Ak-Suu Traverse Trek

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Ak-Suu Traverse Trek is a 93.3 kilometer lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Karakol, Chuy, Kyrgyzstan that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
93.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
6112 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

hot springs

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

over grown

rocky

scramble

off trail

The Ak-Suu trek is much better hiked east to west than the reverse. When you approach from the east you cross a series of passes, glaciers, and lakes, that are seem to be almost intentionally ordered so that you start off stunned by the beauty of the Boz-Uchuk lakes, but are then incrementally more awed by the view from the first pass with the yawning valley below, and after that surprised repeatedly that each pass and valley is measurably grander than the one before it. You're genuinely surprised with each pass you crest until you get here. After dragging yourself up the last 200m of loose scree, breathless in the thin 3900m air, you lurch over this pass and are assaulted by the spectacle of this massive emerald lake cradled beneath a raw spine of peaks, and fed by a colossal glacier that seems to be lazily oozing down the mountain into the comfort of its pristine azure bath. The Ak-Suu trek is a like a visual symphony with a meandering but seemingly measured build up, and this is the crescendo. It's the bustle in your headrow. Even though we still had three days of trekking left, after seeing this I would have been satisfied to pack up and go home. It was obvious that nothing could possibly top it.