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Off-Road Tour: Doban-Nor (7 days)

June 1, 2018

Off-Road Tours | All Tours | We invite you to take part in off-road journey to the mysterious Tuzkol lake, as well as to mountain gorges and valleys, little-known and practically not visited by tourists.
Route: Almaty Region (Kazakhstan)
Season: June-October  
Best Period: June, September
 
 
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
 
Day 1. Almaty - Tekes River Valley
 
Group meeting and departure from Almaty at 07:00. Lunch in a cafe or a picnic on the way. Arrival to an overnight place on the bank of Tekes river. 
Tekes river is the main source of Ili river, a quite large river in the region. Tekes river originates an altitude 3535 meters above sea level, at the foot of the main massif of Khan Tengri mountain group. The soil in the lower valley is fertile, the pastures and meadows along the stream are abundant. The whole Tekes valley is picturesque, each turn of the gorge is keeping the wild beauty of nature and nice surprises.  
Setting a camp and walking. Dinner and a short briefing on the next day program. Free time. Overnight in the tent camp on the bank of the river.
 
Day 2. Tekes River - Tekes Waterfall
 
Wake up at 08:30, breakfast and disassembling of the camp. Transfer to Tekes river upstream. Setting a camp, lunch and a walk to the waterfall. Dinner and preparation to the next day. Free time. Overnight in the tent camp at the waterfall.
 
Day 3. Tekes Waterfall - Karakol Lake
 
Wake up at 08:00, breakfast and disassembling of the camp. Transfer to Karakol lake. Arrival to an overnight place at Karakol lake, setting a camp. Lunch, a walk around the lake, a rise to a mountain to Khan Tengri peak overlooking point. Return to the camp at the lake, dinner and preparation to the next day. Free time. Overnight in the tent camp at an altitude of 3200 meters above sea level.
 
Day 4. Karakol Lake - Kokpak Gorge
 
Wake up at 08:30, breakfast and disassembling of the camp. Transfer to Kokpak gorge. Lunch on arrival. 
Kokpak gorge has a lot of dead-end branches, beckoning with their beauty. It is as beautiful and picturesque as the Tekes valley, but more extensive and very popular among the local shepherds and gatherers from the nearby villages. 
Setting a camp and walking in the neighborhood. Dinner and preparation to the next day. Free time. Overnight in the tent camp at an altitude of 2200 meters above sea level.
 
Day 5. Kokpak Gorge - Tuzkol Lake
 
Wake up at 08:30, breakfast, disassembling of the camp and transfer to Tuzkol lake. Arrival to an overnight place at the shore of the lake, lunch and setting a camp  
Tuzkol lake is dead and salty. Salt density in the lake changes several times throughout the year and can reach 300 g/l. For example, the salt concentration in the Dead Sea about 340-350 g/l. It is noteworthy that no river flows into the lake, and it is undrained. Locals say that it is fed by underground mineral springs, and the mud of the lake is curative. In ancient times, when the Mongols lived on these lands, this lake was called Doban-Nor. From Mongolian it is translated as Windy Lake. On a clear day,  Khan Tengri peak, the seventhousander, is visible from the lake.…  
A walk on the lake shore. Return to the camp, dinner and preparation to the next day. Free time. Overnight in the tent camp at Tuzkol lake shore.
 
Day 6. Tuzkol Lake - Ketmen Pass
 
Wake up, breakfast and free time. Lunch, disassembling of the camp and transfer to Ketmen pass.  
Ketmen ridge separates the two valleys. The highest points of the ridge are offering impressive views of the Northern Tien-Shan peaks: Khan Tengri, Pobeda Peak and other majestic mountains peaks.  
Setting a camp. Meeting the sunset at the pass overlooking Khan Tengri peak. Return to the camp, dinner and preparation to the next day. Free time. Overnight in the tent camp at Ketmen pass at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level.
 
Day 7. Ketmen Pass - Almaty
 
Breakfast and disassembling the camp. Transfer to Almaty, lunch on the way. Arrival to Almaty approx. at 18:00.
 
TOUR FEATURES:
The tour program is very intensive, almost all camp-to-camp transfers will be off-roads. You will need to get up very early and walk a lot in search of the best shots. All of this - in the mountains, where the weather often changes: it can be very hot during the day and quite cool during the evening and night, and not accustomed person can feel a lack of oxygen. That is why, it is strongly recommended to refrain from the use of alcohol and to be extremely careful.

Private Tour Price: 1240 USD Per Person, provided 2 persons traveling together 

Group discounts available

Tour Price INCLUSIONS:

1. Transportation in comfortable off-road vehicles
2. Environmental and entry fees
3. Meals: lunch and dinner in Day 1, full board in Days 2-6, breakfast and lunch in Day 7
4. Camping equipment for common use
5. English0speaking guide service

Tour Price EXCLUSIONS:

1. Accommodation in Almaty before/after the tour, if required
2. Airport transfer, if required
3. Meals not indicated in the program and/or not included into the tour price
4. Rent of personal camping outfit (tent, sleeping bag, сaremat, personal utensils, etc.)
5. Visa support and registration on the territory of Kazakhstan, if required
6. Personal expenses and other expenses not indicated in the program

RECOMMENDATIONS on clothing and equipment:

Taking into account that in the evenings and at night can be quite cold, be sure to take with you:
1. Waterproof membrane Gore-Tex jacket and pants
2. Warm fleece jacket or Polartec jacket
3. Windproof jacket
4. Several sets of underwear, several pairs of socks and a pair of warm socks
5. Several T-shirts with short sleeves, shorts
6. Appropriate hiking boots, shoes for camp (lightweight sneakers)
7. Sunglasses and sunscreen
8. Head torch with adjustable brightness and beam distance, several sets of batteries
9. Thermos for 1-1.5 liters, or other water container
10. Personal hygiene items, personal first aid kit (for chronic diseases is obligatory)
11. Anti acarid remedy
12. Tent, sleeping bag, caremat, utensils for personal use

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