Ala-Archa trek

Ala-Archa trek

15-day twin-trek tour, since 2020

Trek in Tong and Ala-Archa National Park, for hikers used to rough mountains

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Two different types of trek, the first relatively easy
and the second for real enthusiasts only

During the first trek in Tong you will get to meet nomads and see life in the summer pastures. In Ala-Archa you travel through beautiful mountain gorges up to the glacier.

About tour

This new two-week programme comprises 2 individual treks. The first trek, in the Tong district, is not so difficult. The second trek in Ala Archa National Park is, however, very hard and only suitable for people who have experience in hiking in rough mountains. You do not need cramps and ropes, but you should not feel uncomfortable on steep slopes. The programme starts with a trek of 3 days near Lake Issyk- Kul, and you will cross a pass of 3.350 m before arriving at a yurt camp at 2.450 m on the 3rd day. The next trek of 6 days starts from Bishkek. On the last day of the trek you will ascend Uchitel Peak, altitude 4.450 m.

During the treks you will stay mostly in tents. Luggage is carried on horseback for the first trek and by porters for the second trek. You should be in good physical condition, experienced in hiking in high mountains and have no fear of heights.

Walking days are usually between 4 and 8 hours. The group consists of 4-8 people, guides, porters or horsemen and an English-speaking interpreter. You have to carry your own daypack and help in putting up tents for the night. You need to bring a warm sleeping bag, isomat, warm clothes, waterproof clothing and very comfortable walking shoes.

Day By Day Programme

Here you can find a detailed description of the tour with routes and locations

  Day 1Departure from your local airport.
  Day 2Arrival at Manas Airport where we will meet you and take you to your hotel in Bishkek. After lunch, sightseeing around Bishkek with a guide/interpreter. Bishkek is a rather new town built mostly in the Soviet style with wide boulevards, many parks and numerous terraces. Stay in hotel.
  Day 3By minibus to the Boom Gorge and hiking a couple hours in the Konorchok Canyon with red rock pillars shaped by wind and rain (about 4-5 hours). Drive to the yurt camp Sonun, close to the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. Stay in yurt.
  Day 4The minibus will take us to the start of the first trek in the Tosor Canyon. Here the trekking guide, horsemen and horses with camping equipment will be waiting for us. Alt around 2.000 m. This day we will hike for about 4 hours, camping at 2.500 m (8,2 km).
  Day 5Hiking to Bel-Tam, slowly climbing to the pass at 3.335 m, and crossing a small river on foot or on horse. Camping at 2.400 m (17,5 km).
  Day 6A longer hike today hike up to 2.900 m, and then descend to the yurt camp Temir-Kanat at 2.450 m (21 km). Stay in yurt.
  Day 7Day in the yurt camp Temir-Kanat, hiking and/or horse riding in the surrounding mountains. Stay in yurt.
  Day 8Drive to Bokonbaevo to meet a man who hunts with golden eagles. He will bring one of his birds and tell about eagle hunting. For the second trek we now return to Bishkek. Not far from the town of Tokmok we will stop to visit the Burana Tower, an architectural complex from the 10th century that has survived from the times of the Great Silk Road. In the middle-ages it was a city of Balasagun, the capital of the Karachanid Khaganate, a Turkish dynasty of that time. We will see the 24 metre minaret and mausoleums that have been reconstructed, and also see Balbals, gravestones from the middle ages. Stay in B&B.
  Day 9By minibus to the starting point of the trek. Meet the porters, cooks and trekking guide. Lunch at a waterfall and then along the Kichi-Tor River. With the rocky terrain the trail is not always visible. 4-5 hours hiking (11-12 km). Stay in tents.
  Day 10To the Lake Pass, camping at a lake in the Sokuluk Gorge. 4-5 hours trekking (13 km). Stay in tents.
  Day 11To the Storm Pass (3.920 m) passing an abandoned ski base and up to the Great Ala-Archinsk Glacier. 6-7 hours trekking (10 km). Stay in tents.
  Day 12Descend to the Ala-Archa Alpinist Camp and lunch. Continue towards the Ak-Sai Glacier. Set up tents not far from waterfall. 6-7 hours trekking (18 km). Stay in tents.
  Day 13Today a short hike to the Ak-Sai Glacier in the Ratzek Park. After setting up the tents you have some free time and can walk to the glacier. 2-3 hours trekking (7 km). Stay in tents.
  Day 14Early start to ascend the Utichel Peak (4.450 m). This takes about 4-5 hours. From here a beautiful view of the entire Kyrgyz Ridge and Chui Valley. Descend and hike back to the entrance to the park where the minibus will meet us and take us back to Bishkek. Stay in Umai Hotel.
  Day 15Transfer to Manas Airport and departure.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it might be necessary to make small changes in the program.
We ask for your understanding.

Tour specifics

Our tours can be organized for individual travelers or groups of up to 10 people (and sometimes more) and for families with (young) children. For the majority of our tours you can specify the start date and length of the tour.

Date
July 21August 4
Group
4 and more persons
For four and more persons
Price€ 1.595 p.p. 

For bookings of 4, or more, persons we offer a 5% discount. In case there are less participants than required, if you pay an additional fee, the trip will go on as planned.

Terms of payment

Your booking will be confirmed upon receipt of a deposit of euros 250 per person.  The outstanding balance must be paid either 8 weeks before departure or in cash upon arrival.  We do not accept debit or credit cards.

•  Transportation by minibus
•  Transfer from and to the airport
•  All meals, breakfast, lunch and supper
•  Stay in hotel, B&B, guesthouse, yurt and homestay
•  Programme as described
•  English/German (as required) speaking guide/interpreter

•  Flight
•  Insurances
•  Personal expenses
•  Entrance charges if applicable
•  Tips
•  Alcoholic and other bottled beverages
•  Activities not mentioned in the programme

If you have to cancel a tour you already booked, we have to charge you cancellation fee.
If Ecotour cancels the tour, of course you will get back the full amount you paid.
If you cancel your trip, depending on the time your message reaches us, you owe Ecotour the following amount:

till 42 days before departureone pays the deposit
day 42- till day 2835 %
day 28- till day 2140 %
day 21- till day 1450 %
day 14- till day 575 %
day 5 – till day 290 %
on the last day before and the day of departure100%

A trip with Ecotour means an unusual and unforgettable vacation.
Our trips are suitable for those who do not insist on luxury, love the mountains,
appreciate the silence and do not want to travel in large groups.

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Mountain passes, bad tracks, off-road, and firm climbs over 3000 m characterize this route.
Not all slopes are steep, but some are very long and on dirt roads.
But it is worth the effort.