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Altyn Arashan, Karakol

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Hot Spring Nature / Park
Set in a dramatic alpine valley, Altyn Arashan offers therapeutic hot spring baths and scenic hiking trails. Part of the Arashan State Nature Reserve, the valley is 2,600 m (8,530 ft) above sea level, framed by rugged peaks that include the 4,260 m (13,976 ft) Pik Palatka. The resort itself is remote and basic, with hot spring water guided into concrete baths within wooden structures. Be prepared for the smell of the sulphur in the baths, which are is reputedly very beneficial for one's health. English language signage is displayed at the baths, detailing the various ailments that can be appeased by the waters. Plan your visit to Altyn Arashan and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Karakol trip itinerary builder.
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  • It could be a nice hike along the river in the forest surrounded valley; unfortunately quite frequented and very dusty way up to the huts. Always "decorated" with plastic bottles and rubbish. There ar...  more »
  • a beutifull scenary, walking along the qyite and sonewhat deserted trails. yet when we where there it rsined (yes- in july!), every day, so we were soaked and cold for the better part of the days. eve...  more »
  • It's an easy 5 hour hike from the Ak Soo junction to Altyn Arashan (just a couple of steep sections). The yurt camps are basic but the family hosts are lovely and friendly- the younger members of the ...  more »
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  • Truly amazing, highlight of my trip to kyrgystan
  • Amazing .. astonishing
  • Really nice hike with beautiful scenery. A must do in Kyrgyzstan.
  • Nice memories of the great location. If you are there you must try the hot springs!!
  • This place is well worth a visit. Especially on the route of the Karakol Valley-Lake Alakul-AltynArashan!
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Where to stay in Karakol

Karakol offers visitors a range of options for overnight stay, scattered all around the city's gridded layout. You can find several rustic guesthouses, some centrally located and some on the outskirts, often with scenic views and offering complimentary breakfast. Upscale, Western-style hotels and mid-range establishments provide more amenities, while the budget-conscious tourist can consider staying in one of the yurt campsites dotting the mountain foothills.
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