Travel to Karakol: an unforgettable trip to the main city of alpine tourism in Kyrgyzstan.
Karakol is located near Issyk-Kul Lake, and is the capital of the region. Mountaineers, sports tourists, and trekkers from different countries start from this city on their routes to such peaks as Karakol and Djigit (Teskey-Ala-Too mountain range) and to many other picturesque natural attractions. The city was founded by Russians in the last third of the 19th century, and was then called Przhevalsk. Today, although 75,000 inhabitants live here, the cozy atmosphere of a provincial town remains.
A seasonally colorful and unusual market for livestock can be found in Karakol, one of the most exotic markets in Kyrgyzstan. In the city there are zoo and many museums in which there is no shortage of archaeological exhibits. Near Karakol are Kurgan fields, where the Scythians once buried their brethren (in full armor, along with the fighting horses). Some camps of these warring nomads have survived. Among the natural attractions in this area, the highlight is the blood-red rocks near the hot springs. Near the city there are many lakes, including Issyk-Kul and its clean sandy beaches.
The main attractions during the summer season are horseback riding along the mountain paths to the tops of the Teskey-Ala-Too range. A dizzying trip through the mountains can also be taken by jeep
Winter season is a time of snowboarding and mountain skiing in Karakol. There are many resorts in the mountains, with a whole spectrum of ski slope difficulties. For thrill-seekers, snowmobiling through the mountain forests is not to be missed.
Transfer from Bishkek to Karakol can be reserved via the website by using the online reservation, by emailing email@example.com or through:
A trip of 405 km lenght will take eight hours.