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Deserts & Mountains

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Duration: 15 days
Period: July - August
Grade: Strenuous/Exploration
Min.group: 8 persons
Weather conditions:  In the desert area: daytime air temperature +22.+33 C (max +41 C ), and nighttime +8.+16 C . Rains are rare. In the highlands: daytime air temperature +18.+24 C
(max +34 C ), night-time +3.+11 C (ground frost occur). Rains are short and lavish.

Day 1
Arrive Almaty. Transfer to hotel. Breakfast. City tour (including visit to the Central Museum) - 2 hours. Transfer to Altyn Emel National Park (130 km) - 2 hours. Biking to the Kapchagai lakeshore camp - 2 hours.
Day 2
Biking to the Terekter gorge - 2 hours. Sightseeing of the rock paintings (II Century BC), acquaintance with the wild life of mountains. Biking to the Besshatyr necropolis (VII-V Century BC) 30 km. Camp
Day 3
Biking across the park along the Kapchagai lake to the Singing Dune 45 km. Wild life of desert. Camp is near the Singing Dune.
Day 4
Biking to the foothills of Aktau mountains 45 km. Acquaintance with the wild life of desert. Camp.
Day 5
Transfer to the Red canyon of Charyn River (180 km) - 5 hours. Canyon sightseeing. Biking along Sugety Gorge to Toraigyr Mountaihs - 25 km. Camp.
Day 6
Cross over Wolf Gate Pass (1970 m). Biking to Zalanach Village - 40 km. Biking to Merke Gorge - 15 km. Our camp is in the green glades, near to the Kegen River . Total biking: 55 km.
Day 7
Biking through the beautiful Karkara Valley ( a part of the Silk Road, where Kazakh, Kirgyz and Chinese traders met). We follow a relatively good road which leads to the mountain Base Camp Karkara (2200 m). Staying in tents, it makes a pleasant change to be able to use the hot shower, sauna, restaurant and the bar! We are now more than half way across the Tien Shan part of the trip. Total biking: 80 km.
Day 8 - 9
Two days of "heli-biking" from the Karkara mountain. Day 8 - Helicopter flight to the glacier base camps of Khan Tengri Peak (7010 m) and Pobedy Peak (7439 m), on the way back we will be dropped off on a top of a mountain hill (4500 m) for some single track and forest track "downhill riding" back to Karkara. Day 9 - heli - biking from the mountain top.
Day 10
After breakfast we cycle for 15 km along the wonderful gorge of Karkara River. Meeting with nomads. Biking to the confluence with the Kokzhar River. We cross over to the left side of the river to our camp, after a total approximately 60 km from the Karkara Base Camp.
Day 11
Today is one of the best days of the trip. Riding through idyllic countryside, we continue to follow the river to a junction of three valleys, than take the right hand valley to the Mingtur Pass (3900 m). The views back across to the spectacular Tien Shan and the black pyramid of Khan Tengri are among the best of the trip. A long descent, then cut down to the main Saary Zhaz River. Camp.
Day 12
Cycling for 20 km to the frontier post at Echkilitash. Descent , following the Sary Zhaz River. After 30 km we arrive at the confluence with Ottyk River (2680 m). Biking up to Chanashu Pass (3822 m) and final cycling down 40 km through the beautiful scenery. We descent into the upper valley of Issyk Kul Lake. Camp.
Day 13
The last ride of the trip, we cycle to Ak Bulak Village (2000m) or a little further towards the lake. We meet our transport back to Almaty and check in our hotel.
Day 14
A last look around Almaty, time to box up bikes before an evening check in to fly home. Visit to Sheberaul (The Artisan Village). Dinner at the Restaurant in traditional style. Hotel.
Day 15
Transfer to airport. Fly home.

We recommend the following:
  • Comfortable sport clothes & shoes
  • Sunglasses, hat & cream for sun protection
  • Shorts & T-shirts for hot weather
  • Water proofs for rainy days
  • Warm jacket for cool days
  • Mat & sleeping bag
  • Camera: still & video
  • Sleepers for sauna
  • Cash for payments (sorry, credit-cards are not accepting)
  • Towels & toiletry
  • Thick socks or house slippers (no shoes allowed in the tent)
  • Flash light
  • Invitation and visa support
  • Meeting and seeing off at the Almaty Airport
  • All transfers
  • Interpreter's service
  • Hotel accommodation on double basis in Almaty
  • Sightseeing tour in Almaty
  • Registration in the local police office
  • Insurance of local staff
  • Permit to National Park
  • Entrance fee for the border region
  • Ecological duties
  • Heli-biking - 2 days (25 and 40 km)
  • Family-tent for 2 persons in BC Karkara
  • Trekking tent for 2 persons on the route
  • Guide
  • Support team service
  • Cook
  • Three meals a day
  • Mess-tent with tables and chairs
  • Kitchen-tent
  • Saunas or shower in the BC
  • Toilet and shower tent on the route
  • Evacuation of debris from camps
  • Accompanied by 2 vehicle (4 WD)
  • Reconfirmation of air-tickets
  • Rescue works (a copy of insurance policy required as helicopter rescue can be in emergency situations)
  • Changing of date of departure from Almaty by international airlines
  • Additional meal and night in a hotel of Almaty
  • Drinks in the bar
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050010, Almaty Kazakhstan
Tel: +7 (727) 2910200, 2910880
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