ALA ARCHA TREK
Trip code: ALAR
Trip season: 01/07-31/09
Duration: 5 days
Group size: 1 - 16 pax
Price: Please refer to trek dossier for the most up-to-date information.
Description: 5 Day trek in Kyrgyz Range that rises above Bishkek - Kyrgyzstan's capital. The trek goes thru Ala Archa national park founded in 1972. It is a well known week end destination with Bishkek folks and many head off here to escape summer heat in the city. At Soviet timse park hosted an Alplager - a train camp for climbers due to the comfortable approcaches to near by summits and variety of routes in the area. We will explore Ak Sai and Uchitel glaciers, trek thru fur tree forests and juniper groves to alpine zone. The area we trek through is abounded with wild life: mountain goats, deer, foxes, wolves, plenty of marmots etc. The tour begins and ends with the opportunity to visit some of Kyrgyzstan's finest cultural and historical treasures.
Route: The route begins with drive to Ala Archa national park. We have no accomodation included for this trek in the cities and therefore we pick you up from the place you say. Here, porters take over and carry personal luggage and camping gear for the trek through stunning mountain scenery. This trekking route goes by several mountain valleys passing many tempestuous rivers, high glaciated summits and a wide variety of colorful panoramas. The alpine meadows are extremely beautiful with a profusion of flowers and lush grass pastures. Several Golden Eagles have their home here along with other bird-life. There will be time at the end of the trek for sightseeing and shopping in Bishkek bazaars, and we will gather together for a banquet on the last night.
Grade: The tour is five days trekking on foot. Paths are generally in good shapes. Glacier crossing is not technically difficult - please always follow your guide. We plan porters to carry camping gear and food but we expect you to perform all your own personal gear carries. Extra porters available on demand. Average walking time is around 6-7 hours per day. Daily altitude gain is between 300 and 1200 m. You must be reasonably fit to attempt this trek. Trekking/hiking and camping background advisable but not essential.
Trek Crew: The trek is assisted by guide, cook and porters who carry camping gear for the trek.