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Sary-Chelek reserve 

Sary Chelek lake is located 500 km from Bishkek and 300 km from Osh, in the territory of the Sary Chelek State Biosphere Reserve. The lake lies on the boundary of At-Oinok and Chatkal ranges, at an altitude of 1940 meters. The lake covers an area of ​​507 hectares, has a length of 7.5 km, and a depth of 234 meters. It is the second and third deepest lake in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia, respectively. The coastline is covered with dense forests and rocky places in some areas. Sary Chelek is fed by several mountain rivers. 

The water temperature in summer does not

exceed 19 °C and in winter ranges from 0 °C to 4 °C. Sary Chelek in Kyrgyz means 'yellow barrel.' According to legend, there was once an old beekeeper who, one spring, decided to place hives on the shores of an unusually beautiful lake. When the time for harvest had come, the beekeeper was so mesmerized by the golden color of honey, he named the lake Yellow Barrels referring to the barrels full of honey on the shore. Additionally, there is also another explanation to the name of the lake. As autumn rolls around, the golden color of the trees on the coastline reflected in the water form a fabulous whole golden landscape. The Sary Chelek State Biosphere Reserve (area 23,8 ha) is included in UNESCO’s international network of nature reserves. It was established to preserve the flora and fauna of the walnut forests and alpine landscapes.

Trip highlightes


Kara-Kulja Valley

Kara-Kulja valley amazing sunrise and sunset view here, 



Many tourists don't knows how to get there and they can not see amaizing view without our local guids


Panoramic view from Korundu Pass

Altitude of the Korundu pass is 3300m
Here is only place where Kara-Suu Lake seen like a heart, romantic view


Kara-Suu lake

Kara-Suu lake (Kara-Kamysh lake)

This lake 1800m hight from see lavel and here live local people with animals and here our yurt camp

Trip highlights


Category: trekking 

Duration: 8 days trekking

Level of difficulty: Medium 

Best season: end of June to September 

Requirements: trekking boots, weatherproof warm clothes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, torch, tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad

Itinerary: Karasuu village, Bordu, Okun valley, Karasuu lake, Kotormo pass, Sary-Chelek Reserve – back to Kara-Suu village or Arkyt village

Day 1: Welcome to your guesthouse in Kara-Suu. Dinner.

Day 2: The beginning of active part of the tour. Trekking up along the Karasuu river and crossing the small hill. Following the river you can visit nomadic life from the Bordu jailoo(where people lives only summer time holding animals). And camping at Bordu(1700m; 18km; approx. 6hrs).

Day 3: Breakfast. Starts the trekking hours following the river. Short picnic lunch. By the way you can see wild animals, birds, many kind of flowers, crossing over Bordu pass and then descent to the Okun jailoo. Camp 2 (1900m; 11km; approx. 5,6hrs). 

Day 4: Breakfast. Tour crosses Toktogul Range over the Kuugandy pass (3000 m). Cross steep and stony.On the top perfect panorama view you can see Chatkal range and Talas Ala Too range. Pass by shepherd’s yurts and animals. Short picnic lunch. Supper and overnight in a Yurt camp near the Kara-Suu lake . Trekking duration – 6/7 hours. 

Day 5: Breakfast. Cross Kotormo pass (2446 m) into Sary-Chelek National Reserve. Observe stunning panoramas, trees and wild animals. Visit differant lakes. Short picnic lunch. Walking hours – 6/7 hours.

Day 6: Breakfast. Walking through Sary-Chelek orchards and forests. Arrive at Kara-Suu village. Acquaintance with local lifestyle and habits. Short picnic lunch during the day. Shower, supper and overnight in a local homestay. Trekking hours – 6/7 hours. 

Day 7:Breakfast. Leave Kara-Suu.

Attention: above description is given for 5-days trekking tour! 


Tour map

Tour map

Date & Prices





*Price include: prices are set per person and include guide and cook services, meals during tour, horse rent, accommodation B&B and supper in Kara-Suu village, entrance fee to Sary-Chelek state reserve. 

* Price does NOT include: overnights in Bishkek; transport from Bishkek to Kara-Suu village, the return journey from Kara-Suu to Bishkek and meals underway;

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