Alay Valley attractions

Lake in Alay Valley

Kolduk Lakes

Above a hilly jailoo ringed by yurts, the larger Kolduk lake is backed by a craggy mountain gorge. Families that take residence here from May to September are insistent in their offers of fresh dairy products from t…
Lake in Sary-Mogol

Tulpar Köl

The largest of a string of 42 small lakes, Tulpar Köl stretches for nearly a kilometre in between the final small foothills and the first major ridge of the Trans-Alay range. Strolling the quiet lake shore or search…
Museum in Gulcha

Kurmanjan Datka Museum

Dedicated to Kyrgyzstan's very own 'Queen of the Alay', Gulcha's ethnography and history museum is most notable for exhibits on the local female chieftain who resisted and eventually acquiesced to the hegemony of Im…
Monument in Gulcha

Victory Park

Gulcha's small Victory Park features a central WWII-era tank on a plinth overlooking the names of native sons who never returned from the war, and a series of busts commemorating those who fell in the Soviet-era Afg…