Trekking from Jyrgalan village to the Lake Alakol.

Kyrgyzstan is an amazing country with endless and massive mountain peaks. They say, “better than mountains, maybe only mountains.” We offer an interesting route for lovers of mountains and outdoor activities, take an 8-day hike from the Jyrgalan Valley to the famous mountain Lake Alakol. Immerse yourself in complete immersion in the vast expanses of mountain horizons, find many mountain lakes hidden in the mountains and feel the local flavor, saturated with a nomadic spirit.

What could be better to overcome the passes beyond the pass, to collect water from a crystal clear stream directly from the glaciers, to spend the night with millions of stars in the sky that shine brightly and it seems so close that you can get it with your hands. Eight days and eight nights, where there is only you and nature, hot springs and insane and pristine beauty first hand. Dream. Explore. Discover.

  • Itinerary: Jyrgalan – Arashan – Aksuu valleys. (Karakol region)
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Best Season: Mid June – September
  • Category:  trekking
  • Level of Difficulty: Difficult
  • Group Size: 2-20 pax
  • Highlights: The mountain lakes, untouched nature, high altitude passes
  • Requirements: weatherproof warm clothes, trekking boots, hat, sunglasses, sleeping bag, and sunscreen.

ITINERARY

Jyrgalan – TermeTor

The morning takes first-day trekking from the village Jyrgalan. (Jyrgalan village is located in the Karakol area. From Karakol town to the village is about 1,5 hours driving). You start to hike up to the river Jyrgalan and reach the mountain valley Terme – Tor. The small valley is located on the Jyrgalan mountain slop and from Kyrgyz, the name “Terme-Tor” means “Assembled top”. Set up the tents and get overnight in the wild.

You will be accompanied by our team. Guide, horseman. All luggage: tents, foods and your bags will be carried on the pack horses.

Trekking time – 4 hours

TermeTor – Kurgon

After breakfast and well rest continue the second day of trekking. Today take a hike up to the small mountain’s lakes Kosh-Kol. You can have a lunch picnic in the lakeshore and take a rest with beautiful surroundings. After descending the valley Turgen where you will set up your camp for the night.

Trekking time – 4 -5 hours

Turgon – Bozuchuk

Today continue the trek to the next gorge Boz-Uchuk. The gorge is reached with many mountain lakes around. You will get the gorge in one pass and arrive in the place for lunchtime. After lunch, it takes time to hike around to visit the mountain lakes from the best views and have good light for pictures without the rush.  Spend the enjoying time in wild nature. Sleeping in tents.

Trekking time – 4 hours

Bozuchuk – Jergez.

Trekking to another beautiful gorge Jergez over the mountain two passes. Today will be challenge trekking day and get Jergez just on time to set up the tents and have an overnight rest.

Trekking time – 6-7  hours

Jergez – Almaluu

After breakfast, the Almaluu Valley opens. The valley is green and surrounded by a spruce forest. Feeling the smell of fir trees and gaining the spirit of nature, you also cannot get rid of the feeling of living in the fresh air today. Sleeping in tents.

Trekking time – 4 hours

Almaluu – AltynArashan

Today time to descent the valley Altyn-Arashan where you will be welcomed in the mountain hut Arashan with hot spring thermal bath. Finally, you will be an honorable guest in the guest house with comfortable beds for two nights and have a hot thermal bath from nature. Dine and sleep in the guest house.

trekking time is 4 hours.

Lake Alakol

After breakfast day radial trekking to explore the famous mountain Lake Alakol. Do summit to the high mountain range where opens the spectacular view for massive mountains on the horizon and beautiful Lake Ala-Kol just on your eyes. After having the lunch picnic take a hike back to the guest house in Arashan where your tasty dinner and comfortable room will waiting for you.

 

Arashan – AkSuu – Karakol.

After breakfast and well rest final day of the trekking from Altyn-Arashan to Karakol town. Among the river Arashan takes an easy downhill hiking trail for about 15 km. Descending the valley Ak-Suu where you will be picked up by our transport and transfer for Karakol town. Accommodation in the guest house. Meals in the local cafes. Optional to do a city tour and visiting the local sightseeing.

 

FAQ

The tours start upon request, please contact us. The itineraries can be adjusted individually to fit into your schedule and provide you with the best experience. Furthermore, we are happy to create tailor-made tours according to your wishes.

After having solved all the questions and programs confirming we issue an invoice for payment. You can make a bank transfer or pay upon your arrival time in Bishkek before the trip starts.

The price of the tour depends on the number of people and the season. According to the request and interest, we can negotiate the optimal price for your budget.

The altitude is high and you will cross several mountain passes.  We recommend you train with sport or jogging 2-3 times a week in the run-up to your trip.

Clothing for hiking in temperatures from +20C to -0C. A detailed kit list will be sent to you when you book on.

Overnights during the activity tours mostly you will sleep in the portable tents. You can bring your own tents or we provide you with your request. Nights 6th and 7th will be accommodation in the guesthouse Altyn-Arashan.

We provide you with pack horses. Your all heavy bags and all foods, tents will be carried on the horsebacks inside the special saddlebags. All you need to take your light back bags for your personal things

Water is important during trekking, we are providing boiled water or tea/coffee during breakfast, lunch, dinner, however boiling the water is limited, and it is not enough if you will need to fill up your bottles for the next day. Water can be a cause of stomach problems on a trek. On the other hand, you need to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Water in some hills is also the source of water for animals and wild animals in the higher area. Always fetch water from running streams. The faster the better. Stagnant water has a high risk of bearing pathogens, irrespective of the cold surrounding. Whereas, as fast gushing water has very low chances of bearing pathogens in it. It even has less particulate materials. You will be able to fill up water from natural springs, it’s the best as it acts as a natural filter and has very fewer chances of having particles in it. Local people same as a lot of tourists don’t have problems to drink water from the source, however, if you are not sure please bring water cleaning pills with you for the trek from your homeland. You will not be able to find water cleaning pills in Kyrgyzstan.

The basic hints for travelers.

  • During your travel time, please respect local culture, customs, traditions, and religion.
  • Try to buy local products and make a benefit for the local economy.
  • Always give fair prices for lodging, food and other services.
  • Take off your shoes, when entering home or yurt stay.
  • Smoking is prohibited at home.
  • Please share your ideas on food and accommodation preferences.
  • Ask people for photographing them.
  • Be friendly and try to get in contact.
  • Be careful during the evening and night time and aware of mass meetings.
  • Be careful with your documents, money and valuable items.
  • Be aware of pickpockets and strangers at bazaars and streets.
  • If someone asking for documents, wallets or cameras, saying that they are from the police, ask them to go police together.
  • Never give your belongings to strangers.
  • Wear good hiking shoes for outdoor activities.
  • Bring warm waterproof clothes even in summer.
  • Have your torch sunscreen and repellent.
  • Do not drink very cold water from unknown sources.
  • Drinking alcohol at high altitudes is unsafe.
  • If the food fat or not acceptable for you can taste a bit and say thanks.
  • Do not drink cold water after eating out, better hot tea or c It helps in high altitude digestions cases.
  • Wear warm clothes in the mountains, usually after eating out.
  • Bring your medicines and first aid kit.
  • If you feel unsafe or have issues to discuss, please share with your staff, host or tour manager.
  • Collect your litter. Pack up all non-biodegradable rubbish.
  • Please don’t drop cigarette butts or litter.
  • High altitude vegetation is very fragile. Save the environment.
  • Use toilets in nature wherever available. Where are none, stay at least 40-50 m from streams and water sources and bury all waste and paper.
  • Leaving footprints, take just your photographs.

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