Charity Challenge: Kyrgyzstan (FULLY BOOKED)

Friday 9th July – Sunday 18th July

A wild and fantastic trekking journey through Kyrgyzstan’s 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 has been organised to raise funds to support our partner charity project SOS Children’s Villages Kyrgyzstan, which provides sustainable educational support for 180 children in need across the country.

Together, our goal is to raise USD50,000 for SOS Children’s Villages Kyrgyzstan to establish a local meeting point to connect community members and boost learning and social activities!

We advise each individual to fundraise USD1,375 so that together, we can succeed with this incredible project.

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.

In the run up to the challenge, Gulf for Good runs a variety of free, weekly training sessions that we encourage you to join. In addition, registering for this challenge grants you an unlimited membership to Gulf for Good's soulFIT fitness and hiking community.
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• A challenge, adventure and charity experience of a lifetime!
• An opportunity to visit the charity and experience the difference your fundraising will make
• soulFIT training membership
• Unlimited access to all Gulf for Good hikes, fitness and training activities in UAE
• Fundraising approval and support with fundraising events
• Pre-challenge briefing and get-togethers
• Discount with Gulf for Good partner outdoor outfitters
• Safety, medical and equipment advice
• Internal flights and transfers
• Accommodation, food and water
• Experienced Outdoor First Aid certified Gulf for Good support team
• In-country medical and 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. On registration 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. Thursday 8th April 2021: AED 1,187 (USD 323) - 50% remaining balance towards Challenge Expenses due to Gulf for Good 
  3. Thursday 20th May 2021: AED 1,187 (USD 323) - 50% final balance towards Challenge Expenses due to Gulf for Good 
  4. Thursday 24th June 2021: AED 5,000 (USD 1,375) - Minimum Charity Donation due to International Humanitarian City 

(USD 1 = AED 3.67)

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

This event is approval by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, license number 3709.


Friday 9th 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 will enjoy the day visiting the wonderful charity project and the children whom our fundraising is supporting. By the afternoon we will leave and head to Karakol where we will check into our hotel and have a briefing on the trek to come.

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

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


Saturday 10th July 2021: Karakol-Djety Oguz to Telety Pass

From the hotel we will drive to the beginning of the Telety Pass in the 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 at the foot of the Telety Pass and will take up to 5 hours.

We will camp in the wild in tents at an altitude of 2,800m in front of Muz-Too Rocks. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Sunday 11th July 2021: Telety pass – Alp camp

We will move to Karakol valley and start our climb to the 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 12th July 2021: Alp Camp – Ala-Kul lake – Keldike valley

We start our climb to the high-altitude Ala-Kul lake (3,533m) high in the mountains. This natural rock dam is a hidden treasure between the lofty Terskey Ala Too Mountains.

In addition, we will be able to see the glacier where this lake begins. Ascending this pass we will have an opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking view of mountain summits, such as Djigit, Karakol and Tashtanbek peaks while we climb to the Ala-Kul peak (3,800m) and descend to Keldike valley. The total trekking time for the day should take between 6-8 hours covering 9km and +1,200m ascent in altitude.

Camping in tents.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Tuesday 13th July 2021: Keldike valley – Altyn-Arashan

Our next point is the Altyn-Arashan valley, which is known for its extremely picturesque views and attract a large number of tourists 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 1,100m change in altitude. 

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


Wednesday 14th July 2021: Altyn Arashan valley – Almallu river

The descent from Ala-Kul lake to Altyn Arashan valley is covered by lots of flowers and surrounded by forest, with a key sight being an ice glacier at 5,020m, which was formed in the shape of a tent, and called peak Palatka (a tent in Kyrgyz language).

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

Camping in tents.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Thursday 15th July 2021: Ak-Suu Almallu river - Boz Uchuk lakes

Starting our day in Almallu valley, which is full of rocks and bushes, we will ascend to the Ailanysh Pass. Once reached, we will head down to Jergez valley at an altitude of 2,400m and then cross a 3,524m pass to reach 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 16th July 2021: Boz Uchuk lakes – Boz uchuk valley

Our last day of hiking! We will descend 1,300m for a relatively easy hike covering 16.1km in total. We will hike the first part of the day, and then we will be transferred by road 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 17th 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 our 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

About the project:

The remote Ananyevo municipality in the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan urgently needs a local meeting point to connect community members and boost learning and social activities. Our goal is to raise USD50,000 to build this centre on a plot of land that has been provided by the local government, and running costs to be managed by the municipality.

By building such a facility in this rural area, we will be improving the lives of 165 vulnerable families, 180 children and 12,000 inhabitants of the surrounding villages. The community centre is not just a physical structure, but also provides a space where parents receive training courses to increase their employability and parental skills and help with daily challenges. It will also serve as a venue where children play, learn and do their homework, as well as a hub for cultural and sports events.

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

About SOS Children’s Villages Kyrgyzstan: Our charity partner SOS Children's Villages Kyrgyzstan was founded in 1996 as a Member Association of the Federation of SOS Children's Villages International and has been working to provide a loving home for every child in need. Their mission is to ensure children to grow up in a caring and nurturing family environment, so they will be able to realise their potential and shape their lives and communities.

They work closely with local communities to keep families together and strengthen parental as well as economic skills, so children can grow up in a stable and protected environment. They also provide short-term care or family-based care solutions for cases where this is not possible

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

Anne Edmondson (Rep)

Sarah Hewerdine

Derek Bellis

Andy Jackson

Gill Meek

Renuka Alvares

Brian Wilkie

Jane Ebinger

Sirine Faddoul

Sarka Zimova

Abas Faraj

Nickey Jones

Yvette Diangson

Maria Tweehuijsen

Ellie Ashton

Stuart Walker

Taz Walker

Jen Donnelly

Kat Kearsey

Malak Elmousallamy

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