Trip Name: “From Almalyy valley to Arashan”
Duration: 3 days 2 nights
Category: trekking – (medium)
Season: May – October
Location: Issuk Kul oblast, Ak Suu district
Description: 3 Days of good trekking tour will get you to the famous valleys around Issyk Kul area. You will get impression from the Springs of Arashan valley, panoramic view of the Tashtan Bek Tor Bashy peak (4890 meters) and summer pasture of Anyr Tor valley.
Day 1: Transfer from Karakol to the beginning of Almalyy valley ( 30 min), this is the beginning of the 1st day trekking tour, on the first day we will reach the end of Almalyy, walking area is most stunning trail surrounded by high mountains. Fresh air from the Tien Shan forest and summer pasture is the gift from the mountains. After 5-6 walking hours you will get to the first camping place, that place is located on 2500 meteres elevation above sea level. Overnight in the tent
Day 2: Be ready for the difficult day on the way to the top of Ortok pass ( 3600 meters elevation). The trail making towards to the summit of the mountain range, the top of the pass is located in 3-4 hours walking distance from the first camping place with several stops for respite. Go forwards to the Arashan valley, the trail slowly goes down in front of the Peak Tashtan Bek (4890 meter). After 3-4 hours walking distance you will get to the Arashan valley and stay overnight in the hospitable Kyrgyz Yrt camp, where you will have dinner and time to enjoy hot springs.
Day 3: 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