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Tour «Tien-Shan transit».
Cultural tours over Central Asia.
The short description of a route across Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China:
Almaty - rafting on the river Chilik - Charyn and Kolsai national parks - pass San-Tash - city of Karakol - settlement Tamga - lake Song-Kul - caravanserai Tash-Rabat - pass Torugart - Kashgar - city Turfan - city Urumchi.
Extension of route: 1940 km. (without including the Chinese part of tour)
Season: from June 1th till September, 15th.
Best time for travel: July - August.
14 days and 13 nights.
The detailed program of tour day after day across Central Asia:
1 day. Almaty.
Evening arrival in Almaty. A meeting at the airport, transfer to hotel, accommodation, dinner and overnight.
2 day. Excursion across Almaty.
Breakfast. After a breakfast, at 9.00 the beginning of excursion across Almaty. Visiting of the main market of city «The Green market» (1875), here it is possible to feel exotic of east market. After walk on a market visiting of firm shop of confectionery factory "Rakhat" (1942), in shop for you an empire of chocolate and sweets.
Foot walk to park 28 guardsmen-panfilovsev (1868), visiting Voznesenskiy of a cathedral of architect Andrei Zenkov (1904), visiting of a memorial of Glory and eternal fire (1975), visiting of a museum of musical instruments (1980). Transfer to a national historical museum (1985). Visiting showrooms, «a gold room saks", in this museum is gold saks which have been found at excavation of a burial place of the Gold person on barrows in vicinities of settlement Issyk.
A lunch at national restaurant. After a lunch walk on mountain Kok-Tobe. Transfer to cable way stations "Kok-Tobe" at a palace of Republic. Rise on cable way on mountain the Kok-Tobe (1070 meters above sea level 1,7 km, 5 minutes). Walk in vicinities of mountain Kok-Tobe. From height of a panoramic platform, the kind on city and mountains Zailiiskiy Alatau opens. Visiting of a small zoo, a monument to group "Beatles", shop of souvenirs, art gallery.
Transfer to bus station and the further in valley Medeo (15 km, 30 minutes). In valley Medeo there is a station cable way (2010). Our travel to mountains Zailiiskiy Alatau from here begins. Rise on cable way from natural boundary Medeo to a high-mountainous ski resort «Shymbulak» (4, 5 km, 15 minutes). It is the third in the world cable way on extent. From height of the bird's flight we shall see vicinities of high-mountainous skating rink Медео, a dam in gorge Small Almaty.
Behind a dam between supports and hangers the cable way the biggest distance and the maximal height cable way. Soon we come nearer to natural boundary Sary-Sai c twisting road below. From here the tumbled down trees are well visible, these are consequences of hurricane on May, 17th, 2011. At rise on ski resort Shymbulak, the magnificent kind on mountains Northern Tien-Shan with tops opens: Tchkalov (3800 m.), Abay (4010 m.), The Schoolboy (3590 m.), Komsomol (4376 m.) . Under us the ice skating rink «Medeo», a dam in gorge Small Almaty, from the right party from us valley Gorelnik, the river Small Almaty, road the leader from Almaty on resort Shymbulak is located.
Arrival on a ski resort «Shymbulak». Walk on a viewing platform with a kind on city and neighboring mountains. Continuation of rise on the second cable way «Kombi-1» on terminal station "Kombi-2" (1,7 km, 10 minutes).
Photographing of a panorama of city and vicinities of a mounting skiing resort from a panoramic platform at station. Continuation of rise on the second cable way «Kombi-2» up to pass Big Talgar (3168 m.) (1,5 km, 8 minutes). Walk in vicinities of pass Big Talgar. A buffet table with a champagne. Returning in Almaty. Transfer to hotel. Dinner at national restaurant with folklore show.
3 day. Almaty - burial mounds and museum Issyk - gorge Turgen - settlement Issyk - settlement Turgen (135 km).
Breakfast. After a breakfast we shall go through villages located lengthways Kuldzha a path (1870), after settlement Avat we turn to the right and through 6 kilometers we arrive on Issyk burial mounds (53 km). Visiting of a museum of history of the Gold person on Issyk burial mounds (2010), visiting of excavation big Issyk burial mound, visiting of gallery Issyk burial mounds.
Transfer: a museum «Issyk» - settlement Issyk - gorge Turgen (36 km). The road on gorge is laid along the fast and transparent river Turgen. On a way to gorge Turgen walk to a statue of the gold person which is near to an ecological post of national park Ile-Alatau.
Walk on a falls Bear (1 km, 20 minutes). Transfer: gorge Turgen - settlement Turgen (1864) (21 km). Lunch in local family. Acquaintance to preparation of national dishes of the Kazakh kitchen. After lunch a trip to the city of Issyk (1854) on wine tasting on Issyk a wine factory (1932) (12 km). Excursion on a factory, tasting of local grades of wines. Visiting of firm shop of a factory. After wine tasting returning in settlement Turgen, accommodation, dinner and overnight in local families.
4 day. Settlement Turgen - Bartogai reservoir - river Charyn (213 km).
Breakfast. Departure at 9.00. Transfer: settlement Turgen - gorge Kokpek - Bartogai reservoir (1985) (125 km.). Our way lays on the Top automobile line along the Big Almaty waterway (1979). Arrival on Bartogai reservoir. Transfer through tunnel Bartogai of a dam. Arrival to the beginning of an rafting on the river Chilik, preparation for an rafting. An rafting on Bartogai to a canyon (12 km, hour). The termination of an rafting in vicinities of settlement Malybaj.
Lunchr. Transfer: settlement Malybai - gorge Kokpek - canyon Charyn (52 km. 1,5 hours). Arrival on canyon Charyn, walk to the river Charyn. Charyn the canyon is ensemble of palaces, towers and minarets. About such shape the gorge has reached nearby 500 000 years back. So there was «Valley of locks» - one of masterpieces of natural architecture. On slopes there are the numerous rests of mineral fauna dated bottom Carbonic period nearby 300 million years ago. Since prehistoric times of water Charyn - the largest inflow of the river Ili - laid to itself a waterway among rocks, forming in rocks a huge canyon.
The termination of walk. Transfer: canyon Charyn - the bridge through the river Charyn (24 km.). Accommodation in a tourist camp. A Scythian bath on coast of the river Charyn. Dinner, a fire. Overnight in tents.
5 day. River Charyn - lake Kaindy - lake Kolsai - I (133 km).
Breakfast. Transfer: river Charyn - a panoramic platform on the river Charyn (10 km). Walk, photographing. Transfer: a panoramic platform on the river Charyn - settlement Zhalanash - lake Kaindy (97 km). Arrival on lake Kaindy, walk in vicinities. Lunch. Transfer: lake Kaindy - settlement Saty - lake Kolsai - I (26 km). Arrival in the guest house at lake Kolsai - I, accommodation. Walk in vicinities of lake. Dinner and overnight.
6 day. Lake Kolsai - I - lake Kolsai - II (9 km + 9 km = 18 km).
Breakfast. Today we shall make walk on lake Kolsai - II 2252 meters located at height above sea level. This lake is in nine kilometers from lake Kolsai - I. The track passes on the left coast of lake from a track magnificent kinds on lakes Kolsai and neighboring mountains open.
The fish lives in lake Kolsai - a royal trout. From the south the river Kolsai, lake runs into lake more than two kilometers in length, depth of lake up to 80 meters. The most beautiful lake Kolsai ah - II is in an environment of high mountains. Lunhch on lake, returning in the guest house, dinner and overnight.
7 day. Lake Kolsai - settlement Kegen - check point «Kegen» - city of Karakol (289 km).
Breakfast. Transfer: lake Kolsai - settlement Kegen - check point «Kegen» (178 km). Arrival on a check point «Kegen». Going through formalities of boundary service of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The further transfer: check point «Kegen» - pass San-Tash (21 km) (in translation «Consider stones »).
A stop on pass the San-Tash walk in a vicinity of stone mountain the San-Tash, walk at memorable sign Shokan Valikhanov. The further transfer: pass the San-Tash - settlement Tyup - museum Przhevalskyi (78 km). Our way lays in Issyk-Kul a hollow. Visiting of a museum of M.N.Przhevalskyi, a tomb of the great traveller on high I protect lakes Issyk Kuls, walk on park. Transfer to the city of Karakol (12 km). Arrival in the city of Karakol, transfer to hotel, accommodation. Dinner in dungan to family and overnight.
8 day. Karakol - gorge Dzhety-Oguz - settlement Tamga (175 km).
Breakfast. After a breakfast visiting of a masterpiece of wooden architecture Dungan of a mosque (1907) and Troisk wooden orthodox church (1895). Transfer: Karakol - settlement Dzhety-Oguz - gorge Dzhety-Oguz - valley «Seven Bulls» 2200 meters above sea level (36 km). Foot walk on a panoramic platform which towers above valley «Seven Bulls» and resort "Dzhety-Oguz" (1 km, 1 hour). Walks at the river Dzhety-Oguz and at a rock «The Broken heart». Transfer: valley «Seven bulls» - valley Kok-Zhaiyk (7 km). Walk in vicinities of valley, walk in the Valley of colors.
Here in 1973 spent trainings the Soviet cosmonauts in conditions middle altitude, there lived cosmonauts in sanatorium "Dzhety-Oguz". Lunch in yurt acquaintance to the Kyrgyz kitchen. After a lunch transfer: valley Kok-Zhaiyk - settlement Kyzyl-Суу - gorge "Fairy tale" (114 km). Walk in gorge "Fairy tale" (1,5 hours). In gorge we shall see fallen asleep in unusual forms, eruptions of multi-coloured breeds of the brightest contrast shades, is motley embroider firm limestones and the sandstones, similar to ruins of ancient locks or skeletons of prehistoric monsters. The termination of walk. Transfer: gorge "Fairy tale" - settlement Tamga (17 km). Arrival in settlement Tamga, accommodation in the guest house, dinner and overnight.
9 day. Tamga - lake Song-Kul (329 km).
Breakfast. Transfer: Tamga - southern coast of lake Issyk Kul - settlement Kochkorka (199 km). The settlement Ottuk will be the last at southern coast of lake Issyk Kul, thus we shall see all southern part of lake in the extent hardly more than 200 kilometers. After we pass lake Issyk Kul ahead of us will meet and spends one of large reservoir Issyk-Kul of a hollow - Orto-Tokoi. Arrival in settlement Kochkor, visiting of a craft workshop and of a museum of an applied art. The further transfer: settlement Kochkorka - pass Kalmak-Ashuu of 3446 meters above sea level - lake Song-Kul of 3106 meters above sea level (130 km). Arrival on lake Song-Kul, accommodation in yurt camp, dinner and overnight.
10 day. Lake Song-Kul - caravanserai Tash-Rabat (174 km).
Breakfast. It is one of picturesque mountain roads, some passes who will be on our way will add our travel by beautiful kinds of mountains Kyrgyzstan, on a way we shall visit yurts shepherds, we shall try the Kyrgyz national drinks - kumys ans airan. Transfer: lake Song-Kul - pass Moldo-Ashuu of 3201 meters above sea level (22 km). A stop on pass, walk in vicinities, photographing of a panorama of gorge Kurtka. Transfer: pass Moldo-Ashuu - mausoleums Atanbai-batyr (1796-1837) and Tailyuk-batyr (1796-1838) (31 km), walk at historical monuments, photographing.
Transfer: mausoleums Atanbai-batyr and Tailyuk-batyr - village Baetovo - caravanserai Tash-Rabat (121 km). Arrival to caravanserai Tash-Rabat, visiting of premises a caravanserai, walk in vicinities. In 1895 at returning from Kashgar to city Vernyi, caravanserai Tash-Rabat, has visited and the Kazakhstan explorer Shokan Valikhanov has made the brief description. After visiting a caravanserai transfer to yurts to camp in the beginning of gorge before a picturesque rocky gate in a spur of a ridge at height about 3000 meters above sea level, accommodation, dinner and overnight.
11 day. Valley Tash-Rabat - check point «Torugart» (110 km).
Breakfast. Transfer: Tash-Rabat - pass Ak-Beiit of 3281 meter above sea level - pass Tyuz-Bel of 3574 meters above a level - check point «Torugart» 3752 meters above sea level (110 km). Departure at 7.00. We come back to a highway Bishkek - Torugart, we turn on the left and we move in a southwest direction to the Kyrgyz-Chinese border. Arrival on a check point «Torugart».
Going through formalities customs and passport control on the Kyrgyz check point. Transfer on the Chinese customs and a boundary post (7 km). A meeting with the Chinese partners. Transfer: check point «Torugart» - city of Kashagar (170 km). Arrival in Kashgar, transfer to hotel, accommodation. Excursion on city. Dinner and overnight.
12 day. Kashgar.
Breakfast. Visiting of old city. A trip on a Buddhist monument (30 km). A trip in Turfan. Overnight.
13 day. Turafan - Urumchi.
Breakfast. Excursion on Turfan. Transfer to Urumchi. Overnight.
14 day. Urumchi.
Breakfast. Excursion across Urumchi. The termination of tour.
Technical description of rafting part on Chilik river (Bartogay canyon).
Length – 20 km, duration of rafting – 3 hours.
Complexity – III with elements of IV category when evacuation of water through locks from Bartogay reservoir is 60 - 80 cubic meters per sec.
Complexity – IV with elements of V category when evacuation of water through locks from Bartogay reservoir is 100 - 120 cubic meters per sec.
River inclination - 7 - 8 meters per 1 km.
During 30 - 35 min after start of rafting – river is relatively quiet with periodic sand-spits with powerful billows.
Rapid №1. Is billows more 1m with sharp turn of river to right and pressing to right-bank, then river fluently becomes level. There are 2 powerful flows and one hole and it is very important – to come in rapid. There are 2 - 3 poured over stones in river bed more to the left of main flow.
Rapid № 1 with typical inclination of water 3 m per each 30 m. Rapid begins in 40 - 50 min after rafting start, length of rapid is more 100 m. After rapid № 1 river is continuous sand-spit with powerful billows more than 1 meter in height. Token of rapid – inclination of water with suddenly turn of river to right. End of rafting at Malybai village.
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