Kazakhstan - Remote wilderness trekking

The jewel in the crown of remote wilderness experiences taking in some of the most unusual and fantastic natural scenery and culture anywhere in the world. A 16 day experience which includes lakes and beeches, alpine trekking and glacial lakes up to 4,000m, camping, river crossings, horse riding and a helicopter transfer onto the longest glacier in the world; where we explore the area cumulating in a 3 day trek up the snow covered peak of Kaly Tau (5,450m.) This trip is all about immersing into a culture and environment where even the seasoned adventure travel enthusiast will be wowed!

Day One

Arrival in Almaty City which includes a drive around the centre of the city, a visit to the Central State Museum.

Day Two - Charyn Gorge to Karkara Base Camp

Drive to Charyn Gorge which includes a stop viewpoint and short walk in the gorge. PM drive to Karkara Base Camp. Camping - Karkara Base Camp - full board.

Day Three - Kokjar Camp

Morning trek along the Karkara River Valley followed by a meadow lunch. There is a possibility for the hardiest of horseback riders to go on horseback at this point. Afternoon drive to Kokjar Camp including several deep river crossings.The trek is fully supported by horses, horsemen & camp crew including cook.

Day Four - Kurbegenty Pass to Tyouk Kokpak Canyon

Morning trek up the river valley to Kurbegenty Pass (3570m) for spectacular views of north face or Kan Tengri & other peaks. PM descend through the Tyouk Kokpak Canyon to the campsite.

Day Five - Ulken Kokpak Valley

Mid morning the day continues with a trek through Tuyuk Kokpak Gorge, then over Green Pass and into the Ulken Kokpak Gorge. Camp near river with some minor river crossings involved.

Day Six - Kokpak Pass to Karakol Lake

Morning trek up to Kokpak Pass (3050m) - a short but very steep climb - most difficult of the tour. Then descend to Ulken Kokpak River and across bridge. Late afternoon descent to Karakol Lake.

Day Seven - Akkol Pass to Akkol Lake

Morning trek via Akkol Pass (3600m) to Akkol Lake with views of Ashutor Peak (4400m) & Pobeda (7439m) in the distance.

Day Eight - Ashutor Valley

AM trek via 2 high Passes (highest at 3700m) into Ashutor Valley. There is a possibility to camp at original destination or a further 45 minute walk to camp near glaciers.

Day Nine - Ashutor Pass to Sary Dhas Valley

Last day of trek with a morning trek up to Ashutor Pass (3900m) then down into Sary Dhas Valley. Camp near confluence of 2 rivers.

Day Ten - North Inylchek Glacier

Morning helicopter arriving from Karkara (weather permitting) and lands near camp with helicopter flight to North Inylchek Glacier (helicopter, 10mins) - flight is mostly at 4800m superb views of highest peaks. Land on glacier and disembark. PM free on glacier to acclimatize. Accommodation is in fixed tents with toilet/washing & dining blocks.

Day Eleven - Thirteen

Climbing Karlytau Peak (5450m) with intermediate camp on Karlytau Plateau.

Day Fourteen

AM fly to Karkara Base camp (helicopter, 35mins). Afternoon is left free in Karkara where you can relax at Base camp or optional walks or horse-riding.

Day Fifteen

Late morning drive to Almaty with Hotel stay.

Day Sixteen

Early morning drive to Airport for journey home.

Please Note: Dates and prices can be subject to change and some departure dates may differ, please contact EDGE Travel before proceeding to book your place.