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Altyn Arashan Excursion

Altyn Arashan Excursion, Kyrgyzstan

Close to Karakol is the stunning alpine Arashan gorge. This area offers some of the finest hiking in Kyrgyzstan, ranging from the pleasant 4/5 hour hike up the wooded valley from Ak Suu to the Altyn Arashan plateau, to 6-day mountaineering expeditions to the summit of glacial Mt Palatka (4260m).

For the less energetic a rocky road, navigable only by 4 or 6-wheel drive vehicles, leads to the scenic Altyn Arashan plateau at 2700m, home to a rickety hotspring resort with rustic guesthouse and the picturesque Yak Tours guesthouse and yurt.

As with the other countries in the region, spotting wildlife is a difficult prospect. Much of the wildlife that there is notoriously elusive - snow leopards or bears.

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