Kyrgyzstan: Tian Shan Gorge Trek

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  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Ends Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Views of Lake IssykKul and AkaKul
  • Hike through 6 different gorges, including the famously beautiful JetyOguz Canyon
  • Chance to bathe in Altyn Arashan hot springs
  • Discover Bishkek, Burana Tower and the CholponAta Petroglyphs
The trip Kyrgyzstan: Tian Shan Gorge Trek starts and ends in Bishkek. It is a hiking trip that takes 15 days taking you through Telety Pass, Tamga Village, Bishkek and 7 other destinations in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan: Tian Shan Gorge Trek is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

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 peaks of the 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. Whilst the latter part of the trek 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.
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Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
“A really good tour. Challenging cycling at times due to unusually high temperatures and humidity. A great guide in Alex Bujaga. Came home knowing so much more about Cuba and its people. Friendly people, always felt safe, never hassled. Recommended.”
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
4 - Very Good
“This is a full on trip around Myanmar. Be prepared for some very early morning starts and little or no down time,but it's worth it as Myanmar has a lot to offer. The country is full of surprises from the beautiful Inle Lake with the fantastic boat rides around the various villages, to the areas around Kalaw with stunning scenery. The temperature can drop considerably in the Kalaw region so take something warm, but what a fab heated pool to counteract the change in temperature; if you are lucky enough to stay in the Pine Hill Resort. Here we went on a fantastic walk with 2 local guides, and spent time with the local villagers eating a scrumptious lunch. I found I didn't spend as much money as specified in the trip notes. Take dollars as pounds are hard to change,make sure they are pristeen but initially change up $200 and see how you go.”
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
“A great mountain biking trip, nothing too technical but loads of fun ups and downs. The scenery is just epic, huge mountains as far as you can see. Combined with blue skies and great guiding a perfect new year start!”
  • Day 1: Arrive Bishkek; afternoon city tour
  • Day 2: Full day excursion and warm-up walk in Ala-Archa N.P.
  • 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 (2,540m) 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 (2750m)
  • Day 8: Ascend via a narrow, wooded river gorge to the base of Telety Pass
  • Day 9: Cross Telety Pass (3800m); descend through alpine meadows to Karakol
  • Day 10: Daywalk to the foot of Karakol Peak, the highest in the Terskey Ala-Too Range
  • Day 11: Ascend through forest to a waterfall by Lake Ala-Kul (3600m)
  • 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
  • 4 nights hotels, 8 nights full-service camping and 2 nights basic yurt camp (multi-share) , All accommodation 
  • All breakfasts, 12 lunches and 12 dinners included
  • 15 days land only/16 days flight inclusive
  • All listed transport and activities
  • (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers (group flights only)
  • 8 days point-to-point walking with full porterage
  • Altitude maximum 3,800m, average 2,730m
  • Optional single supplement (excludes yurt camps)
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Any international flights to/from Bishkek are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Kyrgyzstan: Tian Shan Gorge Trek tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Kyrgyzstan: Tian Shan Gorge Trek tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 25 March 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 25 March 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 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. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


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 travelling 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.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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