Duration: 3-4 days
Season: June - October
Route: Karakol valley - Kurgak-Tor gorge - Ala-Kol lake - Ala-Kol pass -Altyn-Arashan hot sptings – Karakol town
Brief description: Want to visit the famous beautiful turquoise aquamarine lake of Karakol? You will have the opportunity to discover the natural areas of Terskey Ala-Too, to get an epic view of the highest points in the Teskey Ala Too range, such as the Karakol peak (5 216 m), the Jigit peak (5 117 m) and many other impressive peaks and glaciers. You will be able to take a dip in the hot springs of Altyn Arashan and finally contemplate the amazing alpine Ala-Kul lake, located at an altitude of 3 530 m. There are not enough words to describe the beauty of the lake and its surrounding landscape, you just need to see it!
Day to day plan:
Day 1- Karakol - Karakol valley - Kurgak-Tor gorge - "Sirota" camp site
First half of day is spending by driving through into the Karakol gorge by 4x4 soviet military car. Second half of the day is smoothly walking for a 600 m up and camping in a tree line (3000m) nearby crystal clean water of Kurgak Tor. Working day 2-3 hours.
Day 2- Sirota - Lake Ala-Kol - pass Ala-Kol (3 800 m) - Keldike gorge.
The trail to Ala-Kol lake leads up and up, along the river (coming from the Ala-Kol lake). With a nice view for the waterfall, the amazing Ala-Kol lake, the glacier, and when you reach the pass you will find yourselves surrounded by high peaks. After admiring, the trail continue via gentle descent down from the pass. Camp (3 000 m). Working day 6-7 hours.
Day 3- Keldike valley - Altyn-Arashan hot springs.
The Keldike valley is frequently visited by shepherds, who usually feed their cattle during the summer. The trail goes all the way down till Altyn-Arashan hot springs by crossing some small rivers. Working day 4-5 hours.
Day 4- Altyn-Arashan hot springs - Ak-Suu - Karakol.
After some dip in the hot springs walk down to Ak-Suu forestry village and by car get to KArakol town. Working time 3-4 hours.
Conditions of the program:
Equipment: Participants must have their equipment such as backpacks, desirable to have a personal sleeping bag, warm clothes, good trekking shoes, trekking poles, etc. (The whole structure of personal equipment).
Physical requirements: Participants must be in good physical condition, but don't need any special skills of mountaineering. The differences of heights range from 600 m to 850 m in vertical elevation. The maximum elevation is 3 850 m.
Price in USD: ($): 4 days trip
Group of 4: $230/person/tour
Group of 5: $210/person/tour
Group of 6 to 8: $200/person/tour
• All transfers into the gorge at the beginning and from the end of the trekking
• National park and camp site fees
• Kyrgyz-Tours local Guide (English speaking)
• Porters for personal luggage (every porter carries 15 kg of useful luggage)
• Lodging in the Kyrgyz-Tours tents with all meal and drinks at the trekking time.
• Lodging and hot springs in Altyn-Arashan
• Rent of tents and sleeping mats
• Visa support
• International flights to and from Bishkek
• Lodging/meals in Bishkek
• Lodging/meals in Karakol
• Roundtrip transfer between Bishkek-Karakol-Bishkek
• Medical/evacuation insurance
Round trip transport between Bishkek-Karakol-Bishkek:
By yourselves? You can easily catch a taxi or minibus by yourself in the western bus station in Bishkek. The ride takes approximately six hours (400km). In Karakol, you can settle in any reputed hotel or guest house. Our guide will meet you in Karakol and provide a briefing.
Our guests? For our guests, we organize a private comfortable transport from and to Bishkek/Manas International Airport, including a visit to the Burana Tower in Tokmok, a stop to the petroglyphs in Cholpon Ata and an excursion in Karakol, in the presence of our english speaking guide. Lodging in a local partners house with a clean shower/toilet, amazing breakfast and Kyrgyz history from the lips of our grandfathers, at the start and the end of the trekking (2 nights).
For just an extra $ 100 per person.
Booking. Feel free to contact us for additional information, maps, answers to any questions or to book this trip. If you wish to add more days or passes to this program, just let us know and we will be happy to prepare a custom designed tour exactly for you.