Tour to the Ala-Kul lake (from Karakol)

This program is perfect for hikers, who are going to Karakol on their own. Difficulty level: medium.

Tour program
3 days
Karakol - Karakol gorge - Ala-Kul lake - Altyn-Arashan gorge - Karakol

In the morning the guide will meet you at your hotel and you will go deep into the Karakol gorge, to the starting point of the hiking itinerary. The hiking will start from a height of 2300 meters above sea level, and at the end of the day you will stop for the night in the “Sirota Camp” located at an altitude of 2900 meters. You will have lunch on the way and dinner in camp. Overnight in tents.




Average height: 2537 meters.
The highest altitude: 2953 meters.
Hiking distance: 8 kilometers.
Maximum gradient: 35%
Average gradient: 11%.
Hiking time: 5-6 hours.

The most difficult day. In the morning, you will find a long ascent to Alakol lake, located at an altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level. It will be difficult, but interesting! A lunch is waiting for you at the lake, then we continue our hiking along the left bank of Alakol, lifting up to the pass at an altitude of 3860 meters. From this pass you can enjoy an amazing panorama of the Tien Shan mountains, icy peaks and a lake. The descent from the pass will be rather steep, but short, and will take much less time than the ascent. By the evening – dinner and overnight in tents.



Average height: 3483 meters.
The highest altitude: 3860 meters.
Hiking distance: 7 kilometers.
Maximum gradient: 50%
Average gradient: 21%
Hiking time: 6-7 hours.

After breakfast, we will continue going down to the Keldyke gorge and after a while, we go to the Altyn-Arashan gorge. There are popular hot springs, surrounded by several yurts and you would be able to find a horses riding. A visit of the hot springs is a great way to relax after hiking. After lunch in the gorge, you will go to Karakol (most likely on a Soviet car, because only such cars can pass through the road to the gorge). Late afternoon you arrive to the city, a guide and driver will accompany you.



Average height: 2902 meters.
The highest altitude: 3530 meters.
Distance: 9 kilometers.
Maximum gradient: 34%
Average gradient: 13%
Travel time: 5 hours

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
700 USD
Group of 2 people
900 USD
(450 USD per one person)
Group of 3 people
975 USD
(325 USD per one person)
Group of 4 people
1200 USD
(300 USD per one person)
If there are more than 4 participants in your group, please contact us for pricing this tour.
Transport services
Guide services
Porter for equipment and cooking tools
Sleeping mat
Meals during the tour
Visits to hot springs
Does not include
Breakfast on the first day of the tour and dinner on the third day of the tour
Sleeping bags
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