Pearl Ala-Kul Lake

Duration: 1 day 

Season: June-September 

Region: Issyk-kul, Terskey Ala-Too 

Route: Karakol valley – Ala-Kul lake - Karakol

Difficulty: This route suits for people with good health and physical training, because the route consists of long transition over founderous terrain, sharp fluctuations in temperature and climbing to a height of 3532 meters above sea level. 

Distance by car round trip: 50 km, +800m, 2-3 hours 

Distance by walk round trip: 13km, +-1000m, 6-10 hours

Transfer from Karakol city to the Alp Camp deep in Karakol valley. On the way to Alps Camp in several hours, we will proceed from the steppe foothills to mountain forests, woodlands, to subalpine and alpine meadows and even to the realm of eternal snow with bare rocks and glaciers. On arrival to Alps Camp we will start hiking to Ala-Kul lake (3533m), both ways may take from 6 to 10 hours, depends on the level of physical training of the group. 

The lake lies in the glacial valley of the left riverhead of Kurgaktor river, at an altitude of 3532 meters above sea level with beautiful views of the snow-capped peaks. You will be amazed by this extraordinary lake. Ala-Kul lake is a rock-dammed and hidden treasure between lofty Terskey Ala Too Mountains. On arrival to Ala-Kul lake – lunch, relax and walk back down to Alps Camp, whence the car will pick up back to your place of stay in Karakol. 

 

Equipment

Equipment and items for trekking part:

  • Good trekking boots with high proper ankle support and good thread
  • Waterproof rain jacket and warm closes
  • Cap, sun glasess, high factor sun cream
  • Daypack 20-30 litters and rain cover
  • Head-torch
  • Bottle for water
  • First aid kit, if you have some disease
  • Recommended to have

  • Walking sticks
  • Water purification tablets or a water filter (more details in Notes)
  • Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if you don’t have altitude adaptation)
  • Pocket knife
  • Important Notes

    WATER

    While on a trek, you are in the wild to enjoy the nature and the thrill of it. Its very important that you stay healthy and do not take ill on the trek to have a joyful experience in the wild. Water is important during trekking. Water can be a cause of stomach problems on a trek. On the other hand, you need to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Water in some hills are also the source of water for animals and wild animals on the higher area. Always fetch water from running streams. The faster the better. Stagnant water has high risk of bearing pathogens, irrespective of the cold surrounding. Whereas, as fast gushing water has very low chances of bearing pathogens in it. It even has less particulate materials. You will be able to fill up water from natural springs, it’s the best as it acts as a natural filter and has very less chances of having particles in it. Local people same as a lot of tourist don't have a problems to drink water from the source, however if you are not sure please bring water cleaning pills with you for the trek from your homeland. You will not be able to find water cleaning pills in Kyrgyzstan.

    TRECKKING GRADE

    You need to have a good level of fitness and previous trekking experience is recommended. Trekking days are generally longer, challenging and at higher altitudes up to 3533 meters. Terrain may be difficult and ascents and descents are often demanding, especially during rain or snow.

    INSURANCE

    Travel insurance is NOT included. We recommend that clients have their own travel insurance against illness, injury, loss/damage to personal belongings. In case of emergency our staff will make all the best to delivery you to hospital or other point and solve your problem, insurance will cover your charges, if you don't have insurance, you will be required to cover charges by yourself.

    MEAL

    We are providing lunch box

    TIPPING

    Service of local staff is included to the program; however, it is polite to tip to local staff if the service has been very good. Also at your discretion, you might also consider tipping your tour manager in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.

    Terms and Conditions

    Price
  • 1 person - 160$
  • 2 person - 190$
  • 3-4 person - 220$
  • 5-6 person - 264$
  • PRICE INCLUDING:

  • English speaking guide
  • Transportation
  • Lunch boxes
  • Entrance fees to Karakol National Park
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