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Karabatkak Lake in autumn

Karabatkak Lake

Trek to Karabatkak Lake

Day 1: Transfer to Djeli Suu, Trek to FGS and further in direction of the lake. Night in tent not too far away from the lake.12km, 4-5h Day 2: Hike to Kashkator Lake. After that, hike back down the Chong Kyzyl Suu valley until Djeli Suu. From there, back in car. 13km, 4h

2 DaysAdventure toursKyrgyzstan

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            Kyzyl Suu village - Karabatkak Lake
Hike up the Chong Kyzyl Suu valley and further up to Karabatkak Lake
Kyzyl Suu village - Karabatkak Lake

Transfer to Djeli Suu, Trek to FGS and further in direction of the lake. Night in tent not too far away from the lake 

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
33 km
900 m
0 m

            Karabatkak Lake - Kyzyl Suu village
Hike down from Karabatkak Lake into the Chong Kyzyl Suu valley
Karabatkak Lake - Kyzyl Suu village

Hike the last bit to Karabatkak Lake. After that, hike down the Chong Kyzyl Suu valley until Djeli Suu. From there, transfer by car till the village of Kyzyl Suu

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
33 km
0 m
900 m

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On your way

Chong Kyzyl Suu meteo station KG

The geophysical station in the valley of Chong Kyzyl-Suu was built in 1948 by Germans, who have been captured in Kyrgyzstan. At that time, there was no way for cars to get to the station, so they had to transport all building materials on camels. 

The purpose of the station was already then to observe the glaciers, mountains and the animal world. There worked hydrologists and geomorphologists from many different nations.

During the Sowjetunion many students from Moscow and St. Petersburg came here to get some practice and to write their graduation work. A lot of people got their doctor title due to this station.

Until 1991 there were many geographical expeditions, but for example also expeditions to observe the life of snow leopards.

From 1991 to 2003 it was a kind of a geological institute. In 2007 it got an institute for water problems as well as a hydro-energetic institute.

Until the year 2007 it was being named physical-geographical station, but then it got a new name: tien-shan high-alpine scientific center.

Today they work together with Chinese, American and French scientists. Its current director is Satilkanov Risbek Ablaievic.

Since 2003 they started to work with tourists as well. But even earlier, there have been tourist visiting the station. For tourists it’s got interesting things to see in a wonderful environment, where you do beautiful hikes to lovely lakes. The station has places for 18 people at a time. The inhabitants are very kind, but the life there is without luxury. (No current water, no electricity, outdoor toilet)

Transports can be organized from Jeti Oguz, Bishkek, Karakol, Siutuu Bulak or Djukku.

Kyzyl Suu KG

The chief-town of the district of Jeti Oguz, one of the largest district of Kyrgyzstan. With 5000 inhabitants it is a quite big village. Kyzyl Suu is situated 10 km away from Issyk-Kul-Lake. 

On the other side of the village are the Tien-Shan-Mountains. The village itself is a typical Kyrgyz village. You can go and enjoy the little bazaar or have a look at the mosque, as well as the old church. On Sundays, there is an interesting animal market. In the village you have everything you need. There are a few little stores, as well as a park. From this village you can start to different treks on foot or by horse. Other curiosities are : the quite near beach, hot springs and a sanatorium.


What is included

  • All transportation in a private vehicle

  • All airport transfers

  • Accommodation as described in the program

  • Meals (3 per day)

  • Bottled water (when possible) & tea

  • English-speaking trekking guide

  • Pack horses with saddle bags & horsemen

  • Camping & cooking equipment (tents, mats, gas, stove, etc)

  • All the activities listed in the program

  • Entry fees at national parks and/or border zones listed in the program

  • Entry fees at museums and historical sites listed in the program

  • Domestic flights mentioned in the program

  • A contribution to our sustainable development projects

  • Organisation of the trip & local taxes

What is not included

  • International flights

  • International banking fees (PayPal, ...)

  • Travel & repatriation insurance

  • Visas / LOI (if applicable)

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Personal equipment (sleeping bag, headlight, personal medication, etc)

  • Additional costs due to unexpected personal events (health, loss of luggage, ...)

  • Tips for guide & driver (always optional, always appreciated)

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