Kyrgyz Ala-Too Trek (10 Days)

The Kyrgyz Ala-Too is part of the inner mountain ranges of the Tien Shan. The Ala-Too range is considered to be one of the highest and most powerful mountain ranges of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, covering 375 km in length and reaching up to nearly five thousand meters above sea level.

Following the northern side of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too, we will explore the alpine meadows, coniferous forests, roaring rivers, stunning waterfalls, beautiful lakes and rocky gorges of the Sokuluk, Ala-Archa, Kegety and Chon-Kemin Valleys. We will cross passes, explore the petroglyphs of the ancient Scythians on the shore of the famed lake Issyk-Kul and, at their peak, our treks will take us to foot of the Bolshoy Ala-Archinsky and Ak-Say glaciers.

In addition to enjoying the clear mountain air and wonderful landscapes, such as the 60m high Sokuluk waterfall and 2735m asl turquoise-blue mirror that is Kol-Tor Lake, our trek will also allow you to take advantage of some uniquely Kyrgyz activities such as river rafting, horse riding, traditional felt production and see traditional Kyrgyz yurts.

Tour characteristics

June - September
10 days
96 km
+7170 m  -6490 m
671 km, 13 h
Complexity 
Book now from $ 994

You are going to love it

  • Explore the highlights of the Ala Too Mountains
  • Discover the fabulous Lake Kol-Tor and the Sokuluk Waterfall
  • Overnight under the stars in the clear mountain air
  • Visit Ak-Sai glacier and Ratsek cabin in Ala-Archa National Park– base for mountaineers
  • Enjoy the petroglyphs and beaches of Lake Issyk Kul
  • Get extreme with rafting/horseback riding in the Chon-Kemin Valley
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  • Sights
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1 Day. Bishkek City - Kegety Gorge

Morning pick up from airport Manas or accommodation in Bishkek City. After breakfast, we go to one of the most picturesque gorges in all of Kyrgyzstan - Kegety - located 90 km from Bishkek on the northern side of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too range. On the way, we will stop at Burana tower – all that remains of the once great 10-13th century Karakhanid capital of Balasagun.

Upon arrival in Kegety, we will stop at our cottage accommodation (1820 m) for lunch. Our afternoon features as return walk deep into the gorge to a 20-meter waterfall. The force of the water as it falls from the terraces will enchant you and fill you with energy after a long flight. We will have supper and spend the night in the cottage.

Accommodation

Economy: Country house / Villa / Cottag
Standard: Country house / Villa / Cottag
VIP: Country house / Villa / Cottag

Locations

Bishkek
Ysyk-Ata District
6 km
3-3,5 h
+620 m  -620 m
114 km, 2,5 h
B L D

2 Day. Kol-Tor Lake – Sokuluk Gorge

After an early breakfast, we go deep into the gorge to the incredibly beautiful Kol-Tor lake (2735 m.). Formed in the headwaters of the glacial Kegety River, purity of the turquoise mirror lake captivates travelers at first sight. From here we can also see the moraines and large glaciers lying only 3 km above Kol-Tor.

The path to the lake can be quite steep in places, but the varied vegetation of spruce forests, rose hips, mountain ash, barberry and juniper, and the increasingly beautiful views make this one of the best day hikes in all of Kyrgyzstan. We will enjoy a picnic lunch on the shores of the lake, after which those who wish can go for a swim, a wander, or just relax. Returning to the cottage, we will retrieve our bags and get a ride to Sokuluk Gorge (150 km, 3-3.5 hours). There, we will set the camp for our overnight stay and have a delicious dinner.

Accommodation

Economy: Camping
Standard: Camping
VIP: Camping

Locations

Sokuluk District
Ysyk-Ata District
12 km
5-6 h
+960 m  -960 m
B L D

3 Day. Sokuluk Waterfall - Kichi-Tor River

After a relaxed morning, we will hike to one of the most amazing waterfalls of the Ala Too, dropping 60m down into the gorge. The source of the falls remains a mystery, flowing out of the rock and tumbling down to the valley below.

On our way to the falls, we can enjoy views of the Black Spire peak (4000 m.). This name was given to the rock because of its dark color, which stays unchanged no matter the weather.

After rest and lunch near the waterfall, we continue further along the stony path to the tributary of the Kichi-Tor river, which we ford. From here, we have 1-1.5 hours to go to the campsite. Upon arrival, we will set up camp, have dinner and settle for the night in our tents.

Accommodation

Economy: Camping
Standard: Camping
VIP: Camping

Locations

Sokuluk District
10 km
3-4 h
+740 m  -30 m
142 km, 3 h
B L D

4 Day. Kichi-Tor River – Ozernyi Pass

After breakfast, we continue deeper into Sokuluk gorge along the river of the same name. The vegetation here is dense and diverse. After lunch, we will continue our rout to the foot of the Ozernyi pass. We will settle for the night near the moraine lakes. Dinner and overnight in tents.

Accommodation

Economy: Camping
Standard: Camping
VIP: Camping

Locations

Sokuluk District
9 km
3-4 h
+850 m  -30 m
B L D

5 Day. Ozernyi Pass - Ala-Archinskiy Glacier

After breakfast, we begin our ascent of the Ozernyi pass (3920 m). The hike is made difficult by the wide-spread moraine scree. From the pass, you can see a beautiful view of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too range and the nearby valleys. From here, we descend into the Ala-Archa Valley, restoring our strength with lunch before continuing up a little ways to the great Ala-Archinsky glacier, a favourite place among skiers. Due to its favorable location, the ski season on the glacier continues almost year-round except for a couple of summer months. We will have dinner and set up camp to spend the night at a ski base abandoned since Soviet times.

Accommodation

Economy: Camping
Standard: Camping
VIP: Camping

Sights

Peaks of Kyrgyz Range

Locations

Sokuluk District
10 km
3-4 h
+720 m  -830 m
B L D

6 Day. Ala-Archa National Park

After breakfast we continue our way down the valley to the alpine camp of Ala-Archa National Park (2200 m), located just 30 km from Bishkek. The descent is moderate and without sharp changes. From here, we turn up the Ak-Sai branch of the park and continue on to the Ak-Sai Waterfall (2860 m), enjoying breath-taking views of the park along the way. The landscape of the park is very diverse - there are about 600 plant species, including 70 species of shrubs and trees, 50 species of medicinal plants, and many tannic plants and honey trees. In addition, Ala-Archa is a home to Siberian roe deer, argali sheep, wild boar, capricorn, fox, hare, wolf, badger, marten and other animals. Once we reach the waterfall, we will set up camp, have supper and enjoy our night.

Accommodation

Economy: Camping
Standard: Camping
VIP: Camping

Locations

Alamüdün District
18 km
5-6 h
+580 m  -1320 m
B L D

7 Day. Ak-Sai Glacier Hike – Chon Kemin

After an early breakfast, we begin the steep hike up to the foot of the Ak-Sai glacier (3350 m) and Ratsek hut, mountaineering base with stunning views onto the nearby Ala Too peaks of Uchitel (4527 m), Baichechek (4515 m), Corona (4860 m), Boks (4240 m), and Free Korea (4740 m). In addition, the highest peak - Semenov-Tian-Shansky (4875 m.).

Following our return from the glacier we will pack up camp, descend to the gate of the national park and catch our ride back into Bishkek City where we will enjoy lunch before continuing on our way to the Chon-Kemin valley (2 hrs) - a unique natural complex encompassing the gorge, the valley and the river running through it.

The Chon-Kemin River is 116 km in length, beginning at the junction of the Kungei-Ala-Too and Ili Ala-Too ranges and flowing through the specially protected territory of the Chon-Kemin National Park. The whole valley is covered with green meadows, and spruce forests grow on the slopes of the gorge. Upon arrival we will make our way to our accommodation at the guesthouse, have supper and spend the night.

Accommodation

Sights

Peak Semyonova Tian-Shanskogo
Peaks of Kyrgyz Range

Locations

Bishkek
Alamüdün District
Kemin District
11 km
3-4 h
+800 m  -1300 m
175 km, 3 h
B L D

8 Day. Chon-Kemin - Cholpon-Ata

The Chon-Kemin Valley is the ideal place for admirers of extreme tourism and beautiful nature. While we are here, depending on your desire, you can test your courage rafting down the river or enjoy a horse trek over the Kalmak-Ashuu pass (3447 m) to Balykchy on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul.

After enjoying all that the Chon-Kemin has to offer, we will make our way to Cholpon-Ata city (those on the horse trek will be picked up in Balykchy along the way), located on the coast of the famous Issyk-Kul lake where we can enjoy the beaches and have a swim. Supper and overnight in a guest house.

Locations

Issyk Kul District
Kemin District
20 km
4-5 h
+1900 m  -1400 m
90 km, 2 h
B L D

9 Day. Cholpon-Ata – Kochkor Village

After breakfast, we will go for a walk to the 42 hectare open-air museum located just north of the town. Here you can see the fine arts of the ancient Scythians – over a thousand petroglyphs (2000 BC – 4th century AD), painted by the hands of ancient artists. One drawing depicts hunting leopards in motion. This image is unique, the only one of its kind in Central Asia.

Our cultural program also includes a visit to the Chingiz Aitmatov Rukh Ordo Centre. On the territory of the complex there are 5 chapels built in honor of the 4 major denominations of the world: Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and Christianity, as well as various sculptures and photo galleries.

After our explorations, we will drive to the town of Kochkor. After short rest, we will attend a master class on traditional Kyrgyz felt-making, where you can will try to master the techniques and purchase handicrafts. We will have supper and overnight in a guesthouse.

Locations

Issyk Kul District
Kochkor District
150 km, 2,5 h
B L D

10 Day. Kochkor Village – Bishkek City. Departure home.

Following breakfast, we will make the transfer to Bishkek (3-3.5hrs) and stop at the hotel accommodation for lunch. After a short rest, we will go on a small walking tour of Bishkek city, visiting Ala-Too square, where the monument to the Kyrgyz national hero "Manas the Magnanimous" is located. Here you can watch the changing of the guard of honor at the flagpole, visit the historical museum, and see the monuments to Lenin and to the leader of the Alai Kyrgyz, Kurmanzhan Datka. We will also visit the old square and government house. At the conclusion of our tour, we will visit the central department store (TSUM) where you can purchase locally handcrafter souvenirs. After dinner, we will return you to the hotel.

Transfer to the airport can be arranged for the following morning.

Create your own group and travel profitably!

If you have been waiting for the right time to go on a journey in the footsteps of the ancient nomads of Central Asia, it has come! For the first time in Kyrgyzstan, "Baibol Travel" gives you a unique opportunity to travel at affordable prices, collecting a group of travelers from your relatives, friends, colleagues, as you are hungry for new experiences and incredible discoveries! We are happy to adapt our services to your requests and requirements, so we suggest you choose the conditions of travel with the comfort and conditions that suit you. The more people in your group, the greater the benefits will be received by all its participants!

Tour cost

The prices are indicated according to the classification of the tour and the number of people.

Number of persons / Class Economy Standard VIP
1-2 $ 1785 $ 1995 $ 2520
3-4 $ 1250 $ 1490 $ 1890
5-6 $ 1160 $ 1345 $ 1745
7-8 $ 1050 $ 1230 $ 1700
9-10 $ 994 $ 1160 $ 1610

Conditions

Suite of services

VIP

Стандарт

Эконом

Transport (all transfers according to the program)

premium class  SUV

high-class SUV

Class 4х4  MPV

Accommodation (in hotels, guest houses and yurts according to the program)

Guide

Guide  assistant  (for groups more than 6 people)

Cook

Cook assistant (for groups over 6 people)

Horse guide

Horsemen

Horses

Staff porter  

to 15 kg of personal staff

to 8 kg of personal staff

to 0 kg of personal staff

Meal 3 times a day (+ afternoon snack for trekking trips)

4 times a day

3 times a day

3 times a day

Tents for living

Tent kitchen and dining room (hangar for groups over 6 people)

Portable toilets

Sleeping bags

Mattress for hiking

Kitchen accessories

Satellite-link communication

National games

National horse games

Workshops

Excursion

Folklore concert

  

Trekking recommendations:

It may be difficult to decide what to bring, especially considering that you need to carry equipment for extreme cases and weather conditions. Here is the list of things we suggest you bring, it is almost universal for trips in Kyrgyzstan (changing only in the case of a complex tour).

Please use the following as a guide:

  • tent, sleeping bag and ground pad (if not included in the list of things provided by the company)
  • expeditionary backpack;
  • a windbreaker from the wind and the rain (or a windbreaker + plastic raincoat);
  • tight draft-proof pants, preferably synthetic and quick-dry;
  • waterproof trousers (optional);
  • shorts or summer pants;
  • high waterproof hiking boots that cover the ankle + sandals/sneakers;
  • a hat;
  • thermal underwear;
  • a couple of t-shirts and a long-sleeved t-shirt;
  • gloves;
  • at least 2 pairs of wool and 2 pairs of ordinary socks;
  • personal first aid kit;
  • alpenstocks / gaiters;
  • sunglasses;
  • camera with batteries;
  • headlamp and extra batteries;
  • handbag for documents (if any);
  • watch, an altimeter (optional), portable charger (power bank);
  • personal hygiene items;
  • sunscreen.