Takyrtor gorge through Ala-Kul lake

Feel the heart of the nomadic culture of Kyrgyzstan during this difficult track!

Difficulty level: hard.

Tour program
7 days
Airport Manas - Karakol - Ala-Kul lake - Takyrtor gorge - Altyn-Arashan - Bishkek

Meeting at the Manas airport/ Bishkek city airport with a driver. Transfer to the city of Karakol.On the way, stop at a road cafe (lunch is paid for by yourself).

Accommodation in a guest house  (dinner is paid independently).

Detailed information: Minimum altitude: 635 m. The highest altitude: 1700 m.

Distance: 420 km. 

Meeting with the guide, who will make a short briefing on the program. Transfer to the starting point in Karakol gorge. We will begin our marvelous route at the confluence of Karakol gorge with the Ayu-Tor gorge. During the day, we will enjoy gorgeous landscape and climb from an altitude of 2500 up to 3100 meters.  At an end point we will set up our camp and enjoy the dinner. Overnight in tents.




Detailed information: Minimum altitude: 1700 m. Average elevation: 2700 m. The highest altitude: 3100 m.

Walking distance: 7 km.

Maximum gradient: 38% Average gradient: 16%

Travel distance by car: 20 km. Travel time: 5 hours

Breakfast. Ascent to the Panoramic Pass (3700 m.) where a splendid view on the Lake Ala-Kol opens up. Descent to the Ala-Kol Lake (3500 m.). Lunch. Embark on a hike exploring Ala-Kol Lake. Later, we will settle down in the vicinity of the Alakol-Kyry glacier and appreciate a magnificent view. Dinner. Overnight in tents.




Detailed information: Minimum altitude: 3100 m. Average elevation: 3500 m. The highest altitude: 3700 m.

Distance: 7 km. Maximum grandiet: 41% Average gradient: 17%

Travel time: 6 hours

Early breakfast. Say goodbye to the beautiful Lake and we will start our day with an ascent to Takyrtor Pass. But before we reach the snow-ice pass of (3,700 meters), we have to cross the entire Alakol-Kyry glacier. After the pass we will enjoy our lunch. Descend through Takyrtor gorge to hot wild springs. The water of a hot spring bursts forth out of the cliff. The water in this place is rich in minerals and reaches a temperature of 60 degrees. Dinner. Overnight in tents.



Detailed information: Minimum altitude: 3500 m. Average elevation: 3600 m. The highest altitude: 3700 m.

Distance: 6 km. Maximum gradient: 26% Average gradient: 16%

Travel time: 6 hours

Breakfast. A long descent along the Takyrtor gorge to the confluence with the Altyn-Arashan gorge. A view on the Ak-Suu mountain range will open up with eternal ice and snow peaks “Aksu wall”. Lunch. Afterwards, we will continue our trek to Altyn-Arashan. Altyn-Arashan, is a small town in the mountains, which attracts and receives thousands of tourists from all over the world every year. Accommodation in yurts (Kyrgyz national dwelling). Dinner. We will pay a
visit to the hot wild springs “Arashan” Overnight in a yurt.



Detailed information: Minimum altitude: 2500 m. Average elevation: 2700 m. The highest altitude: 3500 m.

Distance: 13 km. Maximum gradient: 29% Average gradient: 8%

Travel time: 7 hours

Breakfast. For those who want to ride a horse, there will be an opportunity to rent it before the start of the descent (paid individually). If you rent a horse, you will be able to ride it all the way down. We will be descending along the Altyn-Arashan gorge and will pass serpentine. At the end of the trip the car will pick us up and take the group back to Karakol city. End of the trekking program.




Detailed information: Minimum Altitude: 1600 m. Average elevation: 2000 m. The highest altitude: 2300 m.

Walking distance: 16 km. Distance by car: 155 km.

Maximum gradient: 12% Average gradient: 2%

Walking distance from Arashan : 3 hours, 16 kilometers

Transfer to the Manas airport/ Bishkek city. On the way, stop at a road cafe (lunch is paid for by yourself). End of program.




Detailed information: Minimum altitude: 635 m. The highest altitude: 1700 m.

Distance by car: 420 km.

Clothes and equipment:

You can take all necessary things. 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.

Tour prices
Private tour for one person
1300 USD
Group of 2 people
1700 USD
(850 USD per one person)
Group of 3 people
1950 USD
(650 USD per one person)
Group of 4 people
2400 USD
(600 USD per one person)
If there are more than 4 participants in your group, please contact us for pricing this tour.
Transfer service
Guide service
Meals during trek and accommodation
Sleeping mat
Porter for camp equipment
Accommodation at guest house in Karakol (breakfast include )
Transfer to the starting point of the track
Hot springs (fee to the pool)
Does not include
Flight tickets
Food during transfer
Porter (for personal luggage 20 kg 25 USD per day)
Sleeping bag
Rent of horses
Medical insurance
Crampon (for shoes 3 USD per day)
Accommodation at the hotel in Bishkek
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