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  • Fly to: Almaty Kazakhstan

  • Internal Transfer: Almaty (Kazakhstan) to Karakol (Kyrgyzstan) in minibus (9hrs 30mins)

  • Karakol, Kyrgyzstan - Inylchek (9hrs) in an Ex-Soviet off road Military Truck

  • Ex-Soviet military helicopter flight up the Inylchek glacier (35mins)

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  • Currency:Tenge (Kazakhstan) & Som (Kyrgyzstan)

  • Time Zone:+6hrs GMT

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Tien Shan - 5 Quick Facts

1. Located in the Tien Shan, the Inylchek Glacier is one of the largest glaciers in the world & Peak Pobedy (7,439m) is the country's largest peak

2. Lake Issyk Kul is one of the world's largest mountain lakes & is known locally as the "Pearl of the Tien Shan"

3. The name Issyk Kul means "warm sea" as despite its height within the mountains this lake never freezes

4. Here the Yurta, a collapsible tent with a wooden frame is the traditional home of the nomadic people

5. Kyrgyzstan is famous for its walnut-fruit forest, boasting to be the largest natural walnut forest in the world