Kyrgyzstan is the country of high mountains and the motherland of one of the largest lakes in the world- Issyk Kul.
Many in love with mountaineering are visiting Kyrgyzstan Mountains for conquering the Lenin Peak, Pobera Peak and Khan- Tengri Peak. But except mountains, there’s much more this diamond of Central Asia can offer.
Ala- Archa Gorge
Kyrgyzstan and trekking are kind of synonymous and this picturesque place will be the best proof. Ala Archa Gorge is a National Park in the Tian Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan and the perfect spot for a long Kyrgyzstan trekking spot. At least a two hours long walk here and your lungs will be totally refreshed along with your mind cleaned (and your camera full of pictures).
As we already mentioned above, Issyk-Kul Lake is the biggest lake in Kyrgyzstan and one of the biggest in the world. But not only the lake is beautiful and good for swimming, but as well the surroundings are breathtaking. Make a short walk by the beach and get lost in the surrounding villages.
If it happens to you to be somewhere near Karakol, whenever it’s summer or winter, try to go outside the touristy path and go to Jeti-Oguz Canyon for a twilight camp. Here, in one place you can the Seven Bulls Mountains, the broken heart and even the Dragons’ Valley! And once you’re already here and you’re lucky enough to have some warm days, and then stay for few more hours, until you see the perfectly dark and starry night sky without any light pollution.
Museum of Petroglyphs
On the northern shore of Issyk-Kul, there’s the city of Cholpon Ata, and on its outskirts you can find an unique phenomenon which is the massive collection of petroglyphs (images created by removing part of a rock surface by incising, picking, carving, or abrading, as a form of rock art) which are all part of the open air Museum of Petroglyphs. The total space of this Museum is 42 hectares of land, so give it couple of hours!
Nothern Kyrgyzstan, 80km from Bishkek, in the Chuy Valley used to be located the 40m tall Burana tower. This Tower is a large minaret that along with grave markers, three mausoleums and the remnants of a castle are now the only memory of the ancient city of Balasagun. The Tower that used to be 40m tall after a powerful earthquake is now only 25, but it’s transformed into a museum now and for a symbolical fee every visitor can go on its top.