Altyn Arashan, which means ‘Golden Spa’ in Kyrgyz, is the most popular hike near Karakol in the north-east of the country. Ala-Kol is a high-attitude lake and regular stop on several popular trekking routes between Altyn Arashan and the Karakol Gorge.
Altyn Arashan is located 20km south-east of Karakol and near Issyk-kul Lake, in an alpine valley dominated at its southern end by the 4260m tall Pik Palatka (‘Tent Peak’). The valley forms part of the Arashan State Nature Reserve which is famous for its unique wildlife, including snow leopards and a few wild bears.
- Day 1: Transfer by car from Karakol to Aksu village. Hike from Aksu to Altyn Arashan valley (12 km), 2600 m. Lunch. Dinner & overnight in a guesthouse/yurt
- Day 2: Breakfast. Hike to Alakol lake (3600 m) and back ( 26 km both ways). Lunchbox is provided. Dinner & overnight in a guesthouse/yurt
- Day 3: Breakfast. Hike back to Aksuu village (12 km) Transfer from Aksu to Karakol. Lunch on your own.
The trek is 6-7 hours away from Bishkek.
|Nr. of persons: price (Summer)|
|1: 23 500 s||6: 63 500 s|
|2: 31 500 s||7: 71 500 s|
|3: 39 500 s||8: 79 500 s|
|4: 47 500 s||9: 87 500 s|
|5: 55 500 s||10: 95 500 s|
- English speaking guide
- meals during the trek as per itinerary
- 2 nights in the yurt or guesthouse
- hot springs fee
- transport from Karakol to Aksuu and back
NOT INCLUDED: Transport to/from Karakol. If you are coming from Bishkek take a bus from the west bus station to Karakol for 500 som. The journey is 6-7 hours
DURATION: 3 Days 2 Nights
- trekking boots/gaiters,
- weatherproof warm clothes
- rain coat
- warm clothes – it gets cold at night
You can rent any equipment you might need directly from us.
Best Season: Mid June – Mid September