Trekking Tour "Contrasts of Tian-Shan"

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Trekking Tour "Contrasts of Tian-Shan" - Ak-Sai Travel
Trekking Tour "Contrasts of Tian-Shan" - Ak-Sai Travel


Start and end in Bishkek! With the hiking & trekking tour Trekking Tour "Contrasts of Tian-Shan", you have a 14 day tour package taking you through Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and 6 other destinations in Asia. Trekking Tour "Contrasts of Tian-Shan" is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport.
Age range
18 to 65 year olds
Max Group Size
Travel style
Hiking & Trekking


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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1 (25 July). “Manas” international airport - Bishkek.
  2. Day 2. Bishkek Burana Tower Son-Kul
  3. Day 3. Son Kul lake.
  4. Day 4. Son-Kul Karakol
  5. Day 5. Karakol sightseeing tour. Karakol - At-Jailoo Base Camp (2500m a.s.l.)
  6. Day 6. At Jailoo Camp Iva Camp (2900m a.s.l.)
  7. Day 7. Iva Camp Glina camp (3100 m a.s.l.)
  8. Day 8. Camp Glina Merzbacher Glade (3400m a.s.l.)
  9. Day 9. Merzbacher Lake.
  10. Day 10. Merzbacher Glade South Inylchek base camp 4100m a.s.l.
  11. Day 11. South Inylchek base camp.
  12. Day 12. Helicopter flight to Karkara helicopter pad Issyk Kul Lake.
  13. Day 13. Issyk- Kul Bishkek
  14. Day 14. Flight back home.

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  • Accommodation

  • Flights

  • Guide

  • Meals

  • Transport

  • Optional Extras

Not included

  • Insurance

Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

  • Can you give me any information on the helicopter company?

    There is no any special company who can provide you helicopter flight. All the flights are conducted by military forces, that means you will have the best pilots to deliver you.

  • What do I need to bring for this trip?

    For this trip you will need the following: 4 season sleeping bag, Thermarest or similar sleeping mat, walking boots, waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket or similar, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, a daypack of around 40 liters, head-torch and batteries, 2 x 1 liter water bottles, sun cream. A down jacket, pair of sandals and walking sticks are recommended.

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About the countries

Useful things to know before you go



Plugs & Adapters

Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan


Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.


These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
Recommended for Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Recommended for Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Recommended for Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Yellow fever
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Ideally 10 days before travel.
Tick-borne encephalitis
Recommended for Kazakhstan. Ideally 6 months before travel.


Start and end in Bishkek.
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TourRadar only requires a deposit of 20% to confirm this Ak-Sai Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 20 December 2018 the full payment of $2,182 is necessary.
Cancellation policy
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $2182 for Trekking Tour "Contrasts of Tian-Shan", but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
Some departure dates and prices may vary and Ak-Sai Travel will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
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Covering a total distance of approx 1,049 km.
  • Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)
  • 125 km
  • Song Kul Lake (Kyrgyzstan)
  • 277 km
  • Karakol (Kyrgyzstan)
  • 123 km
  • Merzbacher Lake (Kyrgyzstan)
  • 23 km
  • South Inylchek base camp (Kyrgyzstan)
  • 105 km
  • Karkara (Kazakhstan)
  • 167 km
  • Issyk Kul Lake (Kyrgyzstan)
  • 229 km
  • Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

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