B-15. Sary-Jaz.
Itinerary: Bishkek - Cholpon-Ata - Karkar - Echkili-Tash - Sary-Jaz - Turgen-Ak-Suu - Karakol - Jeti-Oguz - Tamga - Barskoon - Arabelskie syrty - Tamga - Fairy tale - Choku-Bulak - Bishkek
Duration: 8 days
Best season: July - August
Accommodation: hotels, guest house, tent
Tour grade: moderate
Max. altitude: 3380
Total distance:1415



Sary-Jaz is located in the valley of the same-named river and its right tributary of Ak-Shiyrak.
The valley extends from the north-east foot of Khan-Tengri to the west of Enilchek city at an altitude of 2700 m - 3600 m, surrounded by a 5-thousandths peaks (Semenov 5816 m and Karakol - 5280 m). One of the largest mountain rivers of this region runs through here, fed by melt water of snow and glaciers of the highest mountain massif, Muzdug. The water has an amazing greenish-white colour. The length of the river in Kyrgyzstan is 198 km. Emerald alpine meadows, individual groves of spruce of Sherenka, juniper and birch forests, and below that, the steppe zone, are all freely spread over the slopes from a height of 3000m. For miles river Sary-Jaz flows into the canyon-like valley with steep sides. From the valley of the river Sary-Jaz, scenic views open onto the jagged ridges, sharp peaks, and the cirques surrounding the ridges. Mountains are ringed with thick snow stripe, under which glittering glacier tongues rise out through the entire horizon. Sary-Jaz river cuts through the powerful mountain ridge of Kakshaal-Too and departs to China.


Day1
Bishkek - Cholpon-Ata
Meeting at the airport. Breakfast.
Transfer to Cholpon-Ata, the northern coast of Issyk-Kul.
On the way visit Burana Tower. Boom gorge.
Lunch in Cholpon-Ata. Accommodation in a boarding house or guest house.
Petroglyphs, Ruh Ordo, swimming in the lake. Dinner.
Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan
Day2
Cholpon-Ata - Karkara
Breakfast.
Transfer to Karkara. On the way visit Chon-Ak-Suu (lake) and Ak-Suu.
Lunch on the way.
Border posts in Karkara.
Accommodation is in tents on the bank of the river. Karkara. Dinner.
Karkara, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan
Day3
Karkara - Echkili-Tash
Breakfast. Moving to Echkili-Tash.
Karkara River. Lunch on the way.
Chon-Turuk. The rise of the plateau, which offers views of the 5-thousanders. In good weather you can see the peak of Khan Tengri.
Descent to Sary-Jaz. Accommodation is in tents near a stream in Echkili-Tash.
Dinner
Echkili-Tash, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan
Day4
Sary-Jaz
Breakfast. Transfer to the hot springs of Kara-Tash.
Lunch on the way.
Throughout the road runs along the river Sary-Jaz.
Border posts. Accommodation is in tents near the source.
Bathing. Dinner.
Sary-Jaz, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan
Day5
Sary-Jaz - Turgen-Ak-Suu
Breakfast. Bathing in istonike.
Moving into the gorge Turgen-Ak-Suu.
Gorge Ottuk. Lunch on the way.
Chon-Ashu. Turgen-Ak-Suu - accommodation in tents.
Recreation. Dinner.
Turgen-Ak-Suu, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan
Day6
Turgen-Ak-Suu - Tamga
Breakfast. Transfer to Tamga.
Karakol - Przewalski Museum, mosque, church, museum, an antique shop.
Lunch in Karakol.
Jeti-Oguz Gorge waterfall. The southern coast of Issyk-Kul.
Tamga, accommodation in a guest house.
Jeti-Oguz, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan
Day7
Tamga
Excursion to Barskoon gorge. Waterfalls.
Picnic.
Arabelskie syrty lakes.
Return to Tamga.
Recreation. Dinner.
Barskoon, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan
Day8 Tamga - Bishkek
Breakfast.
Transfer to Bishkek.
Tale Canyons and Choku-Bulak.
Swimming in the Lake Issyk-Kul. Picnic.
Bishkek.
Fairy tale, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan
Day8 Transfer to the airport.

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