Slowly gaining popularity with the travel crowd, Kyrgyzstan is a beautiful landlocked country in Central Asia. It boasts of unparalleled natural beauty, warm hospitality, flavoursome food and an abundance of activities and experiences for a traveler in search of something offbeat.
In this very beautiful country lies the gorgeous Ala Archa National Park, in the Tian Shan mountain range – an excellent day trip option from the Kyrgyzstan’s capital city, Bishkek! And if you are a trekker in search of information about trekking in this national park, you have come to the right place! Without further ado….
All You Need To Know About Trekking in the Ala Archa National Park, Kyrgyzstan
About The Ala Archa National Park
Spread across an area of approximately 200 square kilometers, the Ala Archa National Park is the most visited place in all of Kyrgyzstan! With a name that means ‘bright and colourful Juniper (trees)‘, this national park’s snow-covered peaks, forested slopes, bustling rivers and cute alpine wildlife attracts nature lovers, trekkers and mountaineers.
The altitude in the Ala Archa National Park ranges from approximately 4900 feet (at the entrance) to 16,000 feet (at Semenova Tian-Shanski which is the highest peak in the mountain range)
Hiking Trails in the Ala Archa National Park
There are several trekking and hiking trails within the Ala Archa National Park.
- The Ala Archa Valley walk takes approximately 6 to 8 hours to complete and is a relatively easy hike. This one is popular with most of the tourists and trekkers.
- The Andygene Gorge hike is a moderate one as far as difficulty level is concerned. It is not properly marked, hence, please go with someone who knows the terrain.
- Ak-Say Canyon trek is popular with trekkers who want to test their limits! A tough one, the Ak-Say Canyon trek is generally covered in snow all year round.
- The Golubina glacier trek is a tough one and needs proper mountaineering equipment and clothing.
- Apart from these, the others trek routes in the Ala Archa National Park include the Ak Sai waterfall trek, the Ratsek base camp trek, the Uchitel peak trek and plenty more.
How To Reach Ala Archa National Park
Located an hour away from the capital city of Bishkek, accessibility to the Ala Archa National Park is pretty easy during the tourist season. You can hop on a minibus at Bishkek that’ll drop you approximately 8-10 kilometers before the entrance of the park, at the Kash-Kasuu village. From this drop point, you can flag down a taxi or ask for a lift.
Alternatively, you can hire a taxi for the entire round trip, from Bishkek itself. This generally costs approximately the equivalent of 130 AED.
If you plan a holiday to Kyrgyzstan with holidayme, then please note that we offer a fantastic 1 day getaway to the Ala Archa National Park from Bishkek. This day trip also includes a guide who will provide you with all the information you need about this gorgeous park.
Ala Archa National Park’s timings & entrance fees
The Ala Archa National Park is open 24 hours since it has a few hotels and lodges peppered across its landscape. However, accessibility during the winters is a bit difficult.
The entrance fees are SOM 80 (approximately 4.50 AED) per person. If you are travelling in a car (be it a taxi or a personal car), the car entrance charges are SOM 450 (approximately 24 AED).
Best Time To Visit The Ala Archa National Park
The best time to visit the Ala Archa National Park is from July to September, when it is less snowy and more sunny. Click here to know about the best seasons and the best reasons to visit Kyrgyzstan!
Now that you have the information required to go trekking in the Ala Archa National Park, Kyrgyzstan, we hope you have a memorable time in the laps of the gorgeous Tian Shan mountains.