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Trekking in Terskey Ala-Too range 

Duration of tour: 11 days 

Period: May – October 

This tour is designed for active and energetic people who want spend their time with benefit by participating in active events. We will cross a lot of high passes of Terskey Ala-Too range and see amazing views of mountains, lakes, valleys and culture of real nomads.

Day 1, airport of Bishkek – Ala-Archa – Bishkek, 100km 

Early arrival to Bishkek. Transfer to a hotel and rest for few hours. Brief City tour, followed by lunch in a restaurant. Afternoon visit Ala-Archa gorge. The Ala Archa National Park is an alpine national park in the Tian-Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan and located approximately 40 km south of the capital city of Bishkek. The park, which includes the gorge of the Ala-Archa River and the mountains surrounding it, is a popular destination point for weekend picnickers, hikers, horse trekkers, skiers as well as mountain climbers looking for challenging ice, rock and mixed routes. Explore the area. Return to Bishkek, dinner and return to hotel. 

Day 2,, Bishkek – Tamga, 300 km, 

We are going to Tamga village by the south shore of Issyk-Kul lake. We will make radial trekking to Konorchok canyons on the way (if weather will be open). We will walk from main road in Boom valley through narrow dry gorge and a maze of rocks scattered over a dry riverbed. In the canyons, you’ll see red sandstone columns which looks like Grand Canyon in Colorado, US! Coming back and continue our trip. Dinner and overnight in guesthouse.

Day 3, Tamga – Chon-Kyzyl-Suu – Jyluu-Suu pass, 70 km of driving, 13 km, +850m 

Transfer from Karakol town, then to Chon-Kyzyl-Suu gorge. Meeting with staff for trekking and staff distribution. Rest of luggage will be delivered to Karakol, you will get them after trekking. Hike along Chon-Kyzyl-Suu gorge to the footstep of Peak “The Friendship of the Soviet Peoples” and Jyluu-Suu pass. Overnight in the tent camp.

Day 4, Jyluu-Suu pass – Jety-Oguz gorge, 12 km, +500m, - 1000m 

Ascent to Jyluu-Suu pass and descent to Jeti-Oguz gorge close to Telety pass. Overnight in the tent camp. 

Day 5, Djety-Oguz – Telety pass, 10km, +700m 

Trek to the feet of Telety Pass. Encampment in front of Muz-Too Mountain (Ice Mountain)


Day 6, Telety pass – Alp camp, 14km, +700m, - 1250m 

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 lunch. After launch descent to Karakol Valley. Encampment in Alp Camp. 

Day 7, Alp Camp – Ala-Kul lake – Keldike valley, 9km, +1200m 

Climbing to Ala-Kul lake (3533m). You will be amazed by this extraordinary lake. Ala Kul is a rock-dammed lake in the Terskey Ala-Too mountain range, Kyrgyzstan. 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 Terskey Ala-Too (5200m), Jigit, Karakol and Tashtanbek peaks. Climbing to Ala-Kul peak (3800 m) and descent to Keldike valley. Dinner. Encampment in tents. 

Day 8, Keldike valley – Altyn-Arashan, 11km, -1100m

After the breakfast our next point is Altyn-Arashan valley. This is a favorite destination of tourists from all over the world. Altyn-Arashan (2400m), which translates to Golden Spa, is a valley retreat, high up in the mountains, filled with natural hot springs and quaint guest houses. You will take a bath in the pool with radon water. Accommodation and dinner in a guesthouse or a yurt at Altyn-Arashan.

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Altyn-Arashan valley</span>
Altyn-Arashan valley

Day 9 Altyn-Arashan - Karakol, 10km, -450m 

We will visit hot wild springs, such as Swallow’s nest and Queen Frog. After walking down by Altyn-Arashan gorge to Aksu village. Close to noon car will pick you up and bring to Karakol. Dinner and accommodation at hotel 3*. In the evening, a folklore show from a local band Azem will organized. 

Day 10, Karakol – Bishkek, 400km 

We will drive to Bishkek by the northern shore of Issyk-Kul lake. Short city tour upon arrival to Bishkek. Festive dinner in ethno restaurant Supara. Accommodation at hotel 3*. 

Day 11, Bishkek – airport, 30 km 

Early departure to Manas airport. End of the service.



Price includs:

  • 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 and tent  
  • Folklore show in Karakol 


Not included to the price:

  • Insurance 
  • Tips 

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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