Main sights of Karakol

Tour Highlights:

  • View of Karakol Peak (5216 m) and glaciers
  • Horseback riding deeper to stunning Karakol valley
  • Enjoy the beauty of Ala-Kul lake
  • Relax in hot radon water after adventurous trip
  • Great opportunity to take an amazing night shots

Main sights of Karakol

4 days | June - October

Visit Karakol

This tour is offered by Visit Karakol Tour Company. As a member of Destination Karakol, this business is actively invested in promoting tourism and community development in Karakol and the surrounding region.

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Tour Details




4 days


Issyk-kul region, Terskey Ala-Too mountains range

Highest point

Pass between Ala-Kul lake and Keldike valley 3860m


English, Russian


Rain or shine


No signal connection


Total 83km (Walking part 58km)

Level of difficulty



  • 1 person - 821 USD
  • 2 person - 1090 USD
  • 3 person - 1516 USD
  • 4 person - 1785 USD
  • 5 person - 2105 USD
  • 6 person - 2373 USD
  • 7 person - 2774 USD
  • 8 person - 3041 USD
  • 9 person - 3309 USD
  • 10 person - 3577 USD

Price Include:

  • English speaking guide (middle level)
  • Transportation
  • Horsekeeper and horses
  • Full board
  • Payment to Karakol National Park
  • Equipment: Tents (2 person in 1 tent), mats and table equipment
  • Accommodation and hot springs in Altyn-Arashan

Price exclude:

  • Sleeping bag (If you don't have then you can rent from us for 3$ per day)
  • Insurance
  • Tips

Tour Itinerary

Meeting at hotel and driving to Karakol valley, where we will meet with horses and horse keeper. We will start our horseback riding deeper to stunning Karakol valley after briefing on rules of riding a horses. Lunch upon arriving to Alp Camp. Continue riding deeper to On-Tor gorge close to stunning Peak Karakol. Hiking to the bottom of Peak Karakol. Overnight in tents.  
Enjoying with morning beauty of Peak Karakol during the breakfast. Descending down on horses to Alp Camp (2 hours), saying goodbuy to horses and horse keeper and starting our pedistrian part to Ala-Kul lake 3533m. The Ala-Kul is 2.3 km wide and 700 metres across, a rock-dammed lake, it's hidden treasure between lofty Terskey Ala Too Mountains. Overnight in tents in Base Camp on Ala-Kul lake. Great opportunity to take an amazing night shots.  
Enjoying with morning beauty of Ala-Kul lake and starting hike to Ala-Kul Passover (3800m), where you will have an inexpressible view of summit of the mountains of Terskey Ala Too, such as Peak Karakol, Peak Jigit, Peak Tashtanbek and other. The descent from the pass by the rocky path to the lake and continue along the coast to the waterfall, flowing from the lake. Hot springs of Altyn-Arashan will be provided for you, your muscles will relax in hot radon water after adventurous trip. Dinner and accommodation in guesthouse.
After breakfast descent via Altyn-Arashan gorge to the forestry, where the car will pick you up to Karakol after execlent jorney. End of the service.

Additional information


While on a trek, you are in the wild to enjoy the nature and the thrill of it. Its very important that you stay healthy and do not take ill on the trek to have a joyful experience in the wild. Water is important during trekking, we are providing boiled water or tea/coffee during breakfast, lunch, dinner, however boiling the water is limited, and it is not enough if you will need to fill up your bottles for next day. Water can be a cause of stomach problems on a trek. On the other hand, you need to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Water in some hills are also the source of water for animals and wild animals on the higher area. Always fetch water from running streams. The faster the better. Stagnant water has high risk of bearing pathogens, irrespective of the cold surrounding. Whereas, as fast gushing water has very low chances of bearing pathogens in it. It even has less particulate materials. You will be able to fill up water from natural springs, it’s the best as it acts as a natural filter and has very less chances of having particles in it. Local people same as a lot of tourist don't have a problems to drink water from the source, however if you are not sure please bring water cleaning pills with you for the trek from your homeland. You will not be able to find water cleaning pills in Kyrgyzstan.


  • Main Baggage:

The item of luggage used to carry all your belongings in the hold of the plane and used to store all of the items you don't need on trek. This can be left behind at the group hotel used prior to the trek.

  • Luggage to the porters:

Almost all of our standard programs designed for not too long hikes, usually 4 to 8 days. We are providing as default 1 porter to 1 person, which carry 15 kg, that weight including food, tents, cooking staff and private things of clients, usually around 3-5kg first days. Everyday weight of food dicreasing and you will have possibility to give extra weight to the porter. You can order extra porter, if you having some big weight items as camera with lens, special equipment and etc. You will need to pay extra 30 euro per porter per day.

  • Daysac/Rucksack:

30-50 liters recommended. During the course of a trekking day, you do not have access to the luggage, which is being carried for you by the porters. In mountain region, the weather can change very fast and you must be equipped for this eventuality. Your day sack should therefore be large enough to carry waterproofs, fleece jacket, long trousers (if walking in shorts), warm hat and gloves, sun cap, sun cream, water bottle and other staff which you need during the trek. On a few occasions, it is also necessary to carry your own packed lunch.


You need to have a good level of fitness and previous trekking experience is recommended. Trekking days are generally longer, challenging and at higher altitudes up to 3800 meters. Terrain may be difficult and ascents and descents are often demanding, especially during rain or snow.


Travel insurance is NOT included. We recommend that clients have their own travel insurance against illness, injury, loss/damage to personal belongings. In case of emergency our staff will make all the best to delivery you to hospital or other point and solve your problem, insurance will cover your charges, if you don't have insurance, you will be required to cover charges by yourself.


Breakfast: consist some of following dishes: Porridge, omelet, omelet with fried sausages, pancakes, scrambled eggs with sausage, boiled eggs and etc + bread, jam, butter, honey, sweets, tea/coffee. Lunch boxes or lunch: Dried fruits, chocolate, yogurt, juice, cheese, sandwich, vegetables/fruits and tea/coffee. Dinner: Our cooks is preparing european and asian cuisine You need to let us know if you are vegetarian or have some preferences, so we will be able to make special menu for you.


Service of local staff is included to the program; however, it is polite to tip to local staff if the service has been very good. Also at your discretion, you might also consider tipping your tour manager in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.


Equipment and items for trekking part:

  • Sleeping bag up to -5 C
  • Good trekking boots with high proper ankle support and good thread. Extra shoes or pair of sandals, in case if main became wet during the rain and etc.
  • Waterproof rain jacket and trousers
  • Warm closes and extra closes to exchange
  • Hat and cap, sun glasess, high factor sun cream
  • Daypack 40-50 litters and rain cover. It is also good idea to line your daypack with a quality plastic bag
  • Head-torch
  • Bottle for water
  • Quick drying towel
  • First aid kit, if you have some disease

Recommended to have

  • Walking sticks
  • Toiletries
  • Insect repellants (for lower elevations)
  • Water purification tables or a water filter (more details in Notes)
  • Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if you don’t have altitude adaptation)
  • Pocket knife

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