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TO MERZBACHER LAKE

 

Day 1. Meeting in airport, transfer to hotel, city-tour.
Arrival in airport "Manas" early morning, transfer to the hotel, short rest, late breakfast. At 13:00 excursion at Bishkek (visit Historical Museum, Central Square, Pobeda Square, Michael Frunze's Museum). Excursion is finish at 17:00 near the hotel.

Bishkek is the capital of Kyrgyz Republic was founded in the end of XIX century. First name - Pishpek, and it called Frunze in USSR period. In 1991 it was renamed to Bishkek. City is located on the North of republic in the middle of Chu Valley near foothills of Kyrgyz Ala-Too. Population of Bishkek is above 1 million. In present, city is one of the prosperity cities in Central Asia. City has many historical monuments, museums and theatres - Frunz Museum, Historical Museum, Victory Square, Ala-Too Square, Fine Art Museum, Opera and Ballet Theatre, Erkindik Boulevard, Philharmonic.

Day 2. Trekking in Natural Park Ala - Archa (8 hours).
Departure is at 08:00. Transfer from Bishkek to the trek start point takes 1 hour. Today you'll have easy trek in the Nature Park of Ala-Archa. The offering route - waterfall in Ak-Say gorge. Trek up to the waterfall takes 3 hours. The lunch is organizing near waterfall in the forest, and then group return to alpine camp (duration 2 hours). Rest, excursion to memorial alpinist cemetery. At 17:30 the group gathering near the car for departure to Bishkek, return to the hotel, free time.

The National Natural Park "Ala-Archa" was founded in 1976; it is located in same name valley 35 km from Bishkek among mountains of Kyrgyz Range. The area is 19,4 thousands of hectares. Exclusive landscapes (forest, alpine meadows, mountains, glaciers, waterfalls) and simple access easiness are attracting here many people for rest, hiking, trekking, and ascending. In the time of Soviet Union the alp camp "Ala-Archa" disposed here, one of the most famous alpinist center.

Day 3. Transfer from Bishkek to yurt camp on the shore of Issyk-Kyl Lake (8 hours).
Departure from Bishkek at 9:00; transfer to Burana Tower, excursion. After excursion continue transfer and in an hour - organizing lunch at roadside cafe. After lunch continue transfer to Issyk-Kul Lake to the yurt camp "Quiet Bay". Yurt camp is located on the south shore of the Issyk-Kul Lake in beautiful, pictorial bay Ak-Chiy. Arrive in yurt camp, free time. At 19:00 - dinner.
The Burana Tower is an architectural monument of the XI-th century. It is located 70 km from Bishkek. The Burana Tower was one of the first constructions of this type on the territory of Central Asia. The Minaret and the remains of the Serf Walls are the only witnesses of Karahanid's State capital Balasagyn, once existed there. One of the ways of The Great Silk Road passed through the town.
Issyk-Kul Lake is located on 1610 m above sea level, 170 km from Bishkek. There are Tien-Shan mountains around it. From Kyrgyz "Issyk-Kul" means "warm lake". The Lake is justify it's name, since big volume of warming water in summer time and salt water are make it non-freezing all over the year, nevertheless that the temperature of air is - 30°C degrees in winter. It is 180 km long, 70 km across, 702 m deep. Water temperature of the lake is + 24°C degrees in summer and not lower + 4°C degrees in winter. The transparent of this lake is setting it with cleanest lakes of the world. Among alpine lakes all over the world, Issyk-Kul is smaller by its size only with Titicaca Lake in South America, but by volume of water and depth isn't has equal. In period from May till September, the air temperature in area of water is warm up + 20°C +35°C degrees. The number of sunny days is reach 95% in this period, that is to allow make sun bathes almost everyday. Mountains around the lake are covered with fir-trees forests, higher forest zone are alpine meadows with variety of flowers and grass. At altitude above 4000m the zone of never-freeze ice begin, with summits higher than 5000m. Beautiful sandy beaches, variety of landscapes are allowed diversity rest - hiking, trekking, ascends, horse-treks, diving, sailing-tours and so on.
Yurt - is the traditional nomadic dwelling. The original design was constructed to ensure an easily collapsible and transportable structure to correspond with the nomadic people's need to follow their herds seeking new pastures. The walls of the yurt are typically made from birch laths formed into a lattice framework and held together by leather strips. They put on this carcass a felt cover with a hole on the top (tunduk) for the fresh air and illumination.

Day 4. Transfer from yurt camp "Quiet Bay" to the trek start point in Inylchek valley (8 hours).
Departure at 09:00. After 2 hours we're arrive to Karakol town. Excursion is beginning from Museum of Nikolai Przhevalsky. The next sight is Dungan mosque. At the end of excursion - visit Troizckaya Orthodox Church. Lunch after excursion.  Departure from Karakol and in a 1,5 hour of driving we are in large beautiful Turgen-Aksu gorge. There is asphalt road on gorge. This road comes to Inilchek village and was built in 70-80 years for transportation tin-ore.  Driving up in the gorge about 4 hours. Organizing tent camp 1 in green glade near Atzhailau gorge.

Karakol is biggest city, situated near the Issyk-Kul Lake. Karakol was named Przhevalsk in period 1889 - 1991, in honor of famous Russian traveler - explorer Nikolai Przhevalski. At present it is administrative center of Issyk-Kul region, it's population above 80 000. The sightseeing of Karakol: Nikolai Przhevalski Memorial, wooden Dungan Mosque, Orthodox Church. Karakol is well known by many travels of exploring Tien-Shan has started and starting at present time.
Memorial complex of Nikolai Przevalski was founded in 1894 in memory of famous Russian traveler - explorer Nikolai Przhevalski. Complex is located near Issyk-Kul Lake at 12 km from Karakol town. The area of the complex was located near the shore in period of foundation. The shore is gone out on few hundreds meters now. Memorial complex includes monument built in 1894 year, chapel and big orchard. Here, in the silent of beautiful orchard, the grave of famous traveler is situated.
Dungan Mosque the magnificent monument of the architecture of the XX century beginning that was built up without any single nail. The builders used the experience and the craftsmanship of the traditional Dungan wood architecture. Russian Orthodox Church located in the center of the town. It was built in 1895, and it is the most ancient Orthodox Church in Kyrgyzstan. It is also one of the biggest wooden buildings in Central Asia.

Day 5. Trek up along Inylchek valley to foothill of Nansen Peak (18 km) (5-6 hours).
At 08:00 start trek from camp 1. Cross Atzhailau river towards the right bank, trek up
along Inylchek valley to foothill of Nansen Peak.

Nansen Peak (5697 m) is one of the most beautiful summits of Enilchek-Too Range. This is huge snowy summit is a visit card of Central Tien-Shan. The summit receive its name in thanks and in memory of famous Norwegian polar explorer - Fritiophe Nansen, which has helped the Goverment of Soviet to overcome hunger in Povolzhie in 20th years. The beautiful view on this summit is opening from the Tuz Pass.

Day 6. Trek along Inylchek valley to Putevodniy Glacier (20 km).
At 08:00 start trek from camp 2. Trek up along Inylchek Gorge to Inylchek Glacier, and come to the left side moraine. After an hour we are organizing lunch. Continue trek on moraine and come to the side-glacier Pytevodniy. Cross glacier and, reach place for pitching the camp 3.

Inylchek Glacier is located in eastern part of Kyrgyzstan between Sary-Djaz and Engilchek-Too Ranges. Inylchek Glacier is second highland glacier by its size in the world. Its length - 60 km, the width is above 3 km in some places. Tengry-Tau Range is separated it on Northern and Southern Inylchek. The highland Lake Merzbacher is located in the place of confluence of the glaciers. The marmoreal Khan-Tengri and Pobeda Peaks are located in highland of glacier. Moraine and superficiality of glacier are cover minerals, remnant of fossilized flora and fauna, stones other forms and colours.

Day 7. Trek along Inylchek Glacier to "Zelonaya Polyana" (4-5 hours)
At 08:00 start trek from camp 3. Trek up along South Inylchek Glacier towards Merzbacher lake for 4 hours to the place called "Zelonaya Polyana" (Green Glade). This glade is a perfect place for pitching the camp 4.

Day 8. Rest day. 
This day you can use during of the trek as reserve day in case of bad weather.

Day 9. Radial trek to Merzbacher Lakes (6-7 hours).
At 09:00 - start. Continue trek up on moraine to the typical big stone. Moraine is slowly turned to the right in this place. Trek down from moraine to the left, in direction of right side moraine of Inylchek Glacier. You can see the base camp on moraine from this place. The base camp is final purpose of the travel.

Merzbacher Lakes is located between Southern and Northern Inilchek Glaciers, in eastern part of Kyrgyzstan. This glacier lake receives wide popularity, due to its unique property: every year lake is disappearing fully in result of catastrophic break, and then it's appearing again in the next year. This Lake was discovered in 1902 by Gotfrid Merzbacher - German geographer and climber. The lake is not very big size: 4 km long, 1 km across, 60-70 m deep. In the central part it's separated by ice-wall on two independent lakes.  

Day 10. Climb the Panorama Summit (4500 m).
Start trek at 09:00. Trek up on the path to the place of confluence two glaciers - Inylchek and Shokalskogo. Turn to the right, and trek up to the large grass glade, which named "Polyana Merzbachera". All pass is above 1,5 hours. This place named "Polyana Merzbachera", because in 1907 expedition of famous Germany traveler Gotfrid Merzbacher was based here. From this place he saw the purpose of his numerous expeditions - Khan-Tengry. Trek up higher, possible on one of the nearest easy Panorama peak, you can see beautiful view of Merzbachera Lake and panorama of mountains around Inylchek glacier. Returning in camp.

Day 11. Flight to Maidaadyr and transfer to yurt camp "Quiet Bay" (6-7 hours).
At 09:00 after breakfast fly by helicopter to the base camp "Maidaadyr". Then transfer to Karakol, organize lunch. Then transfer to yurt camp "Quiet Bay". Free time, at 19:00 dinner.

Day 12. Transfer from yurt camp "Quiet Bay" to Bishkek (5-6 hours).
Breakfast, free time. Departure to Bishkek at 13:00, after lunch. Accommodation in hotel.

Day 13. Free Day in Bishkek.
You'll have excursion on bazaar and shopping, buying souvenirs in first half of the day. After excursion - free time. At 17:45 transfer to "Aristocrat" restaurant, farewell dinner. During a dinner - performance of national folk ensemble. Dinner duration - 2-3 hours, returning to the hotel.

Ensemble of folk instruments. The most popular musical instrument is a three-string pizzicato komuz alike mandolin with three stringers. The stringers are made from animal tendon. A two-stringer bow kyyak and reed temir-ooz-komuz are also popular. Temir-ooz-komuz is the instrument, made from iron plate. It is put up between teeth, and produce specifically guttural sounds in time of playing. A reed jigach-ooz-komuz, a wind flute choor, and a wind surnay are national musical instruments used by people in folk-musical practice. You can see and hear these instruments only in Kirgizia.  

Day 14. Transfer to airport "Manas".
Early wake up, transfer to airport "Manas".



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