View to Karakol peak

On-Tor's Loop

Day 1: Karakol – Alp Camp, 10km, +400m, 4-5 hours of trekking. 
We departure from Karakol by car to Karakol valley, after first bridge, we start our pedestrian tour. We will walk up to Alps Camp along beautiful Karakol valley. On the way we will go by Small Lakes, waterfalls, calm waters of Karakol river. There are a lot of grazing horses that give more charm to this valley. Camping in the Alps Camp. 
Day 2: Alp camp – On-Tor gorge, 11km, +600m, 4-5 hours of trekking
We proceed further by Karakol valley and then to On-Tor gorge, we will walk almost to the foot of Peak Karakol 5216m. We will put our camp before one-hour walk to the glacier. We will have some training and briefing second half of the day, to get knowledge and practice of crossing the glacier. Camping in tents.
Day 3: On-Tor gorge – Kol-Tor gorge, 14km, +850m, 6-7 hours of trekking
We start this day with a training on passage of On-Tor and Kol-Tor glaciers. Passage of On-Tor glacier through On-Tor pass under the sides of Karakol and Jigit peaks with further proceed to Kol-Tor glacier and after to Kol-Tor valley. The height of the pass 3980 meters. In summer the glacier is open, there are no rifts. The next point is Kol-Tor West (Djigit) glacier, flat, without rifts, and in the end of summer-open. Further trek continues down along the valley, by the right shore of the river. Camping in Kol-Tor valley. 
Day 4: Kol-Tor gorge – Ala-Kul lake, 12km, +650m, 6-7 hours of trekking
Descent along Kol-Tor valley up to confluence of On-Tor and Kol-Tor rivers, here we turn to the right and climb to Panoramny (panoramic) pass 3600m, level of difficulty- 1A. Here you will enjoy a fantastic view on Ala-Kul lake, two five thousanders- Karakol and Jigit peaks, Terskey Ala-Too range and many other amazing mountains and summits. Come down to the Ala-Kul lake (3532m). Camping by the lake.
Day 5: Ala-Kul lake – Altyn-Arashan, 13km, -1000m, 5-6 hours of trekking
After breakfast we climb to Ala-Kul pass 3800m (+300m) and further proceed to Keldike valley. Our next point is Altyn-Arashan (Golden Spa). 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. Dinner and accommodation in guesthouse or yurt.
Day 6: Altyn-Arashan - Karakol, 10km, -450m, 3-4 hours of trekking
After breakfast we come down to forestry along Altyn-Arashan valley, where the car will pick us up and take to Karakol. On arrival to Karakol is city tour. We will visit Holy Trinity Church, Dungan Mosque and local souvenir shops. End of the service.
Practical Information:
Duration: 6 day
Distance: Total 95km (Walking part 70km)
Route: Karakol - On-Tor gorge - Kol-Tor gorge - Ala-kul lake - Altyn Arashan gorge - Karakol 
Period: June-September 
Highest point: pass between On-Tor valley and Kol-Tor valley 3980m
Area: Issyk-kul region, Terskey Ala-Too mountains range
Connection: No signal connection
Level of difficulty: This track is oriented for people with very good health and training, because the route consists of climbing elements, long passages over rough terrain, sharp fluctuations in temperature and ascents to a height of 3980 meters above sea level. This trek with elements of climbing with using ropes, harness, crampoons and other climbing equipment. 
Important Notes
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 The pearl Ala-Kul Lake
The pearl Ala-Kul Lake
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Trekking and horseback riding tour 
Radial trekking in Karakol valley
Radial trekking in Karakol valley