Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Best Season: May 15–September 30
Requirements: Trekking boots, weatherproof warm clothes, hat, sunscreen, sleeping bag, tent, some horse riding skills
Itinerary: Kyzyl-Köl Village – Kara-Suu Lake – Makmal Pass – Sary-Chelek North Lake – Ashuu
Pass – Sary-Chelek Reserve – back to Kyzyl-Köl
Day 1: Welcome to your guesthouse. Dinner.
Day 2: Breakfast. Briefing, followed by choosing horses. Setting off northwards from Kyzyl-Köl to the Kara-Suu Gorge, along the banks of the Kara-Suu River, crossing by wooden bridges as necessary. The gorge becomes rather narrow and the slopes are covered with a beautiful silver fir forest. Further on the track passes below a waterfall and then climbs over a pass to Kara-Suu Lake (1,800m, 17km, 4 hours). Have lunch and then relax and experience the real way of life on the jailoo (mountain pasture). Enjoy dinner by an open fire.
Day 3: Breakfast, then continue the trek along the Kara-Suu River where the slopes of the mountains are covered with silver fir forests. The stony road winds through inhabited jailoos (mountain pastures) where you stop for lunch below the Makmal Pass. After lunch, you cross the Makmal Pass (2,700m), and descend into the Kojo-Ata River valley and on to Sary-Chelek Lake where you will have dinner and camp overnight in tents.
Day 4: Breakfast, followed by crossing the Ashuu Pass (2,600m) where you are surrounded by fir forests and have a panoramic view of the infinite ridges of the Tien-Shan Mountains stretching to the far horizon and beyond. During the descent from the pass you will have lunch and then continue down through the Ashuu Gorge to the bottom part of Sary-Chelek Lake where you will have dinner and camp overnight in tents (25km, 6 hours).
Day 5: Breakfast followed by a sort excursion to the 5 small lakes of Sary-Chelek (10km, 2,5 hours) till noon. After this, you will continue through the fir forests enjoying the panoramic views on the way to Arkyt and descend to Kyzyl-Köl Village for dinner and overnight stay in a guesthouse (20km, 4 hours).
Day 6: Breakfast. Morning departure.