10 km to the east of the town of Karakol, in the valley of Arashan River the gorge Altyn-Arashan is situated. In the lower part of the river there is the village Ak-Suu (old name Teploklyuchenka), immediately followed by the gorge, which expanding opens before the eyes of the traveler. One slope of the gorge is overgrown with dense spruce forest, and the other is covered with a colorful carpet of mountain herbs, flowers, berries and low shrubs.
Among wild animals there can be found mountain goats, deer, bears, wild boars and marmots. The most well-known and frequently visited place in the gorge is hot spring with radon water.
If you have a problem with high altitude please bring your own medicine.
Day 1: Bishkek - Burana Tower - petroglyphs in Cholpon ata - Lunch. Continue to Karakol. Visit local sights (Karakol museum, Dungan mosque, Pravoslavik church, local bazaar)
Day 2: Start the hike from Altyn Arashan to Aksu. (5-6 hours hiking) Enjoy hot springs. Overnight in the guesthouse.
Day 3: Hike back to Aksu. (5-6 hours) Drive back to Bishkek.
What to bring: Good walking shoes, warm clothes, sleeping bag (recommended), rain gear, sunscreen, hat/cap, a towel, swimsuit, flip flops.
Let me know if you would like the walking sticks. It would be $4 extra for a pair per day.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: anywhere in Bishke/Apple hostel
End location: anywhere in Bishkek
Duration: 3 days
a driver with transport including gas and a guide service
lunch/dinner (about $6 - $10 per meal)
accomodation in a guesthouse $12 per night with breakfast
All my tours are tailor made and can be customized to meet your needs