Welcome to Ala-Archa Canyon
In the grand Ala-Archa Canyon (Ущелье Ала-Арча), an accessible Y-shaped valley south of Bishkek, you can sit by a waterfall, hike to a glacier or mountaineer up the region’s highest peaks. Around 30km from Bishkek is the vorota zapovednika (park gate) where entry fees for the Ala Archa National Park are payable. Another 12km beyond, the sealed road ends at the main trailhead known as the alplager.
The state cartography agency's 1:50,000 topographic map Prirodnyy Park Ala-Archa, purchasable at TUK, covers the area should you wish to go off-trail.