Mixed tour to main sights of Karakol

Duration: 4 days 

Region: Issyk-Kul, Terskey Ala-Too

Season: June - October

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. 

Program:

Day 1. Karakol – Alp camp – Peak Karakol, up to 20 km, +1000m, 6-7 hours of horseback riding 

Meeting at hotel and driving to Karakol valley, where we will meet with horses and horse keeper. We will start our horseback riding deeper to stunning Karakol valley after briefing on rules of riding a horses. Lunch upon arriving to Alp Camp. Continue riding deeper to On-Tor gorge close to stunning Peak Karakol. Hiking to the bottom of Peak Karakol. Overnight in tents.  

Day 2. Peak Karakol – Ala-Kul lake, 14km, +1000m, 4-6 hours of trekking 

Enjoying with morning beauty of Peak Karakol during the breakfast. Descending down on horses to Alp Camp (2 hours), saying goodbuy to horses and horse keeper and starting our pedistrian part to Ala-Kul lake 3533m. The Ala-Kul is 2.3 km wide and 700 metres across, a rock-dammed lake, it's hidden treasure between lofty Terskey Ala Too Mountains. Overnight in tents in Base Camp on Ala-Kul lake. Great opportunity to take an amazing night shots.  

Day 3.  Ala-Kul lake – Altyn-Arashan, 14km, +300m - 1200m, 6-7 hours of trekking

Enjoying with morning beauty of Ala-Kul lake and starting hike to Ala-Kul Passover (3800m), where you will have an inexpressible view of summit of the mountains of Terskey Ala Too, such as Peak Karakol, Peak Jigit, Peak Tashtanbek and other. The descent from the pass by the rocky path to the lake and continue along the coast to the waterfall, flowing from the lake. Hot springs of Altyn-Arashan will be provided for you, your muscles will relax in hot radon water after adventurous trip. Dinner and accommodation in guesthouse.  

Day 4. Altyn-Arashan - Karakol, -450m, 10km, 3-4 hours of trekking 

After breakfast descent via Altyn-Arashan gorge to the forestry, where the car will pick you up to Karakol after execlent jorney. End of the service.

 

Equipment

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

    WATER

    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.

    LUGGAGE ON TOUR

  • 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:
  • That tour is not including the porters due to we will stay 2nd and 3rd day at Base Camps, who will provide food and accommodation. We can use horses for luggag 1st and half of 2nd day of tour, further each participant will be responsible for own staff. If you will need a porter, you will need to pay extra 30 euro per porter per day (price including his meal and equipment).

    TRECKKING GRADE

    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.

    INSURANCE

    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.

    MEAL

    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.

    TIPPING

    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

    PRICE
  • 1 person - 747 USD
  • 2 person - 991 USD
  • 3 person - 1379 USD
  • 4 person - 1623 USD
  • 5 person - 1914 USD
  • 6 person - 2158 USD
  • 7 person - 2522 USD
  • 8 person - 2765 USD
  • 9 person - 3009 USD
  • 10 person - 3252 USD
  • PRICE INCLUDING:

  • English speaking guide
  • Transportation
  • Horsekeeper and horses
  • Full board
  • Payment to Karakol National Park
  • Equipment: Tents (2 person in 1 tent), mats and table equipment
  • Accommodation and hot springs in Altyn-Arashan

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