Karakol National Park – Ala kol – Altyn Arashan – 4 Day Trek

Karakol National Park – Alakol – Altyn Arashan – 4 Day Trek

Altyn Arashan, which means ‘Golden Spa’ in Kyrgyz, is the most popular hike near Karakol in the north-east of the country. Ala Kol is a high-attitude lake and regular stop on several popular trekking routes between Altyn Arashan and the Karakol Gorge.

Altyn Arashan, which means ‘Golden Spa’ in Kyrgyz, is the most popular hiking area near Karakol in the north-east of the country. The hike is relatively strenuous but certainly not impossible, with some lovely gorge views afforded 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.

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Itinerary

  • 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 – Alakol lake – 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.

Tour Cost

  • 1 Person: 38500 som
  • 2 Person: 29300 som p/p
  • 3 Person: 18950 som p/p
  • 4 Person: 18500 som p/p

INCLUDED

GUIDE

Our local expert will guide you through and be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

TRANSPORT

Transport to and from Karakol will be included.

HOT SPRING FEES

Fees for the hot springs are covered

MEALS

All or some meals will be provided.

Camping Equipment Rental

All your camping gear is included

NOT INCLUDED

  • Water (take a bottle to fill up in the rivers on the way)

DURATION

  • 4 Days 3 Nights

SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT

  • trekking boots/gaiters,
  • weatherproof warm clothes
  • hat
  • sunscreen
  • sunglasses
  • rain coat

You can rent any equipment you might need directly from us.

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