Transfer from Karakol city to the Alp Camp in Karakol valley. It will take 2-3 hours of driving. On the way to Alps Camp we will proceed from the steppe foothills to mountain forests, woodlands, to subalpine and alpine meadows and even to the realm of eternal snow with bare rocks and glaciers. On arrival to Alps Camp we will start hiking to Ala-Kul lake (3533m), both ways may take from 6 to 10 hours, depends on the level of physical training of the group.
The lake lies in the glacial valley of the left riverhead of Kurgaktor river, at an altitude of 3532 meters above sea level with beautiful views of the snow-capped peaks. You will be amazed by this extraordinary lake. Ala-Kul lake is a rock-dammed and hidden treasure between lofty Terskey Ala Too Mountains. On arrival to Ala-Kul lake – lunch, relax and walk back down to Alps Camp, whence the car will pick up back to your place of stay in Karakol.
Accomodation: – –
Distance: Total 50km (Walking part 13km)
Route: Karakol valley – Ala-Kul lake – Karakol
Highest point: pass between Ala-Kul lake and Sirota hut 3533m
Area: Issyk-kul region, Terskey Ala-Too mountains range
Connection: No signal connection
Level of difficulty: This route suits for people with good health and physical training, because the route consists of long transition over founderous terrain, sharp fluctuations in temperature and climbing to a height of 3533 meters above sea level.
Difficulty: This route suits for people with good health and physical training, because the route consists of long transition over founderous terrain, sharp fluctuations in temperature and climbing to a height of 3532 meters above sea level.
Equipment and items for trekking part:
- Good trekking boots with high proper ankle support and good thread
- Waterproof rain jacket and warm closes
- Cap, sun glasess, high factor sun cream
- Daypack 20-30 litters and rain cover
- Bottle for water
- First aid kit, if you have some disease
Recommended to have
- Walking sticks
- Water purification tablets or a water filter (more details in Notes)
- Some Diamox pills against potential altitude sickness (if you don’t have altitude adaptation)
- Pocket knife