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Saldyrtas Glacier Hiking Tour (5 days)

June 1, 2018

Trekking & Hiking | All Tour Packages | The three-day hike in Jungar Alatau with elevation drop along the route 2000 - 3300 meters above sea level. During the hike you expect overnight near the glacier, crossing the Kora river by hanging bridge, and visit to the moraine lakes...
Route: Jungar Alatau (Almaty Region, Kazakhstan) 
Season: June-October
Best Period: August-September 
Complexity: Average Complexity Trekking 
Height Difference: 2000-3300 m.a.s.l. 
Day 1. Almaty - Taldykorgan - Taubulak
Departure from Almaty at 07:00. Arrival to Taldykorgan at 10:00. Visit to local history museum of Almaty region, lunch. Transfer to Taubulak eco-camping (132 km, of which 61 km is in mountainous terrain). During the 6-hour trip there are expected 2-3 stops (10-15 minutes) near the unique places of Jungar Alatau. Arrival to Taubulak eco-camping at 17:00. Accommodation and rest. Dinner, free time and preparation to trekking. Overnight in Taubulak eco-camping. 
Mountains of Jungar Alatau serve as a natural border with China and have a length of 400 km. One of the most picturesque gorges of Zhetisu – Kora Gorge lies in these mountains and stretches for 90 km. At the bottom of the gorge Kora River is flowing, which is born high in the mountains, in a kingdom of age-old glaciers. In winter and early spring waters of the river is calm and transparent, but when the snow covering the mountain slopes begin to melt away, the river becomes turbulent and rigorous and easily rolls over the huge boulders and breaks like a match the age-old trees. The road, winding along the river, accessible for good cross-country vehicles only and delivers a lot of emotions to all those who dare to go through it. Around, as far as the eye can see, the forests are. Spruce and fir alternates with a lacy greenery of birch trees, and meadows are covered with colorful flower carpet. The road goes higher and the nature becomes more severe: gay birches give way to high mountain plateaus, and dozens of large and small waterfalls rush down from the majestic rocky peaks. Inaccessibility of this area as a border zone for decades helped to keep here a brown bear, deer, mountain goat, as well as the wolf, fox and the hare, which are quite frequent met by travelers. The clear mountain streams originating from glaciers are inhabited by Osman fish.
Day 2. Taubulak – Saldyrtas Gorge – Saldyrtas Glacier
Early wake-up and breakfast. Leaving the base and trekking through Kora gorge. Crossing Kora river and climbing the gorge to Saldyrtas river and further to Saldyrtas glacier. Setting up the camp. Dinner and overnight in a tent camp near the glacier. *Walking distance in this day approx. 10 km
Day 3. Saldyrtas Glacier – Tyuite Pass – Tekeshbulak Gorge
Early wake up, then breakfast and disassembling of the camp. Climbing on Tyuite pass. At the bottom part the pass slope is talus, its length doesn’t exceed 200 meters. Next - is glacier. If it is "open", small cracks can be avoided, and if the glacier is "closed", the movement must be in tandem. In the beginning the glacier is flat, the slope doesn’t exceed 10 degrees, in 30 minutes the steepness increases to 30 degrees in average, then the slope flattens out and the pass opens. Tyuite pass is extraordinarily beautiful. From the opposite side there is a view of one of the tributaries of Chizh river and, of course, magnificent moraine lakes. Next - descent into Tekeshbulak gorge. The descent from Tyuite pass till moraine rubble carries out in crampons and in tandem on snow-ice slope, then medium and large stones alternate with snowfields. Trekking is recommended in a tight group, or one by one, as there are many live stones, which are constantly slip out from under the feet. Having passed Tyuite glacier, choose a place for overnight. Setting a camp. Dinner and overnight in tents. *Walking distance in this day approx. 7 km
Day 4. Tekeshbulak Gorge – Kora Gorge - Taubulak
Early wake-up, then breakfast and disassembling of the camp. Visit to moraine lakes in the upper reaches of Tekeshbulak gorge. Not far from our overnight place there are two beautiful lakes, one of which is located directly under Tyuite glacier and differs by unusually cold water. However, this cold lake is compensated by picturesque countryside: bright yellow flowers, lush green islands on the lake and icy arms of Tyuite glacier. Faded stones and soft contours of the mountains, reflecting in transparent water, emphasize the overall charm of the place. The second lake is located north, and from it Tyuyte (Tekeshibulak) river originates, along which we will descend into Kora gorge. Return to Taubulak base. Rest and preparation for departure to Almaty. Overnight in Taubulak eco-camp. *Walking distance in this day approx. 14 km
Day 5. Taubulak - Taldykorgan - Almaty
Breakfast. Departure from Taubulak at 09:00. Lunch on the way in Taldykorgan. Arrival to Almaty approx. at 20:00. *Total automobile mileage in this day approx. 380 km

Private Tour Price: 1025 USD Per Person, provided 2 persons traveling together

Group discounts available

The cost of the program is INCLUDED:

1. Moving around the program on a comfortable all-wheel drive vehicle
2. Excursions according to the program
3. Accommodation in eco-camping Taubulak, wooden houses
4. Meals: lunch and dinner on Day 1, three meals a day in Days 2-4, breakfast and lunch on Day 5
5. Services of the instructor on tourism during the hike
6. Ecological fees, entrance fees along the route, admission to the border zone
7. General equipment (dishes for cooking, rope)
8. Personal equipment (tent, karemat, sleeping bag)

The cost of the program is NOT INCLUDED:

1. Meals not indicated in the program and / or not included in the cost of the program
2. Accommodation in Almaty before / after the program, if required
3. Visa support and registration in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, if required
4. Personal expenses and other expenses not indicated in the program
5. Insurance policy

RECOMMENDATIONS for clothing and equipment:

1. Waterproof membrane jacket / storm, trousers made of gortex material
2. Windproof jacket, warm fleece jacket or jacket of Polartec material, warm hat and gloves
3. Several sets of underwear, a set of thermal underwear, several pairs of socks, one warm socks
4. Several T-shirts with short and long sleeves, shorts, a cap
5. Good high-altitude trekking boots, shoe covers from snow, exchange shoes for camp, best light sneakers
6. Headlamp with adjustable brightness and beam range, several sets of batteries
7. Thermos for 1-1.5 liters, or another water tank
8. Personal hygiene items, personal first-aid kit, sunglasses, sunblock, ticks
9. Utensils for personal use, a backpack volume of at least 80 liters, trekking sticks,
10. Personal alp equipment is better to have your own - helmet, gazebo, cat, ice pick, trigger, 4 carabiners

* If you do not have personal alp equipment, please let us know in advance.


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