Khan Tengri – 15 days Trekking in Kyrgyzstan

Khan Tengri is most beautiful and demanding peak in Tian Shan Mountains. Khan Tengri is the second highest mount in Tian Shan after Peak Pobeda.paypal verified


During the trekking to Khan Tengri you will be able to visit Metzbakher Lake, Inylchek Glacier, Komsomolskiy glacier, Dikiy glacier, Putevodniy glacier and South Inylchek.

In the end of the trekking in Kyrgyzstan helicopter will take you to Karkara and you will be transferred to Issyk Kul lake for sun bathing and recreation.


Tour price: $2944

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Advantages of booking with us:


  • With us it is easier – no need to carry all heavy tents, pots, plates and other kitchen equipment, as well as food for the whole trek.
  • With us it is cheaper - you don’t need to hire porters, cooks and so on.
  • With us it is safer – you have connection in every camp. Upon arrival you will get a map with the route and all the tent camps marked, as well as a brochure describing the itinerary in details.
  • With us it is comfortable – every night you will stay in a warm tent; eating hot delicious European and national food.

Day 1 – Wednesday     …– Bishkek – Karakol 400 km (Kyrgyzstan)

Arrival to Bishkek. Meet and greet by our professional guide. Transfer to Karakol town. After dinner at restaurant overnight at Guest House in Karakol.


Day 2 – Thursday        Karakol – At Jailoo Base Camp  (Kyrgyzstan)

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Breakfast at guest house. Morning sightseeing of Karakol: visit Visiting Dungan mosque, a unique construction in Chinese style, but serving as a mosque. Also you will see an Old Russian Orthodox Cathedral made of wood without any nails

Transfer to At-Jailoo base camp.200 km drive will take us about 6 hours.

The road passes through a number of villages, then continues up along the canyon Turguen Ak Suu towards Ashuu Chon Pass (3808m). Descent to Ashuu Tor valley.

On the way we pass by Koilu and Sary Jaz rivers. Later we drive along
Sary Jaz river to the check point Echkilitash as we are going to enter the border zone, we must leave our permits here. Sary Jaz river is one of the largest in Kyrgyzstan.

The river has a length of 200 km and carries its water into
Inylchek river which flows to China About 1-1.5 hours drive through a village and along Inylchek river, arrival in At Jailoo camp. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 3 – Friday             At Jailoo Camp – Iva Camp (15km 4-6 hours). 2900m a.s.l. (Kyrgyzstan)


    Trekking from At-Jailoo along Inylchek River to the beginning of Inylchek glacier. Trek with our backpacks on the road. We take lunch boxes and will leave the camp in order to be able to cross At Jailoo river before 9 am while there is still little water and the water level is low.

    We cross its freezing cold water, but it gets more difficult the later we do it. Within an hour we reach a place called Prijim. If the water level allows, we walk and easily cross another stream here.

    All depends on the lake Merzbacher. Whether it is the time when the lake opens and its water rushes down, or it has already or vice versa not opened yet, then we are lucky! Still it is highly recommended to bring along the sandals which you can wear when crossing the river and streams.  Overnight in tent.

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 Day 4 – Saturday     Iva camp Glina camp ( 13km, 4-6 hours) 3100 m a.s.l (Kyrgyzstan)

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        The trail crosses the terrace, later small rivers, washes out mountain slope, Putevodnyi glacier. We go up and down, up and down all the time.

     Lunch on the glacier at about 1 pm. Then we ascent another steep terrace along a narrow trail.  The variety of terrains and the steepness of the slope trails will add some more adrenaline in blood.

 Arriving in Glina Camp we will have some tea or coffee and rest. The camp has got its name (which means “clay” in Russian) because of its location on a green clay field. Dinner at 6 pm.

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Day 5 Sunday Camp Glina  – Merzbacher Glade (10 km, 4-5hours). 3400m a.s.l.Kyrgyzstan)

Breakfast at 9 am. Again we trek up and down various terraces though have also about 10 km of straight path. Only once we trek across a small glacier, passing a river and have lunch on the shore of a small lake, swim and rest.

    It will be an hour left to get to the Camp. Upon arrival we have some tea or coffee, then dinner at 6 pm. Wonderful views of Merzbacher lake open to us from the Camp.

Overnight in tent.

         Merzbacher glade is the last grassy place in the area located just across the unique Merzbacher Lake. There is a scientific research station on the glacier. Scientists from all over the world come working here every summer. They study glaciers moving, meteorological situation of the region and the lake Merzbacher itself. There is a large green area around which is flat enough for camping.

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Day 6 – Monday          Merzbaher lake (Kyrgyzstan)

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Breakfast at 9 am. We take our lunch boxes and leave at 10  am. Across South Inylchek glacier up to Mertzbacher Lake.


The glacier terrain is ice covered with rocks and stones, sand and mud. The trekking time both ways is 4-5 hours. Dinner upon arrival. Overnight in tent.

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Day 7 – Tuesday Merzbacher Lake – Komsomolskiy Glacier (15km, 4-6 hours). 3800m a.s.l.

    Breakfast at 8 am. We take our lunch boxes and set off at 9 am. It is a long day of trekking surrounded with beautiful landscapes – snow, rocks and multi-colored ice – black, white and sometimes even striped.

   The first part of our trek goes along the right side over terraces and, right before we reach Shokalskyi glacier it smoothly goes down. The trail reaches the glacier and the black moraine which flows out of Komsomolez glacier. We follow it up to the glacier itself.

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     The terrain is very diverse: rivers, crevices, ascents and descents, the hikes around those take much time and energy. It will be our first night at the glacier. Strong wind usually starts here after 4 pm. It might be much colder than before. Hot drinks are very helpful here, the dinner is as usual at 6 pm. Overnight in tents.       
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Day 8 – Wednesday    Komsomolskiy Glacier Dikiy Glacier (13 km, 4-6 hours) 3900m a.s.l.


 Breakfast at 8 am. Departure at 9 am. Trekking in this part of Tien Shan is absolutely fabulous. The distinctive characteristic of the region is a great number of nameless peaks, unclimbed yet, about 5000m above sea level high. 

     Straight from the camp we cross Proletarsky glacier moraine, get to the middle of Dikyi glacier moraine and walk along it up to the Dykyi glacier.

         The first part of the way is uneven, we walk up and down. Closer to the glacier the moraine becomes more even, without so many crevices, creeks and, no needs of working around to escape crossing small streams.
   Lunch break. In front of Proletarsky glacier we go up straight.
Dikyi camp is located behind Pesnya Abaya peak (in 30 minutes). From Dikyi camp you have beautiful view of Khan Tengri, Pobeda, Gorky, Chapaev, Trehglavaya peaks. Tea, coffee and dinner at 6 pm. Overnight in tents.

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Day 9 – Thursday         Dikiy glacier South Inylchek base camp (5 km, 3-4 hours) 4100 a.s.l.

Optionally: Climbing to Pesnya Abaya - 4901 a.s.l.

Breakfast at 8 am. Short trek, so we can depart at 10 am. We take our lunch boxes. We cross through the whole glacier till the central moraine where the base camp is situated.

The path is covered with rocks, ice, creeks, lakes and cracks. But it is possible to do without any ropes and crampons. We arrive in the base camp (4000m) at about 2 pm. We have our lunch, tea or coffee. Dinner at 7 pm.

INYLCHEK Base Camp is ideally situated in the heart of North Tien-Shan at the South Inylchek glacier approximately at 4000 m. above the sea level. It has a picturesque view of Khan-Tengri ( 7010 m .) and Pobeda ( 7439 m .) peaks.

Day 10 – Friday        South Inylchek Base Camp (Kyrgyzstan)

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After breakfast the  full day is on leisure at South Inylchek BC. “South Inylchek” BC is open from 7 of July till 5 of September every year and might be interesting not only for alpinists, but also for usual travelers, who would like to enjoy the views of beautiful mountains on the flight by helicopter.

Overnight in tents.

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Day 11 – Saturday             Around Khan Tengri Peak  (Kyrgyzstan)

     Radial hiking to Khan Tengri Peak (7010 m a. s. l.).

  The beautiful pyramid of Khan Tengri is without doubt the Jewel of the Tien Shan. It is the second highest mountain in this most northerly and remote of the great Asian mountain ranges.


   Among the local people, the white peaks are known as 'The Mountains of Heaven'.  Khan Tengri peak was first climbed by a Soviet expedition in 1931, via the West Col and West Ridge. Since then, most of its ridges and faces have been climbed - all by Soviet teams.

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Day 12 – Sunday        South Inylchek BC – Karakol Helicopter pad – Issyk Kul (Kyrgyzstan)

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Breakfast. Helicopter flight from BC to Karkara helicopter pad. 

In the afternoon three hour drive to the Issyk-Kul Lake, lunch on the way. Arrival to Issyk Kul. Check in. rest. 

Issyk-Kul is the second largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America.

Measuring 182 km long by 58 km wide, the lake appeared as a result of volcanic activity. In summer the water temperature reaches 25-28 degrees centigrade (warmer than the air) and you can swim in the lake enclosed on all sides by the snowy peaks  of the Tien Shan Mountains.

     Extremely deep and nicely warm over the centuries the lake has been something of an oasis in this inhospitable mountain environment. With diverse flora and fauna Issyk-Kul Lake and the surrounding environments are rightly considered to be one of Central Asia most remarkable locations.

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Day 13 – Monday             Issyk Kul – Bishkek  (Kyrgyzstan)


      Breakfast. Time at leisure. Lunch. In the afternoon transfer to Bishkek through tight Boom Gorge where boisterous Chu River, so much loved by rafters (routes up to 6th category difficulty!), cuts its way.

     On the way visit Burana Tower (old minaret) near Tokmok town. Explore ruins of that important trading point at the Great Silk Road and visit a little local museum telling about that civilization. Also watch a collection of Balbals, Turkic ancient tombs. Arrival to Bishkek. Accommodation in guesthouse.


Day 14 – Tuesday        Bishkek   (Kyrgyzstan)

    After breakfast a short sightseeing tour in the city. The capital and industrial centre of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek is a city of wide avenues and Soviet heritage. It is the permanently snow capped Kyrgyz Alatau mountain range which towers over Bishkek providing a quite stunning backdrop.

     Visit Manas Monument, the main national hero of the Kyrgyz people. Then excursion to the State History Museum and walking tour around main Ala Too Square to watch ceremony of changing of the Guard of Honor, Independence Monument, main governmental buildings, and finish at the Old Square with Parliament House.

     Transfer to the Victory Square to finish the city tour by short excursion there. After excursion tourists may go shopping in the largest department store in the city – ZUM and a colorful oriental bazaar.

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Day 15 – Wednesday             Bishkek  (Kyrgyzstan)


Breakfast. Transfer to Manas International Airport. Flight back home.

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Tour price:   $2944 per person on TWN sharing basis and at least two attendants 

Single supplement*: $167

*Single supplement ( Extra charge which will be applied against those who stay in SGL room)

Hotels of the holiday:

Bishkek (2 nights)

Asia Mountains or similar

Karakol (1 night)

Green Yard Guest House or similar

Issyk Kul ( night)

Guest house or similar

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Tour price includes:

Letter of Invitation

Accommodation (TWN room sharing)

Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Bottled water (1 lt per person per day)

All Land Transfers

Helicopter Flight (South Inylckek BC – Karakol BC)

Escorting guide

Entry and ecological fees

Border zone permit

Souvenir from company

Porter service during the trek*

*Luggage allowance on trek.

 Your baggage on trek will be carried by porters. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 12 kg of personal belongings. It is possible to leave travel clothes or other items not required on trek in our office – we will deliver them to Karkara Camp on your arrival there after BC.

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Tips in hotels, to the guides and driver

Any extra expenses in hotels

Video and photo camera charges


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July 3, 2019

July 17, 2019


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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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By Dilshod Eshmurodov