Kyrgyzstan: Tian Shan Gorge Trek

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  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-99 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-19212
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Ends Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Enjoy views of Lake Issyk-Kul and Aka-Kul
  • Hike through six different gorges, including the famously beautiful Jety-Oguz Canyon
  • Take the chance to bathe in the Altyn Arashan hot springs
  • Discover Bishkek, Burana Tower and the Cholpon-Ata Petroglyphs
  • Enjoy panoramic views from the Telety Pass
  • Learn how to make traditional lagman noodles in a family home in Karakol
  • Walk to the foot of Karakol Peak, the highest in the Terskey Ala-Too Range
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Start and end in Bishkek, the trip "Kyrgyzstan: Tian Shan Gorge Trek" is a guided trekking and hiking tour that takes 15 days. You will travel through Kichi-Kyzyl-Suu Gorge, Tamga Village, Jety-Oguz and 7 other destinations in Kyrgyzstan. "Kyrgyzstan: Tian Shan Gorge Trek" is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Experience spectacular trekking through alpine meadows and wild pastures inhabited by Kyrgyz nomads, past gushing rivers and waterfalls, taking in panoramic views of Lake Issyk-Kul and the snow-capped Tian Shan range, meaning Mountains of Heaven. The first part of the walking route crosses a series of rugged, seldom-visited gorges, which only the most intrepid of outsiders have laid eyes on. The latter part crosses into Jety-Oguz Gorge, famed for its immense beauty. There’s also the chance to hike to the foot of Karakol Peak (the highest in the region) and there are all sorts of other delights besides the trek itself: rejuvenate in the thermal baths of Altyn Arashan, learn to make traditional lagman noodles in a family home, take a guided tour of Bishkek, and visit ancient sites including the Cholpon-Ata Petroglyphs.

Aldo Kane Collection: A hand-selected range of adventures by our Brand Ambassador:“Kyrgyzstan is a true hidden gem. I’ve spent a month travelling around there, and I’m keen to go back. With sweeping gorges, hot springs, wildflower meadows and ancient petroglyphs to discover en route, rest assured the remote Tian Shan range leaves a lasting impression. The trip also takes you to a local family’s home so you can master the traditional lagman noodle dish!”
  • Day 1: Arrive Bishkek; afternoon city tour
  • Day 2: Full-day excursion and warm-up walk in Ala-Archa National Park
  • Day 3: Drive via Burana Tower to Tosor village on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul; overnight in a yurt camp
  • Day 4: Free morning by the lake; transfer to Juukuchak Gorge
  • Day 5: Trek over Orto-Bulak Pass to Kichi-Kyzyl-Suu Gorge
  • Day 6: Hike through nomad pastures to Djili-Suu; option to visit nearby hot springs by jeep
  • Day 7: Trek to Jety-Oguz Canyon via Kok-Jaiyk Pass
  • Day 8: Ascend via a narrow, wooded river gorge to the base of Telety Pass
  • Day 9: Cross Telety Pass; descend through alpine meadows to Karakol
  • Day 10: Daywalk to the foot of Karakol Peak
  • Day 11: Ascend through forest to a waterfall by Lake Ala-Kul
  • Day 12: Long descent with fine mountain views to Altyn Arashan; option to take a dip in the thermal baths
  • Day 13: Military truck to Karakol for sightseeing; traditional home-cooked ‘lagman’ noodle dinner
  • Day 14: Drive to Bishkek visiting Cholpon-Ata Petroglyphs en route; optional Kyrgyz folklore show
  • Day 15: End Bishkek
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  • All listed transport and activities
  • Arrival and departure transfers (group flights only)
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Kyrgyzstan: Tian Shan Gorge Trek tour. You can cancel the tour up to 93 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 92 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 28 August 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 28 August 2024, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 92 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Kyrgyzstan: Tian Shan Gorge Trek tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


For this Kyrgyzstan: Tian Shan Gorge Trek tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
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