The Konorchek Red Bridge Canyons trek is an excellent destination for a Kyrgyzstan trekking holiday. Stunning scenery, routes for all levels and a proper adventure.
Kyrgyzstan is full of natural wonders and remarkable places to visit. Konorchek Canyon, also known as Red Bridge Canyon(s), is the ideal place to make a pit-stop in between Bishkek and Issyk-Kul and catch some fresh air. Konorchek Canyon is an ideal place for all types of travelers from the experienced trekker to someone who just wants to enjoy Kyrgyzstan’s insanely gorgeous natural scenery for a bit. It is easy to reach, simple to experience, and awe-inspiring in so many ways.
Konorchek Canyon is about 140 kilometers (86 miles) east toward Issyk-Kul on the main highway in this part of Kyrgyzstan, the A365. The highway is easy to navigate and there are regular stops along the way to grab food, gasoline, etc.
Prices for 2021 Kyrgyzstan trekking holiday
Group of 2 people – USD 1020 per person
Group of 4 people – USD 720 per person
Group of 6 people – USD 575 per person
*Prices for other size groups are available on request, please contact us.
Highly recommended for Konorchek Red Bridge Canyons trek: All group members should have medical insurance for the particular activities with a minimum coverage of USD 35 000 or EUR 30 000.
Konorchek Red Bridge Canyons trek: Itinerary
1st Day. Arrival to Bishkek
International flight to Bishkek. We will meet you at the airport upon your arrival. After transfer and check-in at the hotel you will have some time to get rest. Afternoon sightseeing tour around Bishkek will include visits to Victory and Ala-Too squares, Philharmonic Society and Osh Bazaar.
Important: Meals in Bishkek is not included in the programme price.
2nd Day of Kyrgyzstan trekking holiday. Kel-Tor Shamsi gorge (110km)
During the bus transfer to the start point of trekking itinerary you will see unforgettable panorama of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too Range, which shines with its snow-white peaks and glaciers for the all year round. This range is the beginning of Tien Shan mountain system. We will arrange excursion to the Burana Tower (XI century) and short hiking to the ruins of the ancient Balasagun city – the capital of the once powerful Kara - Khanids haganat. We will set up the tent camp in the Kel-Tor Gorge upon arrival and arrange acclimatization walk around after the lunch. You will plunge into the cool of famous Tien Shan firs and juniper forest during this hiking, walk along the bank of the mountain river and admire the mountain scenery. Overnight in tents.
3rd Day. Valley of the Kyzyl-Suu River
Trek to the valley of the Kyzyl-Suu River. On that day we are going to climb up to the ridge that separates the Kel-Tor Gorge from Kyzyl-Suu Valley. Crystal clear rivers full of cold water run along the bottom of these gorges. After a long trekking, we will come to the area of red stones. The road to the mountain pass goes up here. This place is the start point of the next part of our journey which will be done on the following day. Overnight in tents on the river side (trekking distance is 13-14 km this day, camping altitude is 2 170 m).
Attention! If you hire porter for the trek you should take into consideration that each porter carries 20 kg of commercial weight. Overweight will be charged at the price of USD 3 per kg.
4th Day. Konorchek Red Canyons
Breakfast. The ascent to the Kok-Djar Pass (2367 m). Smooth descent into the canyons follows further. We will cross small river Kok-Djar Suu through the ford several times this day. Overnight in tents on the bank of Konorchek River. (trekking distance is 13 km, camping at the altitude of 1790 m)
5th Day. Explore Konorchok Canyons
Breakfast. Exploration of Konorchek Canyons. Canyons were formed as a result of long-term exposure of water and wind. The sea was here many millions years ago, but it receded with years and the bottom came up revealing marine sediments of clays and sandstones. Wind and water have gradually formed modern view of the area. Mountains look like fairy-tale castles. Canyons’ names speak for themselves: "Bobsleigh", "Skyscrapers", "Grand Canyon", "Synclinal". You can sit around campfire and discuss the events of the day in the evening. Overnight in tents.
6th Day of Konorchek Red Bridge Canyons trek. Boom gorge
Trek to the Boom gorge (the distance is about 11-12 km) via the Sulu-Terek pass (2320 m). Quite long and difficult ascent to the pass. But this hard job will be offset by fascinating views of the canyons’. We will visit so-called small canyons or Aeolian Castles on the way. You will have enough time to enjoy wonderful and mysterious figures and formations. Transfer to Bishkek this day takes about 2-3 hours(130 km).
7th Day. The end of the Kyrgyzstan trekking holiday and transfer to the “Manas” airport and departure.