The thing that draws people to Karakol is the natural beauty surrounding the city. On a clear day, one is surrounded by the stunning snow peaked Tian Shan mountains and can’t help but feel inspired. The beauty around Karakol is abundant and there are many options for treks in the area, ranging from challenging 2 week backpacking treks to easy and enjoyable day trips from the city. No matter your skill level, Karakol offers something for everyone. Our local staff is happy to give you tips and help you plan the best trek for you. Don’t worry if you don’t have appropriate camping gear, everything you need can be found here in Karakol. Here are some highlights that you can explore in the area:

  • Ala Kul Lake
  • Skazka “Fairy Tale” Canyon
  • Altyn Arashan Hot Springs
  • Jeti Oguz
  • Karakol Valley   
  • Issyk Kul Lake (beaches)

Why limit yourself to just hiking? Biking and horseback riding also offer great possibilities to see the region surrounding Karakol. If you’re interested in either of these options, we’re happy to help you make arrangements.

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