Top 10 Destinations in Kyrgyzstan
These are my Top 10 destinations in Kyrgyzstan.
1. Kel-Suu lake
When you reach the lake you will be carried away by its beauty. You will have a fantastic view from the dam to the cliffs, which are hundreds feet high, waterfalls, rocky island, caves, and grottoes. The turquoise color lake is surrounded by the steep, snow covered peaks even during the summer months.
Magnicifent views of Mountains amaze you. Alpine lake located in remote place but it is worth. Requires border permits coz of proximity of China. Reachable Only by 4×4 driving.
What to do: Horse riding is very good option to get lake from base camp and go back.
2. Ala-Kul lake
If you are lover of trekking this is for you. You will see huge snow capped peaks and turqoise lake. Ala-Kul lake is also alpine rock dammed lake. Located in 3500m asl. Reachable only by foot. The color of the water varies depending on the weather. The lake is located between the gorges of the Arashan and Karakol, beneath the Ala-Kul pass. The lake is located 12 km from Karakol. It is possible to ascend to it via the valley of the Karakol river(touristy)
What to do: The best option for hikers is 3 day hike from Karakol gorge through Ala-Kul lake and to Altyn-Arashan. Level of trekking is moderate. 16km/per day
3. Sary-Chelek Lake
Sary-Chelek lake is one of the most beatiful lakes. It is biosphere reservior, very rich nature like all Kyrgyzstan in one place. Landscape totally different. Located in south part of Kyrgyzstan. Reachable in any car. The Lake’s picturesque shores are thought by many of the local population to be the most beautiful in Kyrgyzstan. The steep slopes, (in places sheer), are covered with pine, silver fir and archa (myrtle) trees. A dendrological park (tree garden or Arboretum) has been established in the reserve, and although this is not highlighted as a visitor attraction, offers the opportunity to encounter the trees and bushes of the region, with living examples to complement the dried specimens found in museums.(less touristy)
What to do: You can make horse riding and trekking. I recommend to stay there for 3-4 days for horse riding trip.
4. Song-Kul lake
Song-Kul lake is most visited place in Kyrgyzstan. Best place for Horse Riders. You will see real nomadic life from there. As such it is used by the shepherds of the Kochkor, Naryn and At-Bashi regions for summer pastures for their flocks. In fact there is evidence that it has been used for pasture from very ancient times. I really recommend you to go there via 32 parrots pass or Moldo Ashu Pass. If you want safe horse riding do it there. Hundreds of yurts welcomes you. Go there via 32 parrots pass or Moldo Ashu Pass. ntative ere are thousand of yurts. (high touristy)
What to do: Horse Riding and from south part of lake take a hike to panoromic view of lake. Photography of night star with Yurts.
5. Jyrgalan Valley
All green in Summer – All white in Winter it is Jyrgalan Valley. There is only small village about 20 houses and they live in peace in the deep of kyrgyz green. it is about 1 hour driving from Karakol city.
What to do: Multi day Trekking is very good option. There is a guest house where you can find Russian Bath after whole day trek you can relax.
6. Altyn-Arashan Valley
Not far away from Karakol there is a Hot-spring in the mountain in Altyn Arashan gorge. Beatiful valley that I have ever seen. Where you will find yourself virgin green gorge.
What to do: Try hot springs it is compolsory. to get Hot springs little bit hard you can walk around 15 km along the river and enjoy with nature or you can take UAZ sovietic Car only this car can reach there. And some utilized jeeps. I really recommend to go 3 day trekking Karakol – Ala-Kol lake – Altyn-Arashan this will combo.
7. Jeti-Oguz Canyon – Boris Yeltsin Peak (Oguz Bashy)
Jeti-Oguz (in eng. Seven Bull) Canyon is popular for its red intense color. It is near to Karakol city. And there is Kok-Jayik pasture where you can see yurt village. The gorge itself beatiful cause of thick pine tree forests decorate it. Not only this – if you walk 5 km more from yurt village you will see Boris yeltsin Peak locals say it is Head of Bull (Oguz Bashy). View is unforgettable. (Touristy)
What to do: Stay one night in Yurt and have a view of Boris Yeltsin Peak 5000m asl.
8. Chon-Kemin Valley – Ashu Guest House.
Chon-Kemin is accesible place for one day trips from bishkek and it has very good trails for horse and hiking to the way Ysyk-Kul lake. It means you will pass mountains through little lakes and have panoromic view of Second Largest alpine lake in the world. (less touristy)
What to do: If you go Chon-Kemin stay one night in Ashu Guest house – family run Guest house where you can find nice atmosphere and tasty food. I recommend if you are going to Karakol From Bishkek, go first to Chon-Kemin and have a rest there and continue your way or You can take horses and pass mountains (3-2 day) and you are in Ysyk-Kul lake and from there your driver pick you up to Karakol.
9. Tosor Village – Fairy Tale canyon
Tosor village located in south shore of Ysyk-kul lake. Near to this Village there is a Fairy tale canyon if you will drive south shore you can visit. There you will find yourself in a magical city. Double fortification, stretching for several kilometers along the ridge of hills protects the peace of the sleeping castles and wonderful animals from red clay and sandstone - elephants, hippos, snakes, and some other wondrous animals.
What to do: You can swim in pure lake especially after visiting fairy tale canyon you can find a beach under the canyon.
10. Karakol Animal Market
Cattle Breeding is main industry of Kyrgyz people. All around of Kyrgyzstan in main cities or districts there is animal market for exchanges. And one of the biggest animal market is in Karakol city.
What to do: Plan your trip to Karakol in Sunday. Visit this CROWDED animals.
“Every place has own beauty” Clotilde.P.