This is the second biggest gorge of Kyrgz ridge known by the locals as “Hot springs”. In this gorge in Soviet times on the base of hot mineral springs on the height of 1981 m above the sea level a holiday house was built. Nowadays it doesn’t work but the pool with hot water coming from the springs is still there. The water in the pool is about 30 C where you may swim with pleasure.
The hot springs themselves function on the base of mineral water spring coming from the bowels of the mountains with the temperature of about +56 C. In the structure of the water there are calcium salt, magnesium, iron, fluorine, cilicic acid. The water is supposed to help curing some diseases of musculoskeletal system, radiculitis, osteochondrosis, peripheral nervous system. It is also used as table water. Alamedin flood plain is absolutely covered by birch and pussy-willow groves and also by different types of bushes: barberry, black current, sea buckthorn and briar.
What should you bring:
Good walking shoes, warm clothes, rain gear, sunscreen, hat/cap, a towel, swimsuit, flip flops.
The valley of Ala-Archa river is one the most picturesque sights of Bishkek surroundings. Here, in the narrow valley of ordinary small river you may see a concentration of wonderful, stunning landscapes, waterfalls and amazing rocks. Here is unexpectedly rich flora and fauna, so that many people suppose this region to be a symbol of Kyrgyz ridge (Ala-Too).
The Ala-Archa gorge is located in a central part of Kyrgyz ridge in 30 km to the south of Bishkek. Its length is over 35 km. It is the huge gorge among all gorges of the Kyrgyz ridge. Ala-Archa is translaced from Kyrgyz language as varicolored archa. Archa is local name of juniper. The gorge got its name because of numerous bushes of archa, covering the slopes. Because there is a great diversity of archa in the gorge, of different colors and shapes, it gives a feeling chat the gorge is varicolored.
*If you have a problem with high altitude please bring your own medicine.
Are you looking for an adventure in the spectacular Kyrgyz countryside that is affordable, a bit challenging but not too physical and that will leave you begging for more breathtaking views?
This 3-day 2-night horse riding trip to the alpine lake of Song Kol is perfect for you!
Horse riding around Song Kol lake and the high mountain pastures is one of the top activities to do from Bishkek. Stay in a traditional Kyrgyz yurt, meet the friendly semi-nomadic families and herdsmen who live in the mountains at 3,000m above sea level.
Riding a horse Kyrgyz style is a unique experience. Beginner or experienced horse rider, you’re sure to get fantastic memories out of this trip. Don’t worry if you’ve never ridden a horse before, our guides will explain exactly how to saddle, mount, ride and even gallop in the Kyrgyz jailoos (summer pastures).
Get a taste of the nomadic life in rural Kyrgysztan! Watch farmers milk mares, drink some mare’s milk, try to spot some of the many species of birds who live in the area, and soak in the fresh air and the absolutely gorgeous views of the sun setting over the Song Kol Lake. Don’t forget to bring a tripod with you to snap some pictures of the beautiful starry sky at night with the mountains and the lake in the background.
Day 1: Bishkek to Kyzart by bus. Have lunch in Kyzart before getting on your horse. Horse riding or 3 hours. Dinner & night with shepherds in a yurt.
Day 2: Kyzart to Song Kol by horse. Horse riding for 3 hours. Dinner & night in a yurt camp.
Day 3: Song Kol to Kyzart by horse. Horse riding for around 5 hours. Lunch in Kyzart. Bus back to Bishkek.
Horse guide (with limited English).
Helmet for horse riding.
Transport (around 400 som by marshrutka/bus one way – #514) / private transfer from Bishkek to Kyzart is $50 per car.
English speaking horse guide is $10 extra per day per group.
Duration: 3 days and 2 nights
Requirements: trekking boots/gaiters, weatherproof warm clothes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, rain coat and warm clothes – it gets really cold at night!
Seasons for riding: Mid June – Mid September (summer season) and End of September to beginning of June (winter season)
Accommodation & meals: 2 nights in a yurt, 3 lunches, 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts.