Skazka canyon


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Moving along the south coast of Issyk-Kul lake from Karakol town, before you reach the small village named Kadji-Sai, you enter the most beautiful mountain landscapes. Turning after Tosor village towards the Terskey Ala-Too mountains, after roughly 4 km you will notice how the mountains part, and almost immediately, as if by the wave of a magic wand, you find yourself in this valley of fairy tales.

The canyon was so-named because of its unique rocky landscape, which has been transformed over many years by erosion into amazing sculptures and formations. Some formations look like The Great Wall of China, and you can find others that resemble snakes, dragons, sleeping giants and even entire castles. From the canyon you can see a majestic panorama of Lake Issyk-Kul and snow-capped mountains. It’s an excellent destination for children and adults  alike because it’s an easy hike close to Lake Issyk-Kul.

Address: 4 km from the village of Tosor
Working Hours: 9am-5pm
Entrance fee: 50 SOM
Time Spent: 2-3 hours

Entrance cost:  50 KGS/ per person
*Marshrutka stop is 20 mins walk away from the Duet hostel (1.9 km)
*The Fairy-Tale canyon is 112 km away from the Duet hostel
Please take one of our direction cards for Fairy-Tale canyon for detailed info at the Reception.

Transport: take marshrutka (minibus) that goes to Bokonbaeva №315 (“БОКОНБАЕВА” RUS) OR Balykchy №310 (“БАЛЫКЧЫ” RUS) at the South shore Bus Station (Toktogul St./Torgoev St.). Ask the driver to stop at Skazka canyon. From there you will walk about 4 km to get to the canyon. On the way back to Karakol you can take a marshrutka from the other side of the road which will say Karakol (“КАРАКОЛ” RUS). Be aware that after 5pm it will be hard to find marshrutka / taxi.

Marshrutka transport cost: marshrutka №315 – 120 KGS, marshrutka №310 – 200 KGS

Taxi – 2500 KGS one way / return and 100 KGS for each waiting hour if you wish to come back with the same taxi

Fairy Tale canyon (ENG) – СКАЗКА КАНЬОН (RUS)
Bokonbaeva (ENG) – БОКОНБАЕВА (RUS)