TRUE HIKING HEAVEN - KYRGYZSTAN
10 - 18 September 2020
Kyrgyzstan is a nation defined by its natural beauty and has been described as a "surreal Switzerland". Joyously unspoilt mountainscapes, stark craggy ridges and rolling jailoos (summer pastures) are brought to life by semi-nomadic, yurt-dwelling shepherds.
MAG is returning, but this time to one of the most beautiful and epic places in Kyrgyzstan. You need to see this place yourself!
This time MAG is trekking up the mountain to reach this beautiful lake. But this is not the only thing our Kyrgyzstan trip is offering you. Already the valleys we are going through are so remote that only a few people will get there. Roads will require special vehicles; not even a regular 4x4 can do it. But the ride is fun.
Thursday night we will leave Dubai, to arrive early the next day.
We will arrive early morning in Bishkek, and start driving towards Karakol Valley, passing by the stunning views of the shores of Issyk-Kul Lake. We will stay overnight in a nice hotel to be refreshed after the overnight flight and be ready for the hike.
After breakfast the day of the hike is finally here. We will drive to the beautiful Karakul Gorge, from where we will start our trekking. It's an adrenaline rush just to get to Ala Kul lake, as we walk through the forest, crossing rivers and keep heading up the mountain. And then there it will be - the scenic picture of an turquoise mountain lake - just like paradise. We will have plenty of time to enjoy every moment while inhaling this beauty, allowing our eyes to observe the scene. We will camp at 3,500m above sealevel. Tents will be provided.
We will cross the pass at 3,800m and reach some mineral springs where we will set up our camp for the night. The hot mineral springs are perfect for relaxing our tired muscles after these hikes.
After breakfast we are heading back to Karakol for a little city tour and a stroll over the market. We will then drive back to Bishkek where we will arrive in the evening for dinner.
We will start the day with the PCR test, which is required for our return to UAE. We will then transfer to Kekety Gorge, where we sleep in small guesthouse.
We do a small day hike to Kel-Tor Lake and finish the day with a last dinner before heading to the airport for our early flight next morning.
The costs are 4,500 excl. flights. Currently flights costs approx. 1,700 AED. Costs include transportation, accommodation on shared basis in hotel/guesthouse/tent, meals, guides, permits, etc. If you prefer single rooms, please let us know, we can arrange at additional costs.
NOT included are: Visa costs (please apply online asap), flights by FlyDubai, any costs related to Covid (e.g. testings, permits, insurance), any personal expenses, alcoholic beverages, tips, phone, data, meals not mentioned above.
If your test results come back positive and you are not able to leave Dubai, we will refund you the amount except a cancellation fee of 250 AED.
If your test results come back positive in Kyrgyzstan, we are not responsible for any additional costs that occur to you being forced of extending your stay. Nevertheless, we will do our utmost to help you on the ground.
If you are interested, please contact +971 55 88 77 970 for more information and next steps.
See you there!