Karakol is a city in Kyrgyzstan to the east of Lake Issyk-Kul. Karakol is a true gem in the rough, just awaiting a master jeweler to polish it up. It holds great potential as a future tourism destination, offering year-round trekking, mountaineering, skiing, and spaing opportunities, set in a picture-perfect setting of traditional Russian homes.
Karakol was founded in 1869 as a Russian Military outpost and throughout the 19th century it became a hub for explorers and pioneers. Karakol was used as a staging area for expeditions into the hazardous mountains separating Kyrgyzstan and China. Karakol’s frontier town past can still be felt as you walk around the city. With the Tian Shan mountains to the east and the south and Issyk-Kul lake to the west Karakol is an outdoor paradise.