Issyk-Ata gorge  - Hiking to the waterfall and hot springs
Issyk-Ata gorge

Hiking to the waterfall and hot springs

Issyk-Ata gorge
(Hiking to the waterfall and hot springs)

The slopes and course of the rough river in the Issyk-Ata Gorge are covered with forest, in which the juniper, wild ash, dog rose and other bushes grow. There are subalpine meadows with many flowers and herbs on the slopes of the mountains. Mount Batu (Botway) rises with a height of 3,800 meters above sea level in the middle of the gorge, at a distance of 7.5 kilometers from the resort. Several tributaries flow into the Issyk-Ata River, and each of them has a waterfall. The very first one with a height of 8 meters is located at an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level and is close to the resort, at a distance of 2.4 kilometers. It is the most frequent visited waterfall. The bravest can bath in its cold streams. Further, at a distance of 5 kilometers there is a second waterfall, falling from a height of 25 meters with drops. If you wish, we will hike to this waterfall and have a picnic.

If you go deep into the gorge, there are several lakes with glaciers in the side gorges behind. The main gorge continues further to the south and ends with glaciers and the pass to East Karakol beyond the Kyrgyz Ridge. After the picnic we will go down. Those who wish can bath in one of the pools, which will be a pleasant addition after an intensive hiking.

Trip details

Intensity Level 1
Season All season
Begins in Bishkek
Ends in Bishkek
Airport Аэропорт Манас (FRU)
Airport out Airport Manas (FRU)
Wildlife Marmots, Birds, Predator birds, Rodents, Snakes, Wolves, Foxes

Price: $ 78 (≥ 2 people)

Great for Individuals Families Couples

If you want to combine business with pleasure, then we suggest you visiting the Issyk-Ata Gorge, located 85 kilometers away from Bishkek at an altitude of 1860 meters above sea level. Its name translates as “hot spring”. Here hot mineral waters, rich in calcium, magnesium, sodium, sulphates, chlorides and other elements burst from the ground. The gorge is very popular due to the resort, built in 1957, waterfalls and the image of the Buddha-healer. You can take a walk to one or two waterfalls and then bath in one of the pools with healing water. The Issyk-Ata Resort is in demand among those who want to receive treatment of gastrointestinal and neurological diseases, diseases of the musculoskeletal system.

What's Included:

  • Transfer
  • Entrance fee
  • Guide

What's not included:

  • Lunch box $6 per person
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Any changes to the program
  • Other excursions not included in the program
  • Insurance
  • Bathing in the springs (from 100 soms pe person)
  • Trekking sticks

One day excursion. The most picturesque and short road is via Gornaya Mayevka, although in some places it is in the heavy state. Still, you will admire the beautiful views of the mountains and meadows covered with grass. The road is not loaded with transport, although one has to show wonders of agility, driving around the numerous pits and potholes. Approximately one and a half of hour after a steep takeoff and the same descent of the road, we will find ourselves in the gorge and go up straight to the gates of the resort.

After leaving the car, we will go towards the first waterfall along the old, somewhere abandoned buildings, which will let you feel yourself in Soviet Union.


9.00 Departure from Bishkek

11:00 Arrival at the place

11:15 Start of the hiking route

12:15 Coming to the first waterfall. Photo. Picnic

Then we return to the parking lot, take towels and swimsuits and go for bathing in the hot mineral water pool.

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720021, Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek, Lineinaya str. 1a