Pearl Ala-Kul lake

Duration: 3 days 

Season: June - October 

Region: Issyk-kul, Terskey AlatooRoute: Karakol gorge – Sirota camp- Keldike gorge- Altyn Arashan- 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 –Sirota hut, 11 km, +600m, 5-7 hours of trekking 

Meeting in hotel and transfer to Karakol gorge until the first bridge, whence we start our hiking tour until “Sirota” hut by Kurgaktor gorge. Serebryannikov Valeriy Nikolaevich, famous guide, instructor and alpinist, founded this place. This place suits for camping. 

 Ala-Kul lake 

Day 2. Sirota hut – Ala-Kul lake – Keldike gorge, 8 km, +850m, 5-7 hours of trekking

We continue hiking to Ala-Kul lake (3533m). Ascent from Sirota hut to the lake takes approximately 2-3 hours. The lake is 2.3 km wide and 700 meters across, frozen from October to May and and surrounded by peaks and glaciers, 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. Dinner and camping in Keldike gorge. (3200m).


Day 3. Kelgike gorge – Altyn-Arashan, 19 km, -1200m, 6-8 hours of trekking

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, then we come down to the beginning of the Altyn-Arashan gorge, whence you will be taken to the place of your stay in Karakol. 



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, we are providing boiled water or tea/coffee during breakfast, lunch, dinner, however boiling the water is limited, and it is not enough if you will need to fill up your bottles for next day. 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:
  • Almost all of our standard programs designed for not too long hikes, usually 4 to 8 days. We are providing as default 1 porter to 1 person, which carry 15 kg, that weight including food, tents, cooking staff and private things of clients, usually around 3-5kg first days. Everyday weight of food dicreasing and you will have possibility to give extra weight to the porter. You can order extra porter, if you having some big weight items as camera with lens, special equipment and etc. You will need to pay extra 30 euro per porter per day.
  • Daysac/Rucksack:
  • 40-50 liters recommended. During the course of a trekking day, you do not have access to the luggage, which is being carried for you by the porters. 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 3800 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 - 638 USD
  • 2 person - 840 USD
  • 3 person - 995 USD
  • 4 person - 1162 USD
  • 5 person - 1328 USD
  • 6 person - 1495 USD

  • English speaking guide
  • Cook and porters (number of porters same as number of clients
  • Full board 2B, 3L, 2D
  • Equipment: 1 tent for 2 person (single accommodation is available upon request for extra payment), mats and table equipment
  • Hot springs in Altyn-Arashan
  • Transportation
  • Payment to Karakol National Park
  • Price not including:

  • Sleeping bags
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Equipment for trekking and climbing 
    Equipment for trekking and climbing 
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