Altyn Arashan, Karakol

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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. Put Altyn Arashan and other Karakol attractions into our Karakol trip itinerary planning tool , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • It is great hiking track, awesome mountain views, and you may also experience authentic kyrgyz nomad yurts.  more »
  • We stayed two nights at Ucha's guesthouse and could have easily stayed longer. Ucha is a lovely host, with a beautiful family. We were greeted with home made yoghurt and jam (possibly the most delicio...  more »
  • You just have to visit and to go around! We hike from Altyn Arashan to Ala Kul direction it is like being in heaven! It is not easy walking, go slowly, take water, food and clothes, make sure the weat...  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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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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