Just 25km from Karakol, the mouth of Jergez Valley (Ущелье Жергез) beckons enticingly from the highway. Visit as a day trip to the Köl-Tör Lake, overnight at the lovely Kara-Kyz Yurt-Camp, or head all the way up and over passes for Boz-Uchuk to the east or Ak-Suu and Altyn Arashan to the west.