One of the most accessible and picturesque gorges in the foothills of Almaty is Prohodnoe. Best time for visiting is autumn, when deciduous forests are buried in colors, and raspberry bushes near the trail are abundant with berries.
Season: May – October
Best period: September - October
Route complexity: simple trekking route in the woodland. It passes along the river's mouth, which implies crossing it in several places by wooden and iron bridges. The length is 16 km with height elevation about 1000 meters.
Height difference: 1000 metres. Lowest point - 1750 metres (former sanatorium “Alma-Arasan”), highest point – 2750 metres («Alyoshka's Bridge»).
Route: Kazakhstan, Almaty region, Almaty city – former sanatorium «Alma-Arasan» – Prohodnoe Gorge – sulfur-hydrogen hot spring – «Girlish Tears» waterfall – «Terra» glade – «Alyoshka's Bridge».
Almaty gorge is the second most important in the general system of the rivers of the Big Almaty gorge. This gorge has an unofficial and very common name - Prohodnoe. The name itself reveals the importance of the gorge for travelers and nomads. Indeed, the easiest and shortest route to the valley of Chon-Kemin river and further through Kungei Alatau ridge to the Issyk-Kul lake passes through the gorge. The gorge is bounded from the east by the Great Almaty spur, from the south by the main ridge of Trans-Ili Alatau, from the west by Kargaly spur.
We will reach the former sanatorium "Alma-Arasan" by car. At his place the trekking part of the route along the mouth of Prohodnaya river will start. At the beginning, before the sulfur-hydrogen hot spring, the trail is rocky and passing through two bridges. Next we will get to the waterfall "Girlish tears." We will pass the waterfall and rise along the river to the pine-birch grove. Trail will pass through a thicket of raspberries, which bushes are abundant with a sweet ripe berry in autumn.
3 km passing after the waterfall, we will approach the deep canyon washed with mudflow from the slopes of Big Almaty peak. At the bottom of the canyon a stream flows - Big Iguzek, which dries up in summer. It will be not difficult to cross it, because in several places there are well-visible trails.
After passing the canyon, trail goes through the forest, sometimes near a high cliff and periodically exits to small glades.
“Terra” glade is located on the opposite side of the river near the upper forest borders at an altitude of 2650 meters. To reach it, it is necessary to cross the river by bridge made from two iron pipes. A little more effort on a steep short ascent and we're there. From the glade the jagged peak “Saw” with altitude up to 4000 meters is very well visible. A small picturesque lake called by locals "pot" is perfect place for recovering and relaxing. In it’s mirror-surface spruces and high mountain slopes are reflected. From the edge of the glade it’s possible to see the city.
After having the rest on “Terra” glade, we will follow the path leading to our final point of the route – “Alyoshka’s Bridge”, the climb will not take more than 15 minutes. Next to the bridge on the stone there is nameplate in memory of Alyosha Molchanov, who died in this place in 1987. The accident happened on July in the evening, when group of tourists crossed the river by trunk of the spruce. At this time, the water in the river usually rises considerably. Alyosha, probably, slipped, lost his balance and fell into the river. No one noticed the fall, and his disappearance was found out the next morning. The place of crossing this bridge has been called after him since that time.
Going back by the same way to the start point of our treeking route.
07.30 – departure from Almaty.
Transfer from the hotel to the former sanatorium «Alma-Arasan» in Prohodnoe gorge. Checking clothing and food, warming-up, instructions before trekking.
09.00 – hiking along the river Prohodnaya to «Alyoshka's Bridge».
Depending on physical preparation and health of the participants, the length of the route can be varied, last decision will be made by guide. On the way there will be stops on picturesque glades for rest and snacks.
13.00 – lunch on «Terra» glade.
17.00 – descent to the start point of the trekking route. Transfer to the hotel.
18.00 – 18.30 – arrival to Almaty.
Private Tour Price:
158 USD for one person
180 USD for group of 2 persons traveling together
228 USD for group of 3 persons traveling together
Group Tour Price for October 2, 2019: 70 USD Per Person
Tour Price INCLUSIONS:
1. Hotel pick-up/drop-off
2. Professional guide service
3. All admission and environmental fees
4. Lunch (picnic) at nature
5. Bottled water - 1,5 liters per person