Guest house. Summer camp in the Chon-Kyzyl-Suu gorge This program is excellent for arranging school holidays for schoolchildren and scouts. Chon-Kyzyl-Suu gorge was named after the river which flows in the gorge. In Kyrgyz language this means "big red water". It was called this because the river erodes red sandstone and turns a turbid red color. On the right bank is a health resort "Jili-Suu" with hot mineral springs, which is situated 20km from Pokrovka village. There at 2,390m above sea level the gorge widens, its left slope covered by forests and right covered only by rare juniper shrubs; here the Djili-Suu river falls into the Chon-Kyzyl-Suu river, and the health resort got its name from this confluence. In the springs, the water has a temperature of about 430 C. The water is clear with hydrogen sulfide smell. Both of the springs are aerating and belong to the chloride-sulphate-natrium group. There you can bathe but remember not to stay in more than 8-10 minutes!
2 hours' walk from the hot springs is the old Tien Shan physiographic station which was built in 1949 by the Institute of geography of the Academy of Science of the USSR, from 1953. It belongs to the Kyrgyz Academy of Sciences. These days, there are only a few buildings left intact.
You can take some interesting excursions:
To the Kara-Batkak glacier:
In one day you can ascend the Kara-Batkak glacier along the Kashka-Tor gorge. Kara-Batkak in Kyrgyz language means, "Black mud". The path to the glacier goes along the right bank; 2 km from the station is the right confluence of the Kara-Batkak and Archa-Tor Rivers. Behind the Kara-Batkak River on the slope you can see a large waterfall. We then continue on our way along the left branch of Kashka-Tor gorge, which is called Aylama, and further in its upper reaches we will see the glacier. The whole way from the station to the glacier takes about 2.5 hours.
Kara-Batkak is an average size glacier of te Terskey Ala-Too, situated at 3,415m above sea level, (length 4km, thickness 150m, rate of movement in the middle - 11.4m, in the tongue - 4.3 m every year). Descent takes about 1.5-2 hours.
You can take a two-day trek to Ashu-Tor glacier from our Base camp; 3-4 day trek to Jety-Oguz gorge over the passes Archa-Tor (3,700m) and Djili-Suu (3,700m); trek to the upper reaches of Jety-Oguz gorge to Jety-Oguz walls (5,181m); or go on an excursion to the Jety-Oguz health resort and to the red rocks called the "Seven Bulls" and come back to Chon Kyzyl-Suu gorge by bus.
The strongest travelers can trek through the Chon-Kyzyl-Suu - Dzety-Oguz - Karakol - Altyn-Arashan gorges, following a route on the tops of the gorges to the snow covered peaks over 5,000m, to see beautiful mountain lake Ala-Kul (3,600m, length 2.3km, width 600-700m); you can also trek from Chon-Kyzyl-Suu to the Arabel syrts through Ashu-Tor pass and descend into Djuuka gorge.