Glacier in Ala-Kul lake

Pearl Ala-Kul lake - 2 Days

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).
Practical Information:

Duration: 2 day

Distance: Total 65km (Walking part 18km)

Route: Karakol - Karakol gorge - Ala-kul lake - Altyn Arashan gorge - Karakol 

Period: June-September 

Highest point:  pass between Ala-Kul lake and Keldike valley 3860m

Area: Issyk-kul region, Terskey Ala-Too mountains range

Connection: No signal connection

Level of 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.

Equipment and items for trekking part:
  • Sleeping bag up to -5 C
  • Good trekking boots with high proper ankle support and good thread. Extra shoes or pair of sandals, in case if main became wet during the rain and etc.
  • Waterproof rain jacket and trousers
  • Warm closes and extra closes to exchange
  • Hat and cap, sun glasess, high factor sun cream
  • Daypack 40-50 litters and rain cover. It is also good idea to line your daypack with a quality plastic bag
  • Head-torch
  • Bottle for water
  • Quick drying towel
  • First aid kit, if you have some disease

  • Recommended to have
  • Walking sticks
  • Toiletries
  • Insect repellants (for lower elevations)
  • Water purification tables 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


    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.


  • Main Baggage:
  • The item of luggage used to carry all your belongings in the hold of the plane and used to store all of the items you don't need on trek. This can be left behind at the group hotel used prior to the trek.
  • Luggage to the porters:
  • 2 days hiking to Ala-Kul lake NOT providing porters, due to transition is only 2 days and we will stay at Camp on Ala-Kul lake, where tent and meal (D,B,L) will be provided. If you need a porter, you need to book beforehand. Price for 1 porter is 30USD per day.
  • Daysac/Rucksack:
  • 40-50 liters recommended. In mountain region, the weather can change very fast and you must be equipped for this eventuality. Your day sac should therefore be large enough to carry waterproofs, fleece jacket, long trousers (if walking in shorts), warm hat and gloves, sun cap, sun cream, water bottle and other staff which you need during the trek. On a few occasions, it is also necessary to carry your own packed lunch.


    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 3860 meters. Terrain may be difficult and ascents and descents are often demanding, especially during rain or snow.


    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.


    Breakfast: 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.


    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

  • 1 person - 485 USD
  • 2 person - 601 USD
  • 3 person - 717 USD
  • 4 person - 834 USD
  • 5 person - 950 USD
  • 6 person - 1067 USD
  • 7 person - 1315 USD
  • 8 person - 1536 USD
  • 9 person - 1652 USD
  • 10 person - 1768 USD

  • Price include:
  • English speaking guide (middle level)
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation in Base Camp on Ala-Kul lake
  • Meal: 2L, 1 D, 1 B
  • Entrance fees to Karakol National Park
  • Hot spring in Altyn-Arashan



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