Mostly wedged into a striking if slightly foreboding canyon, Naryn is an architecturally unlovely strip town with no real 'sights' beyond a typical local museum and a 1993 mosque with fanciful mosaics, 2.5km west of Naryn's centre. However, it is nonetheless an excellent place to hook up with other summer travellers to ride-share (and thus save money) on crossing the Torugart Pass to China, visiting Tash Rabat Caravanserai or heading across the very rough road to Kazarman (for Osh). Energetic, friendly CBT staff go out of their way to help organise such options and can arrange a series of local treks too. Naryn also makes an alternative launching point from which to reach Song-Köl.
The name Naryn is derived from the Mongolian for ‘sunny’ – a rare moment of Mongol irony.