EXPLORING ALA ARCHA
Trip code: ALR-3
Trip season: 01/07-31/09
Duration: 3 days
Departures: guaranteed subject to 4 people travelling. Please contact us for individual departures.
Accommodation: 3 nts-tents
Meals: Full board 2 breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 dinners.
Transportation: Motor roads: Comfortable a/c vehicle. Off road: Army truck
Group size: No minimum set, Maximum 10
Price: On request.
Extensions: It is possible to combine your tour with other activities in Kyrgyzstan or extend it to other Central Asian republics: Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan. Please inquire.
Description: This four days-long trek takes up in valleys of Kyrgyz range which rises up just 40 km from Bishkek - capital city of Kyrgyzstan. The trek provides the travelers with some of the most beautiful and picturesque scenery of Ak-Sai valley-which is very popular among local trekkers and climbers: snow capped peaks and mountain ranges, passes, fur tree forests and juniper groves, glaciers and mountain lakes. 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 valley located on the northern slopes of Kyrgyz range. As far as the car can go there is an "Alplager" - or all that remains of Soviet camp site for climbers. Here, porters take over and carry personal luggage and camping gear for the trek through stunning mountain scenery. The trekking route, known as 'Exploring Ala-Archa', goes through cool juniper groves and passes many tempestuous rivers, high glaciated summits, glaciers 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 colorful bird and wild-life.
Grade: The tour is three days trekking on foot. Paths are generally in good shapes. Mountain passes are steep but not technically difficult. The trek is porter-assisted, so you need to carry only a day pack with some of your belongings. Average walking time is around 5-6 hours per day. Daily altitude gain is about 500-800 m. You must be reasonably fit to attempt this trek. Trek graded as Steady extra: Trekking and camping background advisable. Varying extra demands: Remoteness, altitude, glacier travel precautions, weather, lack of comforts.
Trek Crew: The trek is assisted by guide, cook and porters who carry camping gear for the trek.