We recently took a trip back to Ala Archa, our first time since going last year during PST. The previous trip was easy to arrange as our host family owned a marshrutka and a group of us just hired them to take us up for the day. This trip we had to find a taxi on our own which is a pain even when we speak the language. After too many phone calls and conversations at the bus station, we negotiated a ride, picked up our friends and drove to Ala Archa. Of course upon arrival the driver showed us an ‘official’ price list that said the price was nearly double what we agreed to and he seemed to forget our previous conversation. Too bad guy, we’re not falling for that… we gave him the agreed upon fare and headed into the park.
The hike up to the hut was a little less pleasant that our previous trip. Between the persistent mist that soaked everything and our heavy packs, things were a little less than ideal. There was also a bit of snow to deal with than our last trip which was at the end of August. After a few hours of hiking we neared the hut, the clouds parted and we got a glimpse of the towering peaks that make Ala Archa so special. We set up the tents and settled into one of the kitchen huts (which you have access to if paying for a tent site or spot in the Ratsek Hut) to make dinner.