Ala Archa gorge
Ala Archa gorge
Ala - Archa Gorge is one of the most preferable places for vacation trips. The gorge of Ala - Archa is situated 45 km way from the Kyrgyz capital city, and during one hour drive you will rise from 750 to 2100 meters above sea level. Ala Archa is a good place to have a nice day off. You can have 5 hours hike to the cascade of Ak Sai or just to have a walk beside the mountain river that stream down the gorge of Ala - Archa.
"Ala - Archa" signifies "Bright Juniper". Juniper trees are widely spread there. For Kyrgyz it is a consecrated tree, which they use almost in all their rituals. When a child is delivered, he (she) has a cradle made of juniper, when he is ill adults burn it nearby saying special words, whilst 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 the evil specters. And when the man dies his grave will be also made of this admired tree.
9 a.m. Transfer from your hotel.
9.45 a.m. Visiting of the Baitik Kanaev mausoleum en route. B. Bkanaev was the chief of Solto tribe who besieged Bishkek fortification that belonged in those times to the Uzbek people and the Kyrgyz had to pay them high taxes. Baitik made the Kokanders to go away and saved the Kyrgyz liberty. You will find out also an interesting information for you about different rituals of burring people in different times of people's history.
10.30 a.m. Arriving in the Gorge where you should decide if you will have a track to the waterfall or you will stroll along the gorge.
12.30 p.m. Picnic.
Departure to your hotel at 3:30 p.m.