A taste of why you should visit Kyrgyzstan’s Ala Archa National Park.
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As you relax in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, after completing the Central Asia Rally, you may feel like you’ve experienced enough adventure to last a lifetime. However, if you would like to add to the catalog of stunning memories that you will have accumulated over the previous weeks, we know just the place. Only 30km from Bishkek is Ala Archa National Park, where you can hike among mountains covered in rich forests.
Ala Archa National Park
Bishkek is nice, don’t get us wrong, and it always proves a fascinating end to the Central Asia Rally. However, barely any city on earth can compete with the nature of Kyrgyzstan, so it’s understandable if you spend your time in the city longing for the sumptuous treasures of nearby nature. And one of the closest spots to Bishkek is Ala Archa, which covers an area of almost 200 square kilometers.
In the Shadows of Tian Shan Peaks
A national park for almost forty years, Ala Archa is popular with locals and tourists. It offers plentiful opportunities for hiking, climbing, picnicking, and skiing. An alpine national park, it sits of the slopes of the Tian Shan mountains, ranging in altitude from 1500 to 4895 meters. The scenery can vary dramatically: there are mountains, forests, glaciers, waterfalls, and the famous Ala Archa gorge.
Every year on the first day of May, Ala Arsha National Park is home to a unique event. The Aplinada Festiva sees hundreds of adventurers camp in the park, before ascending Mount Komsomolets, the “Young Communist” Peak. Dating back to Communist times, this festival, which doesn’t require mountaineering experience, attracts diverse participants, from all over the world, each year.