Kyrgyzstan is one of the popular options for outdoor enthusiasts. Most of them spend their time in the mountains with the spectacular hiking experience that make it different from hiking in the states. In this country, you need to deal with the moderate hike. We hope that our post here can help you to prepare your hike to this place much better.
#1 When To Visit
In fact, outdoor enthusiast loves to visit this place for hiking during the high season which is between July and September. Well, at that time the weather is great with the higher elevation and the days go longer with the wildflowers are out around. If you do not mind to go there during the shoulder seasons, it is good to start your journey between May and June. Alternatively, you can pick it as your next plan in September or the middle October. At that time, few people are on the trek with the less predictable weather and snowy mountains are possible.
#2 Before Hiking To The Boz Uchuk Lakes
There are some important points to know about your hiking adventure to the Boz Uchuk Lakes as below:
- Difficulty – You may think that there will be some moderate hiking during your visit. If you talk to a guide or local about hiking, it is better to think it like Thai hot scale. In fact, they live in the mountains. It means if they say it is moderate, the trail will be difficult. Difficult for them is mountaineering.
- The Names – Most of trails in Kyrgyzstan even have no name. They describe a trek by calling it the Starting Point to Ending Point Trek. For this reason, you may hear the different names but for similar hikes. Besides, they want to make it simple by naming the features in one area with the same name. For instance, Boz-Uchuk Lakes, Boz-Uchuk Valley, Boz-Uchuk Pass, and Boz-Uchuk River.
- Navigate the trail – In fact, the trails in Kyrgyzstan have no mark and the trails are everywhere. Therefore, we suggest you hiring a guide. It is almost impossible to find your way on your own. Most hikers get lost and even in your trek, you may find other hikers ask your group about the right direction.
The distance to reach is 25.47 miles or it is about 41 km with 3900 meters of maximum elevation. It is better to hike in four days since you are dealing with 5 passes. In addition, the trails are tough and very steep but your effort is worth for the views!
Distance: 25.47 miles / 41 km (+ 10.4km on horse)
#3 Altitude Sickness
It is possible to get altitude sickness above 8000 feet. Most of this hike is above that. Therefore, you should prevent it happens. You can take Dramamine and drink a lot of water on the trail. Play safe by getting a prescription for the actual altitude sickness pills from your doctor before hiking.
#4 Photography Tips
It is better to bring a lightweight tripod. You can go with the gorilla pod and it is great to have some photos with full tripod. Bring filters are a must. If you have an ND filter, it is great for the waterfalls. Then, use Polarizer for the alpine lakes. Besides, ND filter and Polarizer are great for iPhone as well.
#5 What To Pack
First, you need to talk to your guide about what they are going to provide for you. It is fine if you are more comfortable in your gear so you can bring some.
- Backpack – find the right backpack that fits you correctly. Be sure the backpack has rain covers.
- Down jacket – heading to the lake in shoulder season means you are dealing with cold weather.
- Hiking pants – have convertible pants are great
- Waterproof jacket – rain is unpredictable in the shoulder seasons.
- Hat, buff and Balaclava – it is good to have a cap o shade you from the sun.
- Waterproof hiking boots – sometimes you must handle the shallow water, and muddy area.
- Down booties – If you do not want to get cold feet, down booties are perfect to pack.
- Sleeping bag – your guide may provide one for you but it is great to sleep in your own gear.
- Sleeping pad – bring comfortable sleeping pad you have with more cushions, super lightweight and then pack down smaller.
- Water bladder – have one s that are easy to fill and clean. It doesn’t matter if you do not bring a water bottle since the water is accessible.
- Headlamp – in case you want to walk or go to the bathroom at night.
- Quick-dry towel – cushier travel towels are perfect to dry your long hair. If you want to save the space and weight, go with the light version.
- Personal toiletries and meds – think about minimum when it comes to your toiletries needs.
- Ziplock bags – it works to protect phones and passports. You also need it to carry used toilet paper and garbage.
- Toilet paper – just in case you have to use the restroom on the trail. Rolled up some toilet paper from home and then put them in the ziplock bag.
- Trekking poles – go with lightweight poles that can fit in your packs.
- Phone charger – no service during hike and it is better to keep your phones on the airplane mode so you can use them to take some photos and even videos. Keep them in your sleeping bags on the cold nights.
#6 Camera Gear
Here are some rules to deal with your camera on this trail:
- You can bring Canon 5D Mark III to take photos and Sony RX100 Mark IV for some videos.
- DJI Spark – have a great chance to fly a drone in some beautiful landscapes.
- Camera straps – use BlackRapid Backpack Sling with the tripod plate to keep your camera easy to access.
- Lenses – go with your 35mm of wide shots and 70-200 of tight shots.
- Tripod – go with the lightweight choice.
- Batteries – just in case you must deal with the worse scenario.
- Charger- charge your phone at Hot Springs