Kyrgyzstan: Trails of the Tien Shan

July 28 to Aug 7, 2024

Kyrgyzstan: Trails of the Tien Shan
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Kyrgyzstan is personified by natural beauty, skylines are dominated by jagged peaks, alpine lakes and pastures filled with yurts.

We are likely one of the first groups to trail run a route exploring the high mountains and valleys in the Terskey Alatau mountain range dominating the country's south-eastern corner.

We’ll spend seven days trail running and hiking empty trails, following a route that takes us through gorges, canyons, high mountain passes and meadows. Our highest point sees us take a radial trail run to a base camp overlooking the mighty Karakol Peak (5,216m).

Alongside the mountains, we’ll also see the very best that Kyrzgystan has to offer in the ex-soviet capital of Bishkek, as well as have some well-deserved chill time on the shoreline of Lake Issy-Kul, and not forgetting soothing tired legs in hot springs and mountain saunas.

As we spend a chunk of time away from civilization our nightly accommodation will see us stay in a yurt and tented encampments which adds to the experience.


10 - 20km per day



Travel through the Tien Shan mountains is nothing short of spectacular. We will almost certainly be one of few groups on the trail and almost guaranteed to be the only trail running group. As such the trails will be very quiet.

This is a challenging route with the majority of time away from civilization as we take high mountain routes via alpine meadows, mountain rivers, spruce forests and mountain passes. We obtain an altitude above 2000m for several days of this trip.

We’ll balance the trip carefully as we have back-back days of trail running distances of 10km+ with suitable ascent involved as well. Hiking will be adopted where necessary to enjoy the general movement of the group and careful acclimatisation is obtained.

Our large luggage will be transported by porters (max.12kg) on all of our trail days. The luggage will move in advance of our group leaving camp which allows us to move fluidly and enjoy each of our days.


August is prime time to be in Kyrgyzstan with daytime temperatures hitting 30 degrees C in Bishkek. When we are up in the mountains all of the passes will be free of snow and clear for travel. You’ll notice temperatures dip a touch when we get into the mountains with daytime temperatures sitting within the mid-20 degrees C.

At night temperatures drop considerably (approx. 5 degrees C) and as such suitable warm clothing will need to be packed.

About The Host

This retreat has been forged together from love and desire to explore magnificent places whilst keeping fit and achieving something special along the way.

The whole team behind this retreat has many years of experience in trail running and the adventure travel industry. We’ve run and explored everything from 5km to 100-mile endurance feats.

We’ve been incredibly lucky to explore the lengths and breadths of the world through our work, but our combined experience puts us in the best stead to share our running adventures with you, whatever your running ability.


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