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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  • The best are the hot springs. I recommend it, visit this site, you won't regret it. If you go to Kyrgyzstan, don't forget this.
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  • I stayed in Altyn Arashan after a 3 day hike. This place located in a pretty valley at the base of amazing mountains is definitively worth a stay. The springs are at 40 degrees Celsius. You can also v...  more »
  • It is great hiking track, awesome mountain views, and you may also experience authentic kyrgyz nomad yurts.  more »
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  • Golden spa, great hiking.
  • Altyn Arashan is beautiful, difficult-to-access valley south from Karakol. May be accessed from Karakol (by walk or offroad vehicle) or from Ala Kul lake. The valley is a great base for hiking and horse riding in the area. Good for less experienced hikers, who want to reach the lake Ala Kul. The simple settlement in the valley offers fair accommodation services (guest houses and yurts), horse riding and thermal-water basins. May be visited during all 4 seasons. The ride from Karakol takes 1-2 hours, hiking the same route 2-3 hours.
  • top country side location, looks like in the alps, but there are yourts and horses :-) good for camping, try to get further in the valley as it gets exponentially more beautiful.... there are also some hot springs.
  • Truly amazing, highlight of my trip to kyrgystan
  • Loved this place

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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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