Ala Archa gorge
Ala Archa gorge is national natural park of Kyrgyzstan and one of the most beautiful places. Tourists and locals like this place a lot. It is located just 45 km from Bishkek city, and during one hour drive the elevation changes from 750 to 2100 meters above sea level. The name Ala-Archa stands for Bright Juniper as the slopes of the mountain covered with this coniferous tree. For Kyrgyz it has been a holy tree that they use almost in all their traditional rituals. When a child is born it sleeps in a cradle made of juniper, when he is ill adults burn it nearby saying special praying, when the child is adult already and wants to marry - again a woman with burning juniper will go inside his new yurt to protect it from bad spirits and when people died their grave are also made of this sacred tree.
Ala Archa is a perfect place to have a nice day off. You can have a track (5 hours) to Ak Sai waterfall or just to have a walk along the mountain river that flows in the gorge.
9 a.m. Your tour guide meets you at the hotel.
9.45 a.m. Firstly we walk the Baitik Kanaev mausoleum on the way. He was the ruler of Solto tribe who captured Bishkek fortress. In 19 century it belonged to Uzbek people and Kyrgyz had to pay high taxes. Baitik Kanaev made them go away and save Kyrgyz independence.
10.30 a.m. We arrive in the gorge. Then you can decide to go hiking the waterfall or to stay down and to walk along the gorge.
12.30 p.m. Picnic
3.30 p.m. Way back to the hotel.