same.

 
Essential Info
Accommodation

Accommodation will be in basic guesthouses and hotels in towns. During the trekking phase, you will be wildcamping in tents on the hillside.

Food

Meat is a substantial part of Kyrgyz cuisine. Expect mutton, horse meat, yak, served in dumplings, on top of rice, noodles or potatoes.  During the trekking phase we will cook simple, locally-bought food. In towns, we will eat at simple but clean local restaurants.

Transport

The team will take private and public minibuses for long-distance travel and shared taxis for shorter trips.

Kit

At the first training the team will be given a reccommended kit list. The kit required is similar to that needed for a multi-day camping trek in HK winter time, with a few extras for the colder and potentially wetter weather at higher altitudes.

Language

The trip will have a bilingual trip leader (English and Cantonese). The Kyrgyz people speak mainly Russian and Kyrgyz, however many people working in tourism will also be able to speak English, but it is not widespread.

Age

The open expeditions are aimed at active people 18 or over.

Training

Our trip leaders will hold one compulsory training day covering kit, the itinerary, what to expect, fitness and to get to know each other.  Further training days will be held for free and will be open to family and friends too.

Minimum Fitness Requirements

At times expedition life can be physically and mentally tiring. We highly recommend that to fully enjoy the experience you undertake some form of physical training in your own time.  This trip requires a good level of fitness; for example on one day we will walk for approx 6hrs, 15km on uneven terrain gradually ascending for most of the day.

Our aim to be as inclusive as possible, so for participants that we feel do not have a sufficient base level of fitness we may suggest a training action plan to help.

Get in touch with any fitness, health, kit or training questions which remain unanswered.

 

Dates

Training Weekend

2D/1N in Spring 2020

Trip  Dates

Monday 13th July - Wednesday 22nd July 2020

 
Price
$11,200  HKD (land only)
Team size: 5 -12 pax
(N.b. If minimum numbers are not reached we may cancel the trip)
Travel Point Ltd, Licence #: 354032
included
  • Two professional English and Cantonese-speaking Horizon Line expedition leaders with full medical kit

  • 2 days of training in HK

  • Group equipment- tents, stoves, safety gear

  • All transport as outlined in the itinerary

  • All accommodation (i.e. guesthouse and tented) as outlined in the itinerary

  • All food (Breakfast x9, Lunch x9, Dinner x 9)

  • All activites and treks in final itinerary

  • Local trek guide during trek

  • Travel insurance (obligatory)

not included
  • Flights to/from Bishkek/Hong Kong

  • Visa where needed

  • Personal equipment - kit list provided in Expedition Info Pack

  • Beverages and any costs of a personal nature

  • Travel to and from HK Airport

  • Travel to/from Bishkek Airport/hotel

  • Additional porters

  • Activities outside of the itinerary

 
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