Ala-Archa Gorge
Ala-Archa Gorge
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  • Beatriz M
    Düsseldorf, Germany5,676 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is not an easy hike
    We took a guided daytrip to Ala Archa from Bishkek with company called Kettig.kg. It started at 12 and we came back by around 6 PM. The price was about 8 euro per person, 800 som. Very fair. But I must say, the hike in Ala Archa was not easy for me. Even though we supposedly did a very easy hike of 1 km to a stone called broken heart, I struggled heavily with altitude sickness, my heart was beating so fast and my head was dizzy. The guide was also going very fast. But we decided to stop and take more breaks. On the way we met travellers who had gone to the waterfall, which is a 2 hour hike and they were very tired. You should be prepared and take lots of water and hiking sticks. I only survived the way back down because a nice person of our group held my hand, otherwise I would have gone rolling down. The path is not easy, slippery sand and stones. But, there was an easy thing to see, if you just stay near the entrance, you can easily go to the river and see it passing by in all its glory. No hiking skills needed.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Michael O
    Salzburg, Austria35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful trail with squirrels, snowy peaks and a waterfall
    Nice walk up the gorge to the waterfall. There's some great views unfolding continuing up the hiking trail. The colors in autumn were stunning, and glimpses of the snow-covered nearby peaks added a majestic feel throughout. In the lower sections there's tons of squirrels with beautifully light grey fur looking for a cheap steal of winter provisions.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 October 2023
  • Paul A
    United Arab Emirates5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    short holiday
    The Alarcha Gorge is one of the most famous sights of Kyrgyzstan. Its located near Bishkek There are several reasons for such popularity. The park is located just 30 kilometers from Bishkek, because it is easy to get here and there is all the necessary tourist infrastructure: a good paved road, shops, hotels, cafes, and places to relax among the picturesque nature. We booked 2 days tour with Pegas Adventure (Easy to contact on WA) very responsive manager. 1st day was Alarcha and Chunkurchaak valley, 2nd day Konorchek canyons. In Alarcha is possible hiking 5-6 hours to the waterfall, but its not easy to go there, I hikied just inside park 1 hour and easy after this possible to go by car Chunkurchak valley and there is you can do horseback riding in a beautiful mountains. I really enjoyed in this 2 days
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 November 2023
  • TravelerCentralFLA
    Clermont, Florida1,729 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the Most Beautiful Places I Have Visited
    I visited Ala-Archa a couple of weeks ago when I was in Kyrgyzstan. This is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. The mountain views are magnificent and the hike I took had beautiful vistas at every turn. I hiked up toward the waterfall. It was a challenging hike and I didn't go all the way to the waterfall because the snow became more common as we approached. The snow did make things more difficult and it was slippery. The hike was challenging and for the distance we hiked we gained over 1,200 feet of elevation (over 400 meters). It took us about 3.5 hours to hike over 2 miles. We reached at elevation of about 8,200 feet. The air was thin throughout the hike because of the elevation. It did make hiking more taxing and we stopped more frequently to catch our breath, but it was worth the work. We saw a few other people on the trail and had pleasant conversations with them. Some spoke English, a few others we had short conversations in basic Russian. It was a remarkable experience. Hiking back down the mountain was slippery. There were some muddy places and I slipped in the mud three times or so. I did not get injured, but I was a mess when I got down. Do keep in mind that in slippery conditions the hikes can be very challenging. I highly recommend a visit to Ala-Archa if you are in Kyrgyzstan and you are healthy enough for hiking at higher elevations.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 December 2023
  • GGG travel
    United Arab Emirates9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day trip from Bishkek
    Best travel destination if you have 1 day in Bishkek, its just one hour from Bishkek and you will see full of snow there, you can feed squirrels with nuts or chips. We booked trip with local company “Pegas Adventure” they helped me arrange tour in Kyrgyzstan, easy to contact on WA. In winter time is bit cold better to bring warm clothes, temperature during the day is +5 at night -10 C If you’re really good hikers possible until frozen waterfall it takes 6-7 hours hiking
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 February 2024
  • Sandi M
    Ditchling, United Kingdom298 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Snow capped grand mountains
    Stunningly beautiful scenery with snow topped mountains, pine forests and mountain rivers. There are no path signs so have a guide or go in a group. I was left behind and had no idea which path to take. There is a rather insignificant waterfall to walk to but was frozen when I went.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 April 2024
  • KnR67
    Sydney, Australia149 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Ala Archa Gorge - don't miss it!
    Ala Archa Gorge is stunning and totally worth visiting. Walk to the waterfall needs proper hiking shoes. The quick altitude change plus the hot weather resulted in us only getting as far as Broken Heart rock - well worth the effort for the tremendous views. The steep descent is on scree, and I wished I'd brought poles. Easy walking along the gorge beside the river - so many places for photos!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 May 2024
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Anna P
18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I thought I was fairly fit for uphill walking as an adventurous 60 years old.. We decided to walk to the waterfall that is situated about 3- hours away. We left the carpark and commenced walking up a gravel and rock path, through a charming pine forest. We saw lots of little alpine squirrels. As we continued climbing along the path we noticed the path frequently split up, giving many options, "Which way, which way? was frequently heard from group members.But just going up seemed the right way. I cannot recall seeing many signs in English. However, The path had many slippery steps, hardly any good railings. sometimes the path had been eroded away, and was very dangerous, It would have been easy to loose your footing, and slide off the path down a steep ravine in places. Not a good hike for small children. There were hardly any seats to stop and rest. However, once we had climbed for over an hour, we began to see the marvellous mountain topography, and below was a lovely snow melt river. I would recommend this walk to the waterfall if you had a good full day to complete, left early in the morning, and took all provisions and water with you. Coming down was harder than going up, as my legs went to jelly. I actually felt a bit oxygen deprived in the higher areas, and needed frequent stops to rest my legs. However, it was a great achievement, but, I would recommend a trip with a guide or somebody who has made this trip before who knows the route to make the journey less stressful,
Written 9 July 2020
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Ana-Maria B
Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,348 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I took a Yandex, paid the fee to take me all the way to the trail and ended up around 2000 som overall.
If you want to enjoy this, do bring proper hiking boots and walking sticks. Plus water and food. I had city shoes and no walking sticks, so it got very tough at times. There are places where you can easily slip and fall. There is nothing set up to hold on to. There was a fatal accident right the day I went.
Being unaware of this, it was a great experience for me, as it was the first time doing this. The view is gorgeous, I couldn't stop looking around. Going up itself is not so hard, I found going down more challenging.
Pro tip - if horses block our way, just say anything in a normal voice and they run away.
When leaving I just joined forces with other people and shared a taxi, which they were able to call from the number posted at the exit.
Just be a bit careful and you will love this.
Written 1 September 2022
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,676 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
We took a guided daytrip to Ala Archa from Bishkek with company called Kettig.kg. It started at 12 and we came back by around 6 PM. The price was about 8 euro per person, 800 som. Very fair. But I must say, the hike in Ala Archa was not easy for me. Even though we supposedly did a very easy hike of 1 km to a stone called broken heart, I struggled heavily with altitude sickness, my heart was beating so fast and my head was dizzy. The guide was also going very fast. But we decided to stop and take more breaks. On the way we met travellers who had gone to the waterfall, which is a 2 hour hike and they were very tired. You should be prepared and take lots of water and hiking sticks. I only survived the way back down because a nice person of our group held my hand, otherwise I would have gone rolling down. The path is not easy, slippery sand and stones. But, there was an easy thing to see, if you just stay near the entrance, you can easily go to the river and see it passing by in all its glory. No hiking skills needed.
Written 22 August 2023
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77maria1
Berlin, Germany3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Our English speaking driver pick up us from our hotel at 9-30 am and we drive 40 km to the most beautiful place near Bishkek city - Ala Archa gorge. The road takes about 50 minutes.

Being able go to Ala Archa was awesome. To take a short hike to where one got breathtaking views is a lifetime memory. Tilek was an amazing manager, everything was arranged well, and worked out as planned. I'm glad to have seen a part of Kyrgyzstan that is outside of the city, and it was a privilege to have done so. It was a really nice experience booking tour with Pegas Adventure. I learned a lot about kyrgyz culture and have seen beautiful places. We want to go back again..!
Written 23 March 2022
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Mohamed T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Ala Archa National Park is one of the best daytrips from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. It is only 40 kilometers south of the capital. Therefore it is a very popular escape from city life for anyone that is looking for some fresh air and nature. Ala Archa National Park is the perfect nature get away. Locals mostly come in the weekends to have a picknick and make leisurely walks along the rivers. However, there are some more challenging hiking trails as well. We did 1 day tour hiking the park, there is a lot of options for beginners just 1 hour on the asphalt, also very nice view from here. But I hiked till to the waterfall, totally was 5 hours. There is no waterfall, but view of landscape is wonderful. I contacted with Pegas Adventure company, they help me organise this tour. Driver speaking fluent English and he was all the day with me. Before going here need good trekking shoes, the whether bit colder compare Bishkek. And you should take some picnic
Written 7 October 2022
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DT
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Great place for visit while you in Bishkek. Near the city (about 30-40 min on car) . Tip: you can speak with every taxi driver in Bishkek and he can get you in there for cheapest price and no money for waiting time. Amazing mountains that gives you super emotions, but important to choose right weather (sun or light cloudy), because wild nature in the rain or snow its not good option for time spending there
Written 8 November 2022
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore12,841 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This park is just approx. 30 mins' drive from Bishkek and is popular with the locals/families as well since some of them came here for picnic. There's entrance fee for this park which is why the park is very well maintained. There are shorter hikes as well as longer hikes which will take one to the waterfall. I took the shorter hike. The scenery is nice but certain part of the path could be a bit steep.
Written 31 May 2020
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TravelerCentralFLA
Clermont, FL1,729 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
I visited Ala-Archa a couple of weeks ago when I was in Kyrgyzstan. This is one of the most beautiful places I have visited. The mountain views are magnificent and the hike I took had beautiful vistas at every turn.
I hiked up toward the waterfall. It was a challenging hike and I didn't go all the way to the waterfall because the snow became more common as we approached. The snow did make things more difficult and it was slippery. The hike was challenging and for the distance we hiked we gained over 1,200 feet of elevation (over 400 meters). It took us about 3.5 hours to hike over 2 miles. We reached at elevation of about 8,200 feet. The air was thin throughout the hike because of the elevation. It did make hiking more taxing and we stopped more frequently to catch our breath, but it was worth the work.
We saw a few other people on the trail and had pleasant conversations with them. Some spoke English, a few others we had short conversations in basic Russian. It was a remarkable experience. Hiking back down the mountain was slippery. There were some muddy places and I slipped in the mud three times or so. I did not get injured, but I was a mess when I got down. Do keep in mind that in slippery conditions the hikes can be very challenging.
I highly recommend a visit to Ala-Archa if you are in Kyrgyzstan and you are healthy enough for hiking at higher elevations.
Written 5 December 2023
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Michael O
Salzburg, Austria35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Nice walk up the gorge to the waterfall. There's some great views unfolding continuing up the hiking trail. The colors in autumn were stunning, and glimpses of the snow-covered nearby peaks added a majestic feel throughout. In the lower sections there's tons of squirrels with beautifully light grey fur looking for a cheap steal of winter provisions.
Written 20 October 2023
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Brice H
Denmark1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Solo
This park is only 1 hour from Bishkek. Entrance to the park 6,7$ for the car. Arrival to park There is trail to the left leads to the Ak-Sai Waterfall Trail (a 4 hour hike) and then to the Ak-Sai Glacier (6 hours) onwards towards Ratcek Hut where avid mountaineers often stopped at the hut before they made their ascent to Mount Uchitel, a 4,500m peak. About timing can be more because our guide told us this is not correct 1,2 hours more.
On the trail to the right, a relatively easy walk called the “Ala Archa River Trail” will take you to open views of the entire mountains in Ala Archa, and if you walk another 10km you’ll come across an old, now abandoned, ski area and numerous other 4,000m peaks. We hiked this shore of river it amazing.
If you want a picnic out in the mountains and don’t really have a lot of time, you can choose the River Trail. I hired English speaking driver from local company Kyzart Travel. Liked their services and next day organised as well to Konorchek canyon, Burana tower
Written 28 January 2022
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