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The Best Hiking Trails in Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyzstan)

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Photo of Peak Karakol Trek Photo of Jety-Oguz Archa-Tor Kyzyl-Suu 27july2019 3nights Photo of Fairytale Canyon - Lake Issyk-Kul
  • Peak Karakol Trek

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    near Zholgolot, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    19.47mi
    Elevation +
    4196f
    TrailRank
    54| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Peak Karakol Trek Photo of Peak Karakol Trek Photo of Peak Karakol Trek

    This is a good trek to do from Karakol City. Just take marshrutka (mini-bus) #101 to the park gate and start your hike. You will be going straight up the main river until you get to the glacier. Near the glacier (where t...

    A great trek, and very helpful waypoints. The first day, I followed the trail to a few kms past the track to Ala Kul/Kol...
    manderson.lucy
    I've done this trek as part of a Karakol - Alakul lake - Ak-Suu hike done in 5 days, 3 nights, about a week ago. Thank ...
    Dianaqqq
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  • near Syuttubulak, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    49.31mi
    Elevation +
    8615f
    TrailRank
    52| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Jety-Oguz Archa-Tor Kyzyl-Suu 27july2019 3nights Photo of Jety-Oguz Archa-Tor Kyzyl-Suu 27july2019 3nights Photo of Jety-Oguz Archa-Tor Kyzyl-Suu 27july2019 3nights

    The Archa-Tor pass is very difficult. It was super steep by the end (last km). I also had to ford a river at the Jety-Oguz valley. There's a suspension cable footbridge (two cables and a box suspended where passengers...

    Excellent route. Beautiful pictures!!!
    Pablo de Gárate
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  • Fairytale Canyon - Lake Issyk-Kul

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    near Tossorchik, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    2.28mi
    Elevation +
    476f
    TrailRank
    47| Rating 4.34
    Photo of Fairytale Canyon - Lake Issyk-Kul Photo of Fairytale Canyon - Lake Issyk-Kul Photo of Fairytale Canyon - Lake Issyk-Kul

    A short but interesting walk through bizarre sandstone formation, near the shore of Issyk-Kul. Various variants are possible.

    très bien!
    maxence thiriet
    Nice trek, easy to follow, public transportation around the area is very good. You won't be waiting more than 20 mins, t...
    dantelk
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  • near Konstantinovka, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    37.01mi
    Elevation +
    7684f
    TrailRank
    47| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Jergez to Aksu with glacier (Karakol region) Photo of Jergez to Aksu with glacier (Karakol region) Photo of Jergez to Aksu with glacier (Karakol region)

    Fantastic views on a 3 day 2 nights hike. Glacier, lakes, mountains. Easy access. I've taken a marshrutka for Boz Uchuk and left it on the road, at Jergez. It was 12:20 of day 1 (July 14th 2018). At the beginning, ...

    Hi Diana, it seems your trek was really amazing! How can we get in touch with you to ask few questions?
    WeAreNextTravelers
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  • near Teploklyuchenka, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    11.05mi
    Elevation +
    2641f
    TrailRank
    44| Rating 3.67
    Photo of Ak Suu - Altyn Arashan. Ущелье Арашан Photo of Ak Suu - Altyn Arashan. Ущелье Арашан Photo of Ak Suu - Altyn Arashan. Ущелье Арашан

    Ruta desde Ak-Suu (Teploklyuchenka) hasta el valle de Altyn Arashan, siguiendo el curso del rio del mismo nombre. Altyn Arashan es la base para numerosos trekkings y ascensiones como el Palatka, cuenta ademas con numeros...

    A nice easy walk up to a pretty hot springs complex, with some tempting peaks further on. Consider extending this to Ala...
    SLioy
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  • Nomad Valley (Karakol Region)

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    near Rabochiy Posëlok, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    34.95mi
    Elevation +
    5833f
    TrailRank
    41| Rating 4.67
    Photo of Nomad Valley (Karakol Region)

    A mid-high alpine journey which involves navigating the Dunguromo Pass on the way to a cluster of remote mountain lakes at the head of the Juuku River. The trek continues with a gentle descent through a scenic valley dot...

    Magnifique trek, pas de difficulté particulière. Merci pour la trace !
    Julien92Sui
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  • Ak-suu, Altin Arashan

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    near Ak-Suu, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    9.58mi
    Elevation +
    4163f
    TrailRank
    41
    Photo of Ak-suu, Altin Arashan Photo of Ak-suu, Altin Arashan Photo of Ak-suu, Altin Arashan

    Despite the length, this is a very easy trek, only getting a bit steep at the last portion. The path is pretty obvious, but never boring, so it's easy to hike without GPS. From Karakol, there are mastrukas to Aksu ...

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  • Karakol Gorge National Park

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    near Zholgolot, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    8.34mi
    Elevation +
    1572f
    TrailRank
    40
    Photo of Karakol Gorge National Park Photo of Karakol Gorge National Park Photo of Karakol Gorge National Park

    This hike starts at the National Park entrance. To get there, take a taxi for around 150 som or Minibus 101 for 10 som. A taxi will go to the National Park entrance. The Bus will go to the beginning of Karakol Gorge. ...

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  • Trek to Ala Kol lake

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    near Zholgolot, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    20.61mi
    Elevation +
    5663f
    TrailRank
    40| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Trek to Ala Kol lake Photo of Trek to Ala Kol lake Photo of Trek to Ala Kol lake

    We spent one night in the Karakol valley base camp and then two nights about hundred meters below the Ala Kol lake (because of bad weather). We lost the trail on our way down to the Karakol base camp - so you shouldn't f...

    très bien!
    maxence thiriet
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  • Karakol to Ala Kol lake to Ak-Suu

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    near Zholgolot, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    30.53mi
    Elevation +
    7185f
    TrailRank
    39| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Karakol to Ala Kol lake to Ak-Suu Photo of Karakol to Ala Kol lake to Ak-Suu

    I've started it early afternoon, July 2, 2018. The beginning of the trek follows a 4x4 road. I went late to avoid people and have only seen one trekker walking in the opposite direction. He told me there was a lot of s...

    Hi, i was in the same place in mai`18 :-) greatings from Silesia
    Maxy26
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  • near Teploklyuchenka, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    7.43mi
    Elevation +
    774f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Around Altyn Arashan. Ущелье Арашан Photo of Around Altyn Arashan. Ущелье Арашан Photo of Around Altyn Arashan. Ущелье Арашан

    Corto paseo por los alrededores de Altyn Arashan. Altyn Arashan (Golden Spa) is a valley and mountain resort near Karakol and Issyk Kul Lake, northeastern Kyrgyzstan. It lies along a trekking route from Teploklyuchenk...

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  • Kok - Moinok Canyon

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    near Këk-Moynok Vtoroye, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    6.89mi
    Elevation +
    1342f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Kok - Moinok Canyon Photo of Kok - Moinok Canyon Photo of Kok - Moinok Canyon

    This hike explores the canyons opposite the eateries about 30 minute before Balykchy. Again a hike with the Trekking Union of Kyrgyzstan (www.tuk.kg)

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  • Keskenkiya Loop (Jyrgalan Region)

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    near Dzhergalan, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    33.21mi
    Elevation +
    7487f
    TrailRank
    39| Rating 3.67
    Photo of Keskenkiya Loop (Jyrgalan Region)

    A challenging but accessible multi-day hike that features three mountain passes and the rhythm and hospitality of Kyrgyz shepherds in the jailoo (high pasture) above 3000 meters. Includes the possibility of a river fordi...

    Hicimos la ruta en 3 días por previsión meteorológica. En 3 días es una ruta bastante dura. Es preferible hacerla en 4 d...
    Osimo
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  • Boz-Uchuk Lakes (Jyrgalan Region)

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    near Dzhergalan, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    39.34mi
    Elevation +
    7782f
    TrailRank
    38| Rating 4.33
    Photo of Boz-Uchuk Lakes (Jyrgalan Region)

    A multi-day hike featuring a sunrise climb from Jyrgalan, panoramic views of the Terskei-Ala-too Range, two challenging passes and a handful of panoramic alpine lake side trips. Before setting out on this trek, inquire l...

    Thank you for sharing. I've done this trail inspired by yours, though modifying it a little to include Ailampa lake... ...
    Dianaqqq
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  • Glacier Valleys (Jyrgalan Region)

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    near Kara-Kyz, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    29.22mi
    Elevation +
    5942f
    TrailRank
    36| Rating 4.67
    Photo of Glacier Valleys (Jyrgalan Region)

    Start from Jergez, in one of Kyrgyzstan’s most attractive yurt camps at Kara-Kyz, hiking through peak-ringed valleys and past two mountains lakes to the Ailanysh Pass. Top the experience off with views of Tashtambek Tör ...

    Very nice trail. I've done it, though a little bit different. Thank you very much for sharing!
    Dianaqqq
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  • near Dzhergalan, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    47.08mi
    Elevation +
    10236f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo of Jyrgalan, Ailampa lake, Boz Uchuk lakes, Boz Uchuk Photo of Jyrgalan, Ailampa lake, Boz Uchuk lakes, Boz Uchuk Photo of Jyrgalan, Ailampa lake, Boz Uchuk lakes, Boz Uchuk

    Fantastic 5 days/4 nights trek. Easy access. I've taken the 13h30 marshrutka 331 from Karakol to Jyrgalan. From there, I've done a quick visit to Destination Jyrgalan to inform about the passes (they told me there was...

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  • near Zholgolot, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    49.87mi
    Elevation +
    10203f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo of Peak karakol glacier alakol lake aksuu 3nights 14 july 2019 Photo of Peak karakol glacier alakol lake aksuu 3nights 14 july 2019 Photo of Peak karakol glacier alakol lake aksuu 3nights 14 july 2019

    Visiting the glacier at the end of the Karakol valley, then lake Alakul. The walk up to the lake and on to the high pass is quite difficult. Going down the pass is also difficult, but it was a lot easier than when I'v...

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  • Cholpon-Ata Petroglyphs Revisited

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    near Cholpon-Ata, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    4.48mi
    Elevation +
    184f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of Cholpon-Ata Petroglyphs Revisited Photo of Cholpon-Ata Petroglyphs Revisited Photo of Cholpon-Ata Petroglyphs Revisited

    A track showing how to access the Cholpon-Ata site from the main road. The pictures were taken in February and March 2014.

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  • Ak-Suu Arboretum (Karakol Region)

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    near Ak-Suu, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    8.09mi
    Elevation +
    1939f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of Ak-Suu Arboretum (Karakol Region) Photo of Ak-Suu Arboretum (Karakol Region)

    From the outskirts of Karakol, climb above the city for sweeping views of the entire valley before returning via the forest trails of Ak-Suu Arboretum. Options include carrying on towards Altyn Arashan, or returning by m...

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  • near Dzhergalan, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    8.25mi
    Elevation +
    2274f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo of Turnaly-Kol Panorama (Jyrgalan Region)

    An easy-going day hike to the remote alpine lake of Turnaly-Kol, an area often inhabited by cranes. The return features views across and down into the Jyrgalan valley. An ideal way to immerse yourself in the mountains fo...

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  • Archa-Tor Pass (Karakol Region)

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    near Syuttubulak, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    16.85mi
    Elevation +
    4482f
    TrailRank
    34| Rating 2.33
    Photo of Archa-Tor Pass (Karakol Region)

    An off-the-path experience which cross the Archa-Tor Pass en route to the gorge at Jeti-Oguz sowcases a range of natural landscapes, from meadows and juniper groves to snow-capped jagged peaks. This trek also features a ...

    Unfortunately the trail is not rated well and parts of the trail are just not existent. It’s much harder than it is said...
    aume1
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  • near Dzhergalan, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    3.78mi
    Elevation +
    1289f
    TrailRank
    33
    Photo of Kok-Bel Waterfall (Jyrgalan Region)

    Set off from Jyrgalan to find pasturing flocks of sheep and bands of horses across the mountain jailoo (high pasture). The journey continues through a narrow canyon to the 20-meter Kok-Bel Waterfall and finishes with fin...

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  • Altyn Araschan - Ak Suu - Karakol

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    near Ak-Suu, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    10.95mi
    Elevation +
    282f
    TrailRank
    33
    Photo of Altyn Araschan - Ak Suu - Karakol Photo of Altyn Araschan - Ak Suu - Karakol Photo of Altyn Araschan - Ak Suu - Karakol

    After a very hard day from Karakol Base Camp (Ayu Tör ) ca. 2600m to Ala Köl (ca. 3600m) and Ala Köl Pass (ca. 3900m we arrived in Altyn Araschan where we stayed over night. We stayed at the first house near the bridge. ...

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  • Ala Kol (reverse direction)

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    near Ak-Suu, Ysyk-Köl (Kyrgyz Republic)
    Distance
    30.02mi
    Elevation +
    6854f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo of Ala Kol (reverse direction)

    Most people hike anti-clockwise from Karakol. I hiked clockwise so Altyn Arashan was Camp 1. This was to enable extra time camping by the lake. I also made this a 3 night hike which I believe is far better as 2 nights gi...

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