I'll be in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, very briefly in late May and was hoping to get out for a day trip to Ala Archa. Any one have any info about Pik Komsomol/Komsomoletz peak? It seems to be relatively accessible and presumably non-technical, possibly even manageable as an ambitious day trip from Bishkek? My time is extremely limited but I would like to do more than just walk up the valley from the roadhead. Any info gratefully received.
yes you can do a day-trip from Bishkek to Ala Archa, but then use a taxi and ask the same taxi to pick you up in the evening (there is no taxis in Ala Archa). It takes about 3-4 hours for a fit person (without rucksack) to walk to the mountain base (I guess if you are fell runner you could run) and then another 4-5 hours to Peak Uchitel (4526m). I think the peak you mentioned is a lower peak of Peak Uchitel (not sure). If you are fit enough (and can manage the altitude!!!) you should climb Peak Uchitel - it is literally a walk on gravel and snow (no glacier) - and it is a common peak for trekkers to climb. Just hope for good weather and no snow on the path to get you lost..