Cooking Master Class

We invite you to join our cooking master classes, you have 2 options :

  • in the food court next door : 500 som per person (4 people minimum)
  • with a local family : 1000 som per person (2 people minimum)

Ingredients are included in the price.

You will have the choice between several traditional dishes :

  • Manty
  • Lagman
  • Plov
  • Vareniki (russian traditional dish)
  • Borsch (russian traditional dish)

To book this activity please contact the reception or :

E-mail: applehostelbishkek@gmail.com
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20 common questions about traveling in Kyrgyzstan (and the answers !)

You are thinking about going to Kyrgyzstan for your next trip ? It will be your first time there ? You’re asking some questions around and nobody is able to answer ?

Great ! This article is made for you !

We are going to answer to the 20 most common questions that people are asking about this amazing country.

If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to post them in the comments section, we will help you to figure everything out ! Don’t worry, there is no stupid question !

  1. Where is Kyrgyzstan and how can I reach it ?

Kyrgyzstan is a large country (about 200 000 km²) located in Central Asia. It shares borders with Kazakhstan in the North, China in the East, Tajikistan in the South and Uzbekistan in the West. So, if you are traveling by land, you can cross easily from any of those countries. If you are coming by plane, many airlines offer good deals to flight to Bishkek, the capital city. 

2. Do I need a visa ?

For some nationalities, Kyrgyzstan has a 60-days visa free system. You only need a passport to come here and can stay up to 60 days. 

If you are not on this list, you may need to apply for a visa in any kyrgyz embassy, or online with the e-visa system, or you will get one upon arrival at Manas airport in Bishkek. This works for people coming from :

If your country is not on any of those lists, you need to apply for a visa with an invitation letter to some specific embassies.

If you need more information, check the official website of the Kyrgyz MFA : http://www.evisa.e-gov.kg/

3. Is it safe ? Is it okay for solo women to travel there ?

Kyrgyzstan is indeed a really safe country with a pretty low rate of criminality. And, yes, it’s safe as well for solo women (this article is indeed written by a solo woman traveler 😉 ) Of course, as in many big cities, you should watch out for your belongings while in a busy area (for exemple in the bazars), but nothing more. Locals usually have a good attitude towards foreigners and they will help you if you have any kind of trouble. Behave positively, respect the culture and beleifs, and everything will go well ! The main risk for you here, will be to fall in love with the country and to extend your stay !

4.  When is the best moment to go ? What about the weather conditions ?

The best moment to go to Kyrgyzstan varies depending on what you are looking for. 

If you want to hike, enjoy the colourful nature in the protected areas, watch wildlife, ride a horse, camp in the mountains, swim in magnificient lakes (and so much more !), then, May to October should be the best for you. The temparatures vary, it can be really hot in summer, but you will still see some snow high in the mountains.

If you want to ski, admire cities covered by snow, avoid the high season to feel the authentic local life in the villages, enjoy the hot springs while it’s freezing oustside, then, yes, you can come even in winter ! Expect intense cold (it can be around -15°C) but if you are well equiped, it should not be a problem !

5. What is the traditional food ?

Kyrgyz food is mainly based on meat (sheep, horse, beef) and dairy products. You will find a large variety of traditional dishes, and you will need time to try everything ! Here are just some examples :

  • Paloo (also called Plov) is a typical Central Asian dish made with rice, meat, carrots, garlic, sometimes dried fruits… there are many kinds of Paloo ! And of course, in each region they will tell you they have the best 😉 Try, and make your own ranking !
  • Manty are steamed dumplings filled with ground meat and onions. You can find them in many outside kiosks, all around the country.
  • Samsa (similar to Indian samosas) are available at every street corners, and are usually made with bread filled with meat or vegetables or cheese, and so on
  • Beshbarmak is a tradtional Kyrgyz dish made of meat and flour. It is usually served with horse meat. Beshbarmak means “five fingers” in kyrgyz language.
  • Lagman are fresh noodles mixed with peppers and some other vegetables. It can be quite spicy.

Tea and bread are also very popular in Kyrgyzstan.

Regarding beverages, you will find a lot of dairy products as kymyz (fermented mare’s milk) or fermented cereals as bozo for example. For westerners, those drinks are really different from everything you have in your coutries and the taste can be surprising. But it’s part of the experience ! 

6.  How can I communicate with people ?

Kyrgyzstan has two official languages : Kyrgyz and Russian. They use cyrillic alphabet (the kyrgyz version and the russian version). But don’t worry, if you can’t speak any of those languages, you will be fine. In big cities, you will find people who can speak english, locals are more and more used to the touristic industry. And if they don’t, be creative ! As everywhere else you can use body language, signs, drawings… you have many options !

7. What is the currency and how can I withdraw/exchange money ?

The local currency is the Kyrgyz som (KGS). When we are publishing this article, the exchange rate is around 1 $ ≈ 69 KGS or 1 € ≈ 79 KGS. There are exchange offices all around the big cities, as well as banks with ATM. Visa is the easiest card to use, but some banks also accept Mastercard and American Express. The bank system is pretty reliable and stable in Kyrgyzstan, but usually the amount you can withdraw is limited (max 200 $ or 10 000 soms). Compare the rates before exchanging money. Note that in the exchange offices, they would prefer big, crisped and clean bills (100 $, 50 $, 100 € or 50 € ). For small or old bills (they are pretty picky…), the exchange rate will be lower.

8. Where should I go while in the country ?

Kyrgyzstan has a lot to offer. Depending on what you are looking for, many areas will be interesting for you. The main cities are Bishkek, Osh, Karakol and Cholpon-Ata, but we strongly advise you to get a taste of the magical nature around. We provide a lot of tours that you will love. To find out more, check our Tours and treks page.

9. What is the cost of living there ?

Compared with western standards, Kyrgyzstan is extremely affordable. You can eat in a canteen for 1-2 $ and have a full meal, take a long ride across the country in a minibus for less than 10 $, have a beer in a cosy bar for 1 – 2 $, … And in the market places, you’re invited to bargain ! 

10. What are the main religions ?

Around 80 % of the inhabitants are muslims, and 17 % russian orthodox. It’s not really a conservative country compared with the countries around. You will be able to visit colourful mosques as well as gleaming cathedrals.

11. Can I go camping in the nature ?

Definitely yes ! It will be very easy and safe, the summer season welcomes a lot of campers and locals are used to it. We encourage you to do it ! You should also try to sleep in a traditional yurt to understand how live the nomadic people. You don’t have your on gear ? Don’t worry, Apple Hostel can provide you whatever you need for a good trip deep in the nature ! 

12. I am traveling by bicycle, how are the roads ?

Kyrgyzstan became super popular among cyclists since the last 10 years. The roads are okay in most of the country, you would prefer the summer season though. The traffic can be a bit hectic in big cities but in the surronding areas, you will have the whole road just for you ! Furthermore, you will easily find places to fix your bicycle around the country.

13. How is the internet/wifi network ?

Kyrgyzstan has a pretty reliable internet network and you will easily find wifi in the big cities. Cafes, bars, restaurants, malls and hostels offer free good wifi. If you are addicted to technology and need to be connected everywhere, you can buy a local sim card. Several operators offer pretty cheap packages with calls and 4G internet. We can also help you with that as we provide sim cards in our hostels !

14. Can I travel there with my kid(s) ?

Sure ! They will enjoy the beautiful nature and the scenery will be a unique experience for them ! You will find plenty of activities to do with kids (short hikes, swimming, skiing, cycling, visiting amusement parks, and so on). We offer private rooms in our hostels where you can stay together, with a family atmosphere !

15. How will I travel around the country/cities ?

Kyrgyzstan has a good public transport network. You can easily reach many cities or villages by marshrutkas (minibus) for affordable prices. There are many bus stations everywhere, don’t worry if you can’t read cyrillic, the drivers are shouting their destinations ! Inside the big cities, you also have a lot of bus and minibus, as well as taxis. We advise you to intall 2GIS (to find your way inside cities) and Yandex (cheap taxis in the main cities) that will help you. We can provide shuttle services and we also rent cars and bicycles. Ask us about it !

16. What kind of souvenirs should I bring back home ?

You will find a lot of souvenirs shops all around the country. Traditional hats, musical instruments, clothes, horse equipment, flags, handicrafts, dolls… You will need space in your luggage ! You can find a lot of items in museums and bazars, but we also have a souvenir shop just inside our hostel !

17. I am vegeterian/vegan, what could I eat ?

Yes, Kyrgyzstan is a meat country. But NO, you won’t die from hunger ! You will easily find a lot of seasonal fruits and vegetables in the markets all around the country, as well as dry fruits, different kind of nuts, bread and so on. You will enjoy the place in accordance with your eating-habits !

18. What should I do if I have a health problem there ?

Kyrgyzstan can be pretty tough on some stomachs. But don’t worry, you just have to respect some easy rules to avoid being sick ! If you have some troubles still though, we invite you to read our article about health in Central Asia.

19. Which books can I read about Kyrgyzstan and the region ?

We advise you to read any of Tchinguiz Aitmatov’s books, the national writter of Kyrgyzstan. Most of his books are translated in several languages and he is really popular among locals. Nice topic to start a conversation in  a cafe ! About tourism, Bradt and Lonely Planet published several guides about Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia in general, it can help you to decide what you want to see !

20. Where should I stay while in Kyrgyzstan ?

In Apple Hostel of course 😉 We have accomodations in Bishkek, Osh and Cholpon-Ata. We are a family run hostel well known by travelers, with affordable prices, comfy rooms, and all the facilities you need. Our hostels are the perfect places to meet other travelers !  For other cities, we can help you to arrange your stay in hostels/hotels/guesthouses from which we heard positive feedback from our guests. 

We hope to see you soon in Kyrgyzstan !

How not to get (completely) lost in Osh bazaar

The bazar was built around 1983. It is built in the structure typical for Central Asia: A roofed market is located in the center while indoor halls for selling surround it.
The original bazar should remind of traditional buildings with arches, arcades and towers at the corners.

In addition to the so-called “Green Market”, there is the Kiyal building. Kiyal (Кыял) means fantasy/dream in Kyrgyz language. Here you can find traditional clothes and souvenirs.

   

Basically, you can find anything you need at the Osh Bazar, you just have to take your time (-;

 

This map tries to help you find your way around the bazar. However, the bazar is constantly changing, so we cannot guarantee that you will find everything in the same spot!

  

Have fun and don’t hesitate to ask, the sellers are very friendly !

To book this tour please contact us:

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Bishkek Architecture Tour

The following article will introduce ten architectural sights in Bishkek. It is designed as a walking tour which is supposed to take about two to three hours. Most of the information was taken from the book ‘Architekturführer Bischkek’ by Henning Hraban Ramm and Benedikt Viertelhaus. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the buildings and history of Bishkek. Unfortunately, it is not yet translated into English or Russian. This leaflet only highlights ten sights from more than 130 mentioned in the book, though I hope to bring any reader a bit closer to the architecture of this exciting city.

  1. Holy Ressurection Cathedral (1984)

The bright blue spires of this Russian Orthodox cathedral, opened in 1947, stand out along Jibek Jolu. On the facade you can find various forms of crosses and circles, which is most impressive on the portal with its oculuses. The spartan interior, decorated with icons and studded with candles, is open to visitors.

 

  1. National Library 1981-1984

The official Library of Kyrgyzstan was founded in 1934, but the building that houses the collection opened in 1984. To get further into the library, you will need to do what everyone else does and buy a day access pass which is only 10 som.

  1. Wedding Palace 1987

In almost every former-soviet city in Central Asia there are elaborate wedding palaces. They are community based facilities, built to give the administrative act of a wedding a celebratory glamour. The wedding palace in Bishkek is a distinctive building and is similar to sacral building in many views. 

  1. Circus 1976

The stationary circus is part of Russian culture since the late 19th century. The one in Bishkek is formed after the archetype of the circus in Moscow. Similar circus buildings can be found in Tashkent, Dushanbe, Almaty and Donezk.

 

  1. Victory Square 1985

The Victory Square was opened on 9th of May 1985, the 40th anniversary of the victory against the fascist Germany. It emphasizes the importance of the “Great Patriotic War”.

  1. Museum of Fine Arts 1974

Together with the State Theater and the Opera, the Museum of Fine Arts forms a cultural centre around the oak park. Due to several renovations, some original attributes disappeared, such as the skylights and the intersections between the different rooms.

 

  1. State History Museum 1984

The former Lenin Museum used to be a branch of the Moscow-based Lenin Museum until the Kyrgyz independence. Right now (2018) the museum is closed due to restruction.

  1. Ala-Too Square 1984

Ala-Too Square is Kyrgyzstan’s main square, located in the center of Bishkek. Ala-Too in Kyrgyz means “great mountain”, symbolizing the mountainous terrain and nature of the country.

  1. White House 1985

The White House is the official presidential office building of the President of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. This building is one of the Soviet era buildings which are very interesting to see when in Bishkek, which is definitely one of the country’s landmarks as well.

  1. Sport Palace Koschomkul 1974

The Sport Palace Koschomkul (former W.I. Lenin) is part of a bigger sport area with the Stadium Spartak on the opposite of the street. The function room takes 3000 visitors. The entrance is at grade. To reach the function room you have to go one floor down.

To book this tour please contact us :

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Travel healthy

In some areas, stay healthy while traveling can be a challenge. Although it’s one of the most beautiful region on the planet, Central Asia is one of these risky areas for travelers. Some bacteria, parasites or virus which almost completely disappeared from our occidental countries, are still active here. If locals have developed additional defenses, our sometimes weak bodies are more sensitive to those attacks. But don’t panic ! Most of the infections you can catch here are benign, easy to avoid and treat, if you have appropriate habits and information. This is the purpose of this article.

Here we are going to help you to :

  • Know the risks
  • Avoid them
  • Know the symptoms of the main diseases
  • Treat the symptoms
  • Explain your troubles in Russian
  • Know where to find help

We are going to focus on the risks incurred in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

  1. Malaria

Malaria can occur from May to October in some Kyrgyz and Tajik regions. The risk is not high, but it does exist in : Gorno-Badakshan, Khatlon, Duchanbe, Leninabad, the western border of Kyrgyzstan and Bishkek area.

Malaria is an infection transmitted by mosquitos. They bite mostly during the night and in the evening.

Be aware of stereotypes ! Despite what most people think, mosquitos are not attracted by the light, so staying in the dark is not useful to avoid them. They are attracted by heat and bodies’ smell.

To avoid it, you can adopt some easy habits :

  • Wear large, covering and light clothes
  • Spray your clothes and skin with an insecticide
  • Cover your bed/tent with a net
  • Use repulsive electric diffuser to protect your room at night

Some medicines are available as well, but not necessary here due to the low level of risk.

Symptoms that you should be aware of :

There are difficult to spot because very commons (fever, digestive disorders, muscle aches…) but in case of persistent fever following mosquito bites, you should go to the doctor once back home.

2. Typhoid fever

Typhoid fever is an infection due to a bacteria transmitted by water and food. It is highly contagious. It can occur evrywhere is Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

To avoid it, here are some simple rules of hygiene :

  • Wash your hands carefully after/before going to the toilets (use hydroalcoholic serum that you can easily find in pharmacies or even supermarkets)
  • Don’t drink water from the tap or from the rivers if you don’t have an efficient filter
  • Be careful with fruits and vegetables, if you can’t wash them with drinkable water, choose food that you can peel before eating (oranges, bananas…)
  • Be careful with hot drinks. If the water is boiled, most of the bacteria are destroyed but in many places, locals don’t boil the water for the tea for example, they only heat it. In that case, the risk of contamination is still high.

The best way to avoid typhoid fever is vaccination. Talk to your doctor before leaving your country.

Symptoms are pretty commons :

  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Stomach aches
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Digestive troubles (diarrhea, constipation)

To have a precise diagnosis, you should go to see a doctor and have some blood and feces analysis.

3. Intestinal infections

They are transmitted by parasites (sometimes some kind of little worms or their eggs) who will stay in your intestines after a contamination by water, food or contact with infected surfaces.

To avoid this risk (really high in the region), the rules are pretty much the same as for typhoid fever :

  • Hands hygiene
  • Avoid risky food (raw or not well cooked, fruits or vegetables which you can’t wash…)
  • Use a filter or drink only bottled water

Symptoms are quite similar as well :

  • Diarrhea +++ (feces are often watery and yellow)
  • Stomach ache
  • Vomiting
  • Sometimes fever

They last 4 to 5 days and are really invalidating. For the cyclists/people who camp, try to find a comfy place to stay, don’t stay alone in the nature, you will have tough moments !

4. Altitude sickness

Altitude sickness (or acute mountain sickness) is caused by rapid exposure to altitude, when your body struggles to adapt itself. This risk is high while traveling in the Pamir, because it can occur from 2500 m / 3000 m above sea level.

The most common symptoms are :

  • Headaches
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Difficulties to fall asleep

To avoid it, there is no magical recipe. You can’t know if you will suffer from altitude sickness of not, our bodies are unequal. A good hydration can help.

One of the general rule is not to sleep more than 400m higher than the night before. So you should ride the Pamir step by step, to help your body to adapt to the reduction of oxygen in the air.

There is a preventive medicine : acetazolamide (Diamox) but it’s difficult to find in the region, better to take it beforehand, in your country. Ask your doctor. You can take a pill twice a day as soon as you start the ascent.

Be careful ! This medicine is a diuretic (it means that it helps to get rid faster from urines) so you should drink a lot to compensate (don’t wait to be thirsty).

Altitude sickness can lead to serious troubles, but fortunately it’s really rare for healthy people. It can be acute pulmonary edema or cerebral edema.

Symptoms are alarming and impressive, such as breathlessness (even when resting), loss of conscious, balance troubles, cough with or without sparkling spittle.

The main treatment is to go down ! In general, 500m are enough to help and it should not leave any aftermath.

 

If, despite all your precautions you still got sick, here are some medicines easy to find to treat the most common symptoms :

  • Fever/Headache : paracetamol (парацетамол), 1 g every 6 hours in case of persistent fever
  • Diarrhea : : *nifuroxazide (нифуроксазид) 200 mg every 6 hours (maximum 3 days) OR *smecta (смекта) ; 3 times a day (7 days maximum)
  • Nausea/vomiting : métopimazine Vogalène (вогален) 1 pill a day OR dompéridone (домперидон) 1 pill 3 times a day.

Be careful ! Those medicines are delivered without prescription because of the low rate of side effects and allergies. But, if you don’t know those medicines or if you have a chronicle disease, talk to your doctor. The advice on this article can’t replace a medical check-up.

Furthermore, Central Asia is a risky area for hepatitis A and B. Once again, the best way to prevent it is the vaccination (anticipate it before leaving your country).

About the medical facilities in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

Unfortunately, even in big cities, medical standards regarding equipment, hygiene and facilities are very far from the occidental ones. Visiting a local hospital can be really scary for someone used to european health system for example. In case of serious troubles, even locals are going to India or China. Regarding visa issues, it would probably be easier for you to fly to Turkey where the medical system is really performing.

We can recommend some place still though :

  • Bishkek : Eldik Family Medicine Clinic (2 american doctors work there)

1,2 jash gvardiya boulevard (in front of the swimming pool Delphin ‘Дельфин‘)

Mail : info@eldikfmc.com

Phone : 0776 652 079

  • Dushanbe : Prospekt Medical Clinic

33 sanoi street

Mail : prospekt-clinic@tajnet.com

Phone : + 992 37 224 30 92

 

Except those places, it would be better for you not to go alone in a hospital, ask some help to locals. You’ll find a lot of “polyclinics”, those centers are not recommended because of the lack of hygiene and asepsis. Moreover, it’s common that the medical staff refuses to take care of foreigners – or ask for some kind of bribe.

Emergency numbers in Kyrgizstan: 

State’s services : 103

Private services : 1339

The public services are cheaper but the private services are faster. If you have an insurance or don’t mind paying more, we advise you to call the private services.

In case of emergency, if you need help to traslate, you can call our manager Aigul (whatsapp) :

+996 553 280 881

Be careful ! When you buy medicines, go to the pharmacies. There are a lot of medicines at the bazar but most of them are counterfeit.

 

Some useful worlds in Russian to explain what you have :

                     

I am sick : я болею

I have a headache : у меня болит голова

I have stomach ache : у меня болит живот

I have diarrhea : у меня понос

I vomited : меня вырвало

I have a nausea :  меня тошнит

Where is the hospital ? : где больница ?

I need to see a doctor : мне нужно врач

 

 

Osh bazaar Food Tour

Discover Osh Bazaar and try a number of famous Kyrgyz snacks, including kurut, various milks and wheat drinks, as well as Kyrgyz tobacco! All included within the tour which culminates with lunch, starting from Apple Hostel.

Duration: 2-3 hours | Price: 1000 per person


To book this tour please contact us:

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TAJIKISTAN with a local driver

Apple Hostel Apple Hostel collaborates with local drivers to offer our guests the best way to experience Tajikistan, by driving through it. Guests can choose between different packages, depending on their time schedule and budget.

PAMIR HIGHWAY

Osh — Dushanbe  // +- 1300 kilometers (gravel until Korugh).          Don’t miss Murghab’s cointainer bazaar.


Tajikistan has more to offer than just the Pamir Highway. Some of the popular side tracks are:

ZORKUL NATURE RESERVE

Murghab — Khargush // +- 250 kilometers (mostly dirt road and gravel). Don’t miss the Ak Bura meteor crater.


WAKHAN VALLEY

Side track from Pamir Highway – Khorugh // +- 350 kilometers (mostly gravel). Don’t miss the Bibi Fatimi hot springs near the Yamchun Fort.


SHAKDARA VALLEY

Side track from Pamir Highway — Khorugh / +- 160 kilometers (mostly dirt road and gravel). Don’t miss the view of Pik Marx.


FAN MOUNTAINS

Dushanbe — Iskanderkul — Alaudin Lakes –Haftkul // +- 400 kilometers (mostly gravel when leaving main road). Don’t forget to park your car and hike through these beautiful mountains to lakes and passes you can only reach on foot.


Some general information

 

Tours range from 3 days to 2 weeks. For price quote please contact the tour manager via what’s app +996553280881

Tours booked with food and accommodation start with lunch on the 1st day and end with lunch on the last day.  Bookings can be done via Aigul (+996 553 280 881). 


For further details and to book this tour please contact us:

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4 day tour: Karakol National Park – Alakol – Altyn Arashan

 
 

Day 1: Transfer from Karakol town to Karakol National park entrance by car. Hike to Sirota camp, 12 km, 4-5 hours. Lunch/dinner. Overnight in tents. 

Day 2: Sirota camp – Keldike gorge, 10 km, 5-6 hours. Lunch/dinner. Overnight in tents
 
Day 3: Keldike gorge – Altyn arashan, 10 km, 4 hours. Lunch/dinner. Overnight in tents
 
Day 4: Altyn arashan – Aksuu village, 15 km, 4-5 hours. Lunch. Transfer from Aksuu village back to Karakol town.
 
 Price for 1 person: 41320 som
2 ppl: 53255 som
3 ppl: 65190 som
 
The cost includes a tour guide service, meals as per itinerary, camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, mat), one cook per group, one porter for 1 person. (can carry up to 15 kg), transfer from Karakol to the National park and from Aksuu village back to Karakol, park entrance fee and tent set up fee.

To book this tour please contact us:

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3 day tour: Altyn Arashan – Alakol – Altyn Arashan

Altyn-Arashan, which means ‘Golden Spa’ in Kyrgyz, is the most popular hike near Karakol in the north-east of the country. The hike is relatively strenuous but certainly not impossible, with some lovely gorge viewsafforded on the way and there are rich rewards once you have reached the snow glistening mountain valley.

Furthermore, the site is famous for its several hot-springs where natural sulphur infused water flows into concrete pools housed in wooden sheds. The water is hot, around 50oC and is the perfect antidote to weary bodies.

Altyn Arashan is located 20km south-east of Karakol and near Issyk-kul Lake, in an alpine valley dominated at its southern end by the 4260m tall Pik Palatka (‘Tent Peak’).  The valley forms part of the Arashan State Nature Reserve which is famous for its unique wildlife, including snow leopards and a few wild bears. Don’t worry though, it’s very unlikely they will make an appearance and the only animals you are likely to see are the horses and sheep owned by local families.

Ala-Kol is on several popular trekking routes between Altyn-Arashan and the Karakol Gorge, and lies at an altitude of 3,532 m (11,588 feet) above sea level. Ala-Kol is set in a barren, rocky depression, and is surrounded by the peaks of the Terskey Ala Too range. Rocky paths and scree slopes are used to approach the lake.


3 day tour: Altyn Arashan – Alakol – Altyn Arashan

Day 1: Transfer by car from Karakol to Aksu village. Hike from Aksu to Altyn Arashan valley, 2600 m. Lunch. Dinner & overnight in a guesthouse;

Day 2: Breakfast. Hike to Alakol lake (3600 m) and back ( 26 km both ways). Lunchbox is provided. Dinner & overnight in a guesthouse;

Day 3: Breakfast. Hike back to Aksuu village. Transfer from Aksu to Karakol. Lunch on your own.

Price for 1 person: 17270 som / 2 ppl: 20130 som / 3 ppl: 22990 som

The cost includes a tour guide service, accommodation and meals as per itinerary, transfer by car from Karakol to Aksu and back.


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