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Saymaly Tash gorge
Published: 11 september 2014

Saymaly Tash gorge means “embroidered ornamental stone” is located high in the mountains of the Fergana ridge, at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level. It is better to visit the gorge once a year, as the rest of the year is under the snow.There are many petroglyphs in this beautiful and interesting place. Having visited Saymaly Tash gorge, you have a unique opportunity to see many images of animals of different species. This is numerous scenes of hunting goats, deer and other animals, many pictures with scenes of ritual dances or ceremonies, as well as images of mountain goats and argali. But the most favorite image was the image of a goat.Great interest is attracted by images of bulls: a powerful body, small head and long horns. Images of deer are made in different styles and techniques, as drawings were presented in different eras. They can be often seen alone: long l...

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Sary-Chelek Reserve
Published: 06 july 2014

Sary-Chelek Reserve is located on Chatkalsky and At- Oynoksky ridges in Jalal-Abad region, was founded in 1960. The territory of the reserve is 23,868 hectares. Length from north to south is about 25 km, width 15 km.  There are about 1,000 species of higher plants, 38 species of mammals, 148 species of birds, etc. in the reserve. These are: lynx, Siberian ibex, badger, deer, marmot, porcupine. A particular interest among the tourists is arisen by walnut and walnut-fruit forests, the area of which is one and a half hectares. There is also an area for livestock gazing in the reserve.  Sary Chelek is the district of seven largest and most beautiful lakes. Deep, with clear water, Sary-Chelek Lake is beautiful at any time. The average annual temperature in the reserve is 7,2 ° C, most precipitation falls mainly in April, May and June. The highest point of the reserve is Mustor M...

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Pobeda Peak
Published: 20 may 2014

  Pobeda Peak is the highest point of Tien-Shan Mountains (7493m), located on the border of Kyrgyzstan, east of Isyyk-Kul lake. It includes in the system of Koshkaal-Too ridge in Kyrgyzstan. Pobeda Peak is among seventhousanders of Kyrgyzstan, where there are also Lenin and Khan-Tengri peaks.   In 1985 the Swede Sven Hedin was the first European man who discovered and measured its height -7320m. There are three peaks on the north side of the ridge: Victory Peak, Pobeda Peak and West Peak Nehru. Pobeda Peak is determined from 5 to the most difficult degree. The climbing on its top is considered one of the most difficult and dangerous, depending on the choice of the route. One of the most popular routes to the peak of Victory is considered the way through the northern ridge of Vaja Pshavela Peak. Its length is equal to ten kilometers. It connects to Nehru Top (6740m) on the west ...

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Khan-Tengri Peak
Published: 19 may 2014

  The beautiful pyramid of Khan Tengri is without doubt the Jewel of theTien Shan. It is the second highest mountain in this most northerly and remote of the great Asian mountain ranges. Among the local people, the white peaks are known as 'The Mountains of Heaven'.   Khan Tengri was first climbed by a Soviet expedition in 1931, via theWest Coland West Ridge. Since then, most of its ridges and faces have been climbed - all by Soviet teams.   The West Ridge of Khan Tengri is a classic route that presents a reasonable objective for competent mountaineers. The ridge rises from theWest Col, which is very enjoyable, straightforward 'scrambling' for the most part, with steep rocky steps linked with snow patches.   There are only a couple of sections which require more care; such as the vertical rock step of about 50ft at 6,800m and the knife above. In terms of equipment nee...

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Karakol George
Published: 23 april 2014

   One of the beautiful and picturesque places of Issyk-Kul Lake is Karakol George. Its rich and diverse nature, the finest spruce forests, numerous lakes and magnificent waterfalls, scenic hillsides attract hundreds of tourists. The gorge is located just 9 km from Karakol town. Here you can see the mountain flowers such as buckthorn, barberry and rosehips. When warm weather comes, the meadows are covered with beautiful carpets of tulips, snowdrops, edelweiss, asters. There is a holiday camp on the territory of the George. The most popular of them are Karakol peak and Dzhigit peak. You can also see different animals: deer, bears, snow leopards, wolves, wild boar, lynx and mountain goats, as well as birds of prey - vultures, eagles. There is a ski resort at the right tributary of Kashka-Suu River- a popular place for tourists and winter sports enthusiasts, as well as the go...

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Jety- Oguz George
Published: 26 march 2014

Jety- Oguz(from Kyrgyz means («valley of the seven bulls») – picturesque mountain valley in Kyrgyzstan, located in 28 km Korakol town, along the southern shore Issyk-Kul. There is a resort Jety-Oguz in the highland at an altitude of 2200m, which has been famous for its healing springs since ancient times. There are many scenic spots, such as rock ensembles “Seven bulls” and “Broken Heart”, near which lovers are often taken a photo. Because of red rocks at the entrance to the gorge, the valley was named "Seven Bulls". You will be admired the beauty of the valley Kok Dzhaiyk, covered by Tien Shan firs, which creates a beautiful color combination, that attracts tourists so much. There are yurt camps; you can also take horse-riding excursion to nearby mountain valleys. Lakes and waterfalls are met in the upper reaches of the river Jety-Oguz. There is...

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Chatyr-Kul Lake
Published: 12 december 2013

  Chatyr-Kul Lake (from kyrgyz means «Divine lake») is a closed and the most largest of the lakes in central Tian-Shan in Kyrgyzstan. The maximum summer temperature is +24 ° C and the minimum temperature in winter is -50 °. The climate is continental. The length of the lake is 23 kilometre, width is 11 kilometre and the average volume of water is 8,5 kilometre. The water is clean and transparent. The shores are marshy in the south-eastern side but in the north side the shores are high, because the rocks are almost come close to the water.   The total area of the lake is 500 square kilometre, its depth is 20 metre. It is located at an altitude of 3500 meters above sea level. In the surroundings of the picturesque lake you can see animals: mountain goats, snow leopards, marmots. There are many birds in summer: wild geese and ducks. As the climate is continenta...

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Natural National Park Ala-Archa
Published: 29 november 2013

Ala-Archa is Natural National Park in Kyrgyzstan, from Kirgiz it means Ala – mottled and Archa – juniper. It was called like this thanks to abundant thickets of juniper, covering its slopes. It is located 45 km from the capital of Kyrgyzstan, in the central part of the Kyrgyz Range of Tien Shan Mountains. The northern boundary of the district Ala-Archa is the mountains height of 1600 to 1800 m. Summer in the Valley is cool and damp, average temperature is 12 °, maximum is 27-30 °. The warmest month is August. The spring months are mainly accompanied by precipitation and fog. Autumn in the area of the camp is warm and clear. The maximum temperature on September is 25 °, and the minimum -2,5 °. In October, the first snow falls here. Winter in Ala-Archa is cold enough. It happens that the temperature in February is raised to 0° and above. In the Ala-Archa gor...

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Arslanbob
Published: 20 august 2013

  One of the famous and sacred places in Central Asia is mountain settlement Arslanbob. This picturesque place is famous for its walnut-fruit forests, located on the south of Kyrgyzstan, its area is 608,000 hectares.   Arslanbob is at an altitude of 1,500 metres above sea level. 130 species of trees and bushes grow in this amazingly beautiful place: walnut, apple, currants, pistachios, almonds, and many others. The main attraction of Arslanbob is walnut. Some of these trees bear fruits up to 400 kg per year.   Downhill skiing and tourism are well-developed here. There are many sunny days in winter. It is fabulous and picturesque place is famous for beautiful waterfalls, caves and sacred lakes.   On the way to Dashman (3 kilometres from Arslanbob), you can visit the waterfall Chiltan. Its water falls from a height of 30-35 metre. Here you can also take a tour to the Gr...

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Son-Kul Lake
Published: 12 june 2013

  Highland Lake Son-Kul is located between the ridges Sonkultau and Moldotau at an altitude 3016 m above sea level. It is the largest natural fresh reservoir of Kyrgyzstan, its area is 278 square kilometers, and the average depth is 8.6 m, a maximum is about 14 m, the length of the lake is 28 km. The shores of the lake are low, sometimes overgrown with reeds.   There are valuable species of fish and 69 different species of birds. The lake is home to valuable species of fish and 69 different species of birds. Depending on the weather, the water in the lake Son-Kul is painted in different colors - purple, blue, yellow, or orange. Unlike other lakes there are no trees. Here you can enjoy a variety of bright and rare species of flowers. There are such carnivores as wolves, foxes and snow leopards on the banks of the lake.   The bottom of the lake is rocky, covered with algae. ...

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Legends of the lake Issyk-Kul
Published: 31 october 2012

Issyk-Kul lake is a unique lake, from ancient times it considered magic.There are many legends about the origin of the Issyk-Kul. One legend tell that the origin of the lake is connected to a beautiful girl, who gave her life for her sweetheart.In ancient time there was an old city. The city belonged to the old and powerful khan, who was rich, but cruel. Once the khan knew that a beautiful girl lived in one poor family, and he decided to own her. The girl loved another young man. One day her sweetheart was leaving and put off the ring from his finger and put it on the girl’s finger. He said: “I will back soon. Never put off the ring; while you are wearing it, you are safe.” When the delegators of the khan came to the girl with rich gifts and made a proposal of marriage, she, as before, replied that she loved another man and would not become the wife of the khan.The girl...

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Kyrgyz mountains
Published: 25 september 2012

88 grand mountain ranges of powerful systems - Tien Shan, translated into Russian as "heavenly mountains" stretch out by long chains from east to west.The Central Tian Shan is the tallest and most majestic part of the Tien Shan mountain system. This is the most picturesque region of the Tien-Shan, a complex system of interlacing ridges (Terskey Ala-Too, Sary-Jaz, Kui-Lyu, Tengri-Tag, Enilchek, Kakshaal-Too, meridian ridge, etc.), crowned by the majestic peaks of the most northern of the world's highest mountains - Lenin Peak (7,134 m), Victory Peak (7439 m) and the fantastic pyramid Khan Tengri (7010 m, probably, the most beautiful and difficult to climb peak of the Tien Shan).The Central Tien Shan is the most attractive area for climbers. The most popular points of the ridge are the regions of Tengri-Tag and Khan-Tengri Peak ("Lord of Heaven", 7010 m), Tomul Pass, Victory Peak (7,439 m)...

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Glaciers of Kyrgyzstan
Published: 24 september 2012

There are almost 8000 glaciers in the Kyrgyz Mountains. The height of the snow line hesitates from 3600m. on the left slopes of the Kyrgyz and Talas ranges, to 4600m. on the south slopes of the Inner Tien-Shan and Pamir-Alay. The ice streams end at a height from 2900 to 4000 meters.The eternal snow and glaciers cover about 4% of the territory of Kyrgyzstan, which is about 8000 square kilometers. It is significantly larger than the area of the glaciers of the Caucasus and the Alps together. The glaciers contain about 590 km ³ of ice that is equal to 590 billion of cubic meters of fresh water. They could form a nearly 3-meter layer of water on the plane which is equal to the area of the country (198.5 thousand square kilometers).The glaciers of the country are the unique reservoir of fresh water, the main reserve and the source of water in Central Asia and Kazakhstan. Their importance...

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Kumtor field. Highland oasis
Published: 21 september 2012

People lived near Kumtor field in lithic age.At an altitude of 3500 –3700 metersabove sea level the Kyrgyz scientists found stone tools, used more then 40 thousand years ago.At the same place some burial grounds were found. They were built by the Huns in 3-5 centuries AD. In one of them the archeologists dug out the skeleton of the soldier. The soldier was amazingly tall – about2 meters. According to his appearance this man lived actively: there were fractures on his legs and ribs.The most interesting were the excavations of medieval caravanserai. As the archeologists suppose, the caravanserai emerged in Kumtor valley approximately in the 10 – 11 centuries AD. At the same time one way of theGreat Silk Roadpassed on this place. The “hotel” for tired “dealer” was wide and had 16 rooms. The archeologists could open just three of them. They found bea...

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Issyk Kul lake
Published: 21 september 2012

Issyk-Kul is the nonfreezing mountain miracle lake of the tectonic origin, situated in a deep mountain hollow between the ridges of the Kyungey Ala-Too and the Teskey Ala-Too range at an altitude of 1609 meters above sea level. Lake Issyk-Kul refers to the lake, formed by a tectonic way, and as a result of orographic closed basins. The climate is distinctive, almost maritime. It is softer, warmer and damper than in other basins of the Tien Shan Mountains, located at the same height. The rare combination of the unique climate is in the valley: maritime, steppe and mountain, and zones of eternal glaciers.Issyk-Kul – one of the greatest and beautiful high mountain lakes of the world (170 km. high and 70 km. wide, the second biggest mountain lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America).“Issyk Kul” translated from the ancient Turkic languages means “holly, s...

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