Getting there & away
Buses run from Karakol’s local bus stand at 10am to Jeti-Öghüz village and at 4pm to the sanatorium (25som), 6km further away. Shared taxis (50som) and a noon minibus (40som) also run between Karakol’s Ak Tilek Bazaar and the sanatorium. To return from the sanatorium, stand by the main road and wave down the first car heading back to town; most drivers happily act as impromptu shared taxis.
A taxi from Karakol costs 280som to the spa, 350som to the Valley of Flowers and around 500som to the yurt camps at the top of the valley.