Radial trekking in Karakol valley

Duration: 4 days 

Season: May - October 

Region: Issyk-Kul, Terskey Ala-Too range 

Level of difficulty: Easy-middle. That trek is ideally for begginers in trekking, elderly and children.  

Day 1. Karakol – Alp Camp, 10km, 450m, 3-4 hours of trekking

We departure from Karakol by car to the 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. Our camping place will be at Alp Camp for the rest of the days on the altitude 2550m. That place is connecting with roads, which bring to Ala-Kul Lake, Telety pass, On-Tor, Kol-Tor gorges and ideally for everyday radial trekking.

Day 2. Alp Camp – Peak Karakol, 18km, +500m, 6-7 hours of trekking

We start our long trekking day to the foot of Peak Karakol, it takes about 4-5 hours to one way. Karakol peak is located at south shore of Issyk-Kul lake, in Oguz-Bashy massif. Karakol peak has a shape of ice trapezium. There is a small corrie glacier under it. Two big glaciers fall away at the sides of the peak. The height is 5280m. The flow from the glacier form a waterfall. On arrival to the glacier, you will have a view on Karakol peak, Slonenok and Brigantina. Photoshoot and returning to the camp. Rest and overnight at camp.


Day 3. Alp Camp – Ala-Kul Lake, 11km, +1000m, 7-9 hours of trekking

The Ala-Kul lake lies in the glacial valley of the left riverhead of Kurgaktor river, at an altitude of 3533 meters above sea level with beautiful views of the snow-capped peaks. On arrival to Ala-Kul lake – lunch and relax. After short rest on Ala-Kul lake, coming down to Alp Camp. Rest and overnight at camp.

Day 4. Alp Camp – Karakol, 10km, -450m, 3-4 hours of trekking 

We will have time to take a sunbath and have a rest after breakfast. We start coming down close to noon from Alp Camp and then 3-4-hour descent to the beginning of Karakol valley, whence you will be picked up by car and delivered to hotel. 


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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