Ala-Archa nature reserve is one of the main touristic directions not only in Kyrgyzstan but also in Central Asia. The reserve is located 30 km from Bishkek and the snowy peaks of the mountains are visible from every district of the capital. The name “Ala-Archa” is translated as “variegated Jupiter” that describes the beauty and diversity of the reserve. This is a wonderful place to see the beauty of Kyrgyzstan.
The reserve occupies an area of 20 thousand hectares. The slopes of the mountains are covered with pine forests and beautiful rivers are flowing through the park.
Ala-Archa was opened in 1976 to preserve the rare species of flora and fauna. It is located in a gorge with ice-covered ridges and the slopes covered with pine and spruce forests. The small streams are fed from the glaciers that turn into Ala-Archa River. The rare inhabitants of the park are snow leopard and bluebird. They are both listed in the Red Book.
To develop trekking in the country there is an alpine camp. This is the starting point for climbing to the peaks of Korona Peak (4869m) and Semenov-Tyan-Shan (4875m).