Ala-Archa

 
 One of the most visited places in Kyrgyzstan is the Ala-Archa Nature Reserve. It is located 30 km from Bishkek on an area of ​​20 thousand hectares, where there are absolutely everything: mountains, rivers, coniferous forests growing on the slopes of the mountains. These forests gave the name to the nature reserve. “Ala-Archa” means “motley archa”, which fully characterizes the whole variety of coniferous and spruce forests of the reserve. Each visitor discovers the wonderful world of flora and fauna of Kyrgyzstan.
The reserve is a small valley inside the gorge, the mountain ranges of which are covered with eternal ice, and the slopes are beautiful spruce forests. Streams of meltwater flow down the slopes from the glaciers, which then turn into the Ala-Archa River.
Another unique feature of the reserve is the climbers camp, located at an altitude of 2000 m above sea level. It is on the territory of the reserve that there are such famous mountain peaks as the peak of Semenov-Tian-Shansky (4875 m) and the peak of Korona (4860 m). Semenov-Tian-Shansky peak is the highest point of the entire range. Climbers from all over the world gather here to conquer this peak. It has been an object of active tourism since 1951, for which roads and trails are laid in the park, the most frequently visited by tourists is the glacier and the Ak-Sai waterfall of the same name. The gorge is very popular, it has laid about 150 routes. There are walls up to 1100 m high and year-round climbing bases. An asphalt road leads from Bishkek.