Charity Challenge: Kyrgyzstan

Friday 2nd July – Sunday 11th July

A wild and fantastic trekking journey through mountains, lakes, forests and traditional villages of Kyrgyzstan. This challenge will take you through some of the most remote areas of the country where you experience traditional life, explore high altitude lakes in the mountains, and pass by incredible ice glaciers.

This charity challenge is empowering you to experience the wilds of Kyrgyzstan while fundraising for our charity project SOS Children’s Villages Kyrgyzstan.

Together, our goal is to raise USD 50,000 for SOS Children’s Villages Kyrgyzstan.

We advise each individual to fundraise USD 1,375 (AED 5,000) so that together, we can succeed with this incredible sustainable educational project and support 180 children in need in Kyrgyzstan.

This challenge is rated demanding. The itinerary is oriented for people with good health and in regular fitness training, as the route consists of long passages over rough terrain, sharp fluctuations in temperature and ascents to a height of 3,860m. You must be comfortable walking several hours per day including steep inclines and at altitude.
Click here to read more details about our challenge difficulty levels.

We run a variety of free, weekly training sessions that we encourage you to join before the challenge. Registering for this challenge grants you membership to Gulf for Good's soulFIT fitness and hiking community. Click here to read more about soulFIT, our hiking community and view the upcoming schedule of activities.

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• A challenge, adventure and charity experience of a lifetime!
• In-country charity visit
• soulFIT training membership
• Unlimited access to all Gulf for Good fitness & training activities and hikes in UAE mountains
• Fundraising approval + support with fundraising events
• Pre-challenge briefing & get-togethers
• Discount with partner outdoor outfitters
• Safety, medical & equipment advice
• Internal flights & transfers
• Accommodation, food & water
• Experienced Outdoor First Aid certified Gulf for Good support team
• In-country medical & vehicle back up
• Ethical, global standards for in-country guides and porters


Either pay at once or opt for our easy installment plan below.

  1. AED 1,000 (USD 275) - Deposit toward Challenge Expenses (non-refundable and non-transferable) due to Gulf for Good to reserve your space on the challenge.
  2. AED 1,187 (USD 323) - 50% remaining balance towards Challenge Expenses due to Gulf for Good Thursday 8th April 2021
  3. AED 1,187 (USD 323) - 50% final balance towards Challenge Expenses due to Gulf for Good Thursday 20th May 2021
  4. AED 5,000 (USD 1,375) - Minimum Charity Donation due to International Humanitarian City Thursday 24th June 2021

(USD 1 = AED 3.67)

• International flights
• Visas
• Tips and spending money
• Vaccinations
• Insurance
• Kit items
• Drinks (other than water)

This event is under process for approval by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.


Friday 2nd July 2021 – Arrival in Kyrgyzstan & Charity Visit

We arrive into Bishkek Airport where we are picked up and transferred directly to SOS Children’s Charity  in Ananyevo. We enjoy the day visiting the wonderful charity project and the children whom our fundraising is supporting. By the afternoon we leave and head to Karakol where we will check into hotel and have a briefing on the trek to come.

Bishkek - Karakol : 423km,  6hrs 15mins
Bishkek – Ananyevo:  4.5hrs

Overnight in Hotel in Karakol. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Saturday 3rd July 2021: Karakol-Djety Oguz to Telety Pass

From the hotel we driving to the beginning of Telety pass in Djety-Oguz valley where we begin our trek. The drive will take us through villages, experiencing local life and the style of traditional houses and buildings. The last village on the way is Djety-Oguz, which means Seven Bulls in Kyrgyz language. It is famous for its unusually bright, red sandstone rock formations, some of the most popular rocks are Seven Bulls and Broken Heart. Driving further through green forests up to the mountains where we begin our 7km hike today. We start at the foot of Telety pass and will take up to 5 hours hiking.

Wild camping in tents at an altitude of 2,800m in front of Muz-Too Rocks. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Sunday 4th July 2021: Telety pass – Alp camp

We are moving to Karakol valley today and start our climb to Telety Pass (3,800m). There are two steep ascents at the beginning of this pass, but you will enjoy the view on the top. We descend to Telety-East valley which is our convenient spot to have lunch and soak in the views. After lunch we further descend into Karakol Valley to Alp Camp, located at an altitude of 2,500m. The hike should take up to 6 hours and cover 12km and 700m elevation gain.

Camping in tents or traditional yurts.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Monday 5th July 2021: Alp Camp – Ala-Kul lake – Keldike valley

We start our climb to Ala-kul lake (3,533m), you will be amazed by this extraordinary high altitude lake in the mountains. Ala-Kul lake is a natural rock dam and hidden treasure between the lofty Terskey Ala Too Mountains. It is located at an altitude of approximately 3,533 meters.

In addition, you will be able to see the glacier where this lake begins. Ascending this pass you will also have an opportunity to enjoy a breathtaking view of mountain summits, such as Djigit, Karakol and Tashtanbek peaks. Climbing to Ala-Kul peak (3,800m) and descending to Keldike valley. The total trekking time today should take between 6-8 hours covering 9km and +1200m ascent in altitude.

Camping in tents.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Tuesday 6th July 2021: Keldike valley – Altyn-Arashan

Our next point is Altyn-Arashan valley. Extremely picturesque views of Altyn-Arashan attract a large number of tourists. You will meet foreigners from around the world. Some of them visit this place for a day, but some of them stay there a week or more, enjoying the peace and beauty of this valley. Altyn-Arashan resort is famous for hot springs. There are 8-9 pools with water of different temperatures. Some of them were built in the open air and near the river. Total trekking time today should take up to 4 hours covering 11km, with 1100m change in altitude. 

Accommodation in a guesthouse or yurt. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Wednesday 7th July 2021: Altyn Arashan valley – Almallu river

Descending from Ala-Kul lake to Altyn Arashan valley or coming from Karakol city on a car or on foot, which is covered by lots of flowers and surrounded by forest. You will be able to see an ice glacier at 5,020m, which was formed in the shape of a tent, and called peak Palatka (a tent in Kyrgyz language).

Then you will start easy hiking in the valley, where you will be able to take photos of horses, goats and shepherds. You will start climbing in the middle of a day to Ortok pass at 3,780m, then descending to Ak-Suu Almallu river for a night.  Total trekking time will take up to 6 hours covering 13.5km.

Camping in tents.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Thursday 8th July 2021: Ak-Suu Almallu river - Boz Uchuk lakes

Starting your day in Almallu valley, which is full of rocks and bushes, you are going up to Ailanysh Pass. Passing the Ailanysh pass, you will get down to Jergez valley at an altitude of 2,400m. We then cross a 3,524m pass, and you will get to Boz Uchuk lakes surrounded by interesting rocks and hills in the landscape.

This is one of the most difficult days where the road is partly steep, and you are required to have a pair of tough shoes with good soles and ankle protection, especially on this day. Total trekking time can take between 6-8 hours covering 23.14km.

Camping in tents.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Friday 9th July 2021: Boz Uchuk lakes – Boz uchuk valley

Our last day of hiking! As we descend 1300m today, it is a relatively easy hike in total covering 16.1km. You will hike the first part of a day, then our team will take you via transportation to Karakol city and back to the guest house for nice, warm showers.

Accommodation in a guesthouse in Karakol.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Saturday 10th July 2021: Karakol to Bishkek

We wake up early and drive to Bishkek for a city tour and then celebratory dinner. Tonight will be a final stay in a hotel before an early rise for flight back to Dubai. Driving time 6 hrs.

Overnight in Bishkek Hotel.

Notes: This itinerary may change due to changes outside our control. We will endeavour to keep to the planned itinerary, but cannot be held responsible for last changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, the group leader will have the final say.

SOS Children's Villages Kyrgyzstan

Fundraising goal: USD 50,000

Number of children impacted: 180

Charity number: 79-3300-0F

United Nation's sustainable development goal: health, wellbeing and quality education

About the project:

The remote Ananyevo municipality in the Issyk-Kul region urgently needs a local meeting point to connect community members and boost learning and social activities!

Community centres aim at increasing the prosperity of regions and communities. Community centres are places where parents get training courses for increasing their employability and parental skills and help with daily challenges. Community centres are places where children play, learn and do their homework. They are also hubs for cultural and sports events.

Our goal is to raise USD 50,000 to build this centre in a rural area to improve the lives of 165 vulnerable families, 180 children and 12,000 inhabitants of the surrounding villages. 

A plot of land will be provided by the local government and the running costs will be taken over by the municipality.

Your investment will give the children and families of Ananyevo connection to the world, and a better, brighter future!

About the charity:

Founded in 1996 as a Member Association of the Federation of SOS Children's Villages International, SOS Children's Villages Kyrgyzstan is working to provide a loving home for every child in need.

SOS Children's Villages wants children to grow up in a caring and nurturing family environment, so they will be able to realize their potential and shape their lives and communities.

The offer for children and families starts with prevention work aiming at keeping families together and strengthening parental as well as economic skills, so children can grow up in a stable and protected environment.

In case it is not possible for children to stay with their family temporarily or for a longer time, SOS Children's Villages offers short-term care or family-based care solutions. The interest of the child is at the centre of a tailor-made approach and solutions are developed individually for each child. 

SOS Children's Villages Kyrgyzstan works for a strong future generation.

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