Ala Kul Lake
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selyoink
Washington272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
Ala kul is exceptionally beautiful and the view of the surrounding mountains will leave you mesmerized. The hike up is challenging but if you are fit you will eventually make it.
Written 12 August 2022
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Gytis Bliu
Kaunas, Lithuania18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The road towards it is pretty steep. The best view is not directly near the lake, but going to the hot springs from the lake, at the pass. The weather is changing pretty fast here though. So be prepared.
Written 10 July 2021
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MoizZzzz
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
An amazing place for a day visit and beauty to behold, its a lake that never freezes even though it is surrounded by snow capped mountains.
Written 12 March 2020
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Erkaim Tour Guide Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Business
I visited the lake at the end of September. I was sure that the weather would be horrible. Fortunately, it was wonderful weather for such month! We started our riding from Altyn-Arashan to Ala-Kul lake. It takes about one day to get there. The last 30 min of our way was on foot. If you don't have time and equipments, better go from Altyn-Arashan to the lake.
It was a challenge for me since I went with my sprained ankle. I was so eager to reach the lake even I forgot my pain in my foot. My wish for 2019 was done successfully! It was amazing view of the lake, seemed that it was glad to see us. I know that it will not be the last climb.
Written 4 February 2020
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Audrey H
Ile-de-France, France2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Ala kul lake is alpine lake. We started from Karakol city and by car to Karakol valley till bridge. From here we started hiking to Ala Kul lake. The landscape amazing, very beautiful mountains. The trail bit difficult, you should to take good trekking shoes. On the way we had picnic together with our guide and porter. First day we slept in tent Sirota camp. Next day after breakfast we climbed up to Ala Kul lake. The lake located 3500m above sea level. We had picnic here with Karakol peak view. After up to Ala Kul pass 3900m. This was very difficult for me. Then only down to Altyn Arashan. In the evening dinner overnight was in a guesthouse. Family is very friendly warm smiling.
First day trek took 6 hours
2nd day 9 hours
3rd day 4 hours
The last day trek very easy walking down.

We booked tour with Pegas Adventure
Very easy to contact
Mail: Pegas.adventure@gmail.com
WhatsApp: +996705054805

Our guide speaks very well English, and friendly,
We loved this tour
Highly recommend
Written 13 October 2019
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Louis D
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
Amazing hike walking towards the lake and sleeping there at 3500. The next day, walk to the pass at 3900 for a view even more breathtaking
Written 26 September 2019
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claudia.ricu
Barcelona, Spain89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Solo
I did this trek on 17-18 September with a guide because I am travelling solo. I carried my own tent, sleeping bag and camping gear. The guide cost me 2300 som per day.

Our plan was to do the 3 day trek starting from the first bridge in Karakol, sleeping in the tent where the second yurt camp is, and sleeping again in Altyn Arashan. It was impossible to do the second pass due to weather conditions (too much snow for someone nkt experienced). Therefore, we ended up going up the lake and back. As I had a guide, he had told me before it would be impossible to do the second pass, so we did not carry our big bags up to the lake.

First day: Karakol first bridge to second camp (5h including stops)
Second day: second camp to ala kul lake (1h 30min including stops). Ala kul lake to karakol (do not have the time).

I like sport and keep fit, however I do not hike very often. This 2 day trek was easier than expected. Neverthless, I saw many people who were not fit trying to do it. They did it, but it took them much more time and suffered quite a bit.

I recommend people to use proper hiking shoes and walking sticks (I was so thankful I had them when we went down the mountain). Having a guide was very usefull. In fact, I was a bit angry because people with no guide did not stop asking my guide questions and followed his recommendations (most of you guys can pay 30€/day, and if you are a group you will split the cost). You pay a guide so an expert can recommend what's best for you (when you need to stop for acclimatazion, gear you need etc.). Of course if you are a proper hiker you don't need it, but reality is most of us lack mountain knowledge.

Last tip: doing this trek the other way around (Altyn Arashan - Ala Kul lake - Karakol) is harder. Best months to do the trek June-August.
Written 18 September 2019
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pierrewonderer46
Copenhagen Region, Denmark12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
We had 3 days hiking with Nomad Jockey Travel with the guide Adil..
Altyn Arashan hot spring just unforgettable thing in this tour!
Note; Before going check for the weather!!
Written 16 September 2019
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Kobi
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Quiet, clean air, amazing views, perfect place to spend the day
We got there with jeeps and the experience was amazing
It is highly recommended
Written 16 September 2019
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Rachel M
London, UK87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Solo
The 3 day trek to ala kul is a must. The scenery is incredible. I stayed in duet hostel in Karakol and it is easy to meet people to hike with and they have maps etc. The yurt camp near the lake is now closed (we were there the last day 7th sept) and there is snow at the top so you should factor that in when timing your visit. The trek is quite challenging in parts eg climbing up rocks/gravel and at altitude so you need to be reasonable fit.
Written 11 September 2019
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