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JYRGALAN SUMMER TOUR PRODUCTS

2018


According to locals, Jyrgalan Valley is a region blessed by God. And they make a compelling case. Seven nearby peaks surround the valley, offering beautiful views and weather that is perfect for year-round adventure activities. Cool breezes filter down from the glaciers in the warm summer months, allowing for world-class trekking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. And during the winter, those same mountains protect freeride skiers from harsh winter winds, leaving miles of fresh snow for the taking. You could not design a destination whose contours were more suited to adventure tourism. But as beautiful as it is — the natural lakes, rivers, and waterfalls are among the most stunning in all of Kyrgyzstan — the community of 1,000 local residents have seen their share of hardship. The Jyrgalan Valley’s story is one of re-imagining and reinvention.

Photo courtesy of Nick Wharton and Dariece Swift

Come visit Jyrgalan valley. We welcome you with open arms!


Turnaluu-Kol Lake Horse Trek Season: June 1 – September 20 Turnaluu-Kol Lake

Chaar-Jon Panorama

Duration: 1/2 day Altitude: 2265 – 2673 m

Striking panoramic views of the Chaar-Jon Mountain Range and into Jyrgalan Valley. Expect gorgeous vista views from this windy, mountain ridge into neighboring Kazakhstan.

Kyzyl-Jar Canyons Series of 3 breathtaking canyons amongst moutain range with semi-wild packs of horses. Find the occasional local herder spending summer months on the jailoo.

Start/Finish

2554 m 2400 m 2300 m 2200 m 2128 m

2262 m -3.9% 0m 2.5km

5 km

7.5 km

13.2 km

Graph: Min, Avg, Max; Elevation: 2128, 2304, 2554 m; Distance: 13.2 km; Elev. Gain/Loss: 651 m, -650 m; Max Slope: 28.0% - 33.2%; Avg Slope: 9.5%, -9.6%

Turnaluu-Kol Lake A natural, scenic lake hosting several resident cranes and ducks during summer months. Enjoy a break to soak in the scenery!

PRICING FOR 2018

1 person: 2 persons: 3 persons: 4 persons:

2250 KGS 1600 KGS 1400 KGS 1300 KGS

What’s included: Guide, Horse rental, Lunch box.


Eki Chat — Tulpar Tash Horse Trek Season: June 1 – September 20 Duration: 1 day

Eki Chat

Altitude: 2265 – 2650 m

Start/Finish

Situated approximately 1.5 hours from Jyrgalan village, this jailoo sits at the crossroads of several valleys and serves as a preferred summer pasture for herders and grazing cows and horses. Meet resident herder Danik, his wife and 2 boys, and perhaps opt to take in lunch, rest for tea, or just enjoy stunning views up Jyrgalan and Terim Tor valleys.

Distance: 18 km

Tulpar Tash Rock

Eki-Chat Jailoo

Danik, the herder at Eki-Chat Yurt Camp

2620 m 2473 m

2500 m

2.0% 3.78 km

2400 m 2258 m

2.5 km

5 km

7.5 km

10 km

12.5 km 14.6 km

Graph: Min, Avg, Max; Elevation: 2258, 2456, 2620 m; Distance: 14.6 km; Elev. Gain/Loss: 422 m, -424 m; Max Slope: 18.7%, -21.7%; Avg Slope: 5.7%, -5.7%

Tulpar Tash Situated at the base of the Chunkur Tor mountain range (2450m), legend holds that Manas’ horse climbed and leapt off this rock as he headed into war, and even today faint footprints can be seen. Local villagers and guides also have identified other objects within the rock (ie wolf face, smiling man, etc) and can share local legends.

PRICING FOR 2018

1 person: 2 persons: 3 persons: 4 persons:

4050 KGS 2800 KGS 2400 KGS 2200 KGS

What’s included: Guide, Horse rental, Lunch box.


Robber’s Canyon Horse Trek Season: June 1 – September 20 Start/Finish

Eki Chat Situated approximately 1.5 hours from Jyrgalan village, this jailoo sits at the crossroads of several valleys and serves as a preferred summer pasture for herders and grazing cows and horses. Opt to remain the nite in a yurt set and maintained for travelers.

Tuzdun Bashy Peak

2896 m Tulpar-Tash

Duration: 1 day Altitude: 2265 – 3117 m Distance: 19 km

Salt Springs Kok Jailoo

3120 m

Uuru-Tor Valley Eki-Chat Jailoo

Tuzdun Bashy Pass a favorite grouping area of local resident Jyrgalan horses at the Salt Springs (2,400m), and ascend the ridge to Tuzdun Bashy Peak (2,920m) for perfect views over Jyrgalan v. Traverse the ride while taking in incredible vews across the valley.

3117 m 2957 m

2750 m

12.3% 5.64 km

2500 m 2259 m

2.5 km

5 km

7.5 km

10 km

12.5 km

15 km

17.5 km 19 km

Graph: Min, Avg, Max; Elevation: 2259, 2596 3118 m; Distance: 19.0 km; Elev. Gain/Loss: 1069 m, -1067 m; Max Slope: 45.7%, - 40.8%; Avg Slope: 12.1%, -9.5%

Uuru Tor, aka Robber’s Valley This impressive valley is set amongst towering peaks overlooking the Jyrgalan mountain range, and is an ideal spot for rest. Robber’s Canyon is famously known as a historic hiding spot by local Kyrgyz horse thieves, whom would hide with their bounty until the ‘coast was clear’.

PRICING FOR 2018

1 person: 2 persons: 3 persons: 4 persons:

4050 KGS 2800 KGS 2400 KGS 2200 KGS

What’s included: Guide, Horse rental, Lunch box.


Chaar Jon Panorama – Turnaluu Kol Lake – Kyzyl Jar Canyons Horse Trek Season: June 1 – September 20 Duration: 1 day Altitude: 2265 – 2888 m

Chaar-Jon Panorama Striking panoramic views of the Chaar-Jon mountain range and into Jyrgalan valley. Expect gorgeous vista views from this windy, mountain ridge at 2830m into neighboring Kazakhstan.

Kyzyl-Kya pass

Distance: 22 km

2-day trek

2910 m Kyzyl-Jar Canyons

2673 m

1-day trek

Turnaluu-Kol Lake

Start/Finish

Kyzyl-Jar Canyons Series of 3 breathtaking canyons amongst moutain range with semi-wild packs of horses. Find the occasional local herder spending summer months on the jailoo.

2912 m 2750 m 2500 m 2250 m

2245 m -3.6% 739 m 5 km

10 km

15 km

20 km

25 km

30 km

37.4 km

Graph: Min, Avg, Max; Elevation: 2021, 2373, 2912 m; Distance: 37.4 km; Elev. Gain/Loss: 1612 m -1615 m; Max Slope: 27.9% - 28.1%; Avg Slope: 7.9% - 8.3%

Turnaluu-Kol Lake A natural, scenic lake at 2670m hosting several resident cranes and ducks during summer months. Enjoy a break to soak in the scenery!

PRICING FOR 2018

1 person: 2 persons: 3 persons: 4 persons:

4050 KGS 2800 KGS 2400 KGS 2200 KGS

What’s included: Guide, Horse rental, Lunch box.


Keskenkija Loop Hike Season: June – September Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

Start/Finish

Jyrgalan Pass (Ak Kiya)

Altitude: 2239 – 3375 m

This 3,332m pass (Ak Kiya in local language) is set at the base of a valley with nomadic herders during summer months. Ascending the pass will require 1-2 hours, and expansive views surround you from the top of the pass.

Distance: 53 km

Eki Chat

Kesken Kija Canyons

Jyrgalan Pass (Ak Kiya) Tiup River

Tiup river Enjoy the sounds and sights of scenic Tiup River as it rushes down into Jyrgalan valley, serving as a water source for livestock. Crossings can be challenging depending on time of season and snow melt.

3368 m 3000 m 2500 m 2238 m

2259 m 25.9% 0 km 5 km

10 km

15 km

20 km

25 km

30 km

35 km

40 km

47.4 km

Graph: Min, Avg, Max; Elevation: 2238, 2742 3368 m; Distance: 47.4 km; Elev. Gain/Loss: 2777 m, -2770 m; Max Slope: 48.2%, - 46.7%; Avg Slope: 9.8%, -11.6%

Kesken Kija Canyons Majestic views astound across the Keskenkija valley, with a nice break to enjoy local canyons carved amongst mountain peaks as far as the eye can see. Take a break before the steep ascent that awaits!

PRICING FOR 2018

1 person: 2 persons: 3 persons: 4 persons:

27800 KGS 16200 KGS 16900 KGS 13900 KGS

What’s included: Guide+Cook, Porter with horse 60 kilograms, Horse rental, Food, Tent, Tent for Kitchen, Sleeping bag, Sleeping mat, Trekking Pole, Kitchen Kit


Ailampa Glacier Loop Hike Season: June – September Duration: 3 days

Start/Finish

Altitude: 2251 – 3530 m

Ailampa Lakes

Distance: 41 km

Three alpine lakes impress, at altitudes ranging from 2600m to 3500m. Frozen a bulk of the year, this area is radial hiking paradise meant to be explored. Eki Chat Yurt Camp Tuz Valley

Jyrgalan Valley

Terim Tor Valley

Ailampa Lake Throne of the Budda

Throne of the Buddha The mountain high above the largest of Ailampa lakes has strange resemblance to a giant throne and serves as a landmark to nomadic shepherds during summer months.

3581 m 3000 m 2500 m 2258 m

2260 m 0.2% 0 km

5 km

10 km

15 km

20 km

25 km

30 km

35 km 39.7 km

Graph: Min, Avg, Max; Elevation: 2258, 2861, 3581 m; Distance: 39.7 km; Elev. Gain/Loss: 2181 m, -2183 m; Max Slope: 63.2%, - 40.3%; Avg Slope: 10.4%, -10.3%

All things Jyrgalan Valley En route to Ailampa are sights along the Jyrgalan river and valley, and the diverse nomadic life of local shepherd residents during summer months.

PRICING FOR 2018

1 person: 2 persons: 3 persons: 4 persons:

20850 KGS 12200 KGS 12700 KGS 10400 KGS

What’s included: Guide+Cook, Porter with horse 60 kilograms, Horse rental, Food, Tent, Tent for Kitchen, Sleeping bag, Sleeping mat, Trekking Pole, Kitchen Kit


Boz Uchuk Lakes Hike Season: June – October Start / Jyrgalan

Terim Tor Pass

Duration: 3 days Altitude: 2124 – 3471 m

Peaking at 3,467m, enjoy epic views of surrounding snowcapped mountains as you descend into Turgen-Ak Suu valley, full of temporary yurt camps, sheperds and thousands of grazing livestock.

Distance: 46 km Finish / Boz Uchuk

Camping, 1st night

Camping, 2nd night

Turgen River Unbelievable colors of the river stem from springs and snowmelt from nearby mountain peaks. Crossings are feasible across make-shift bridges constructed by local sheperds.

3481 m 3000 m

2734 m 11.4%

2500 m 2062 m

5 km 8.69 km 15 km

20 km

25 km

30 km

35 km

40 km 46.4 km

Graph: Min, Avg, Max; Elevation: 2259, 2596 3118 m; Distance: 19.0 km; Elev. Gain/Loss: 1069 m, -1067 m; Max Slope: 45.7%, - 40.8%; Avg Slope: 12.1%, -9.5%

Boz Uchuk Lakes A cluster of alpine lakes that once formed part of a massive glacier serve as this trek’s visual highlight, particularly in early morning hours with magnificent turquoise waters reflecting mountains and skylines above.

PRICING FOR 2018

1 person: 2 persons: 3 persons: 4 persons:

22400 KGS 12900 KGS 13200 KGS 10800 KGS

What’s included: Guide+Cook, Porter with horse 60 kilograms, Horse rental, Food, Tent, Tent for Kitchen, Sleeping bag, Sleeping mat, Trekking Pole, Kitchen Kit. transport back


Kok-Bel Waterfall Hike Season: June – October Duration: 1 day Altitude: 2265 – 2750 m Distance: 12.3 km

Kok-Bel Waterfall

Kok Bel Waterfall The waterfall has a height of 2600m, and feeds directly into the Kok-Bel River. The Kok-Bel is vital as a watering source for various herds in/around the Jyrgalan valley.

Start/Finish 2745 m

2500 m 2332 m 2252 m

0.3% 2.69 km 5 km

7.5 km

10 km

12.7 km

Graph: Min, Avg, Max; Elevation: 2252, 2436, 2745 m; Distance: 12.7 km; Elev. Gain/Loss: 748 m -750 m; Max Slope: 40.5% - 38.1%; Avg Slope: 11.0% - 11.7%

Panorama views over Jyrgalan While en route to waterfall, spectacular views await over Jyrgalan Valley,and the village as a whole.

PRICING FOR 2018

1 person: 2 persons: 3 persons: 4 persons:

3000 KGS 1750 KGS 1400 KGS 1150 KGS

What’s included: Guide, Lunch Box, Trekking Pole.


Turnaluu-Kol Lake — Chaar-Jon Peak Hike Season: June – September Duration: 1 day Altitude: 2260 – 3023 m Turnaluu Kol Lake

Distance: 20 km

Chaar Jon Peak

Turnaluu-Kol Lake A natural, scenic lake hosting several resident cranes and ducks during summer months. Enjoy a break to soak in the scenery! Jyrgalan Village

Start/Finish

3011 m 2750 m 2500 m 2420 m 2212 m

21.6% 2.09 km

5 km

7.5 km

10 km

13.5 km

Graph: Min, Avg, Max; Elevation: 2212, 2495, 3011 m; Distance: 13.5 km; Elev. Gain/Loss: 841 m, -840 m; Max Slope: 39.1%, -32.2%; Avg Slope: 12.2%, -12.0%

Chaar-Jon Mountain So called ‘Kyrgyz Fujiyama Peak’ by locals of Jyrgalan due to its solitary nature as the lone mountain resting against the Kazakh border, great panoramic views await on the top ridge (3,011m).

PRICING FOR 2018

1 person: 2 persons: 3 persons: 4 persons:

3000 KGS 1750 KGS 1400 KGS 1150 KGS

What’s included: Guide, Lunch Box, Trekking Pole.


Birch Grove Loop Bike Trail Season: June – September Tulpar Tash Situated at the base of the Chunkur Tor mountain range (2450m), legend holds that Manas’ horse climbed and leapt off this rock as he headed into war, and even today faint footprints can be seen. Local villagers and guides also have identified other objects within the rock (ie wolf face, smiling man, etc) and can share local legends.

Duration: 1 day Altitude: 2100 – 2440 m Distance: 16 km Birch Grove

Start/Finish

Tulpar Tash

Kyzyl-Jar Canyons Series of 3 breathtaking canyons amongst moutain range with semi-wild packs of horses. Find the occasional local herder spending summer months on the jailoo.

2445 m

2429 m 5.2% 3.39 km

2350 m

2260 m 1.5 km

3 km

4.5 km

6 km

Graph: Min, Avg, Max; Elevation: 2258, 2334, 2445m; Distance: 7.1 km; Elev. Gain/Loss: 228 m, -227 m; Max Slope: 20.9%, - 25.5%; Avg Slope: 6.1%, -6.2%

Birch Grove A beautiful forest of birch trees dating back to Soviet days serves for a perfect and relaxing biking experience. Enjoy forest sights and sounds, all amidst mountain peaks of Jyrgalan valley.

PRICING FOR 2018

1 person: 2 persons: 3 persons: 4 persons:

3650 KGS 2400 KGS 2000 KGS 1800 KGS

What’s included: Guide, Lunch box, Bike rental.


Temirlan Stones Bike Trail Season: June – September Duration: 1 day Altitude: 2000 – 2600 m

Kok Bel Pass Kok Bel Pass (2600 m) rises between the Jyrgalan and Tiup rivers. Beautiful views to Tiup river and Chymyndy Say Gorge and Karkyra valley amaze with descent to Temirlan Stones (2000 meters).

Distance: 29 km

Temirlan Stones

Chymyndy Sai

Tyup River Kok Bel Pass

Start/Finish

Tyup River Flowing parallel to Jyrgalan river until its descent thru Chymyndy Say gorge to Lake Ysyk Kol, riders are treated to gorgeous sights and sounds.

2445 m

2429 m 5.2% 3.39 km

2350 m

2260 m 1.5 km

3 km

4.5 km

6 km

Graph: Min, Avg, Max; Elevation: 2258, 2334, 2445m; Distance: 7.1 km; Elev. Gain/Loss: 228 m, -227 m; Max Slope: 20.9%, - 25.5%; Avg Slope: 6.1%, -6.2%

Temirlan Stones Intrigue surrounds this man-made rock formation unique to the region; legend has it that the rocks serve as markers of lives lost during battle by a local army under general Temirlan. Make sure to ask your guide!

PRICING FOR 2018

1 person: 2 persons: 3 persons: 4 persons:

3650 KGS 2400 KGS 2000 KGS 1800 KGS

What’s included: Guide, Lunch box, Bike rental.


Alakol Eki-Chat Yurt Camp Season: June 1 – September 20 Altitude: 2600 m

Stay in a yurt camp in the mountains with Kyrgyz family of herders! Alakol Eki-Chat Yurt Camp

Live as a Nomad for a Night, or More!

Distance from Jyrgalan Village: 9 km

Visitors to Kyrgyzstan love the unique experience of yurt living. Yurts, the traditional homestead of Kyrgyz nomads, offer all the comforts of home while on the mountain jailoos! • Share or rent a yurt with friends for the night at scenic Eki Chat Valley, up about 9km from Jyrgalan village. Eki Chat serves as a preferred summer pasture for herders and their grazing flocks and herds in summer and winter. Bedrolls and basic amenities provided! • Experience Kyrgyz hospitality. Allow Danik and his family, to serve as your hosts for the day/evening while in Eki Chat. Enjoy the solitude of the mountains, all the while feasting on glorious Kyrgyz cuisine as prepared by Ryskul (mother and wife) and soaking in all that Kyrgyz hospitality has to offer. Touristic Offerings (optional): Enjoy optional offerings to include radial hiking to nearby lakes and valleys! Experience horse treks in Eki Chat! Per person per night without breakfast: Per person per night with breakfast included: Dinner/Lunch at Eki Chat Yurt Camp: Eki-Chat Valley and the Yurt Camp

500 KGS 700 KGS 350 KGS


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