Jyrgalan trek - to Bozuchuk lakes - Altyn Arashan

The trail of snowy peaks

Hiking in Turgen Valley

Tour length: 5 days 4 nights

Distance: 70 km

Level of difficulty: Medium/Hard

Elevation: Highest point 3900m, lowest point 1700 m 

Period: June – September

Horseback riding tour Jyrgalan - Ala Kul lake

Day 1. Jyrgalan — Terim Tor Pass

First, you have to get to Jyrgalan.  There is a min bus to Jyrgalan. It goes from here :

  • In summer:8:30, 13:30 и 17:30.
  • In winter:8:30, 13:30, и 16:30.

Or you can take a taxi. It cost around 15 euro. 

Also, I would recommend downloading Maps.me App. As all the trail is already marked. Travel from Karakol to Jyrgalan Valley(1-hour driving,60 km). You will hike(Elevation 2250 m) to the south 13 km (4-5 hours). Overnight in a tent before Terim Tor Pass (3000 m)

Day 2. Terim Tor Pass — Bozuchuk

Leaving the camp you will summit Terim Tor pass(3467 m). After having lunch by the river in Turgen Valley you will summit Buzuchuk pass (3362) then overnight in tent by Bozushuk lakes(3400 m). This day is one of the hardest day during this trek. 

Day 3. Ailanysh Lakes — Almaluu Valley

Leaving the campsite you will hike over Ailanysh pass (3671 m) ~5-6 hours (14 km) down to Almaluu valley. Overnight in the tent (Elevation: 2500 m).

Map of the Jyrgalan trek - Altyn Arashan hiking trail.

Day 4. Almaluu — Altyn Arashan

Leaving the campsite you will hike to Altyn-Arashan hot springs for ~4-5 hours (10 km). Overnight in a yurt with provided food (Elevation: 2500 m). Enjoy the hot spring pool.

Day 5. Altyn Arashan — Ak Suu

On this day you can hike down to Ak Su village where you can find a minibus to Karakol №350. Or you can hire Soviet jeeps there going to Karakol.

If you are interested in a guided tour, we offer a full package tour Jyrgalan — Altyn Arashan.

Guided hiking tour, Jyrgalan - Bozuchuk lakes - Altyn Arashan guided tour. 5 days, 4 nights.


tent, sleeping bags, mats, kitchen gear

Food during whole trek


English speaking guide, porters and cook

Price for 5 days. In Euro - €

2 persons  —  €800 per person

3 persons —  €780 per person

4 persons —  €684 per person

5 persons —  €640 per person

6-14 person — €625 per person

  • good, waterproof hiking boots,
  • warm clothes, in warm summer days the temperature is up to +15 C during the day and +5 at night,
  • raincoats, even in summer there can be snow, and sometimes it rains for days. 
  • Hiking palls
  • tent,
  • sleeping bags, minimum 0 ‘ C,
  • sleeping mat. 
  • Camping gas and stove.

You can rent equipment in Karakol from Ecotrek

Also, you can read here Food and Water during treks in Kyrgyzstan.