2 day trip in Touyuk-Su gorge
Tien Shan hiking
Almaty – Shymbulak ski resort – Talgarsky pass – Shymbulak peak (3450m) – Touyuk-Su gorge – Trekking Club lodge – Touyuk-Su glacier – Almaty
Season   all year round
Duration of the tour  2 days, 1 night
 Activities  glacier hiking, Shymbulak peak trekking, camping at 2600 ASL
 What's interesting  glaciers of the Northern Tien Shan, accommodation at a Trekking Club alpine lodge
 What to have Hiking shoes (warm boots for winter), high socks (warm for winter), long trekking pants (insulated for winter), t-shirt with long and short sleeves, thermo-underwear (top and bottom), wind/waterproof jacket (and pants for winter), warm jacket, down sleeveless or jacket (for winter), peaked cap, hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, backpack for day hikes, personal hygienic set


    Day 1

09.00 – 10.00 Drive from Almaty to Medeo skating rink
10.00 – 10.40 Cable car from Medeo to Talgarsky pass (3164m)
11.00 – 14.30 Hike to the top of Shymbulak peak (3450m) and back to the pass.  Shymbulak peak is the best point to have a bird’s eye view of the city as well as huge glaciers and ice covered peaks of the Northern Tien Shan. A good path starts at a pass and follows the ridge up to the summit. There are no technical difficulties on a way (trekking route), it is safe in any season.
14.30 – 15.00 Cable car to Shymbulak ski resort
15.00 – 16.00 Hiking by Touyuk-Su gorge up to the Trekking Club alpine lodge located at a height of 2600m ASL
16.00 – 17.00 accommodation at a hut
18.00 – dinner
Overnight at a lodge

    Day 2

09.00 – 10.00 breakfast at a lodge
10.00 – 15.00 hiking to the Touyuk-Su glacier and back to the hut.
Have started at a lodge, we follow the ground track up to the weather station Manzhylki (3000m) and further in a direction of the moraine of the Touyuk-Su glacier. The path then traverses the gentle slope between the moraine banks up to the Molodezhny glacier. Here the highest glaciological center of the country is situated. The center is meant to take the data for scientific analysis of this natural phenomenon. From this point one can have a stunning view of the fortress-like mountain peaks: The Pioneer, The Teacher, The Mayakovsky, The Igly Toyuk-Su (the Needeles of Touyuk-Su) etc.
‪From the glaciological station the track leads to the south along the boundary of the ice covered areas of the peak Molodezhny. It is a very goods place for taking pictures of the fascinating views of the surrounding ice-covered pyramids of the Locomotive and Pogrebetsky peaks. From here (3600m ASL) one can easily see the highest point of this mountain district – the peak of Ordzhonikidze.
The descent is performed down by the same route (or across the glacier to the eastern side, past the peak of Mayakovsky), down the moraine to Manzhilky.
15.00 – 16.00 lunch at a hut
16.00 – 17.00 hike back to Shymbulak and further down to Medeo with cable car
17.00 – 18.00 drive back to the city


Shymbulak peak ascent Touyuk-Su gorge and a hut in winter glaciers and moraine lakes
evening fire glacier hike inside an alpine hut
Trekking Club hut in winter moraine lake near Molodezhny peak the hut in summer



Tour price:

1 person (individual service) - 490 USD
2 persons in the group - 270 USD per person
3+ persons in the group - 210 USD per person

The price includes:

 - transport from Almaty to Medeo and back
 - cable car from Medeo to Talgarsky pass and back
 - National park entry fees and permissions
 - Accommodation at a Trekking Club lodge in Touyuk-Su, 1 night
 - Foodstuff (full board) – 3 meals a day
 - Professional guiding: Shymbulak peak trekking, glacier hiking (English-speaking guide)

Price does not include: 

 - soft and alcohol drinks, snacks 
 - rent of personal clothes, shoes 
 - telephone calls, personal expenses