Epic Crossing of Tian Shian

Epic Crossing of Tian Shian

Epic Crossing of Tian Shian

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From $3,250USD

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Guided

Hotel, guesthouse, camping

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Highlights

Trek across the Tian Shian range, or “Heavenly Mountains,” of Kyrgyzstan

Test your endurance as you trek to high mountain passes in the lofty peaks of the Tian Shian range.  

See nomadic tribes move through the land, living out the same way of life and customs they have for many years. 

Experience the hospitality of a country that truly loves guests, sipping tea and chatting with locals. 

Sleep at the base of towering mountains as you get a taste of your own nomadic life in the mountains.

If you’re craving an adventure that’s truly off the beaten path, far away from tourist sites and everyday life, the Epic Crossing of Tian Shian is the adventure you need to take. This tour takes you across high mountain passes in Kyrzygstan’s Tian Shian Mountains. Your only companions will be the nomadic tribes who move through this landscape, always hospitable and happy to welcome you in for a hot drink. You’ll stay with these tribes, sleeping in the traditional huts they’ve packed up and pitched in new spots all throughout the summer for many years.

This is a challenging trek, but it’ll be one you simply won’t forget. Get into the wild, untamed mountains of Kyrgyzstan on the Epic Crossing of Tian Shian, where it’ll just be you, the mountains, and the nomads who roam this gorgeous place.

Epic Crossing of Tian Shian Itinerary

Day 1 Bishkek City Tour

Welcome to Kyrgyzstan! Your guide will meet you in the airport and then you will drive together to the hotel. After a short rest, start a city tour. The main buildings in Bishkek were built during Soviet times. During the tour, you will learn the history of the capital and visit Victory Square, Oak Park with stone sculptures, Old Square, the House of Parliament, Main Ala Too Square, White House, Manas Hero Square, City Hall, and many other interesting places. Finally, it is not a real city tour without visiting an Asian bazaar! The bazaar is very colorful and noisy.

In the evening you will go to a local restaurant to eat Kyrgyz food. After dinner, you can go for a walk to the main square, Ala Too. There are special fountains and colorful lights.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Bishkek
Distance
Flexible
Meals
Lunch, dinner

Day 2 Boom Canyon and Trek to Pilone Gorge

Wake up and hop on a bus, riding to Boom Canyon (1450m). Horses will be waiting for you at the leopard stone statue. Statues are popular in Kyrgyzstan, and you’ll see statues of animals, workers and other “objects of labor,” and other symbols of Soviet power.

Load up the horses and hike a narrow path. After passing a big farm, you will climb up the Pilon Gorge with local Kyrgyz friends. Next, stop at the farm for a rest. To end the day, hike a narrow pass to a plateau. From both sides of the plateau, you have an excellent view into the surrounding canyon.

Overnight Location
Camp in Boom Canyon (2150m)
Distance
4 hours, 830m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Trek to Kolkhoz Gorge – Touyok Camp

Start by hiking through a valley, out through a canyon to a huge pasture. The glacial tops of the mountains remind you of the tops of nomadic yurts established by nomads in summer. You will see ex-collective farms abandoned many years ago. As the regime changed, the yurt camps became practical and cozy, especially for nomads. From gorge, go down to the valley of Touyk. You’ll make camp on a pasture in front of big mountains.

Overnight Location
Camp in Touyok (2220m)
Distance
7 hours, 650m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Trek to Belboulak Gorge – Chamsy Valley

Begin today on a beautiful path to the Belboulak Gorge. You will see a magnificent panorama: conifer forest, mountains, and snowy summits surround you. You’ll ford a river by horse to reach the next camp, located next to several yurt camps.

Overnight Location
Camp in Chamsy Valley (1750m)
Distance
5 hours, 260m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Trek at the Feet of Chamsy Gorge

Hike out of the valley in the morning. Cross several small rivers and establish camp at the foot of the Chamsy Gorge. In July the valley is covered with flowers. It’s hilly here, so you’ll need to take extra care setting up your tent.

Overnight Location
Camp in Chamsy Gorge (2980m)
Distance
6 hours, 1220m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Trek to Kochkor Valley – Kyzart Village

Hike up through the flower-dotted hills. Further up on the path, you might see rock fall and beautiful views from the gorge. At the end of the canyon, you will continue on to the Kochkor Valley. The buses will be waiting for you here. Drive to Kyzart village to spend the night amongst the locals.

Overnight Location
Camp at Kyzart Village
Distance
5.5 hours, 540m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Trek to Tuz Achou Gorge – Song Kul Lake

Begin today with a hike that shows off the mountains of Tuz Achou. The panorama on Song Kul Lake is considered the most beautiful. Enjoy a smooth descent, on which you’ll spot yurt camps around the lake, which is where you’ll stay tonight.

Overnight Location
Camp around Song Kul Lake (3010m)
Distance
5 hours, 750m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 Horseback Riding Tour at Song Kul Lake and Moldo Ashuu Visit

Horses are an integral part of Kyrgyz life, and today you’ll take a riding tour around Song Kul Lake. The way of life around Song Kul Lake is very interesting, and on the way you will visit nomads and their yurts, where you can drink tea with salt and try the beer of nomads, which is called Kumys (fermented milk of mare, quite an acquired taste). You’ll snack on Kyrgyz sheep`s cheese, called Kurut.

Ride towards the lake to meet local fishermen, then visit the stones of Manas, where your guide will tell you a story about ancient Kyrgyz athletes. In the evening, you’ll visit Moldo Ashuu Pass.

Overnight Location
Camp in Song Kul Lake (3010m)
Distance
Flexible
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 Trek to Naryn City

Begin the day by walking up to the slopes above the lake to see the landscape clearly. You may see herds of animals with their shepherds. You can climb up to a high cape to see the whole valley.

Take lunch in a yurt. After lunch, you will go to Naryn city. Reach Teskei-Torpok Valley (3130m) then head down to Korgo Valley. You’ll have dinner and spend the night in a local guesthouse in Naryn.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Naryn
Distance
Flexible
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 Trek to Itchke Valley – Tash Rabat

Begin today driving on the road to the Torugart Pass and China. This road is very important for the economies of Kyrgyzstan and China. After 2 hours on the road, arrive in the Itchke Valley. Stop for a picnic, then continue to Tash-Rabat (3500m).

Set up in a yurt camp and have dinner. The buses will bring your luggage. You will also meet horseback riders (couriers) who will be following you for the next 12 days.

Overnight Location
Yurt in Tash-Rabat (3500m)
Distance
4 hours, 360m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11 Long Trek in Tash-Rabat to Karatai Valley

You’ll be trekking a long route today, beginning a climb up a valley on the main road. It’ll be an intense climb from Tash-Rabat (4000m). Finally, you will reach the bank of Chatyrkul Lake on the southwest side of Karatai Valley. Eat dinner near the yaks and spend the night at camp.

Overnight Location
Camp in Karatai Valley (3579m)
Distance
6 hours, 1000m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12 Trek to the Banks of Chatyrkul Lake -- Musteur Camp

Start today with a climb up from the valley among a herd of yaks grazing on the green pastures. You’ll climb down to a lake and follow the path that leads to Torugart. Hike to a glacier bordering China. You’ll spend the night in tents in the Musteur Valley.

Overnight Location
Camp in Musteur Valley (3530m)
Distance
7-8 hours, 170m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13 Day to Relax or a Walk to Kakchaal

Today you can choose between two activities. You can stay at the yurt camp to wash clothes, talk to local shepherds, or chill out. If you want to explore, you can go up to the Kakchaal Glacier (5108m).

Overnight Location
Camp in Musteur Valley (3530m)
Distance
4-6 hours, 600m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 14 Trek to Fergana Ice Channel and Kuzguntash

Your hike today follows the ice channels of Fergana, a mountain chain. Shepherds graze their horses, goats, and cows here. Hike to the meadows at the feet of the glaciers, then to a gorge at 3800m above sea level. You’ll spend the night in tents at the bank of Kuzguntash River.

Overnight Location
Camp on Kuzguntash Riverbank (3280m)
Distance
6 hours, 250m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 15 Trek to Kokbel Valley

Start today by hiking between two mountain chains and then cross the Seuk River. This side of the path allows you to cross the Chinese border quickly (you won’t, though), and the path used to be used to move contraband. Continue to the Kokbell Valley, which is a bit of a tough descent.

Overnight Location
Camp in Kokbell (3520m)
Distance
7-8 hours, 600m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 16 Trek to Karakul Valley

Hike this morning with gorgeous glacier and mountaintop views. The path has several rivers you’ll have to cross. You’ll hike along a magnificent mountain forest tract which, according to the legends of local people, is considered to be a good lightning conductor. Spend the night in a yurt camp near a spring.

Overnight Location
Camp in Karakul Valley (3020m)
Distance
6 hours, 150m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 17 Trek to Kitchi Karakaman

Hike alongside glaciers and mountains, where people sometimes come to watch storms roll in. Hike along pastures and cross several rivers. Set up your camps at Kitchi Karakaman camp at the base of beautiful mountains. This is a dream camping spot!

Overnight Location
Camp in Kitchi Karakaman (3160m)
Distance
5.5 hours, 430m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 18 Trek to Chilbili

Today’s route is going to be difficult and hilly. Cross two rivers on the way. You’ll eat lunch at a local natural carbonated water spring. After lunch, continue to the Chilbily Valley. You’ll spend tonight in a tent.

Overnight Location
Camp in Chilbili (2660m)
Distance
5 hours, 150m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 19 Trek to Keuk Kia Valley and Gelanghatch

Begin the day by climbing up the Keuk Kia Valley, which leads to Gelanghatch. Stop for lunch in the Agaty Valley (2620m). You’ll continue to your camp up high in the Gelanghatch Valley. Spend some time with a hospitable shepherd family.

Overnight Location
Camp in Gelanghatch Valley (3040m)
Distance
6 hours, 900m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 20 Trek to Chuute Valley

Today you’ll cross the Fergana Valley. The road is difficult for horses because it’s stony, and you’ll have a rough and difficult descent down to a canyon. After the canyon you will take another path leading to tonight’s yurt camp. You won’t be able set up tents due to the hilly landscape, so you will stay at a yurt camp surrounded by big herds of sheep. Have dinner and spend the night relaxing in the yurt camp.

Overnight Location
Camp in Chuute Valley (2250m)
Distance
8 hours, 600m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 21 Crossing the Yasseuh River to Osh City

The last day of trekking begins with a small climb up to get past the rocky road blocking the valley. Many nomads and shepherds live in the valley, especially in summer. You’ll cross several rivers using an old bridge. When you reach the bridge crossing the Yasseuh River, you will leave your friends and horses, who will go back to Tash-Rabat. Buses will be waiting for you. After lunch you will go to Osh, a huge city in the southern part of Kyrgyzstan. On the way you will visit an ex mosque and Uzgen minaret.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Osh City
Distance
2 hours, 50m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 22 Visiting Osh City

Spend the morning visiting a big bazaar, Suleiman Too Mountain. Enjoy lunch and relax. Later, have the last dinner with your group. Spend the night night in Osh.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Osh
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 23 Tour Concludes

Your tour concludes! Head to the airport and begin your journey home.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Epic Crossing of Tian Shian Price and Dates

This guided tour to Tian Shian is always run as a private tour for your group only and the pricing per person depends on the size of the group, as well as whether you choose to stay in 3 or 4-star hotels during your trip.

Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 2-3: $3,950USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 4-5: $3,695USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6+: $3,250USD per person
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Accommodation on the Epic Crossing of Tian Shian Tour

This tour is based in campsites, hotels, and guesthouses. Hotels on this trip are 2 and 3-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms may have fireplaces or access to amenities such as hot tubs, steam rooms, or private decks to lounge on.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement of $175USD to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Night 1-22

Accommodation along the Nomadic Kyrgyzstan Route

The accommodation on this tour will range from city centre hotels to rural yurts as you travel around different towns and villages.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Epic Crossing of Tian Shian?

Meals

22 breakfasts, 22 lunches, and 22 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 22 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Airport transfer and transport for all transfers and excursions are included. This does not include flights to and from Kyrgyzstan.

Also Included

  • Admission to museums
  • Visa support
  • Meeting at the airport
  • Transport and driver
  • Guide service

Not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights & taxes
  • Alcohol & mineral water

Optional Extras

  • Extra nights before and after the tour
  • Single rooms

Frequenty Asked Questions about Epic Crossing of Tian Shian

How hard is the Epic Crossing of Tian Shian?

We rate this tour as a 5/ 5. This tour includes many consecutive days of trekking up to 7 hours. We recommend this tour for fit hikers who are comfortable with strenuous trekking at high altitudes.

When is the best time to travel to Kyrgyzstan for this tour?

The best time to book this tour is July and August when the weather is the warmest and driest.

Do I need a visa to travel to Kyrgyzstan?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Epic Crossing of Tian Shian?

21 breakfasts, 22 lunches, and 22 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover hiking. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Bishkek to start this tour?

Fly into Bishkek Manas International Airport, (FRU/UCFM), where you will be picked up.

Is the Epic Crossing of Tian Shian in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English-speaking.

Where does the Epic Crossing of Tian Shian end?

The tour ends in Osh City where you will be taken to the airport.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Kyrgyzstan?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Kyrgyzstan?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

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Prices

From $3,250USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotel, guesthouse, camping

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 5/ 5. This tour includes many consecutive days of trekking up to 7 hours. We recommend this tour for fit hikers who are comfortable with strenuous trekking at high altitudes.


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