Pearl Ala-Kul tour
Duration: 2 days
Season: June- September
Region: Issyk-kul, Terskey AlatooRoute: Karakol- Karakol gorge- Ala-kul lake- Altyn Arashan gorge- Karakol
Day 1. Karakol – Ala-Kul lake, 6 km, +1000m, 3-5 hours of trekking.
Transfer to the point of departure, from Karakol to Karakol gorge. Karakol gorge is located 9 km to the south from Karakol city with total length 40 km and cuts the slopes of Terskey Ala-Too. The slopes of the Karakol gorge and Karakol river bank are covered with thickets of buckthorn, barberry, wild rose on a background of emerald green steppe grasslands. On the way to Alps Camp in several hours you 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.
After reaching Alps Camp on lifted 4-wheel car, we start hiking to Ala-Kul lake (3532m). It may take 2-5 hours, depends on the level of physical training. Camping nearby Ala-Kul lake.
Day 2. Ala-Kul lake – Altyn-Arashan, 11 km, -1100m, 5-6 hours of trekking.
After breakfast, the route continues by protracted climbing towards Ala-Kul Passover (3860m), whence you will have an amazing view of Terskey Alatoo 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).
Slopes of the gorge are covered by pine and leafy forests. Altyn Arashan is famous for it’s curative hot springs. You will have an opportunity to relax in hot springs with radon water, to take a shower and ride a horse. After hot springs returning to Karakol town by lifted 4-wheel car (2-3 hours).
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.
Conditions: It’s necessary to take with you warm clothes, spare clothes and shoes, sunglasses, sun block. If you have specific disease, you have to bring your own medicaments with you.
The price includes:
- Transfer by 4-wheel drive car
- Full board
- Cooking staff, tents
- Staff (guide, cook, porter (brings 15 kg for 2 person). Additional porter 25USD per day.
- Hot springs
- Entrance fees to Karakol National Park