Ring of Sary-Jaz 2

Untouchable landscapes!

This tour is for people who want to experience beautiful, wild nature and untouchables landscapes with panoramic view to Tian-Shan mountains and Khan-Tengri peak 7000m (if will be good weather). At the moment Sary-Jaz area is part of Khan-Tengri National park. It is the largest national park in Kyrgyzstan for the protection of rare and endangered species of flora and fauna, primarily to preserve the snow leopard population.

The territory of the natural park is still little affected by human activities, and the main landscapes have remained almost in their natural state. Currently, 457 species of vascular plants are known from the Sary-Jaz river basin, although their total number can reach 700 species, which is a significant part of the total flora of Kyrgyzstan. Five types of them are listed in the Red Book of Kyrgyzstan, 8 are endemics which are not found anywhere else, and 11 are known in the Sary-Jaz region.

Ring of Sary-Jaz 2

2 days | May - October

Tour Highlights

  • Drive through Chon-Ashuu pass 3822m
  • Overnight at tent on 3000m above sea level with a view to Adyr-Tor mountains
  • See panoramic view to Khan-Tenrgri peak 7000m and other peaks with glaciers
  • Trip at pre-border zones with China and Kazakhstan
  • You will able to see yaks, wild ealges, marmots and other wild animals
  • Wild and outdoor area
  • Off-road trip 4x4
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




2 days

Good for

Adults and families 


300 km


Sary-Jaz located in border zone with China and Kazakhstan and that is why you need a permit.


English, Russian


Rain or shine.


No signal connection


50% of the road is soviet asphalt from 1980th and the rest of the road is gravel or off-road

Highest point

Chon-Ashuu - 3822m

Price Includes:

  • Driver-guide
  •  Vehicles selected category
  •  Gas stove, table equipment, kitchen     things and gas
  • Water

Price not include:

  • Border permits 30€ per person (in frame of tour)
  • Meal (1L, 1D, 1B)
  • Camping equipments (Tent 5€, Sleeping bag 3€, Matras 1€ per day)

Prices of tour:

  • up to 3 people – 420 €, SUV 4х4 + 30€ per person (permit)
  • up to 5 people – 460 €, Mitsubishi Delika 4х4 + 30€ per person (permit)

Tour Itinerary

Early morning we depart with comfortable all-wheel drive SUVs toward Sary-Jaz through Too-Ashuu Pass (3822m). On the way there, we will visit the Ak-Chunkur cave which means "white hole" and is located 7km to the East from Echkili-Tash. The length of this cave is 70m and reaches heights of 10m. There were traces of ancient cave paintings discovered here. 
Many animals such as argali, ibex and others inhabit this mountainous kingdom. In Echkili-Tash you can see many snow capped peaks of the Sary-Jaz Range. From here, with clear weather, you can see the summit of one of our most famous peaks, Khan-Tengri (7010m). After lunch we move to Karkyra through Turuk Pass, a region known for it's diverse ecology. Once in Karkyra, we'll camp the night in tents.
We will start with a morning walk in the forest of Karkyra valley. After that we drive further to Tamerlane’s stones. Not far from Santash village, there are kurgans and remains of the Caravanserais, where the Tamerlane’s troops once passed. Legend has it that when the commander and army left on their campaign, Tamerlane ordered every soldier to take a stone with them, and here, at the pass, they each laid their stone, creating a large mound. Upon returning from their war, each soldier who survived took a stone from the mound and placed it upon a new pile. What remains to this day are two memorials, one to those who survived and the other to their fallen comrades. We will return back to Karakol through Basharin pass. 


This tour designed who want to see beautiful landscapes in untouched area with breathtaking views. Tour devided for 2 days with 1 overnight in tent in Karkara gorge, so you will have enough time to enjoy with beauty of Sary-Jaz valley without long day drive, as it in 1 day program

Ring of Sary-Jaz
You will be in remote area during the tour without connection, however we will have satellite communications, as satelite phone or SPOT in case of emergency. YOU NEED TO TAKE A PASSPORT WITH YOU FOR THAT TOUR.


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.


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.


  • You will prepare food by yourself, we can provide gas stove and table equipment. However, we can provide extra service of cook, who will prepare food for you.
  • Permits to enter pre border zone not included to the price, you need to book a tour beforehand in order to have time to prepare permits. Per permit per person is 30 USD (in frame of tour)
  • Permits to enter pre border zone not included to the price, you need to book a tour beforehand in order to have time to prepare permits. Per permit per person is 30 € (in frame of tour), details Permits.