Chong Kemin National Park was founded in 1997 and was formerly known as Chong Kemin River Valley. The landscape within Chong Kemin National Park ranges from dry, desert-like stretches of land to coniferous forests to stark glaciers that provide stunning views.

Chong Kemin National Park

Some peaks you can see from the park include Teke-Tor (4,190m), Chok-Tal (4,770m), Alisher Novoi (4,170m) and Kichi-Kemin (4,220m).

Chong Kemin National Park starts at a 1400 meter elevation and then the land has a growth spurt that tops it out at 2800 meters.  It covers 500 hectares of land.  The national park is home to a rich variety of wildlife including 6 plants and 21 animals that are found in the Red Book such as the golden eagle and snow leopard.

The area’s claim to fame is that it was the birthplace of former Kyrgyz president Askar Akayev.  He’s originally from the village of Kyzyl Bairak located within the valley.

For history enthusiasts, the park also houses the mausoleum of Shabdan Baatyr, a chieftain from the 19th century that once ruled the valley.

Tours, where you will visit Chong Kemin National Park: