In 30 kilometers south of Bishkek, there is a favorite recreation place for local people and guests of the capital – this is the Alamedin Gorge. Here is located natural health resort "Hot Springs", which got its name due to natural sources.
Alamedin gorge is a mixture of the middle zone of Russia and Asia. There are very high snow peaks, which do not allow us to forget where we are, but in the lower part along the Alamedin River this is wide canyon with large glades is covered with red birch, rowan and juniper (archa).
While ascending from 1800 to 2000 m little rare number of juniper and bushes is turning into juniper thickets. Alamedin flood plain is absolutely covered by birch and osier groves and also by different types of bushes: barberry, black currant, sea buckthorn and briar rose. Different to other gorges like Issyk-Ata and Tuyuk-Issyk-Ata there are no fir forests. Fragrant wild strawberries redden on the lawns. Barberry and black currant are ripen at the end of August, in September, and are really good for wine and jam making.
There are two ways to start your journey in Alamedin gorge.
You can hike up without crossing the Alamedin River, on the left side of the gorge, about an hour and a half of walking from the resort to the left of the main Alamedin gorge, the path goes to the Salyk gorge and further to the glacier with the same name. In the upper reaches of the Salyk gorge, there is the second largest glaciation node of the Kyrgyz range. There are peaks which are as difficult and severe as the peaks of the Ak-Sai glacier. Most of these beautiful peaks you can see from the Bishkek: Kyrgyzstan (4876 m) Kyrgyzstan there is a rock massif, called the Alamedin Wall (4693 m), Usechenka peak (4759 m). All these peaks are very beautiful and attract the views of many climbers.
You can also go on a trip to the right side of the gorge. To do this, you need to cross the river Alamedin on the bridge just above the sanatorium "Hot Springs" and then along the picturesque path which then goes along wide glades then through the forest to the Quiet River. This place is very popular among beginners. The path is very easy and even kids can make this easy hiking. In a small gorge to the right of the Quiet River there is a waterfall. The way to the Quiet River and back is a good idea for a one-day hike with children. Further the path is not less beautiful, but requires more preparation and, of course, more time.
The path leads to the confluence of rivers flowing from the gorges of Ashu-Tor and Altyn-Tor, which flow in to the Alamedin gorge. There are amazingly beautiful lakes, and a beautiful hanging glacier Kara-Too near the lake in the gorge of Altyn-Tor. Altyn-Tor gorge is very beautiful, maybe that is why it is translated as a "golden place" from the Kyrgyz language. The abundance of beautiful glades with murmuring streams surrounded by trees with a pleasant rustle of leaves under the gusts of the wind and the smell of juniper forests make them a convenient place for recreation.
Clothing and Equipment
Sunscreen (at least 20SPF)
Chapstik or equivalent lip balm
Sunglasses with UV protection
Telescopic trekking sticks poles (optional)
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
Waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex) with hood
Waterproof pants (Gore-Tex)
Warm fleece hat or light balaclava
Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces