Trekking to the majestic lake Ala-Kol, Kyrgyzstan, 3 Days

Route: Karakol valley - KurgakTor gorge - AlaKol lake - AlaKol pass -AltynArashan resort – Karakol town

Duration: 3 days

Difficulty: Medium-Strenous

Season: Mid June - October

Brief description: Want to visit the famous beautiful turquoise aquamarine lake of Karakol? You will have the opportunity to discover the natural areas of Terskey Ala-Too, to get an epic view of the highest points in the Teskey Ala Too range, such as the Karakol peak (5 216 m), the Jigit peak (5 117 m) and many other impressive peaks and glaciers. You will be able to take a dip in the hot springs of Altyn-Arashan and finally contemplate the amazing alpine lake Ala-Kol, located at an altitude of 3 530 m. There are not enough words to describe the beauty of the lake and its surrounding landscape, you just need to see it!

Day to day plan:

Day before arrival to Karakol, overnight in our Yurt Lodge in Karakol. Get ready for trekking. Briefing with the guide. 

Day 1- Karakol - Karakol valley - Kurgak Tor gorge - "Sirota"

First half of day is spending by driving through into the Karakol gorge by 4x4 soviet military car. Second half of the day is smoothly walking for a 600 m up and camping in a tree line (3000m) nearby crystal clean water of Kurgak Tor. Working day 3-4 hours.

Day 2- Sirota - Lake Ala-Kol - pass Ala-Kol (3 800 m) - Keldike gorge.

The trail to Ala-Kol leads up and up, along the river (coming from the Ala-Kol lake). With a nice view for the waterfall, the amazing Ala-Kol lake, the glacier, and when you reach the pass you will find yourselves surrounded by high peaks. After admiring, the road continue via gentle descent down from the pass. Camp (3 000 m). Working day 6-7 hours.

Day 3- Keldike valley - AltynArashan resort.

The Keldike valley is frequently visited by shepherds, who usually feed their cattle during the summer. The trail goes all the way down till Altyn Arashan hot springs by crossing some small rivers. Second part of the day take driving by same car to the Karakol town (2-3 hours). Working day 3-4 hours.

End of trekking in Karakol town, overnight in same Yurt Lodge in Karakol.

Possibilities: depending on the group desire possible to stay in tents near the Ala-Kol lake at 3500m on the first day by taking 4wd vehicle to the end of the Karakol gorge. In this case there will be changes on the pricing. 

Equipment: Participants must have their equipment such as backpacks, desirable to have a personal sleeping bag, warm clothes, good trekking shoes, trekking poles, etc. (The whole structure of personal equipment)

Physical requirements: Participants must be in good physical condition, but don't need any special skills of mountaineering. The differences of heights range from 600 m to 850 m in vertical elevation. The maximum elevation is 3 850 m.

Price for whole package starting from Karakol town to Karakol town in USD: ($) per person tour: 

For the group of 1 person - $400

For the group of 2 person - $260

For the group of 3 person - $220

For the group of 4 and more person - $ 200

Price includes

• Lodging in Yurt in Karakol town on arrival and at the end of trek  

• Lodging in tents with all meal and drinks at the trekking time.

• Lodging In Yurt and hot spring sources in Altyn-Arashan valley

• All transfers into the gorge at the beginning and end of the trekking

• National park and camp sites fees

• Guide (English speaking)

• Cook

Number of days: 3
Covered regions:
Bishkek City
Osh City
Included services:
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: Medical insurance. • Porter for luggage (every porter carries 16 kg of useful luggage including food, tent and mat), you can hire porter for 88USD for 3 days. 
What to bring: Backpacks, desirable to have a personal sleeping bag, warm and waterproof clothes, good trekking shoes, trekking poles, suncream, sunglass, water purifying tablets, swimming costume for hot springs.
Transport: SUV 4x4
Tour season:
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Payment Method

For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.