Kyrgyz Ala-Too Mountain Range

Kyrgyz Ala-Too mountain range

Kyrgyz Ala-Too Range is part of the Tien Shan Mountains and extends 375 km from the Boom gorge in the east to the Talas region in the west. Ala-Too means "Colorful Mountains" in Kyrgyz. The highest point of the range is Semenov Peak at 4875 m.

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Tina Grach

This section of the Tien-Shan landscape is extremely diverse: from rocky gorges and beautiful valleys to mountain lakes and fir forests. The main part of the range lies in the Chuy region (called Wonderful Valley) and contains more than 10 amazing gorges. 

The most popular place is Ala-Archa National Park with an area of over 2,200 hectares and only 40 km away from the capital of Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek.


This place attracts trekking enthusiasts from around the world. Within the park is Korona (Crown) Peak (4860 m) and Adygene (4393 m) which are popular among climbers, as well as the Ak-Sai glacier. A base camp called “Ratsek Cabin” is located on the way to the glacier.

David Merle

The Ala-Too Range is also famous for its high mountain lakes. One of them, Lake Kel-Tor, is located at an altitude of 2,700 m in a valley by the same name.

Stephen Lioy

For winter sports fans there are a number of ski resorts that offer the opportunity to enjoy skiing or snowboarding throughout the range.

Azret Dan

In the spring, you can see gorgeous fields of flowers in the valleys with majestic snowy mountains as the backdrop.

Sergey Kalachov

When you are in this part of the Tien Shan it is as if you are exploring untouched natural wilderness and you feel a true spirit of adventure.