AEOLUS CLAY CASTLES
Trip code: KNR-1
Trip season: Year Round
Duration: 1 day
Departures: Please contact us for individual departures.
Meals: 1 Lunch
Transportation: Comfortable a/c vehicle.
Group size: Any
Price: 170 USD/person
Extensions: It is possible to combine your tour with other activities in Kyrgyzstan or extend it to other Central Asian republics: Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan. Please inquire.
Description: This single day hike takes up in aeolian castles of Konorchek valley located 125 km East of Bishkek - capital city of Kyrgyzstan. According to legend Aeolus was a god of wind and the castles are the result of erosion: wind and water, which lasts 1.5-2 million years and still creating interesting formations. Further ahead within a 2 day walk distnace there are Grand Canyons of Konorchek. Looking a lot like US based Grand Canyon some carry specific names which refer to the scenery: hiroshima, bobsleigh, sky scraper, fairy tail, grand canyon and Aeolus castles. The hike provides the travelers with beautiful and picturesque scenery of Kyrgyz range.
Route: The route begins with 125 km drive to Bo'om valley by Bishkek - Issyk-Kul lake road. From here the trail continues another 7 km up through the dry canyon to Aeolus castles - the part of the larger system.
Grade: The tour is full day hiking on foot. Paths are generally in good shapes. Some sections can be steep but not technically difficult. Average walking time is around 5-6 hours. Daily altitude gain is about 500-800 m. You must be reasonably fit to attempt this hike. Hike graded as Fairly easy: For all recreational walkers, hikers and trekkers.
Hike Crew: The hike is assisted by guide, and sometimes by cook and porters who carry camping gear for the hike.