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.
Altyn Arashan Excursion
Altyn Arashan Excursion, Kyrgyzstan
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 (4260m).
For the less energetic a rocky road, navigable only by 4 or 6-wheel drive vehicles, leads to the scenic Altyn Arashan plateau at 2700m, home to a rickety hotspring resort with rustic guesthouse and the picturesque Yak Tours guesthouse and yurt.
As with the other countries in the region, spotting wildlife is a difficult prospect. Much of the wildlife that there is notoriously elusive - snow leopards or bears.
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