Chon Ak-Suu Gorge
Chon Ak-Suu Gorge (also called the Grigoriev Gorge) is located on the northern shore of the lake Issyk-Kul, on the slopes of Kungei Ala-Too, covered with lush green grass and pine forests, 60 kilometers from the city of Cholpon-Ata. The gorge is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Issyk-Kul. Three beautiful moraine lakes are among the main attractions of the gorge.
Barskoon Gorge is located on the southern shore of the Issyk-Kul Lake, above the Barskoon village, 90 km from Karakol city. A river with the same name runs through it. The length of the gorge is about 10 km. It is famous for its beautiful waterfalls with unique names, such as “Tears of the Leopard”, “White Beard”, “Splashes of Champagne”, and “The Bowl of Manas”. The first astronaut Yuri Gagarin visited this place in 1965, and enjoyed its beautiful landscape. Two monuments installed in his memory later. The road that leads to the well-known Kumtor gold mine passes through the gorge. This road was once one of the branches of the Great Silk Road, which passed through the Barskhoon city, a thriving medieval city in the 8th -13th centuries on the site of today’s Barskoon village.
Altyn-Arashan Thermal Resort
Thermal resort is in the picturesque Altyn-Arashan gorge, 2600 meters above sea level, with spruce forest and green meadows on the banks of the Arashan River. It was built based on hot springs with high mineral content and radioactivity. The springs contain radon and used in the treatment of diseases on nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, and the musculoskeletal systems.
Issyk-Kul is the largest lake in Kyrgyzstan, surrounded on two sides by the Terskey Ala-Too and Kungey Ala-Too ranges. It is widely believed that the name Issyk Kul in Kyrgyz means “hot lake” because the water in the lake never freezes. The name of the lake also bears religious significance. The adjective 'isyk' is phonetically modified form of the ancient Turkic word 'ydyk' that means “sacred”. This unique lake considered sacred in history. Located at an altitude of 1609 meters, the lake covers an area of 6236 sq.km and has an average depth of 300 meters (at the deepest point reaches 668 m). It is one of the largest and deepest alpine lakes in the world. The coast is famous for its exceptional landscape and particular maritime climate. It is also the largest health resort zone in Central Asia, with numerous health resorts, hotels, and private guesthouses, making it a top destination.
Jety-Oguz gorge (Seven bulls)
The picturesque Jety-Oguz gorge is located 28 km to the south-west of the town Karakol. Its name translated from the Kyrgyz language means "seven bulls". The name is symbolic, because there is a 35 km long wall of seven huge red-brown cliffs resembling ranked furious bulls standing together. Especially romantic look has the rock "broken heart" located at the entrance to the gorge. Jeti-Oguz is also famous for its hot springs with water enriched with radon and hydrogen sulfide. In the place they hit out of the ground, at the altitude of 2200 m, there built health and fitness resort. The famous waterfall Maiden Tears is located in the valley of Seven Bulls, Jeti-Oguz, at the altitude of about 2500 m. The height of the waterfall is about 40 m. This waterfall is not like the others. Water in the form of many streams falls down the steep rocky rapids and breaks into the millions of drops. It really looks like tears rolling down the cheeks of a beautiful maiden.
The lake Ala-Kol is located among the rocky ridges of the Terskey- Ala-Too range, at an altitude of 3532 meters. It occupies an area of less than 1.5 sq. km, but its depth can reach over 70 m. This "motley lake" changes its tint depending on the weather.