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Ala-archa canyon

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Ala-archa canyon

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Ala-archa National Park is a national park famed for it's impressive gorge, situated near Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. This park goes the length of a beautiful valley where you can hike in several kilometres to a glacier.

Get In[edit]

Taxi services can take you and wait a few hours for about 1000 som ($25). From the newly renovated lodge you can trek to the stone house located at 3300m and it takes about 4-5 hours.

English speaking taxi service is available through Iron Horse Nomads for 900 som, call +996-703-751-844 for their dispatch.

Understand[edit]

This gorge is rugged but very accessible from Bishkek (the main gate is just 30km away), and you can sit by a waterfall all day, hike up to a glacier and even ski on it (even in the summer), or trek to the regions highest peaks. The majority of the canyon is found within a state nature park and there's an entrance fee of 60 som for those on foot or 120 som if you're in a car. In summer there are recreational facilities, baths and a sauna. From the lodge you can climb Corona Peak or Uchitel peak 4585m or head to glacier.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

The best thing to do is bring your own tent and sleeping bag. The only all year accommodation is a wooden hotel (460 som) with a dozen uninspiring double rooms with a shared bathroom and no running water, and there's a mediocre breakfast thrown in for an extra 80 som.

A better option is the nearby A-frame alpine lodge but this is much more expensive. Try to avoid Saturday or Sunday when locals swamp the place and sit around consuming large quantities of vodka.