(Hiking to the Ak-Sai waterfall)
The valley of the Ala-Archa River is one of the main attractions in the vicinity of Bishkek. It flows in a picturesque gorge of the same name, which is located in the central part of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too Ridge 40 kilometers south of Bishkek. The length of the gorge is more than 35 kilometers and it is the largest of all in the Kyrgyz Ridge. Here, in a narrow valley of the usual at first glance mountain river there are so many beautiful landscapes, waterfalls and unusual rock forms and such a rich flora and fauna that many consider this region to be a symbol of the Kyrgyz Range.
Here you can find more than 1,100 plant species, about a third of the flora of Kyrgyzstan, including 70 species of trees and shrubs. The name of the gorge is translated as “colorful archa”. Archa is a juniper, which can be both tree like and hemispherical.
The Ala-Archa Gorge is a Mecca for climbers from around the world. For people, who are not interested in climbing the mountain tops, there are also a lot of interesting things, such as the waterfall located at an altitude of 2,700 meters in the Ak-Sai side gorge. You will hike with pleasure to it. You can make a lot of beautiful photos. If you are very lucky, you will see a herd of ibexes, peacefully grazing on the slopes, or boldly jumping on the cliffs, overfed marmots, nimble funny pikas and other living creatures.