Exploring of Terskey Ala-Too Range | VisitKarakol


Exploring of Terskey Ala-Too Range 

Duration of tour: 11 days 

Period: May – October 

This tour is focused for active and energetic people who want spend vacation (time) with benefit for health during the tour, participating in a large number of active events. We will cross few high passes of Terskey Ala-Too range and see amazing views of mountains, lakes, valleys and nomad’s culture.

Day 1. Airport Manas – Bishkek – Kadjy-Sai, 320km 

Meeting in Manas airport, taking to Burana Tower. Burana Tower is one of the good example of respect for the cultural heritage of the Kyrgyz people is the creation of the republic archaeological and architectural museum "Burana Tower". The museum was opened on the territory of Burana ancient settlement which is located 12 kilometers south of the present city of Tokmak city. Our next point is Kadjy-Say village via Boom valley, where ancient caravans of Silk Road used to pass. We will travel along the south shore of Issyk-kul lake, you will enjoy picturesque and interesting landscapes. On arrival to Kadjy-Say we will have lunch and accommodation in guesthouse and then falconry hunting demonstration, famous hunter Ishenbek will tell in details about the hunting on wild animals with the help of falcon. You will have some free time and you will have an opportunity to swim in Issyk-Kul lake, the biggest lake in Kyrgyzstan, It is the tenth largest lake in the world by volume (though not in surface area), and the second largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea. It is second largest mountain lake in the world behind Lake Titicaca in South America. 

Day 2-3. Kadjy-Sai – Chon-Kyzyl-Suu – Djety-Oguz (Horseback riding) 

In the morning, we move to Kyzyl-Suu village, meeting with horse guide and start our 2 days horseback riding in the mountains of Kyzyl-Suu valley. The nature and landscapes are extremely beautiful. After 3,5 hours of horse riding we will reach 3700m above the sea, where the panorama of Issyk-Kul lake opens. Overnight at tents. Our next point on 2nd day is Kok-Jayik valley. Preparation for 5 days trekking. Dinner and accommodation in yurt camp at Kok-Jaiyk valley. 

Day 4. Djety-Oguz – Telety pass, 10km, +700m, 4-5 hours of trekking 

We are starting our 5 days trekking by the most popular trekking route from Telety pass to Altyn-Arashan valley. Trek to the feet of Telety Valley (4-5 hours). Encampment (2800 m). Dinner and overnight at tents. 

Day 5. Telety pass – Alp camp, 12km, +700m, 5-6 hours of trekking 

Pass from Telety valley to Karakol valley. Climbing to Telety Passover (3800m). There are two steep ascents at the beginning of this passover, but you will enjoy the view. Descent to Telety- East valley until the first convenient place to have a lunch. After lunch descent to Karakol Valley. Camping and dinner in Alp camp.


Day 6. Alp Camp – Ala-Kul lake – Keldike valley, 9km, +1200m, 6-8 hours of trekking 

Climbing to Ala-Kul lake (3600m). You will be amazed by this extraordinary of that mountain lake. Ala-Kul is a rock-dammed lake in the Terskey Ala-Too mountain. It lies at an altitude of approximately 3533 meters. In addition, you will be able to see the glacier where this lake begins. Ascending this Passover you will also have an opportunity to enjoy with inexpressible view of summit of the mountains such as Jigit, Karakol and Tashtanbek peaks. Climbing to Ala-Kul pass (3800 m) and descent to Keldike valley. Dinner. Encampment in tents. 

Day 7. Keldike valley – Altyn-Arashan, 11km, -1100m, 3-4 hours of trekking 

Our next point for today is Altyn-Arashan valley, which is famous by radon hot springs. Extremely picturesque views of Altyn-Arashan attract large number of tourists. You will take a bath in the pool with radon water. Accommodation and dinner in yurt or guesthouse in Altyn-Arashan. Day 8. Altyn-Arashan - Karakol, 10km, -450m, 3-4 hours of trekkingMorning walking to wild hot springs “Lastochkino gnezdo” (swallow’s nest), Queen Frog and heart shape bathes. Further, walking down by Altyn-Arashan gorge to beginning of the valley. Close to noon car will pick you up and bring to Karakol. City tour in Karakol, we will see Dungan Mosque, Holy Trinity Cathedral, One village One Product Shop, where you can buy local souvenirs. If requested there is an antique shop not far. Accommodation and dinner in hotel 3*. In the evening, folklore show from local band Azem will organized.  

Altyn-Arashan valley
Altyn-Arashan valley

Day 9. Karakol – Chon-Ashu village, 190 km 

Transfer to Boom valley along the north shore of Issyk-Kul lake, where the rafting along the Chu or Chon-Kemin river with a professional team will be organized. (Depends on age of a tourist and level of water in the river). Duration of rafting 1.5-2 hours, length- 25 km. Tourists will be provided by professional guides and all necessary equipment (rafts, catamarans, diving suit, helmets and life jacket). After rafting- transfer to Chon-Ashuu village, accommodation in “Ashuu” hotel- it’s a unique place where Kyrgyz traditions harmonize with high level of service. It’s a perfect place for those seeking peaceful and joy. Accommodation and dinner in Chon-Ashu village’s guesthouse. 

Day 10. Chon-Ashuu village - Bishkek, up to 150 km 

Horseback riding in village and hilly fields, that area has different landscapes in compare with landscapes around Karakol. Lunch at Ashu guesthouse and depart to Bishkek, on arrival short city tour and accommodation in hotel 3*. Festive dinner in famous ethno-restaurant «Supara». 

Day 11. Bishkek – Manas airport, 30 km 

Early morning transfer to the airport. Finish of service.



Price including

  • Transfer furing the full period of tour 
  • English speaking guide
  • Full board 
  • Hot springs and accommodation in Altyn-Arashan 
  • Equipment for trekking (tent for 2 person, mats, table equipment) 
  • Staff (guide, cook, porter) 1 porter brings 15 kg for 1 person, that weight including food, tents and cooking staff of clients). Additional porter 25USD per day.
  • Admission fee in museums and other sights. 
  • Festive dinner in traditional Supara restaurant (except alcohol drinks) 
  • Accommodation and dinners in hotels, yurts and guesthouses  
  • Folklore show in Karakol 
  • Demonstration of hunting 
  • Rafting, equipment for rafting 
  • Border permission to get to Sary-Jaz  


Not included in price:

  • Insurance 
  • Souvenirs 
  • Tips 
  • Horseback riding in Altyn-Arashan

Equipment and items for trekking part:

  • Sleeping bag up to 0 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:
  • 30-40 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.

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