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Ala-Kul lake

Trek of Ala Kul lake

Discover beauties of the National Karakol park

The Ala Kul lake is a popular destination in Kyrgyzstan, touristy but the lake is amazing nice, from the Karakol valley to Altyn Arashan valley and its hot water springs.

The blue jewel of the Terskey Alatoo range

The program will start at Karakol, and finish in Karakol. 

4 Days Adventure tours Kyrgyzstan

  • 2 people: $510

  • 3 people: $400

  • 4 people: $350

  • 5 people: $320

  • 6 people: $310

  • Starting from


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            Karakol - Sirota camp
    From Karakol city to Sirota camp
    Karakol - Sirota camp

    In the morning, we will go by local-bus to the Karakol Leskhoz (Karakol National Park) ~15min (20km).  The hike to Sirota campsite ~5-6 hours (22km).  You will be walking alongside the river for ~3 hours (11km) and then cross a bridge with a cable and trek up the valley to the campsite.  You will be able to see Tien-Shan pine trees and the Karakol river flowing with glacier water.  Overnight in the tent 

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    24 km
    800 m
    0 m

            Sirota camp - Ala-Kul lake
    Short hiking day to Ala-Kul lake
    Sirota camp - Ala-Kul lake

    Leaving the campsite, you will summit Ala-Kul Lake (3600m) in ~2-3 hours (4km).  Enjoy a short hike around the lake and it’s also possible to make a summit at one of the nearby peaks.  During winter Ala-Kul freezes solid and it’s still a mystery how deep the lake is.  Beware at night the temperatures fall below 0 C.  Overnight in the tent

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    4 km
    800 m
    0 m

            Ala-Kul lake - Altyn Arashan valley
    Trek accross the Ala-Kul pass then down to Altyn Arashan valley
    Ala-Kul lake - Altyn Arashan valley

    The path, difficult hike up a scree to the neck Ala-Kul to 3890 meters. From the pass, the view is absolutely magnificent lake and surrounding peaks. Descend to the colorful canyon Keldike camp in the valley of Altyn Arashan.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    12 km
    350 m
    1350 m

            Altyn Arashan valley - Karakol
    Walk down into the Altyn Arashan valley and transfer by car to Karakol city
    Altyn Arashan valley - Karakol

    Descend through the piste. Our vehicle waits us near the first bridge at the entrance of the gorge. Transfer to Karakol, check into a guest house.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    23 km
    0 m
    500 m

    Working with Nomad's Land was amazing. I was able to completely customize my 3 day horseback tour through the Chong Kemin National Park. The guides they provided were amazing. As a group of two women, we felt incredibly safe and well taken care of the entire time. Will definitely work with Nomad's Land next time I'm in the region!

    Meghann Rhynard-Geil

    Traveling with another student in February 2018, I was able to appreciate the high quality service provided by the Nomad's Land team. She was able to answer us immediately, and draw with us in the space of a few hours a course adapted to our desires on the south shore of Lake Issy-Kul, starting from Bishkek. The advice on places to see and people to stay with (the eagle hunter, the Skazka canyon, Jety Oguz), as well as the prior organization of transfers and walks were excellent, and in fact this trip was more successful. The service is worth its price. I recommend !


    On your way


    What is included

    • All transportation in a private vehicle

    • All airport transfers

    • Accommodation as described in the program

    • Meals (3 per day)

    • Bottled water (when possible) & tea

    • English-speaking trekking guide

    • Pack horses with saddle bags & horsemen

    • Camping & cooking equipment (tents, mats, gas, stove, etc)

    • All the activities listed in the program

    • Entry fees at national parks and/or border zones listed in the program

    • Entry fees at museums and historical sites listed in the program

    • Domestic flights mentioned in the program

    • A contribution to our sustainable development projects

    • Organisation of the trip & local taxes

    What is not included

    • International flights

    • International banking fees (PayPal, ...)

    • Travel & repatriation insurance

    • Visas / LOI (if applicable)

    • Alcoholic and soft drinks

    • Personal expenses

    • Personal equipment (sleeping bag, headlight, personal medication, etc)

    • Additional costs due to unexpected personal events (health, loss of luggage, ...)

    • Tips for guide & driver (always optional, always appreciated)

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