Excursion to Ala-Archa (Ratzek hut)

Excursion to Ala-Archa (Ratzek hut)

In the morning the group gather on the Old Square of Bishkek near to the Lenin’s Monument. From there we go to Ala Archa National Park (40 km from Bishkek).Upon arrival to the National Park we leave our transport, take with us, walking poles, food, water, warm jackets, etc. The way to the Hut will take us somethings about 5 hours (+-1 hour). Ratzek’s hut, located at the foot of Ak-Sai glacier. The most interesting routes of climbing passes go through this hut. The hut is located at an altitude of 3200 meters, at a distance of 6 kilometers from the alpine camp. And there are many places to visit here – the peak of Teacher (Uchitel) (4527m), peak Baichechek (4515m), the massif of Korona (4860m), Peak Box (4240m), Peak Free Korea (4740m). And the highest is Semyonov-Tyan-Shansky Peak (4875m). In general, a paradise for all categories of climbers. Upon arrival lunch in a hut, some rest and way back.

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Group size: 4-8 people Season: All year around Trip duration: 1 day

Short description

A walk up the mountain, to the Ak-Sai glacial cirque, where the Ratzek refuge is located, sheltered by several beautiful four-thousanders. Along the way we can see and enjoy the Ala-Archa National Park.

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Includes:

  • Guide service.
  • Transport Bishkek – Ala Archa National Park – Bishkek.
  • Entering tickets to the park.

Not included:

  • Meals.
  • Accommodation.
  • Personal expenses.

Important:

Recommendations: Since the weather in the mountains is quite unpredictable, it is recommended to bring warm clothes, comfortable trekking shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen, and a snack for the picnic.
There may be some small changes to the program due to unforeseen circumstances (weather, road repairs, etc.).
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Bishkek – Ala Archa National Park – Bishkek

We will hike to Ratzek shelter, in a walk of about 5 hours from the parking. There we can see several peaks higher than 4000 metres that are around. After lunch and having a rest in the shelter, we will return downhill. The shelter is set at 3200 metres.

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