National Park is one of the favorite places for weekend tours. It is situated close to Bishkek city just 45 km in Ala Archa gorge. During one hour drive you will rise from 750 to 2100 meters above sea level and get to the virgin nature from the centre of capital city. The words Ala-Archa mean Bright Juniper. And juniper grows everywhere there. It is a sacred tree for Kyrgyz and they use it in all their rituals. When a child is born his cradle made of juniper, and when the man dies his coffin will be also made of this sacred tree.
Ala Archa is a wonderful place to have a perfect day off. You can choose a hike (5 hours) to Ak Sai waterfall or walk along the mountain river that sparkles in the gorge.
9 a.m. Your guide meets you in the hotel.
9.45 a.m. Transfer to the gorge, visiting of the Baitik Kanaev mausoleum on the way. He was the cheaf of Solto tribe and captured Bishkek fortress. At that time it belonged to Uzbek people and Kyrgyz had to pay high taxes. Baitik Kanaev made them go away and save Kyrgyz independence.
10.30 a.m. Arriving in the gorge. Then you decided if you will have a treck to the waterfall or you will walk along the gorge.
12.30 p.m. Picnic.
3.30 p.m. Departure to your hotel.