Bayankol valley

длительность

4 days

duration
доступность

July-August

season
протяжённость

800 km

total distance
длина велочасти

90 km

cycling distance

Route description

An exciting four-day bike trip that includes trekking to the majestic six-thousanders in the Bayankol valley.

Virgin nature will blow your mind! We will visit places that are almost never visited by tourists!

The Bayankol gorge is located on the northern macro slope of the Central Tien Shan. It is 70 km long from the source to the Tekes valley. The riverhead begins with glaciers flowing down from the Sarydzhas ridge. These are large glaciers such as Marble wall, Bayankol and Western. The tops of these glaciers are over 5,000 and 6,000 meters. The most accessible six-thousanders are the Marble wall and the Plateau peak, while the five-thousanders are: Border Guard, Karlytau, Kazakhstan, Bayankol and Semenov. The Bayankol river separates the Terskey Ala-too range from the Central Tian Shan.

Schedule

Day one
Almaty — Narynkol — border outpost

On a bicycle: up to 25 km
Terrain: smooth ascending up the Bayankol gorge

04:00 — 11:00 Travel by car from Almaty to Narynkol village Getting pre-issued passes for the group at the border outpost.
12:00 — 13:00 Lunch in a cafe in Narynkol village.
13:00 — 15:00 Cycling route to the border outpost.
15:00 — 16:00 Border control (log record)
16:00 — 17:00 Cycling to the camp
17:00 — 19:00 Installation of the field camp, leisure activities.
19:00 — 20:00 Dinner

Day two
Bayankol gorge

Cycling: up to 25 km
Terrain: gorge, smooth ascending

07:00 — 08:00 Breakfast
08:00 — 09:00 Decamp and preparation for the cycling route
09:00 — 17:00 Cycling route to the camp
17:00 — 19:00 Installation of the field camp. Leisure activities
19:00 — 20:00 Dinner

Day three
Trekking to the panorama of the six-thousanders

On a bicycle: 0 km
Terrain: Bayankol gorge, smooth ascending

07:00 — 08:00 Breakfast
08:00 — 09:00 Travel by car to the start point of the walking route; if you like, you can cycle to that point, 7-8 km
09:00 — 17:00 Walking route, trekking to the panorama of the six-thousanders
17:00 — 19:00 Leisure activities
19:00 — 20:00 Dinner

Day four
Bayankol gorge — Almaty

Cycling distance of 50 km
Terrain: descent along the Bayankol gorge

07:00 — 08:00 Breakfast
08:00 — 09:00 Decamp and preparation for the cycling route
09:00 — 13:00 Cycling route
13:00 — 14:00 Lunch after the descent, loading of bicycles on cars
14:00 — 17:00 Driving to a cafe in Chilik village
17:00 — 18:00 Dinner in a cafe
18:00 — 20:00 Travel by cars to Almaty

Cost

  • Lead car

    2 150 €
    Mercedes-Benz Sprinter minibus (4 WD) with six seats in the passenger compartment, equipped with THULE bike racks
  • Additional car

    1 420 €
    Mitsubishi Delica minibus (4 WD) with seven seats in the passenger compartment, equipped with THULE bike racks

FAQ

  • Transportation of participants and bicycles to the start of the cycling route and back to the city
  • Full car support along the route
  • Bicycle mechanic with an extended set of tools
  • Cycling guide accompanying the participants along the cycling part of the route
  • Cook’s services and meals along the route (except for cafes)
  • Environmental fees at the entrance to the national parks
  • General tourist equipment: tables, chairs, dishes, tent, canteen tent, washbasin, gas burners
  • Two-person tents (double occupancy), sleeping pads (to be placed in tents)
  • Accommodation in guest houses and recreation camps that are included in some routes
  • Meals in cafes during scheduled stops
  • Services not provided along the route, such as horseback riding, which is available at certain stops along the routes
  • Bike rent in case you do not have your own bike

You can rent a bike with us. You can also travel along the entire route in a minibus. It’s a bit more boring than on a bike, but you will see all the same places and landmarks.

Bike rental price:

  • Hardtail

    100 €
  • Full suspension

    150 €
  • Bicycle
  • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
  • Helmet, cycling gloves and other safety equipment if you like
  • Individual medical kit (if you have any diseases)
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Cycling backpack
  • Windbreaker, raincoat
  • Clothes according to the weather for the active part of the route and for evening hours in the camp
  • Proper shoes for the active part of the route and another pair of shoes for the camp
  • Passport or other ID (you should always have one at hand, as many routes run across border areas, and there may be random checks)
  • Simple carbohydrates to consume while cycling
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