Day Hike to Ala Archa National Park!
Ala Archa is a great place for a one-day trek into the mountains near Bishkek. During the Soviet Union, this was a legendary place for serious mountaineering climbers. Present-day it’s a great place to see snowcapped mountains and large glacier walls. There are many day options in the Ala Archa Area.
Option 1: I will guide you to the Ala Archa National Park to the Ala Archa Waterfall. The trek is straight forward, we would start at the Ala Archa park and trek for 3-4 hours one way to the waterfall where we would have lunch in the valley and have an amazing view of the mountains. It’s a great hike for a beginner that wants to see a bit of the mountain but does not want to push them self too hard. After the trek, we will return to Bishkek where you will be dropped off at your guesthouse.
Level of difficulty: Easy/Medium
Option 2: The harder option would be adding on to the first option and go above the Ala Archa waterfall and reach the Ratsek Hut at 3,300 M and see the Ak-Sai Glacier above. We would have lunch at the hut and slowly make our way back to the Ala Archa National Park. This trek can be very steep in some places and it’s advised to bring trekking poles and full ankle boots. After the trek, we will return to Bishkek where you will be dropped off at your guesthouse. *This can be quite hard in winter.
Level of difficulty: Difficult to Hard
8:30 am is a great time to start the tour, I’m very flexible but I want to show you as much as possible in one day.
6:00 pm is a great time to be back in Bishkek at your guesthouse or at a local café in the center.
Cost for the 1-day tour is:
My flat rate guiding cost + a simple car with gas 120 dollars per day per group. I can guide 6 people.
• Transportation to and from the planed trek
• English speaking trekking guide during the trek
• Entrance fee to the Ala Archa National Park
• Lunch box for everyone in the group
• Bottled water during the trek
To Enjoy This Tour, Make Sure to Bring:
Sun cream / Sunglasses
Water at least 2 L
Warm and waterproof clothing
Trekking boots / Trekking poles
*All clients are responsible for buying their own medical insurance and for bringing their own medical kit with them.