Ala Archa gorge
One of the wonderful place for weekend tours is Ala Archa gorge. It is located just 45 km from Bishkek city, and during one hour drive you will rise from 750 to 2100 meters above sea level. The name Ala-Archa means Bright Juniper. Junipers grow everywhere there. For Kyrgyz it is a sacred tree that they use almost in all their rituals. When a child born it has a cradle made of juniper, when he is ill adults burn it nearby saying special words, when the child is adult already and wants to merry - again a woman with burning juniper will go inside his new yurt to protect it froma bad spirits. And when the man dies his grave will be also made of this sacred tree.
Ala Archa is a good place to have a nice day off. You can have a track (5 hours) to Ak Sai waterfall or just to have a walk along the mountain river that flows in the gorge.
9 a.m. Departure from your hotel.
9.45 a.m. Visiting of the Baitik Kanaev mausoleum on the way. He was the ruler of Solto tribe who captured Bishkek fortress. At that time it belonged to Uzbek people and Kyrgyz had to pay high taxes. Baitik Kanaev made them go away and save Kyrgyz independence. Also you will find out of different rituals of burring people in different times.
10.30 a.m. Arriving in the gorge. Then you decided if you will have a track to the waterfall or you will walk along the gorge.
12.30 p.m. Picnic.
3.30 p.m. Departure to your hotel.