The Road to Takyrtor through Ala-Kol Lake

Day 1:

Meeting at “Manas” airport. Transfer to the city of Karakol along the northern shore of the Issyk-Kul Lake (approximately 7 hours). On the way to Karakol city we will stop at Boom gorge, for a quick meal at a local road café (to be payed individually). Check-in at the guest house. Dinner. Meeting with the guide, who will make a short briefing on the program.

Detailed information:
Minimum altitude: 700 meters  
Average altitude: 900 meters  
Highest altitude: 1800 meters  
Distance: 450 kilometers  
Maximum gradient: – %  
Average gradient: – %  
Travel time: 7 hours  


Day 2:

Breakfast. Transfer to the starting point in Karakol gorge. We will begin our marvelous route at the confluence of Karakol gorge with the Ayu-Tor gorge. During the day, we will enjoy gorgeous landscape and climb from an altitude of 2500 up to 3100 meters. At an end point we will set up our camp and enjoy the dinner. Overnight in tents.


Detailed information:
Minimum altitude: 1700 meters  
Average altitude: 2700 meters  
Highest altitude: 3100 meters  
Walking distance: 5 kilometers  
Maximum gradient: 38 %  
Average gradient: 16 %  
Transfer by car: 20 kilometers  
Travel time: 5 hours  


Day 3:

Breakfast. Ascent to the Panoramic Pass (3700 m.)  where a splendid view on the Lake Alakol opens up. Descent to the Alakol Lake(3500 m.). Lunch. Embark on a hike exploring Alakol Lake. Later, we will settle down in the vicinity of the Alakol-Kyra glacier and appreciate a magnificent view. Dinner. Overnight in tents.


Detailed information:
Minimum altitude: 3100 meters  
Average altitude: 3500 meters  
Highest altitude: 3700 meters  
Distance: 7 kilometers  
Maximum gradient: 41 %  
Average gradient: 17 %  
Travel time: 6 hours  


Day 4:

Early breakfast. Say goodbye to the beautiful Lake and we will start our day with an ascent to Takyrtor Pass. But before we reach the snow-ice pass of (3,700 meters), we have to cross the entire Alakol-Kyry glacier. After the pass we will enjoy our lunch. Descend through Takyrtor gorge to hot wild springs. The water of a hot spring bursts forth out of the cliff. The water in this place is rich in minerals and reaches a temperature of 60 degrees. Dinner. Overnight in tents.

Detailed information:
Minimum altitude: 3500 meters  
Average altitude: 3600 meters  
Highest altitude: 3700 meters  
Distance: 6 kilometers  
Maximum gradient: -26 %  
Average gradient: 16 %  
Travel time: 6 hours  


Day 5:

Breakfast. A long descent along the Takyrtor gorge to the confluence with the Altyn-Arashan gorge. A view on the Ak-Suu mountain range will open up with eternal ice and snow peaks “ Aksu wall” . Lunch. Afterwards, we will continue our trek to Altyn-Arashan.  Altyn-Arashan, is a small town in the mountains,  which attracts and receives thousands of tourists from all over the world every year. Accommodation in yurts (Kyrgyz national dwelling). Dinner.  We will pay a visit to the hot wild springs “Arashan”. Overnight in a yurt.


Detailed information:
Minimum altitude: 2500  meters  
Average altitude: 2700  meters  
Highest altitude: 3500  meters  
Distance: 13 kilometers  
Maximum gradient: – 29 %  
Average gradient: – 8 %  
Travel time: 7 hours  


Day 6:

Breakfast. For those who want to ride a horse, there will be an opportunity to rent it before the start of the descent (paid individually). If you rent a horse, you will be able to ride it all the way down.

We will be descending along the Altyn-Arashan gorge and will pass two serpentines. At the end of the trip the car will pick us up and take the group back to Karakol city. We will enjoy our lunch at a local ethnic cafe. Later, we will travel to the yurt ethno-complex at Bokonbaevo village. On the way to the ethno-complex , we will have a short excursion the local landmark “Fairy Tale” canyon, located on the southern shore of Issyk-Kul lake. Accommodation in yurts. Dinner.

Detailed information:
Minimum altitude: 1600 meters  
Average altitude: 2000 meters  
Highest altitude: 2300 meters  
Walking distance: 6 kilometers  
Transfer by car: 155 kilometers  
Maximum gradient: – 12 %  
Average gradient: 2 %  
Walking distance from Arashan: 3 hours, 16 kilometres  


Day 7:

Breakfast. Transfer to Bishkek. We will visit local market where you can purchase souvenirs and dried fruits (purchases are paid individually).  Also, we will have a short walking tour through the center of Bishkek. Accommodation at the hotel and some free time. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Detailed information:
Minimum altitude: 700 meters  
Average altitude: 1300 meters  
Highest altitude: 2100 meters  
Transfer by car: 275 kilometers  


Day 8:

Transfer to airport Manas. End of the program.


What is included: What is not included:
Transfer Bishkek-Karakol- Bokombaevo-Bishkek Porter (for personal luggage 20 kg.)
Accommodation at guest house in Karakol Sleeping bag
Accommodation at the hotel in Bishkek Food during the transfer
Accommodation in yurts Arashan and Bokombaevo Bag pack
Food is provided during the trek, at the guest house and in the hotel Rent of hourses
Taxes and fees
Transfer to the starting point of the trek
Lunch at the ethno cafe
Porters (for equipment and products)
Hot springs
Walking tour in Bishkek
Fairy Tale canyon


Price (USD):
1 person 1 627
2 persons 2 079
3 persons 2 407
4 persons 2 731
5 persons 3 270
10 persons 5 454
15 persons 7 104