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In Kyrgyz, the archa, which gives the park its name, is a bright or many-colored juniper which the Kyrgyz people have traditionally held in special esteem, using smoke from its burning wood to chase away evil spirits. However, the archa is not supposed to be planted near the home, because it is believed gradually to sap the energy from human beings living close-by.

The park covers about 200 square kilometers, and its altitude ranges from about 1,500 meters at the entrance to a maximum of 4,895 meters at Peak Semenova Tian-Shanski, the highest peak in the Kyrgyz Ala-Too range of the Tian Shan. There are more than 20 small and large glaciers and some 50 mountain peaks within the park.

Two smaller rivers, the Adygene and the Ak-Sai, originate from these glaciers’ melting waters. The Adygene gorge is a wooded valley with waterfalls, springs and abundant trout.

The park includes the gorge of the Ala-Archa River and the mountains surrounding it.

 

 

The tour will start from Bishkek. After you will drive to Alarcha National Park 45km - 50min. Upon arrival you will be shortly breifed about the tour. You will start walking (3,5 km) from the alpine camp (2200 m - 7200ft) to Ak-Sai waterfall–the height is 35 m (2700 m) - by the path which goes through conifer forest and alpine meadows.  After having a picnic-lunch at the waterfall walking back to the car. Return to Bishkek.

  • transport
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  • guide
  • entrance fee
  • bottled water 1l
  • lunch-picnic
  • souvenirs

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