Trip Name: “Classical: from Karakol to Ala-Kul Lake – Arashan ”
Duration: 4 days 3nights
Category: trekking – (medium)
Season: May – October
Location: Issuk Kul oblast, Ak Suu District
Requirements: Trekking boots, weatherproof warm clothes, hat, sleeping
bag, tent, carry mat, sunscreen and sunglasses
Day 1: Transfer from Karakol to the middle of Karakol gorge, Ascent to Kurgak-Tor, 3 000 m. Camping at Sirota area in tents. Amazing views of the valley. Total waling time this day is 4-5 hours. Overnight in the tent
Day 2: Hiking to beautiful Mountain Lake, called Ala-Köl (3 500 m), 2 hours. You will pass by two waterfalls. Take a rest at Ala-Köl for 30 minutes. Hike through the Ala-Köl pass (3860 m) to the Keldyke Gorge and from the pass see the excellent panoramas of Takyr-Tor Glasier and five thousand mountain peaks of Terskey Ala-Too. Walking hours 6-7, overnight in the tent.
Day 3: Walk to the Altyn-Arashan resort, which is situated 2450 m above sea level. Camp at this wonderful place which is surrounded by magnificent rocks and from where a lot of streams begin from the glaciers, walking distance 3-4 hours, overnight in the yrt camp.
Day 4: Spend time till lunch in Altyn-Arashan gorge. At the Altyn-Arashan resort is possible to take a thermal water bath. You will never be able to forget the sight of the snow on Peak Palatka (Tent) 5260 m or “Swallow’s Nest Pool”, nestling beneath the open sky. Afternoon walk from Altyn-Arashan resort down by Arashan Gorge (4 hours). Drive to Karakol (30 minutes). End of tour. Arrive in Karakol