6 Days Journay To Aphlatun, Sary-Chelek and Kara-Suu
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.
Duration:6 days trekking
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Best season: May 30 – September 1
Requirements: trekking boots, weatherproof warm clothes, hat, sunscreen, torch, sleeping bag, tent, and sleeping pad.
Itinerary: Aflatun settlement – Sary-Chelek North Part of Lake – Ashuu Pass – Sary-Chelek Reserve – back to Kara-Suu 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 Yushniy Aflatun river. Camp 1 (1700m; 18km; approx. 6hrs).
Day 3: Trekking over Kuldambes pass and then descent to Lake Sary-Chelek over Ashuu pass. Camp 2 (1900m; 11km; approx. 5hrs).
Day 4: Ascent along Lake Sary-Chelek over Makmal pass. Descent to the Kyzyl-Suu river. Camp 3 at the confluence of the Kyzyl-Suu and Kurumdu rivers (2000m; 11km; approx. 6 hrs).
Day 5: Trekking downstream the Kara-Suu river to lake Karakamysh (Kara-Suu). Camp 4 on the lake bank (1800m; 12km; approx. 3hrs).
Day 6: Trekking up to and over Kuturma pass and then descentshort excursion to the 5 small lakes of Sary-Chelek (10km, 2,5 hours) till noon. Have supper and camp 5 overnight in tents near the lake Iri-Kol approx. 5hrs).
Day 7: Breakfast and relax near Iri-Kol Lake, followed by lunch at 11.00. After lunch continue trekking among the nut forests and get a panoramic view of Sary-Chelek. Descend from the Pass to Kara-Suu or Arkyt village for dinner in a guesthouse (20 km, 5-6 hours).
Day 8: Breakfast. Morning departure.
Attention: above description is given for trekking is 6 days!
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;