To the glaciers of Terskey Ala-Too
Duration: 4 days
Period: June- September
Region: Issyk-Kul, Terskey Ala-Too
Day 1. Karakol – Alp camp – On-Tor gorge, 12km, +500m, 3-4 hours of trekking
Moving by car from Karakol city up to the Alps Camp, where we start our trip, approximately will take 1.5-2 hours. Karakol valley is located in 9 km to the south south from Karakol city. which cuts deep into slopes of Teskei Alatau. On arrival to Alps Camp- pedestrian passage through On-Tor valley, not reaching few kilometers to the glacier of Karakol peak, to beautiful waterfall. Rest, camping in tents.
Day 2. On-Tor gorge – Alp camp, 12km, -500m, 7-8 hours of trekking
After breakfast - theoretical course on using crampons. After this, we draw on to the glacier and start practical training of walking on ice by crampons and climbing to the foot of Karakol Peak 5216m, where you will have a nice view on Peak Djigit. Photoshoot and coming down to the Alps Camp.
The "Sirota" Hut
Day 3. Alp camp – Ala-Kul lake – Kelgike valley, 8km, +1200m, 5-7 hours of trekking
We start pedestrian trip to Ala-Kul lake (3600m). Climbing from the camp to the lake approximately takes 3 hours. Ala Kul, is a rock-dammed lake in the Terskey Alatau mountain range. It lies at an altitude of approximately 3560 meters. After rest and lunch, we continue our a bit complicated climbing to Ala-kul Passover (3860m), where you will have an inexpressible view of summit of the mountains of Terskey Ala-Too (5200m). Descent to Keldike valley through waterfall. Camping and dinner in Keldike valley(3200m).
Day 4. Kelgike valley – Altyn-Arashan - Karakol, 9km, -900m, 3-4 hours of trekking
After breakfast, we are coming down to Altyn-Arashan (Golden Spa), approximately 3 hours. Extremely picturesque views of Altyn Arashan attract large number of tourists. Altyn Arashan resort is famous for its hot springs. You will have an opportunity to bath in the pool with radon water; take a shower and horseback riding. After bathing returning to Karakol by car (1-2 hours). End of the service.
Level of difficulty: 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, crampons for walking on ice, 1 tent for 2 people, mats
- 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 in Altyn-Arashan
- Entrance fee in Karakol National Park