Kol Suu Lake with its greenish tint is secluded high up in the mountains that skirt along the Chinese border, with breathtaking views both on the steep climb up to the lake as well as at its shores. This is a challenging experience where we may experience 4 seasons in one day.
Deposit: £500 per person | Dates: 24 Aug – 12 Sept 2020
Group Size: 8 | Fitness Level: Medium
24 August 2020
Arrival to Bishkek, transfer to our hotel ***. If you are not feeling tired there is an optional tour around the city of Bishkek.
25 August 2020
Today we have a long drive to the town of Naryn, we will be accommodated in a comfortable guesthouse.
26 August 2020
We continue our journey to the Valley of Ak-Say River. Our route takes us through the Kyzyl-Bel pass and then down to the wide At-Bashi valley. Along the way we view the mighty At-Basji summit sparkling on the sun. We ascend the Kyndy Pass (3398 m) to the border zone with China. We head down to the Ak-Say River Valley, a desert environment we eventually make our first camp not far from the mouth of Ken-Suu river.
27 August 2020 Our expedition starts for real – we trek 20 km along the Mudurum River. Along the way we ford many streams and rivers. There are beautiful views of wide meadows with the snow summits along our journey. The trek is not difficult. Our next camp will be on the bank of Kashka-Suu River on the height of 3230m.
28 August 2020
Another long but rewarding day as we meander along the Mudurum River along the way we get to see the picturesque Ak-Say valley as we ascend away from the Mudurum across a plateau we take a leisurely descent to the Balyk-Suu River. We will camp at the confluence of the Balyk-Suu and Mudurum Rivers.
29 August 2020
Today is shorter in comparison a 13km trek will take us over a 300m ridge and down to the Kok-Kiya River at 3050m, where we will camp.
30 August 2020
Today will have a radial walk of 18km and return to camp we will gain a high point to appreciate the photogenic meandering river.
31 August 2020
A radial walk of 10km is planned for today as begin to cope with the acclimatisation an ascent 800m takes us to the Min-Teke plateau to the headwater of Karator River. Cameras at the ready as we get to see the Kok-Kiya glacier that feeds the Karator. From here we get to see the icy summits as they reach 4900 m above the sea level.
01 September 2020
Deep sided gorges are on the agenda for today’s walk as we continue with our quest to reach Kol Suu. Our route is just shy of 14km.
02 September 2020
Today we head down the Kok-Kiya watercourse and go along its left bank. During our trek, rocky steep walls will surround us. The wide blue ribbon of the river makes the view absolutely unique. After some kilometres the canyon starts to widen and we come into a valley. On one of the green river terraces, we will make our next camp at 3330m. On the way, we will have a chance to visit one of the nomad’s yurts and get acquainted with their way of life.
03 September 2020
Today we will continue our journey of 12km following the line of the Kok-Kiya river bank and skirt the Kol-Tau mountains then ascend a little bit along the left bank of the river having no name on the bank of which we will put our camp.
04 September 2020
Today we visit the spectacular Kol-Suu lake nestled in a mountainous rocky amphitheatre. The colour of the lake changes with the weather from turquoise to deep blue and we will enjoy a fascinating radial walk. Before descending back for a well-earned meal.
05 September 2020
Today is a short walk to our new campsite we will spend three nights to continue our exploration of this fascinating part of the world.
06-07 September 2020
These two days we will devote a voyage of discovery with panoramic views of the lake, mountain ranges and deep gorges and a time to relax.
08 September 2020
It’s time for us to leave our hospitable lake and proceed to Chon-Kuldja-Bashi gorge where our camp 3430m.
09 September 2020
Fully acclimatised and dependant on the weather we will try to climb on one of the closest mountains at 4300m with marvellous views of the surrounding mountains it will be a tough day with 17km of trekking and some height gain.
10 September 2020
Today we make a return journey to the town of Naryn. On the way we will cross the border again back into Kyrgyzstan tonight we will be under a roof.
11 September 2020
Transfer to Bishkek (330km) and we will spend our last night in our guesthouse. Farewell dinner.
12 September 2020. Transfer to the airport. Departure.
Kev Sidford FRGS, International Mountain Leader
Manas International Airport (FRU)
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