Amazing tour with a hike to Ala-Kul lake

We added hiking to a beautiful mountain lake to this itinerary around Issyk-Kul and as a result we got the great adventure!

Tour program
7 days
Bishkek, Ala-Archa gorge, Issyk Kul lake, Karakol, Alakul lake

After meeting at your hotel, we will first of all introduce you to the capital of Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek. We will do a walking tour with visits to the main attractions and museums. We will tell you the history of our city, as well as interesting personalities who have made a great contribution to the development of our country.

After exploring the city we will go to the National Park Ala-Archa, which is located 40 km from the city. We will walk in the park along the river, or climb a panorama, from where you can see the whole gorge! We will tell you about the different animals that live in this area, as well as why this park is one of the most favorite places for climbers.

After the walk we will return to the city, have dinner and take you to your hotel.

In the morning we will pick you up from the hotel and go on our trip around Issyk - Kul lake. On the way, we will visit one of the oldest buildings in our country - the Burana tower. The tower testifies to the existence of the city of Balasaguni in the 9th to 14th centuries. We will tell you about the history of this settlement, as well as visit a small museum of archaeological finds and a museum of stones found in the mountains of Tien Shan. Climbing to the top of the tower, offering a beautiful view of the Chuy Valley, we will tell you about the legends of this tower.

Having walked around the complex, we will continue to Issyk - Kul. In the afternoon we will arrive at the yurt camp on the southern shore of Issyk-Kul, where we will have lunch with national Kyrgyz dishes and stay in comfortable yurts. After a short rest, we will drive along the southern shore of the lake to the Fairytale Canyons, where we will walk among the bizarre sandy figures. For dinner, we will return to our yurt camp.

After breakfast we will continue our journey, and first of all we will visit the Tamga gorge. In the heart of the gorge there are stones on which Buddhist prayers dating from the 8th – 9th centuries are carved. Then we will go to the gorge Barskaun, known for its waterfalls, as well as the fact that in Soviet times the first cosmonauts liked to relax here! Strolling around the area, we will go to another equally beautiful gorge - Jety-Oguz, known for its red rocks, similar to the huge bulls.

The end point on this day is the city of Karakol, in which we will come for dinner. After dinner we will stay in a cozy guest house.

In the morning we will go deep into the Karakol gorge, to the starting point of the hiking itinerary. The hiking will starts from a height of 2300 meters above sea level, and at the end of the day you will stop for the night in the “Sirota Camp” located at an altitude of 2900 meters. You will have lunch on the way and dinner in camp. Overnight in tents.

Average height: 2537 meters.
The highest altitude: 2953 meters.
Hiking distance: 8 kilometers.
Maximum slope: 35%.
Average slope: 11%.
Hiking time: 5-6 hours.

The most difficult day. In the morning, you will find a long ascent to Alakol lake, located at an altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level. It will be difficult, but interesting! A lunch is waiting for you at the lake, then we continue our hiking along the left bank of Alakul, lifting up to the pass at an altitude of 3860 meters. From this pass you can enjoy an amazing panorama of the Tien Shan mountains, icy peaks and a lake. The descent from the pass will be rather steep, but short, and will take much less time than the ascent. By the evening – dinner and overnight in tents.

Average height: 3483 meters.
The highest altitude: 3860 meters.
Hiking distance: 7 kilometers.
Maximum slope: 50%.
Average slope: 21%.
Hiking time: 6-7 hours.

After breakfast, we will continue going down to the Keldyk gorge and after a while, we go to the Altyn-Arashan gorge. There are popular hot springs, surrounded by several yurts and you would be able to find a horses riding. A visit of the hot springs is a great way to relax after hiking.

After lunch in the gorge, you will go back to Karakol (most likely on a Soviet car, because only such cars can pass through the road to the gorge). When we arrive in Karakol city, we will come back to the guest house and go for a dinner. After the dinner we will return to the guest house and have free time.

Average height: 2902 meters.
The highest altitude: 3530 meters.
Distance: 9 kilometers.
Maximum bias: 34%.
Average slope: 13%.
Travel time: 5 hours.

After breakfast we will go to Bishkek along the northern shore of Issyk - Kul. In Cholpon - Ata town we will stop to have lunch, and then we will visit the museum of five religions - Ruh-Ordo. Walking through the museum, we will continue our journey to Bishkek and in the evening we will deliver you to your hotel.

Services for additional payment:

In the Yurt camp on the shore of Issyk-Kul you can see a folklore show (surcharge – 5000 soms from the group) and a demonstration of hunting with eagles (surcharge – 5000 soms from the group).

In the gorge Jety-Oguz you can also rent horses for horseback riding, surcharge 500 soms per hour for one horse.

Clothes and equipment:

You can take all necessary things. Please take into consideration that in summer time the temperature in Bishkek city reaches up to 40 oC and in the mountains the temperature decreases to 10 oC. Be prepared for unexpected changes of the weather.

Recommended: rain-coat, sweater/fleece, wind-stopper, enough t-shirts and other underwear (think of taking smth with long sleeves to avoid sunburns), hat (remember – the sun can be violent), sun-screen cream (30 or higher), insect repellent (skin + clothes), good trekking boots for easy hikes in the mountains, walking shoes (don’t need heavy ones) for the city walks, flash light (torch).

Personal first aid kit (most likely problems: blisters, sunburns, allergy, diarrhoea, sore muscles after hikes. Take painkillers, anti-histaminic, antibiotics of general action, and anything you need for your usual medical conditions), personal hygiene kit (disinfection gel is highly recommended) + some toilet paper.

A small towel, swimming suit (for Issyk-Kul), sunglasses, photo camera, notepad and a pen to make notes as you travel, a smaller backpack, except for your normal suitcase.

Tour prices
Private tour for one person
3000 USD
Group of 2 people
3400 USD
(1700 USD per one person)
Group of 3 people
3780 USD
(1260 USD per one person)
Group of 4 people
4120 USD
(1030 USD per one person)
If there are more than 4 participants in your group, please contact us for pricing this tour.
Transport services and guide services
Accommodation in the yurt camp
Accommodation in the guest house in the Karakol
Equipment for hiking: tents, travel mat, kitchen equipment
Porter for kitchen equipment (in hiking days)
Mountain guide
Meals by program
Entrance fee to the territory of natural and historical objects
Excursion to the Burana Tower
Excursion to the Fairytale canyon
Excursion to the waterfalls of the Barskaun gorge
Excursion to the Tamga gorge
Excursion to the Rukh-Ordo
Bottled water
Does not include
Flight tickets
Accommodation in Bishkek
Sleeping bag
Breakfast on the first day of the tour and dinner on the last day of the tour
Accommodation in single rooms
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