Activities

Trekking

From the top of the health resort, a trailhead on the east bank of the river leads towards the pyramid-shaped 3950m peak at the end of the valley. One to two hours in, a tall waterfall up a side valley is as far as most local visitors will go. Continuing to the foot of the valley's dominant peak, a nice camping spot makes a good first night from which to explore the glacial moraine down an alternative valley to the south.

From the campsite, the main valley curves southwest past small Ortoköl lake to a 3900m pass, from which it's possible to descend towards a remote road out of Suusamyr or angle west over another 4010m pass and return towards Bishkek via the Alamedin Valley.

Sleeping

While the health resort does keep rooms for guests, they're generally overpriced and dismal. Ask about homestays in the handful of apartment blocks across a small bridge from the sanatorium entrance (300som to 500som per person).

Eating

During the summer season, a couple of small cafes just near the resort entrance prepare a limited menu of national food. Outside of summer, bring a packed lunch from Bishkek in case these are closed.