The Pearl Ala-Kul lake
Duration of tour: 4 days
Region: Issyk-kul , Terskey Ala-Too
Route: Karakol valley-accommodation in Sirota-Keldike valley-Altyn Arashan valley-Karakol
1 Day: Karakol – Sirota hut, 11 km, +600m, 5-7 hours of trekking
Transportation from Karakol town to the place of start in Karakol valley. Karakol valley is located 9 kilometers to the south from Karakol town, which cuts deep into slopes of Teskei Alatau. Slopes of Karakol valley and the waterside of Karakol river are covered with thickets of sea buckthorn, barberry, rose hips and Tala against the background of emerald green steppe meadows. Next trip will take place in the realm of the Tien Shan firs. Since May bloom snowdrops, primroses, alpine aster, edelweiss, tulips, white anemone, rosehip, sea buckthorn in Karakol valley that turn slopes into a flourishing park.Climbing the Karakol valley, you will move about from the steppe foothills to the mountain forests, woodlands, subalpine and alpine meadows and even into the realm of perpetual snow with bare rocks and glaciers. There is located an Alpine base in upper valley. Encampment at tent near Sirota hut.
The "Sirota" Hut
2 Day: Sirota hut – Ala-Kul lake – Keldike gorge, 9 km, +850m, 5-7 hours of trekking
After breakfast climbing to Ala-Kul lake 3533m. Ala Köl, also Ala-Kul, ((Kyrgyz: Алакөл) is a rock-dammed lake in the Terskey Alatau mountain range in the Ak-Suu District of the Issyk-Kul Province of Kyrgyzstan. It lies at an altitude of approximately 3560 meters. After lunch ashore Ala-Kul lake climbing to Ala-kul pass (3860m) where you will have an opportunity to enjoy with inexpressible view of summit of the mountains of Terskey Ala Too. Descent to Keldike valley through waterfall. Encampment and dinner in Keldike valley (3200m).
3 Day: Kelgike valley – Altyn-Arashan valley, 11km, -1100m, 3-4 hours of trekking
After breakfast your next point is Altyn Arashan valley (3 hours). Extremely picturesque views of Altyn Arashan attract large number of tourists. Altyn Arashan resort is famous for hot springs. You will have an opportunity to bath in the pool with radon water, take a shower and horseback riding. Accommodation in tent at Altyn-Arashan and dinner.
4 Day: Altyn-Arashan - Karakol, 10km, -450m, 3-4 hours of trekking
After the breakfast, hot morning springs are waiting for you. Walking to “Lastochkino gnezdo” (swallow’s nest). Then 3-4 hours of descending to serpentine, the car will be waiting for you in the beginning of the gorge. Arriving to Karakol.
Attention: This track is oriented for people with good health and training, because the route consists of long passages over rough terrain, sharp fluctuations in temperature and ascents to a height of 3800 meters above sea level.
Conditions: You must have warm clothes, hiking shoes and a raincoat, sunglasses, sunblock. If you have a particular disease, you should carry your own first aid kit with essential medicines.
The price includes:
- Transfer by 4-wheel drive car
- Full board
- Cooking staff, tents
- Staff (guide, cook, porter(s) (each porter brings 15 kg for 1 person, that weight including food, tents, cooking staff and private things of clients). Additional porter 30 USD per day.
- Hot springs
- Entrance fees to Karakol National Park
- Groups over 13 people are granted an additional 1 assistant guide and one assistant cook