Attractions

Top Choice Workshop in Barskoön

Ak Örgö Yurt Workshop

This workshop became famous after one of its products won the 'most beautiful yurt' competition at the 1997 'Manas 1000' festival and had its work exhibited six times in the US at several museums and cultural centre…
Top Choice Lake in Ak-Suu Region

Ala-Köl

The two-day trek to stunning Ala-Köl is for many visitors a highlight of the entire Kyrgyzstan experience. Though less than 1.5 km², the range of massive peaks that backs the long curve of the the lake makes the vie…
Top Choice Museum in Issyk-Köl Southern Shore

Shygaev Museum of Modern Art

Built into the hometown studio of Kyrgyzstan's national artist, Yuristanbek Shygaev, this delightful space is one of the most engaging museums in the whole of the country. Beyond works by the eponymous (and prolific…
Viewpoint in Karakol

Jolgolot Viewpoint

Hike the hour or two up from the village of Jolgolot (a suburb of Karakol) to take in stunning views of the city and Issyk-Köl to the north and the Karakol Valley to the south. Return the same way, or loop through t…
Market in Karakol

Karakol Animal Market

Early on Sunday mornings one of Kyrgyzstan's biggest animal markets takes place around 2km north of central Karakol. Typical of such markets, you'll observe locals bargaining over thoroughbred horses or improbably b…
Natural Feature in Jeti-Ögüz

Seven Bulls

One of Kyrgyzstan's most photographed natural features, the Seven Bulls (Jeti-Ögüz) is an abrupt serrated ridge of ferric-red sandstone cliffs that have been vertically diced into a series of rounded bluffs. The for…
Museum in Karakol

Przhevalsky Memorial Museum

The main attraction of the shrine-like Przhevalsky memorial garden is a small, well-presented museum dedicated to Nikolai Przhevalsky, the Russian explorer who died here in 1888 and for whom Karakol was previously n…
Rock Art in Bokonbaevo

Ak-Sai Petroglyphs

A small collection of Tibetan-script petroglyphs and accompanying Soviet-era graffiti make for a nice 3km walk (one-way) from the nearby highway, but the extended 8.3km that loops back towards Ak-Sai village (14km w…
Natural Feature in Issyk-Köl Southern Shore

Skazka Valley

The Skazka Valley is an area of bare red earth eroded into photogenic corridors, paws and spires of rosy rock. It's hardly Bryce Canyon but it makes a colourful curiosity when deserted in April. In mid-summer, the a…
Viewpoint in Bokonbaevo

Shatyly Viewpoint

At the beginning of the attractive Boz-Salkyn Valley an easy 1¾-km walk leads to a viewpoint with extraordinary views over Issyk-Kül, especially at sunrise. From Bokonbaevo's central roundabout, go south two blocks …