Last August we did a 4-day trek to the Ala Kol lake in Kyrgyzstan. The first day starts as a relaxed walk up the beautiful Karakol valley. For a while we follow the dirt road next to the river that meanders down the valley. But after the wooden bridge it goes steep up. Through the forest, climbing over sharp boulders until we reach our first camp at 2800 meters.
The next day we start with another steep climb. After 3 hours we get to the top and suddenly I catch a glimpse of the turquoise waters of the lake. It’s amazingly beautiful. The lake is surrounded with black mountains, some of them still have rests of snow. The climb was heavy but this view is so rewarding.
We have lunch at the lake and continue our trek to the pass which is at almost 4000 meters. Once again a pretty demanding climb but the breathtaking views over the Tien Shan mountain are all worth it. The insanely steep descend at the other side of the pass makes my legs shake. This is madness! Still I manage to come down.
We set up camp at 3600 meters. It’s a beautiful spot. There’s no sign of development or human presence as far as I can see. This is nature at its purest. The next day we walk down the valley and it’s getting greener again. On the last night we camp at Altyn Arashan, a gorgeous valley with some guesthouses and hot springs. We buy some beers and relax in the hot water. Tomorrow it's an easy walk down the valley.