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  • Let's Wander Kyrgyzstan!

    Ala Archa National Park was once the most popular destination in the Soviet Union for aspiring alpinists.  Now its varied terrain and kilometers of trails serve as a training ground for a new generation of adventureres. Whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway or training to challenge one of Kyrgyzstan's more difficult peaks, Ala Archa is the perfect place for you.  On this hike we'll trek to Ratzeka Hut; named for the Soviet Mountaineer who first charted the Teresky Ala Too mountain range.  The trail is challenging with steep paths loose shale but well worth the effort.  The magnificent views and marvelous scenery are sure to leave you with breathtaking memories of Kyrgyzstan for years to come.  

     

    BRIEF ITINERARY
    • Day 1

      Ala Archa National Park

    • Ala Archa National Park - Ratzeka Trek
    • Ala Archa National Park - Ratzeka Trek
    • Ala Archa National Park - Ratzeka Trek
    • Ala Archa National Park - Ratzeka Trek
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  • THE ROUTE

    BRIEF ITINERARY
    • Day 1

      Ala Archa National Park

      Depart Bishkek at 6:30 am. Leave behind the post soviet urban sprawl of Bishkek and climb upwards towards the heavens as you enter the Terskey Ala-Too mountains. Our destination for the day is Ala-Archa National Forest, a pristine home to nature and wildlife just outside the city, that serves as an escape for humans and fauna alike.

      We'll arrive at the gate marking the entrance to the park at approximately 8:00 am. The mountains seemingly rise out of the road welcoming all travelers who are adventurous enough to scale their magnificent peaks. From the gate, we'll travel to the parking lot, which will serve as the launching point for our hike to the Ratzeka station.

      To start the hike we'll walk through the smattering trees that stand as a sentinel at the base of the mountain. They seemingly embrace visitors, allowing trekkers to enjoy their shade and a peaceful retreat before the real trek begins. We'll travel through for about an hour before turning left and starting our ascent up the mountain.

      Our first stopping point is broken heart rock. The large boulder that has been snapped in two serves as the perfect resting place to catch our breath and have some water before continuing on our way.

      We'll continue hiking along the river until we reach our next stop the famous Ala -Archa waterfall. While it is a beautiful stop year-round, it is especially stunning in summer as the glacial melt reaches its peak. The nearby forested area serves as the perfect spot to stretch out, relax, and enjoy a bite to eat before we tackle the hardest part of our hike.

      Up until this point things have been deceptively easy but now the challenge begins. We will turn up the mountain and climb through the rocky scree. While the hiking here is difficult it is wholly rewarding. Deer and other fauna frequent the area. If you have the chance to take your eyes off your feet and glimpse out at the beauty around you it is truly spectacular.

      Our final destination is the Ratzeka station (3200m). The building serves as a wonderful reprieve after a hard hike. In this spot, you can choose to set up camp, if you're continuing your journey to the glaciers or, grab an ice-cold beer from the small guesthouse that has been set up there. The Ratzeka station is named after one of the first alpinists in Kyrgyzstan.

      With enough time to rest and admire the view, we'll descend the mountain whence we came returning to our vehicle around 2 pm (depending on the fitness of the group). Return to Bishkek. End Tour.



      Medium level difficulty

      ~ 5/ 6 hours hiking time (based on good fitness level)

      Please note: All times are approximations and may change due to walking speed, weather, and traffic conditions.  

    • Is This Tour For You?

      We recommend that people interested in joining Tenti for the Ratzeka Hut trek have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience.  At some points the trail becomes very steep and is covered in scree.  If this sounds like the hike for you, we welcome you to join us for a stunning trek through the valley at Ala Archa Naitonal Park.  

    • What's included
      • A professional and qualified, English speaking tour leader
      • Comfort sprinter or minibus with WIFI
    • What's Not Included
      • International airfares
      • Consular fees for Kyrgyzstan tourist visa
      • Kyrgyzstan visa support
      • Travel insurance
      • All personal expenses; including alcoholic beverages
      • Charges for additional services
      • Packed Lunch
    • Meals

      Meals are NOT provided on this tour.  Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of water with you for your hike.  

    • Recommended Gear
      • Sturdy Hiking Shoes
      • Water Bottle 
      • Packed Lunch
      • Light Jacket or Sweater 
      • Sunscreen 
      • Bug Spray 
      • Small Personal First Aid Kit 
      • Sunglass
      • Yak Traks (For early and late season hikers)
      • Warm Layers (For early and late season hikers)
      • Hat and Gloves (For early and late season hikers)
    • Spending Money

      We recommend carrying the equivalent of $25 in Som with you on your tour to cover any miscellaneous expenses. Along the route there are several ATMs if needed.  Please remember to inform your bank you are travelling internationally before you depart or you may be unable to use your cards. 

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