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Ala-Archa National Park - Kyrgyzstan
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member CerealBoxMonsters
N 42° 39.351 E 074° 29.709
43T E 458621 N 4722722
Quick Description: Established in 1976, this national park is located approximately 40km south of Kyrgyzstan's capital city of Bishkek and is a popular destination for alpine activites.
Location: Kyrgyzstan
Date Posted: 10/14/2009 6:58:28 PM
Waymark Code: WM7ENP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TerryDad2
Views: 7

Long Description:
The park, which includes the gorge of the Ala-Archa River and the Tien-Shan mountain range surrounding it, is a popular destination point for weekend picnicers, hikers, horse trekkers, skiers as well as mountain climbers looking for challenging ice, rock and mixed routes. The park is open year round, although the most popular season is later summer and early fall.

In Kyrgyz, the "archa", which gives the park its name, is a bright or many-colored juniper which the Kyrgyz people have traditionally held in special esteem, using smoke from its burning wood to chase away evil spirits. However, the archa is not supposed to be planted near the home, because it is believed gradually to sap the energy from human beings living close-by.

The park covers about 200 square kilometers, and its altitude ranges from about 1,500 meters at the entrance to a high of 4,895 meters. There are more than 20 glaciers and some 50 mountain peaks within the park, and two smaller rivers, the Adygene and the Ak-Sai, originate from these glaciers' melting waters. The Adygene gorge is a beautifully wooded valley, with waterfalls, springs and abundant trout. A small reservoir on the Kargay-Bulak river was built to study the Amu Darya trout. Other wildlife includes the very rare snow leopard (in Kyrgyz: "ilbirs"), wild goats, roe deer and marmots.

There is a small fee for entering the park, approximately US$2 per person as well as US$3 per passenger car. Past the main gate, the road continues 12 km to a small collection of buildings, including one newly renovated lodge. Along this road is a trailhead which leads to the Agydene valley where the Alpineist cemetery is located.

TRAILS:
*Ala-Archa River Trail - 1.3km (beginners) nice valley walk along the river

*Waterfall & Racek Hut - 3.75km to waterfall 5.75km to Racek Hut (low to medium) strenuous sections at lower elevations, and some eroded sections leave the trail exposed to extremely steep slopes.

*Adigene Valley Loop Trail - 1km to Alpine Cemetary, 6km for entire loop (more advanced) not suitable for mountain bikes; short but extremely steep sections

There are numerous other unnamed trails with parking and trailheads along the road between park entrence and lodge. Camping is permitted in designated areas.
Park Name: Ala-Archa

Natural Park: yes

Recreation Area: yes

Type of Listing: Entrance

Fees in Local Currency: 400.00 (listed in local currency)

Dates of Access: From: 1/1/2009 To: 12/31/2009

Hours available: From: 9:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

Hiking: yes

Camping: yes

Rock Climbing: yes

Other Activities:
Ice climbing, glacier hiking


Historic/Cultural Park: Not Listed

Wildlife Refuge: Not Listed

Other Park Type not listed above: Not listed

Park Website: Not listed

Other Type Detail: Not listed

Bicycling: Not Listed

Horseback Riding: Not Listed

Off-Roading: Not Listed

Swimming: Not Listed

Snorkling/Scuba: Not Listed

Boating: Not Listed

Fishing: Not Listed

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