A tour of this congenial capital makes for an interesting and relaxing day. The city can offer a poignant National History Museum, with exhibits on Kyrgyz victims of Stalin, as well as some interesting displays on Kyrgyz applied arts.
Things to do in Kyrgyzstan
Other things to do include a city tour of Bishkek, the nation’s capital, where you can visit the state museum to learn about Stalinist history, or a visit to the highly traditional Jeti Oghuz valley, just 30 minutes outside the city, where you can experience local life with a stay in a traditional yurt.
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Ideas for experiencing Kyrgyzstan
Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Kyrgyzstan, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.
Close to Karakol is the stunning alpine Arashan gorge. This area offers some of the finest hiking in Kyrgyzstan, ranging from the pleasant 4/5 hour hike up the wooded valley from Ak Suu to the Altyn Arashan plateau, to 6-day mountaineering expeditions to the summit of glacial Mt Palatka.
From Karakol a short 30 min drive west along the lake brings you to the head of the Jeti Oghuz valley, where you head north toward Jeti Oghuz village. A few minutes up the road you reach Broken Heart Rock, the reverse side of the famous Seven Bulls, a tremendous red limestone formation towering above the village.
Towering over the park are the highest peaks of the Kyrgyz Alatau Range, including Peak Korona (4860m) and Semenov Tianshanskii (4895m), both higher than anything Europe has to offer.