Celestial Mountains Extended

Explore the Tian-Shan!

Tour Highlights:

  • Visit the rugged valley Jeti-Oguz
  • Explore the Karakol valley and walk till the Karakol Peak
  • Stay in a famous camp Sirota
  • Enjoy the wild hotsprings at Altyn Arashan
  • Take best landscape pictures of Ala-Kul lake at altitude of 3533m
  • Enjoy the scenic views

Celestial Mountains Extended

7 days | June - October

Visit Karakol

This tour is offered by Visit Karakol Tour Company. As a member of Destination Karakol, this business is actively invested in promoting tourism and community development in Karakol and the surrounding region.

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Tour Details


June - October 


7 days


Total 140km (Walking part 88km)

Highest point





English, Russian


Rain or shine.


No signal connection


Issyk-kul region, Terskey Ala-Too mountains range


  • 1 person - 1694 USD
  • 2 person - 2227 USD
  • 3 person - 2761 USD
  • 4 person - 3360 USD
  • 5 person - 3894 USD
  • 6 person - 4427 USD


  • English speaking guide (middle level)
  • Cook and porters 
  • Full board 7B, 8L, 7D
  • Equipment*
  • Accommodation in guesthouse or yurt in Altyn-Arashan
  • Hot springs
  • Transportation
  • Payment to Karakol National Park
  • Fresh food delivery to Karakol National Park


  • Sleeping bags (available for renting)
  • Insurance
  • Tips

What Others Say About This Tour

"Highly recommend Visit Karakol! Have been recommending them to friends (& strangers) over the past few months! Ibraim helped us to plan for a 8d7n trek that brought us through gorgeous mountains & valleys (slight variation of the Celestial Mountains trek), and at the same time was not overly challenging for my dad. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay because of them, and are looking forward to visiting them & visiting Kyrgyzstan again one day!"

Tour Itinerary

Meeting at hotel and drive to beggining of Telety pass in Djety-Oguz valley. Djety-Oguz (means Seven Bulls) is famous for its unusually bright, red sandstone rock formations, on of the most popular rocks are Seven Bulls and Broken Heart. Start our trek to the feet of Telety pass upon arriving. Tent camp on altitude 2800 infront of MuzToo Rocks.
Climbing to Telety pass (3800m). There are two steep ascents at the beginning of this pass, but you will be amazed by the view. Descent from the pass to Telety - East valley until the first convenient place to have lunch. After lunch coming down to Karakol valley. Camping (2500 m) at the conflux of Telety East and Karakol valley. Dinner and camping in tents.
We will go to radial trekking deeper to Karakol Peak 5216m by On-Tor gorge. Enjoying with scenic views, taking pictures and returning back to camp. Dinner and camp in tents.
We start climbing to the next camp named Sirota hut. Serebryannikov Valeriy Nikolaevich, famous guide, instructor and alpinist, founded this place. This place suits for camping. 
We start climbing to Ala-Kul lake (3533m). Average time of climbing from Sirota hut is 3 hours. The Ala-Kul is 2.3 km wide and 700 metres across, a rock-dammed lake in the Terskey Alatau mountain range. It lies at an altitude of approximately 3533 meters. After rest and lunch, we continue our a bit complicated climbing to Ala-kul Passover (3860m), where you will have an inexpressible view of summit of the mountains of Terskey Ala Too. The descent from the pass by the rocky path to the lake and continue along the coast to the waterfall, flowing from the lake. Dinner and camping in Keldike gorge (3200m).
Next point is Altyn-Arashan valley. Picturesque views of Altyn-Arashan attract large number of tourists. Altyn-Arashan resort is famous for hot springs. You will take a bath in the pool with radon water. Dinner and accommodation in guesthouse or yurt.
After the breakfast hot wild morning springs are waiting for you. Walking to “Lastochkino gnezdo” (swallow’s nest), Queen Frog and heart shape bathes. Walking down by Altyn-Arashan gorge to Aksu village. Close to noon car will pick you up and bring to hotel in Karakol. End of the service. 

Additional information

Equipment and items for trekking part:

  • Sleeping bag up to -5 C (available for renting)
  • Good trekking boots with high proper ankle support and good thread. Extra shoes or pair of sandals, in case if main became wet during the rain and etc.
  • Waterproof rain jacket and trousers
  • Warm closes and extra closes to exchange
  • Hat and cap, sun glasess, high factor sun cream
  • Daypack 40-50 litters and rain cover. It is also good idea to line your daypack with a quality plastic bag
  • Head-torch
  • Bottle for water
  • Quick drying towel
  • First aid kit, if you have some disease

Recommended to have:

  • Walking sticks
  • Toiletries
  • Insect repellants (for lower elevations)
  • Water purification tables or a water filter (more details in Notes)
  • Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if you don’t have altitude adaptation)
  • Pocket knife


While on a trek, you are in the wild to enjoy the nature and the thrill of it. Its very important that you stay healthy and do not take ill on the trek to have a joyful experience in the wild. Water is important during trekking, we are providing boiled water or tea/coffee during breakfast, lunch, dinner, however boiling the water is limited, and it is not enough if you will need to fill up your bottles for next day. Water can be a cause of stomach problems on a trek. On the other hand, you need to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Water in some hills are also the source of water for animals and wild animals on the higher area. Always fetch water from running streams. The faster the better. Stagnant water has high risk of bearing pathogens, irrespective of the cold surrounding. Whereas, as fast gushing water has very low chances of bearing pathogens in it. It even has less particulate materials. You will be able to fill up water from natural springs, it’s the best as it acts as a natural filter and has very less chances of having particles in it. Local people same as a lot of tourist don't have a problems to drink water from the source, however if you are not sure please bring water cleaning pills with you for the trek from your homeland. You will not be able to find water cleaning pills in Kyrgyzstan.


  • Main Baggage:

The item of luggage used to carry all your belongings in the hold of the plane and used to store all of the items you don't need on trek. This can be left behind at the group hotel used prior to the trek.

  • Luggage to the porters:

Almost all of our standard programs designed for not too long hikes, usually 4 to 8 days. We are providing as default 1 porter to 1 person, which carry 15 kg, that weight including food, tents, cooking staff and private things of clients, usually around 3-5kg first days. Everyday weight of food dicreasing and you will have possibility to give extra weight to the porter. You can order extra porter, if you having some big weight items as camera with lens, special equipment and etc. You will need to pay extra 30 euro per porter per day.

  • Daysac/Rucksack:

40-50 liters recommended. During the course of a trekking day, you do not have access to the luggage, which is being carried for you by the porters. In mountain region, the weather can change very fast and you must be equipped for this eventuality. Your day sac should therefore be large enough to carry waterproofs, fleece jacket, long trousers (if walking in shorts), warm hat and gloves, sun cap, sun cream, water bottle and other staff which you need during the trek. On a few occasions, it is also necessary to carry your own packed lunch.


You need to have a good level of fitness and previous trekking experience is recommended. Trekking days are generally longer, challenging and at higher altitudes up to 3800 meters. Terrain may be difficult and ascents and descents are often demanding, especially during rain or snow.


Travel insurance is NOT included. We recommend that clients have their own travel insurance against illness, injury, loss/damage to personal belongings. In case of emergency our staff will make all the best to delivery you to hospital or other point and solve your problem, insurance will cover your charges, if you don't have insurance, you will be required to cover charges by yourself.


Breakfast: consist some of following dishes: Porridge, omelet, omelet with fried sausages, pancakes, scrambled eggs with sausage, boiled eggs and etc + bread, jam, butter, honey, sweets, tea/coffee. Lunch boxes or lunch: Dried fruits, chocolate, yogurt, juice, cheese, sandwich, vegetables/fruits and tea/coffee. Dinner: Our cooks is preparing european and asian cuisine You need to let us know if you are vegetarian or have some preferences, so we will be able to make special menu for you.


Service of local staff is included to the program; however, it is polite to tip to local staff if the service has been very good. Also at your discretion, you might also consider tipping your tour manager in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.

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