GOLDEN SPRINGS OF ALTYN ARASHAN
Trip code: ARA-3
Trip season: 01/06-31/10
Duration: 3 days
Departures: guaranteed subject to 4 people travelling. Please contact us for individual departures.
Accommodation: 2 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 three days-long trek takes in the colorful and picturesque valleys located in the Eastern Kyrgyzstan. You will have a great chance to see the world's second largest alpine lake Issyk-Kul, mountain ranges and snow capped peaks, passes, hot springs of Altyn-Arashan valley and truly amazing Ala-Kul lake located high in the mountains at the altitude of 3500 metres above sea level.
Route: The route begins with drive up into the nearby Karakol valley. Here, porters take over and carry personal luggage and camping gear for the trek through stunning mountain scenery. The trekking route, known as the “Golden springs of Altyn Arashan”, goes through cool juniper groves and passes crystal clear Ala-Kol lake, many tempestuous rivers, high glaciated summits and a wide variety of colorful panoramas with breathtaking landscapes. 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 colourful bird and wild-life.
Grade: The tour is two 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. 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.