Dates can be changed for individual groups.
This is a photo journey for beginners and professionals. The Kyrgyz Tien-Shan is a photogenic place on Earth. The combination of mountains and valleys creates highly aesthetic landscapes and landforms to be photographed endlessly.
Hard-to-reach natural places in the Tien-Shan have always been out of reach of camera lenses. As a rule, these are rare, outstanding, aesthetic mountain or semi-desert landscapes, beautiful landforms, or individual geological monuments. Photographing of desert or alpine landscapes or individual natural monuments is worth a lot, since during a regular tour, access here is limited or these places are not visited by tourists. But, a trip to the wild, untouched, little-known places of the Tien Shan will allow you to make rare, unique photographs.
Our route is about 2500 km. We will reach the highest peaks in the Central Tien-Shan, we will see the contrasts between the Pamir glaciers and the green glades under Lenin Peak, we will find ourselves in the Chatkal wilderness (UNESCO) and the semi-desert landscapes of the famous Madigen in the South-Western Tien-Shan, we will see one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in Central Asia is Issyk-Kul Lake.
Travel duration – 14 days
The maximum number of participants is 30 pax.
ROUTE of the TRAVEL
Day 1. Arrival in Bishkek
Briefing. Acquaintance with the guide. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2. Bishkek - Ala-Archa National Park
Ala-Archa is located 40 km south of Bishkek. Ala-Archa is a beautiful gorge with tall pine or spruce forests. Famous mountain peaks and magnificent waterfalls are located here. Return to Bishkek. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3. Bishkek - Karakol
In the morning, we will drive east towards Issyk-Kul Lake. Our route runs along the northern shore of the lake. The main resorts are located on this coast. The Karakol is a relatively ancient city founded by Russian travelers who discovered the Tien-Shan. On the way, near the Cholpon-Ata city, we will visit a stone park with ancient petroglyphs. This site is a UNESCO heritage site. Overnight at the hotel in Karakol.
Day 4. Karakol - Kochkor - Naryn
The path lies along the southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. We will visit the “Skazka” Valley. There are amazing geological forms that create aesthetic landscapes. Further, the road runs along the wild beaches of the lake. In Kochkor village we will visit a museum and a felt shop. There will also be a lunch with national dishes. Further the way to the Naryn city. The city is located in a mountain valley at an altitude of over 2000 m. One of the routes to China begins from here. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5. Naryn - Kok-Kyya - Kol-Suu Lake
The further path leads us south. After several tens of kilometers, we find ourselves in the wide At-Bashi valley. Further, the road leads to the very beautiful lake Kel-Suu, which is squeezed in a narrow canyon. Altitude over 3500 m. Overnight in yurts.
Day 6. Kel-Suu - Kok-Kiya canyons - Chatyr-Kul lake - Tash-Rabat
Our amazing journey throughout Kyrgyzstan continues. We will visit the grandiose canyons of the Kok-Kya river. These places are best photographed with a drone. Further path along the At-Bashi valley through the Chatyr-Kul lake to the ancient Tash-Rabat temple. It is believed that Tash-Rabat is an ancient structure that served as a resting place for passing trade caravans on the Great Silk Road. However, many historians consider it to be an ancient Christian temple. Overnight in yurts.
Day 7. Tash-Rabat - Baetovo - Kazarman
The further path lies through semi-desert, hot landscapes, high passes and alpine meadows. In the vicinity of Baetov you will see badlands, and from the Kara-Koo pass, amazingly beautiful landscapes formed from badlands. These landscapes are especially beautiful at sunset. Our task is to have time to capture these magnificent panoramas. Overnight in Kazarman village.
Day 8. Kazarman - Jalal-Abad - Osh
The path passes through the Kara-Bulak pass. Several photos can be do from the pass. On the way, visit the architectural and historical complex in the Uzgen city – the ancient capital of the Karakhanids. Here is the minaret and the mausoleum of the rulers of the ancient state. Overnight at the hotel in Osh city.
Day 9. Osh
Excursion around the ancient Osh city . Visiting the bazaar, as well as the holy mountain Suleiman-Too (a UNESCO site). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10. Osh - Khoja-Kelen
The natural beauty of the Khoja-Kelen tract is amazing. Here we can observe a combination of red conglomerate rocks and gray smooth limestones against the background of the snow-capped peaks of the Alai ridge. Dense thickets in the gorges and an incredibly beautiful waterfall. Overnight in yurts.
Day 11. Khoja-Kelen - Batken
The road to Batken runs through both densely populated areas and desert areas. On the way we will pass through the Khoja-Gair canyon, then we will find ourselves in the Batken desert. On the way, you can see how new villages appear in the desert area. It depends on the availability of water, which is produced by wells or carried through new channels. Overnight in Batken city.
Day 12. Batken - Madigen
Madigen is a famous paleontological and geological region. This is a paradise for the photographers. The multi-colored mountains create different landscapes depending on the time of day. When the sun is at sunrise or sunset, the colors of these mountains change. Especially, here you can take excellent panoramic photos. Overnight in tents in a poplar grove.
Day 13. Excursion around Madigen
Semi-desert landscape – badlands, rare oases against the background of deserts, rare species of animals listed in the Red Book, a grand canyon, historical monuments can be seen in one place in a short time. But, Madigen is endless. Each time Madigen gives more and more unknown places. Rare paleontological finds were found here. Overnight in tents in a poplar grove.
Day 14. Madigen - Batken - Osh
Our route continues in the opposite direction. In the Osh city, visiting a national restaurant. Local food. Recreation. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15. Osh - Airport
Transfer to Airport.
The program price includes:
- – Meeting and seeing off at the airport
– Accommodation in 3 * hotels according to the program (double occupancy)
– Tents for living
– Large tent for kitchen and dining room
– Three meals a day throughout the program,
– Transport according to the program,
– Expert guide,
- – Air ticket Osh-Bishkek
– Entrance fees to reserves and museums
Price doesn’t include:
- – The cost of an international air flight to Bishkek and back
– Equipment rental
– Supplement for single occupancy
– Cost of visa and consular services
– Personal expenses in the hotel: bar, international calls, etc.
– Any changes in the program
- Accommodation in hotels and guest houses:
– Bishkek – 2 nights,
– Karakol – 1 night,
– Naryn – 1 night,
– Kazarman – 1 night,
– Osh – 3 nights,
– Batken -1 night
Total – 9 nights
- Accommodation in yurts and tents:
– Lake Kol-Suu – 1 night,
– Tash-Rabat fortress – 1 night,
– Khoja-Kelen – 1 night,
– Madigen – 2 nights
Total – 5 nights
The price of Photo tour "Unknown Tien Shan" for 14 days, in USD
The price of the program depends on the number of participants
Single supplement in hotels: $50 USD per person
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