Hiking and horse riding in Altyn-Arashan gorge

A great option for a few days adventure – a very beautiful route and a combination of different activities. Difficulty level: medium.

Tour program
5 days
Manas Airport - Karakol - Altyn-Arashan - Ak-Suu village - Karakol city

On this day, you will be met at Manas airport and taken to the city located on the shores of Issyk-Kul lake. The route runs along the shore of the lake, so on the way you can enjoy the beautiful view outside the window and take a lot of beautiful photos. After lunch, you will be taken to the guest house, where you will stay overnight. If necessary, the guide will take you to a sports shop and help with advice, and then show you the local ethno-cafes where you can have dinner.

After breakfast we will drive to the starting point of the hiking route in the Karakol gorge, which extends south to the foot of the “Skier”, “Knight” and “Snowboarder” peaks. The guide will set the camp at an altitude of 3000 meters with a beautiful view of the Przhevalsky peak. Lunch. On the first day you have to go 9 km along a smoothly growing slope, without sharp drops in height. During dinner, you can enjoy all the beauty of the gorge.

The vigorous morning begins with breakfast and ascent to the 3400 m high pass on our way. After which we have to cross the steep scree slope and descend to the Arashan gorge up to 2500 m. You will have a chance to enjoy hot springs, which will take off fatigue and give you a good healthy sleep. After bathing in the springs, you will have dinner and will be accommodated in the national Kyrgyz dwelling – the yurt. On this day you will pass 12 km.

The final day of the walking program will be held in the company of horses. After breakfast you will drive 15 km on horseback to the village of Ak-Suu. There you will meet with car and transfer to Karakol. Overnight in guesthouse.

After breakfast, you will go to the city of Bishkek, continuing to admire the nature of Kyrgyzstan, as you will have a stunning view of the Issyk-Kul Lake.

Detailed information about route:

Distance: 30.5 km.

Minimum height: 1850 m.
Maximum height: 3550 m.
Average altitude: 2500 m.

Maximum gradient: 40%
Minimum gradient: 10%
Average gradient: 11%

Difficulty level: medium.

Clothes and equipment:

Please take into consideration that in summer time the temperature in Bishkek city reaches up to 40 oC and in the mountains the temperature decreases to 10 oC. Be prepared for unexpected changes of the weather.

Recommended: rain-coat, sweater/fleece, wind-stopper, enough t-shirts and other underwear (think of taking smth with long sleeves to avoid sunburns), hat (remember – the sun can be violent), sun-screen cream (30 or higher), insect repellent (skin + clothes), good trekking boots for easy hikes in the mountains, walking shoes (don’t need heavy ones) for the city walks, flash light (torch).

Personal first aid kit (most likely problems: blisters, sunburns, allergy, diarrhoea, sore muscles after hikes. Take painkillers, anti-histaminic, antibiotics of general action, and anything you need for your usual medical conditions), personal hygiene kit (disinfection gel is highly recommended) + some toilet paper.

A small towel, swimming suit (for Issyk-Kul), sunglasses, photo camera, notepad and a pen to make notes as you travel, a smaller backpack, except for your normal suitcase.

Tour prices
Private tour for one person
800 USD
Group of 2 people
1100 USD
(550 USD per one person)
Group of 3 people
1350 USD
(450 USD per one person)
Group of 4 people
1600 USD
(400 USD per one person)
If there are more than 4 participants in your group, please contact us for pricing this tour.
Transfer from Bishkek to Karakol and back
Guide service
Transport service
Accommodation in a guest house
Meals during the trek and accommodation
Sleeping mat
Porter for equipment
Visit the hot springs
Horse rental
Accommodation in yurts
Taxes and fees
Does not include
Flight tickets
Porter for personal belongings
Sleeping bag
Food during transfer
Medical insurance
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