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Ala-Archa Gorge, Bishkek

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Explore the remarkable alpine scenery suited for hikers, horseback riders, mountain climbers, and skiers at Ala-Archa Gorge. Established in 1976 some 40 km (25 mi) from the capitol, the park is noted for the vibrant, multicolored junipers that grow in the area. In addition to the very rare snow leopard, the reserve contains many interesting geological formations, river valleys, large glaciers, and ski areas at altitudes over 4,000 m (13,000 ft). Immerse yourself in the boundless natural beauty, snapping pictures and relaxing in the serene environment. During your treks, always carry extra water and wear comfortable walking shoes. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Bishkek holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Ala-Archa Gorge and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 15, 2017
    As shown by the glowing reviews, this really is the number one attraction in Bishkek. The park is an easy hour's drive from the city. Note that this review is written from the point of view of someone...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Near Bishkeku National Park Ala-Archa. Place the weekend trips to the inhabitants of the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The area developed for tourists: restaurant, parking, space for camping. Longer and shorter road walking and trekking. Beautiful scenic area.
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  • August 11, 2017
    It's about a hour and a half from Bishkek by car, so definitely a recommended day trip. It is supremely beautiful both on ascent and descent. The domineering snow capped mountains and meadows around t...  more »

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