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Trip to Torugart Pass.

The departure of tourists on a checkpoint on Kyrgyz-China to border.

“Not all those who wander are lost”

J.R.R. Tolkien.

The short description of a route of tour through the town of Naryn on a checkpoint «Torugart»:

Bishkek - natural park Ala-Archa - settlement Kant - settlement Tokmok - an architectural complex the Tower of Burana - gorge Boom - settlement Kochkorka - river John-Aryk - pass Dolon of 3038 meters above sea level - river Kara-Unkur - town of Naryn - settlement At-Bashi - pass Akbeit of 3284 meters above sea level - pass Tuzbel of 3555 meters above sea level - lake Chatyr-Kul of 3530 meters above sea level - checkpoint «Torugart» 3752 meters above sea level.

Distance of the route: 583 km.
Season: all the year round.
The Best time for travel: May - September.
Duration of the tour: 3 days, 2 nights.

The detailed description of round from the town of Bishkek, through settlement Kochkorka in the town of Naryn and to lake Chatyr-Kul:

Tour from town of Naryn to caravanserai Tash-Rabat.

Day 1. Town of Bishkek (68 km).
 Arrival in the town of Bishkek, a meeting at airport "Manas", transfer to hotel, accommodation, rest. Breakfast. Excursion on town Bishkek, visiting of the main area of the country - Ala-Too. It is Ala-Too in translation from the Kirghiz language means «Snow mountains», symbolizes the nature of the country which two thirds make mountains.
The area "Ala-Too" - the most popular place in city where are spent national open air celebrations, holidays, meetings and other actions. In the center of the area the 10-meter bronze sculptural monument to the hero of national epos Manas, monument to the Kirghiz writer Chingizu Aitmatov and black-and-white monument in memory of events 2002 and 2010 towers.
On the area flutters 45 meter flag of Kyrgyzstan. Visiting State museum of History of Kyrgyzstan, Nikolskii churches, mosaic monument «Friendship of people» established in 1964, visiting of monument of Great Domestic war on the area the "Victory", established in 1985, by 40-th anniversary of victory over the Second world war.
Visiting of the Osh market, visiting of museum of Michael Frunze. After lunch the trip to gorge Is Ala-Archa (38 km). Walk in vicinities of natural park is Ala-Archa. Returning to Bishkek. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2. Bishkek - an architectural complex Tower of Burana - settlement Kochkorka - pass Dolon - town of Naryn (325 km).
Breakfast. Transfer: Bishkek - Burana Tower (72 km, 1 hour). Arrival on an architecturally-archeological museum «Burana» ruins of ancient site of ancient settlement Burana. Visiting of museum open-air - Stone statue monuments with image Turkomans VI - X centuries, here is collected more than 80 various Stone statue.
Visiting of collections the mill millstones found at excavation in territory Burana of site of ancient settlement (X - XII c.c., millstones from mills of our time and millstones XVIII - beginnings XX с.с. Visiting of museum Burana Tower, the pottery of different forms and the sizes, utensils from glass, ceramic and bronze fixtures, manual grain bruiser, Kairaks with Arabian and Nestorianism writing, potter's water pipes, subjects of arts and crafts, bronze coins here is presented.
Visiting of monuments Epigraphy which are presented gravestone stela with inscriptions in the Arabian language, on stela sayings from the Koran, name, year of death of the late are include.
Visiting of tower Burana Tower. Burana Tower - minaret of XI century. Initial height Burana of minaret was 45 meters now height of tower makes 24,6 meters.
Visiting of the central ruins where there is hill in the sizes 100 х 100 meters and height of 10 meters which where there are rests of palace complex or temple existed here up to X centuries. The excavation lead on hill, on the top surface here have opened inhabited constructions X - XII c.c. And burial places XIII - XIV c.c. The end of excursion.
The further transfer: Burana Tower – Kochkorka village (138 km). Further our way lays through the well-known gorge Boom on which the furious river Chu. Arrival in settlement Kochkora, visiting of craft workshop in settlement, Arrival in settlement Kochkora, visiting of craft workshop in settlement, visit of museum of an applied art, we can take part in creation of felt carpets "Ala-Kiiz" (The Motley carpet), walk on local market.
The further transfer: Kochkorka - town of Naryn (115 km). Arrival in Naryn, accommodation in the guest house, overnight.
Day 3. Naryn - settlement At-Bashi - pass Akbeit - pass Tuzbel - lake Chatyr-Kul - checkpoint "Torugart" (190 km).
The Early breakfast. Departure pass Torugart at 06.00. Transfer: Naryn - checkpoint «Torugart». A meeting with the Chinese partners, transfer of clients, change of transport and the guide. The termination of the Kirghiz part of tour, transfer to Kashgar (170 km).

The checkpoint «Torugart» on the Kyrgyz-Chinese border works from Monday till Friday, from 09.00 till . A lunch of customs and boundary service from 12.00 till (time local).

We ask to pay your attention!
A necessary and obligatory condition for crossing by tourists Kyrgyz-Chinese border, is, a meeting of tourists the Chinese tourist company.

On a way on pass Torugart it is possible to visit other interesting architectural and natural monuments of Kyrgyzstan:

- A caravanserai Tash-Rabat (IX century),
- To make one-day walk in natural boundary Tash-Rabat on pass Tash-Rabat of 3964 meters above sea level from which the kind on lake Chatyr-Kul on 3530 meters above sea level opens,
- Lake Song-Kul 3016 meters above sea level (on lake Song-Kul accommodation in yurts camps),
- Hiking and walks on horses in vicinities of lake Song-Kul,
- Ruins of site of ancient settlement Ak-Beshim, near to Bishkek.

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Author program of Alexander Petrov. Copying and introduction -  from the sanction of the author

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Alexander Petrov