The Yurt is the dwelling of nomads in ancient times, it retains the same design and function to the present day. Yurt tour is a good opportunity to feel like real nomads, get acquainted with our culture and traditions. Yurt tour is a good opportunity
Bishkek is the capital of Kyrgyzstan with a population of about 1 million people. Bishkek is located in the Chuy Valley, at the northern edge of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too Range, at about 800 m above sea level. This is political, economic, transport, scientific and cultural center of the republic. It is the city of wide boulevards and marble-faced public buildings combined with numerous Soviet-style apartment blocks surrounding interior courtyards and thousands of smaller privately built houses. There are museums, theatres, galleries and a large number of cafes and restaurants in the city. Among the most visited sightseeings are the Historical Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Frunze House Museum, Ala Too square and Oak Park with its open-air gallery of sculptures, Philharmonic Hall, several monuments and shopping malls.
Ala Archa National Park
The Ala Archa National Park is one of the most visited places in all of Kyrgyzstan. It is an alpine park in the Tian Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan, established in 1976 and located approximately 40 km south of the capital city Bishkek. One of the main attractions of the reserve is a unique alpine wildlife, amazing flora and fauna forms live in the reserve, where hunting is strictly forbidden. There are snow-covered peaks rising above 4,500 meters (15,000 feet), steep forested slopes, picturesque meadows and fast-flowing rivers. The most famous peaks from all are Semenov-Tyan-Shan Peak (4895 m) and Korona Peak (4860 m). Ala Archa National Park has many breathtaking leisurely spots as well as challenging hiking trails with spectacular mountain sceneries.
Burana Tower is located in the Chuy Valley 80 km (50 miles) east from Bishkek. It is 25 meters tower and one of Kyrgyzstan’s best-known archaeological sites. Burana is also home to a museum of important archaeological pieces, unique and interesting artifacts that tell the history of the Silk Road and Kyrgyzstan’s place on it. This is the site of the former Karakhanid city of Balasagyn, founded in the mid-10th century. There is also a small collection of balbals and petroglyphs near the tower. Around 15 km from Burana Tower is located Suyab or ancient settlement of Ak-Beshim. In early Middle Ages Suyab was the capital of West Turkic Khaganate and the gate for trade caravans passing from the West to the East. Suyab was the birthplace of the greatest poet - Li Bai.
Chong Kemin National Park
The Chon-Kemin Gorge, Valley and National Park are located in the northern part of Kyrgyzstan. The landscape within Chong Kemin National Park ranges from dry, desert-like stretches of land to coniferous forests to stark glaciers that provide stunning views. This large natural reserve of 500 hectares, unique ecosystem for many species of animals and plants, unfolds with beautiful reliefs and a river. In the basin of the Chon-Kemin River there are seven lakes, the largest ones are Kel-Kogur (also called Kel-Tor) and Jashyl-Kel. Chon-Kemin is a favorite place for rafting or fishing in the river, cycling, hiking or horse riding to the numerous mountain passes linking Chon-Kemin with Issyk-Kul.
Konorchek Canyon is located in t Boom Gorge in the eastern part of the Kyrgyz Range. It looks like Grand Canyon in the middle of the Tian-Shan Mountains. Thousands of years of soil erosion have made this place incredible. Another particularly fascinating feature in the canyons is a 2.5-3 million year old dormant volcano. In summer, it is very hot and dry; winters are cold, but rather snowless. You can get to the canyons only through rocky columns of red sandstone and dried river. In the canyons, time seems to stop, and the traveler feels captured by these picturesque landscapes. The hiking path to the canyon is 5 kilometers, but for fans of long hikes, there are many places to go because the canyon area is over 200 kilometers. Konorchek is an excellent choice for a day hiking.
Issyk-Kul is the most popular tourist destination, the world’s second largest alpine lake, after Titicaca, 1600 m above sea level, 170 km long, 70 km wide and 695 m deep. “Issyk-Kul” means “hot lake” in Kyrgyz, as it never freezes. The mountains and the marine microclimate produce a wild, unique environment and they is a shelter for very rare animal species (snow leopard, wild bear), fish biodiversity and plants, such as the Tyan-Shan fir. Violent rivers, starting from snow-white glaciers, carry their waters to the lake. Issyk-Kul offers the highest, snow-capped peaks in the country; and the opportunity to trek, cycle, climb, ski, raft, windsurf, tour on horseback or just relax at one of the famous coastal resorts.
One of the main sights in Cholpon-Ata is the open-air museum of petroglyphs. There are around 5,000 stones on the territory of 42 hectares. These petroglyphs date from the 2-nd millennium BC up to the 4th century AD and most of them were carved by the Saka-Usun tribes. The museum includes both petroglyphs, images carved on stones, and prehistoric structures and monuments. You can discover animal drawings like deers, bulls, horses, wild rams, goats, wolves and many others. These petroglyphs carved in history the hunting scenes, the wars, the triumphs and sacrifices of the tribes. Many of the forms used in these petroglyphs are still with us – they form the basis of patterns, traditional arts and crafts. The museum also offers a breath-taking view of Issyk Kul Lake.
Ruh Ordo Cultural Center
«Rukh Ordo» is a unique open-air museum on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul in Cholpon-Ata. It is a spiritual center and starting place for interreligious understanding and peace. Within the complex there are religious structures representing five different faiths: Buddhism, Judaism, Orthodoxy, Islam, and Catholicism. The buildings are arranged side by side as a picture of unity. Expositions of sculptures of influential people and paintings made in a variety of techniques, hand-made products of our generations are also on the territory of the Complex. The space is used for concerts, festivals, exhibitions, local and international events. This center is helpful in understanding more about Kyrgyz history and culture as well as there are various sections dedicated to famous Kyrgyz figures.
Semenov and Grigoriev Gorges
Semenovka and Grigorievka are the largest and picturesque gorges on the northern shore of Issyk-Kul, in the Kungey Ala-Too Mountains. Grigoriev and Semenov Gorge have a common road that connects them. The road leads to a jailoo, or summer pasture, located on 2200 m above sea level. At the bottom of the gorge runs the Ak-Suu River - rough mountain river with pure glacier water. Slopes are covered with fir trees. In summer and spring, clean air is filled with wonderful smell of alpine herbs. Here it is possible to spend the night in a yurt, taste Kyrgyz national dishes cooked on a stake, mountain honey, drink kymyz and get acquainted with the nomadic culture of the country as well as experience day hiking or long trekking.
Karakol is the biggest city and administrative center of Issyk-Kul region. Karakol is at the far end of the Issyk Kul, nestled in the Tian Shan Mountains. The surrounding mountains are some of the most dramatic in Kyrgyzstan, including hidden lakes, broad glaciers, and Kyrgyzstan’s two tallest peaks, Pobeda Peak and Khan Tengri. It functions as a base for year-round trekking, mountaineering, skiing, and spa opportunities. This town was called Przhevalsk during the Tsarist and Soviet eras. Modern Karakol is a living encyclopedia of cultures and ethnicities that make the city a fascinating place to relax, eat, shop, interact and learn. The most visited sights in Karakol are Russian Ortodox Church, Muslim Mosque in Dungan Style, Historical Museum, traditional Kyrgyz bazaar and Museum of Przhevalsky.
Altyn Arashan Valley
Altyn Arashan (Golden Spa) is a splendid alpine valley at 3000 meters above sea level, located in 10 km away from the city of Karakol, in eastern Kyrgyzstan. Pine trees and large flowery pastures, Arashan River and magnificent view of the snowy peaks surround the valley. The road is not an easy one, very steep in places, and requires special vehicles. Wildlife in the Altyn Arashan Gorge includes mountain goats, marmots, deer, wild boars, and bears. Famous for its splendid landscapes and hot springs, the Arashan Valley is the ideal place for short and long hikes. Some of the routes are difficult, but the breathtaking landscape always comes as a great reward for your efforts.
Ala-Kul is a high-mountain glacial lake, located in the eastern part of the Terskey Ala-Too Range on the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, near the city of Karakol. It is situated at the altitude of 3532 m in the pass of the same name. The name of the lake from Kyrgyz translates as “a motley lake”. Ala-Kul Lake occupies an area of less than 1.5 sq. km, but its depth can reach over 70 m. The lake is situated in a colorful bowl of rocky ridges with white tops. There are a wide variety of unique alpine flora and fauna species. You can get to the lake: through the pass or traveling from the Altyn-Arashan valley. The hike to the lake takes about four days but it can be done in two very long challenging days.
Picturesque Jety-Oguz gorge is located 28 kilometers to the south-west of the town of Karakol. Its name is translated from Kyrgyz language means “Seven bulls”. The name is symbolic, because there is wall of seven huge red-brown cliffs resembling furious bulls standing together. Another beautiful rock named “Broken Heart”, located at the entrance to the gorge. Jety-Oguz is famous for its hot springs with water enriched with radon and hydrogen sulfide, and local people go to sanatorium of Jety-Oguz for the useful treatment. Other treasure here is the Kok-Jayik (Valley of Flowers). During flower season, Kok-Jaiyk valley will be full of colorful wildflowers: silver edelweiss, alpine daisies and asters, poppies and golden root. All these natural attractions make Jeti-Oguz gorge the perfect place for hiking and horse riding.
Canyons of the southern shore of Issyk – Kul
Located on the south shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, Skazka and Mars Canyons is one of the most stunning places in Kyrgyzstan, the canyons filled with fantastical sandstone shapes. Skazka Canyon is famous for its bizarre figures of stone and clay red rocks, which resemble animals, landmarks, castles or characters from legends, created by nature itself. They are interesting not only for their shape but also for their colour palette. Mars Canyon is famous for its red and orange rock formations, eroded river valleys, the narrow sandstone walls and naturally shaped forms. Plants and yellow blooming flowers bring contrast to the redness of rocks and azure sky. The peacefulness of the area and great hiking opportunities make Canyons perfect places for adventure seeking explorers.
On the southern shore of the Issyk-Kul Lake is located Tamga Gorge. The name of this gorge was given by the stone Tamga-Tash. From Kyrgyz language, Tamga-Tash means "clear-cut stamp on the stone". The area is famous for Tibetan inscriptions on the stones dating from VIII-IX centuries AD. They were perfectly preserved to nowadays. Stones can be seen when traveling along the river, two on the left bank and one on the right. On two stones, you can read Buddhist mantra, which symbolizing awakening and enlightenment. Here you can hike around the spruce forest, relax and enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the Issyk-Kul valley.
Barskoon Gorge (also Barskaun – in Kyrgyz means leopard’s tears) is one of the most beautiful gorges on the southern shore of Issyk-Kul, famous for snowy peaks, high cascading waterfalls and dense spruce forests. Barskoon Gorge stretches deep into the mountains of Terskey Ala-Too, reaching the high Arabel plateau, which is separated from the gorge by a cascade of passes over 4000 meters. Barskoon Valley used to be one of the routes of the Silk Road, passing over Bedel Pass (4,284 m) into China. The road running through the gorge leads to the Kumtor gold mine. Along the road one can notice, monuments such as the Soviet truck on the platform and a bust of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, vacationing on the southern shore of Issyk Kul after his flight into space.
Song-Kul Lake is the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan, located in Naryn Region at an altitude of over 3000 meters. The name translates from Kyrgyz as “the last lake”. The lake is cold and deep – the maximum depth of the lake is 14 meters. Hills and snowy peaks of the Central Tien-Shan ridges surround Son-Kul. Son-Kul remains frozen from September to June. Due to the high altitude, Son-Kul has no trees. The meadows are rich and used by shepherds from Kochkor, Naryn and At-Bashi as summer pastures for their flocks. There are plenty of herbs, different species of fauna and flora makes the area relatively ecologically diverse. One can experience Kyrgyzstan’s pristine nature, nomad life, organize horse riding, cycling and trekking trips from Son-Kul, lasting from an hour to a day.
Kol-Suu is an alpine lake, situated in the At-Bashi District of Naryn Province of southeastern Kyrgyzstan. It is located at 3500 m elevation in the Kok-Kiya Valley of Tian Shan Mountains. The lake was formed from a strong earthquake. It represents a twisting canyon. The water in the lake Kol-Suu is fresh and has a greenish tint, the level of water in the lake annually changes. The lake is surrounded by steep peaks which tops are covered with snow even in the hottest summer. Having reached the lake, you will be fascinated by a fantastic landscape.
The ancient settlement of Koshoy-Korgon is 12 km to the west of the village of At-Bashi. This is a unique historical monument dated back to the 7th - 10th centuries. It served as a fortress for the Turkic rulers. The building has clay walls. Now there is a museum, exhibition of which consists of two parts. The first part is devoted to archaeological findings of the ancient settlement and all over Naryn region: tools, household goods, military equipment, etc. The second part contains the elements of the national culture of Kyrgyz people, as well as exhibits on the nomadic way of life.
Tash-Rabat caravanserai is unique architectural monument of the early Middle Ages. It is situated in Tash Rabat picturesque gorge on 3200 m height. In times of the Great Silk road Tash-Rabat served as a caravanserai, coaching inn for merchants and travelers on ancient caravan roads. Its date of origin is strictly unknown - but there is archaeological evidence to suggest that the site was occupied in the 10th century. The structure consists of 31 rooms, including chambers in the central hall. The rooms are dome-shaped. Tash Rabat is made of crushed stone on clay mortar. The surrounding slopes are covered with grass so you can see herds of horses and yaks, flocks of sheep and goats grazing on the hillsides.
Saimaluu-Tash is the largest collection of petroglyphs on the territory of Central Asia and one of the largest in the world, located on the eastern slope of the Fergana Range in the Jalal-Abad Region. The complex is located at an altitude of more than 3000 meters. There are single petroglyphs and multi-image compositions that date from the early 2000 BC to 3000 BC of the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, and up into the Middle Ages (8th century AD). It is possible to see images of wild and domestic animals, birds, and people, geometric symbols and signs as well as a set of figures that cannot be explained. You can reach Saimaluu-Tash in the summer months when there is no snow, through a long trek.
Suusamyr is a valley lies between the ridges of the northern Tien Shan. The average height of the valley is 2300 meters, and therefore even in the summer, it is cool there. The valley is remarkable for its grass-covered plains, rugged rivers and majestic views of the mountains. In winter, there is a mountain-ski base and numerous kumis treatment places in summer. Many shepherds come in the summer to use summer pastures for animal herding. The valley is also popular for paragliding, since there are no trees. Many routes for all types of tourism pass through Suusamyr and include hiking, trekking, cycling and horse riding.
Talas is a small city in the western corner of Kyrgyzstan. It is the administrative center of Talas Province. Talas Province is famous as the birthplace of the legendary hero Manas and Kyrgyzstan’s most famous writer - Chingiz Aitmatov. One of popular destinations around Talas is Manas Ordo Complex. It is a museum and mausoleum dedicated to the famous epic hero of Kyrgyzstan - Manas. Manas is the hero of the epos, the biggest in the world. The epos narrates about the Kyrgyz hero who returned the Kyrgyz from Altai to the Tien Shan and later defended them against raids. The events described in it actually happened. Complex Manas Ordo was created to preserve the memory of such a significant phenomenon in the Kyrgyz culture.
Sary-Chelek is an alpine lake, the largest in the western Tien Shan and the nature reserve. It is located at an altitude of about 1950 meters in the western part of the Jalal-Abad Region. Sary-Chelek is the second deepest lake in Kyrgyzstan and the third in Central Asia, Its depth in some places reaches 234 meters. It was formed about 10,000 years ago after a powerful earthquake that overwhelmed the valley with the river flowing in it. The shores of Sary-Chelek are covered with fir and spruce forests. At the bottom of the lake, the trunks of fallen trees and see schools of fish can be seen. It is only possible to access Sary Chelek from the north or south. There are winding hiking trails leading to the shores of the five Sary-Chelek lakes through small but rather steep passes.
Arslanbob is a large walnut forest located in the mountains of the Jalal-Abad region on the Fergana and Chatkal ridges, at an altitude of 1700 meters. Arslanbob is a natural forest of the vast territory of about 700,000 hectares which protected by the state. Walnut trees are usually found growing on mountain slopes and along river banks at an altitude between 1000 and 1800 meters above sea level. The trees can live up to a thousand years and can reach 30 m high. On the territory of the reserve, there are several lakes, cave and waterfalls. The valley is home to a population of 15,000 people stretched along the banks of the river. A day trip can easily be organized (walking or on horseback) to the main sites.
One of the oldest towns in Kyrgyzstan - Uzgen is located to the northeast of Osh. It was founded in the first or second century BC as a trading post on the Silk Road. From the 9th to the 13th centuries, Uzgen was a capital of the Karakhanid Empire. Until now, the town kept significant architectural monuments of that period. There are the minaret 27 m high, the madrassa and three mausoleums where the rulers of the dynasty of Karakhanids were buried, plus several ruins of a fortress, graves, and other landmarks in the territory of unique archaeological complex. All the structures were built of baked bricks and ceramic parts; the exterior was decorated with patterns and designs. It is the most striking archaeological complex in Kyrgyzstan.
Osh is Kyrgyzstan’s southern capital, and one of the oldest cities in the country. With a history estimated to stretch back 3000 years. Osh has long been a central city in the Fergana Valley. The city has also been historically significant in many different eras. Osh has the largest mosque in the country and one of the largest and most crowded markets in all of Central Asia. The city’s population split between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbek. The most famous sights in Osh is Sulaiman Too, Solomon’s Throne, Babur house, Shaid Tepa Mosque, the mausoleum of Asaf ibn Burhia, the Sulaiman Too National Historical and Archaeological Museum and the Kurmanjan Datka Museum. The city is an important Muslim pilgrimage site as well as a popular place for locals and visitors.
Ata-Beyit Memorial Complex
Ata Beyit (from the Kyrgyz “Grave of Our Fathers”) is a memorial complex located 25 kilometers south of Bishkek. The Ata Beyit Memorial Complex was established in 2000. It commemorates the victims of the Stalin Repressions of 1937-1940, during which significant figures of the Kyrgyz Soviet Republic In 2008, world-famous writer Chingiz Aitmatov was buried in the Ata Beyit Memorial Complex.