Join Us in Grasping Kyrgyzstan

Limited availability and this trip is expected to fill-up soon so make sure you secure your spot now!

To book now, contact me or via Instagram: GraspTheAdventure

Dates:

Price:

Difficulty:

September 10 to 16, 2020

 5500 AED/ 1500 USD

(Includes direct Dubai to Bishkek Flight)

4000 AED/ 1100 USD

(Excluding international flight)

Moderate

Payment Breakdown:

Nonrefundable deposit to secure your spot: 2500 AED/ 680 USD (with flights) or 1000 AED/ 270 USD (without flights)

July 1: Remaining amount (nonrefundable)

Why Trek Kyrgyzstan with Grasp The Adventure:

Kyrgyzstan is a hidden gem in Asia that most people don’t think of visiting, however, this is quickly changing. We want to grasp the opportunity to hike through this paradise before it makes it on every tourist’s bucket list. After all, the country has everything to offer from delicious food, ravishing mountains, electrifying passes, delightful people and an amazing culture; our diversely planned trip will ensure that you enjoy it all!

At Grasp The Adventure, our number 1 goal is to promote the spirit of adventure and the love of nature while forming bonds as strong as the mountains we hike on. We sincerely view all the hikers that joined our previous trips as friends and family, this is why we do our best to keep them safe and happy at all times. So besides going on awesome hikes to jaw-dropping sights, you’ll also be making new, like-minded friends.

Jety Oguz gorge 1

Is This Hike For You?

So you want to join but you’re also freaking out that you may not be experienced enough for this trek, well you really shouldn’t be. The great thing about the trails we’ll be taking is that they require absolutely no technical experience and are actually suitable for first time hikers. All you need to do is to follow our Grasp The Fitness training regime to prepare you for the trip. Moreover, although the distances involved are not that great, the altitude at the highest point of the trek is 3860 m which could cause problems for anyone (experienced or not); however, altitude sickness pills can be taken to prevent that.

The good news is that you have more than eight months to increase your fitness, strengthen your cardiovascular system and prepare for this trek. We will help you do so by sending out our Grasp The Fitness training regime. We are committed to helping you expand your comfort zone, all you need to do is to keep a positive mental attitude.

  • Certified mountain guides will lead the hike while porters transport the group’s belongings, camping equipment, food, mess tent, etc.
  • You will only be required to carry your day pack which will include whatever you may need during the hike, such as raincoat, snacks, camera and water
  • Our chefs will be preparing your breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Trek Guides are all professionally trained to handle any emergencies or evacuations under the unlikely circumstances should they occur
Pass
Alakol Pass, the highest point of the hike at 3860 m above sea level

Price: 5,500 AED (1,500 USD) With Flight or 4,000 AED (1,100 USD) W/O Flight

This price includes everything from the moment you set foot in Kyrgyzstan to the moment you depart, except for souvenirs and extra snacks/ drinks that you may want to purchase, refer to ‘exclusions’ below for more detail. We do not believe in hidden costs that surprise travelers, that is why we include things like guide/ porter/driver tips and even the optional horse riding tour that you may choose to take (refer to itinerary).

To summarize, everything mentioned in the itinerary is included in the price paid; however, further details can be found in the following table.

Inclusions Exclusions
Return Dubai-Bishkek flight on Fly Dubai Kyrgyzstan Visa if required
Comfortable hotels & guest houses (double room basis) Travel Insurance if required
Guided treks Altitude sickness tablets (Diamox)
Guides, chefs and porters for the hike Personal Expenses (souvenirs, snacks)
All transportation in Kyrgyzstan Clothing (check packing list for details)
Two man tents (double basis) Extra hiking gear
Sleeping bags
Tips for the driver, guides, chefs and porters
One Grasp The Adventure t-shirt
3 meals per day, everyday
Welcome & Farewell Dinner/ Reception
Horse riding at Altyn Arashan Gorge
Access to hot springs
Training regime for hike
Professional photography of the trip
One free local hike

Care for the Porters:

As usual, we try to do our best to benefit the country we are visiting by only dealing with high standard companies that ensure high living standards for their porters and guides.

Note: Tips for the entire crew are included in the total cost of the trip and will be handled by Grasp The Adventure team, so you don’t need to worry about it. Tip amounts are calculated based on guidelines provided by the local company.

Hot springs in Altyn Arashan
Hot springs to relax in after the trek

Kyrgyzstan Trip Packing List:

  • Original Passport
  • Backpack or duffle for porters to carry
  • Day Pack with rain cover
  • Water Storage (bladder or canteen)
  • Hiking boots
  • 1-2 wicking t-shirts (we’ll be giving you one Grasp The Adventure hiking t-shirt)
  • 1-2 hiking pants
  • 2-3 sets of undergarments
  • 2-3 sets of socks
  • 1 fleece jacket (temperatures can drop to 5 C at night)
  • 1 down jacket (temperatures can drop to 5 C at night)
  • 1 rain jacket
  • Head torch
  • Power bank
  • Warm, winter hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Waterproof plastic bags to put clothes in
  • Sandals or slippers or sneakers
  • Hiking poles
  • Microfibre face towel
  • Microfibre body towel
  • Toiletries kit (soap, shampoo, conditioner, nail clippers, toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, Fresh Buzz, toilet paper, hairbrush, feminine products)
  • Personal First-Aid (Vitamins, hydration tablets, sleeping pills, altitude sickness pills)
  • Lip balm
  • Moisturizing cream
  • Nose drops
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
Faitytale canyon
Fairytale Canyon which we’ll visit on the way back to Bishkek

Itinerary:

Thursday 10th September: Flight from Dubai, UAE to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The group will meet at 8:45 pm sharp in Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 for our 10:45 pm direct Fly Dubai flight to Manas Airport in Bishkek. If you choose to book your own flights, or if you’re flying in from somewhere other than the UAE, make sure you arrive in Bishkek before Friday, 18th September at 4 am.

Friday 11th September: Manas Airport – Cholpon Ata – Karakol

Arrive in Manas Airport at 4:40 am and complete all airport procedures. A bus will be waiting to take us from Bishkek to Cholpon-Ata, a resort town on the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. It is a 4 hour bus ride and a great opportunity to catch up on sleep. We will spend a couple of hours checking out this beautiful town before having our lunch. After lunch, we will continue the journey to Karakol which is an additional two hour bus ride. After checking into our guest house (double room basis), we will have time to shower and relax before going out for dinner at the National Restaurant.

Saturday 12th September: Karakol – Karakol Gorge – Sirota Camp

Maximum altitude: 2953 m/ Hiking distance: 8 km/ Maximum slope: 35%/ Hiking time: 5-6 hrs

Early in the morning, our guide will meet us at the guest house after breakfast for the hike briefing, this is where the fun begins! First, we will be taken deep into the Karakol Gorge to the starting point of the hike, at an altitude of 2300 meters above sea level. We will spend around 5 to 6 hours hiking through the Karakol gorge with multiple rest stops and of course, lunch with a fantastic view. Finally, we reach Sirota Camp at an altitude of 2900 meters for dinner. We will spend the night sharing experiences, laughing and stargazing before retiring to our tents (two person tents).

Sunday 13th September: Sirota Camp – Alakol Gorge – Keldyke Gorge

Maximum altitude: 3860 m/ Hiking distance: 7 km/ Maximum slope: 50%/ Hiking time: 6-7 hrs

This is the most interesting day! After breakfast, we will set off on a long ascent to Alakol Lake, located at an altitude of 3,500 m. A well-deserved lunch meal will be waiting for us by the lake. After eating, we will continue hiking along the left bank of Alakol, up to the pass at our maximum altitude of 3860 m. The push will be challenging but we are always there to support you physically and mentally. Remember, the most important thing when hiking is a positive mental attitude. At the pass, we will sit back and enjoy a heavenly panoramic view of the Tien Shan Mountains, icy peaks and the lake; take it all in, let that rewarding sensation sink in, you’ve earned it. The descent is rather steep, but short. We will get to the Keldyke Gorge in time for dinner and overnight camping.

Monday 14th September: Keldyke Gorge – Altyn Arashan Gorge – Karakol

Maximum altitude: 3530 m/ Hiking distance: 9 km/ Maximum slope: 34%/ Hiking time: 5 hrs

After an early breakfast, we will continue our journey down the Keldyke Gorge, surrounded by natural beauty. Eventually, we will reach the Altyn-Arashan Gorge where we’ll find the popular hot springs surrounded by several yurts… there is no better way to relax and rejuvenate after a hike than to take a dip these natural pools. You can also opt to do some horse riding around here. After lunch, we will take an old Soviet military car since they’re the only ones that can actually pass through the road to the gorge and head back to Karakol. We’ll arrive at the city in the early evening, giving us plenty of time to have dinner and relax.

Tuesday 15th September: Karakol – Bishkek – Manas Airport

After breakfast at the guesthouse, we will visit the souvenir shops in Karakol, make sure you get some things to remind you of this magical trip! Next, we will visit the Jety-Oguz Gorge for some pictures on the way to Fairytale Canyon. Here, we will spend around 30 minutes walking around, exploring the area and 30 more minutes watching the falconry hunting show; afterwards, we’ll have lunch at a yurt camp. Once we’ve satisfied our appetites, we will continue driving all the way back to Bishkek. In Bishkek, we’ll go on a night tour around the city center before visiting a national restaurant, Navat, for our farewell dinner. Finally, our bus will take us to the hotel where we’ll check-in and rest for a few hours before our flight.

Wednesday 16th September: Manas Airport – Dubai International Airport Terminal 3

At 3 am sharp, the bus will collect us from the hotel to take us to Manas International Airport. Direct Fly Dubai flight at 5:50 am from Manas Airport and arriving in Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 at 8:20 am. As we always say, this may be the end of the trip but definitely not the end of our new formed family. With Grasp the Adventure, we think it is very important to continue meeting up after the trip, to go over the photos and laugh over the memories and eventually grasp many more adventures together.

Karakol gorge

“Dare to travel, dare to explore the shadows beyond your comfort zone, for it is there that you’ll really find yourself.”

-Grasp The Adventure

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