To the glaciers of Terskey Ala-Too - 4 days
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. Pedestrian passage upon arrival to Alps Camp through On-Tor valley. Putting the camp not reaching few kilometers to the glacier of Karakol peak.
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.
Day 3: Alp camp – Ala-Kul lake – Kelgike valley, 8km, +1200m, 5-7 hours of trekking
Our target for today is Ala-Kul lake, located on altitude 3533m. Climbing from the camp to the lake approximately takes 3-5 hours. Ala-Kul lake is a rock-dammed and hidden treasure between lofty Terskey Ala Too Mountains. Lunch on the shore of the lake and continue climbing to Ala-kul Pass (3860m), where you will have an inexpressible view of summit of the mountains of Terskey Ala-Too. 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
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. After bathing returning to Karakol by Russian Military truck on most terrible road in Kyrgyzstan (2 hours). Delivery to place of your stay in Karakol. End of the service.
Duration: 4 day
Distance: Total 80km (Walking part 45km)
Route: Karakol - Djety Oguz valley- Telety Passover - Sirota-Keldike valley- Ala-Kul lake - Altyn Arashan valley- Karakol
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 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 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
Bottle for water
Quick drying towel
First aid kit, if you have some disease
Recommended to have
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)
Recommended to have
WATERWhile 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.
LUGGAGE ON TOUR
TRECKKING GRADEYou 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.
INSURANCETravel 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.
MEALBreakfast: 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.
TIPPINGService 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.