Pearl Ala-Kul lake
Duration: 2 days
Season: June- September
Region: Issyk-kul, Terskey AlatooRoute: Karakol- Karakol gorge- Ala-kul lake- Altyn Arashan gorge- 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 3860 meters above sea level.
Day 1. Karakol – Ala-Kul lake, 8 km, +1000m, 3-5 hours of trekking.
Transfer on lifted 4-wheel car 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). We will stay in Base Camp on Ala-Kul lake.
Day 2. Ala-Kul lake – Altyn-Arashan, 11 km, +300m/-1100m, 5-6 hours of trekking.
The route continues by protracted climbing towards Ala-Kul Passover (3860m), where you will have an amazing view of Terskey Ala-Too mountain peaks chain. The descent from the pass by the rocky path to the lake and continue along the coast to the waterfall, flowing from the lake. Lunch in Keldike gorge. (3200m). After lunch descent to Altyn-Arashan approximately in 3-4 hours. (Golden springs).
Altyn Arashan is famous for it’s curative hot springs. You will have an opportunity to relax in hot springs with radon water. After hot springs we return to Karakol town by lifted 4-wheel car (2-3 hours).
Equipment and items for trekking part:
Recommended to have
WATERWhile 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.
LUGGAGE ON TOUR
TRECKKING GRADEYou 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 3860 meters. Terrain may be difficult and ascents and descents are often demanding, especially during rain or snow.
INSURANCETravel 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.
MEALBreakfast: consist some of following dishes: Porridge, omelet, omelet with fried sausages, pancakes, scrambled eggs with sausage, boiled eggs and etc + bread, jam, butter, honey, sweets, tea/coffee. Lunch boxes or lunch: Dried fruits, chocolate, yogurt, juice, cheese, sandwich, vegetables/fruits and tea/coffee. Dinner: Our cooks is preparing european and asian cuisine You need to let us know if you are vegetarian or have some preferences, so we will be able to make special menu for you.
TIPPINGService 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.