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Part 4. Balykchi - Karkara - heli flight - Karakol

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Part 4 11.0713.07; 25.0727.07; 08.0810.08

Itinerary: Balykchi town Issyk Kul Lake Karkara valley helicopter flight to South Inylchek camp Karkara base camp Karakol town

Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

Day 1.
9:00 drive from Chon Kemin to Issyk Kul Lake
10:30 pick up in Balykchi at Narodnyi supermarket
12:00 arrival at Cholpon Ata town and visit of Open Air Petroglyphs Museum
13:30 continue drive to Karkara valley
18:30 arrival to Karkara base camp

Day 2.
9:00 breakfast at the base camp
Full day at Karkara
Helicopter flight to South Inylchek glacier (The flight will take place depending on the weather conditions)

Day 3. (Reserved day)
Karkara Karakol (morning or afternoon transfer, depends on the helicopter flight)

Tour Program

Day 1. Chon Kemin Issyk Kul lake Karkara valley (360 km).

Today we start from Chon Kemin valley and head to Karkara valley. En route we stop in Balykchy town near Narodnyi supermarket at 10:30 to pick up everyone who want's to take part in our further adventures.

En route visit Ethnographical Museum and so called Stone garden or Cholpon Ata Petroglyphs site, the temple on the open air of the Scythians and the Usuns civilizations dated back 8-6 centuries BC till 3-4 centuries AD. The area of those stone drawing lies at the foot of Kungei Alatau Ridge with a beautiful view of the whole lake.

Issyk Kul Lake is the second largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America. Measuring 182 km long by 58 km wide, the lake appeared as a result of tectonic activity. In summer the water temperature reaches 22 degrees
centigrade and you can swim in the lake enclosed on all sides by the snowy peaks of Tien Shan Mountains. With diverse flora and fauna Issyk-Kul Lake and the surrounding environments are rightly considered to be one of Central Asia most remarkable locations.

After excursion further drive to Karkara valley.
Base Camp Karkara is situated at the Eastern border between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan in Kar-Kara gorge. The Camp can accommodate up to 60 People at a time. The accommodation is in tents with 2 separate beds (Twin tents). There are beds with matrasses and electricity in every tent.
Dinner and overnight at the base camp.

Day 2. Karkara valley. Helicopter flight to the South Inylchek glacier.

After breakfast we will wait for our turn to take a helicopter flight to the South Inylchek glacier. The helicopter pad is nearby, as it is used by the alpinists and trekkers to fly over to the Heart of Tien Shan to the South and North Inylchek glaciers, to peaks Khan Tengri (7010m) and Pobeda (7439m). We fly about 45 minutes to the Base Camp South Inylchek. En route we fly over the misterios Merzbakher Lake and learn more about consistance of the glacier and it's features.
The South Inylchek Glacier ranks as the sixth longest non-polar glacier in the world and is the largest and fastest moving glacier in Kyrgyzstan.

Karkara Camp is situated in a picturesque gorge. Its slopes are covered with fir and juniper trees. There is an opportunity to go hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking for extra charge.

Day 3. Karkara valley Karakol town.

In case we do not have helicopter flight to the South Inylchek on the day 2 we will fly this morning and upon return back have a transfer to Karakol town.
If we have the helicopter flight on the day 2 we will have a transfer to Karakol in the morning. 

Upon arrival to Karakol town short sightseeing tour. Visit Dungan Mosque a unique building in a style of the Chinese pagoda which is functioning mosque up to now.
Also you visit
Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity Church built of wood without a single nail used. In the miraculous iconostasis of the church there is the famous Tikhvinian icon of  Divine Mother, painted in 1897.

Here we finished our trip. Karakol Orthodox Cathedral situated in the very center of Karakol town, so you easily can find accommodation for yourself as it's not included.

Price for the program: 860 USD/per pax

Included into the program:

- Accommodation in tents at Karkara valley -2 nights
- English speaking mountain guide
- Transportation 
- Helicopter flight to the South Inylchek glacier
- Entrance fee for Cholpon Ata Petroglyphs and Mosque in Karakol
- Meals (breakfast -2, lunch -1, dinner-2)
- Water (1 liter per person per day)

We can offer you next types of accommodation in Karakol:
a hostel 12 USD/ per person/ per night with breakfast
a guest house 30 USD/ per person/ per night with breakfast
a home stay  - 20 USD/ per person/ per night with breakfast
a hotel  - 45 USD/ per person/ per night with breakfast

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