Barskoön Waterfall

Issyk-Köl Oblast

Locals pack picnics and head 20km up the huge Barskoön Valley to the Barskoön Waterfall, where kymys is sold from summertime yurts near a defaced inscription by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. It’s possible to climb 1½ hours up to closer views of the upper falls, but be prepared for rocky scrambling.