Not far away from the Fairy Tale Valley (Skazka Valley) you will find a special, but mysterious place. Driving past the various and decaying yurts made of concrete, you will come across a golden gate by the side of the road. The golden gate encloses a large complex of abandoned yurts and peeling murals next to Lake Issyk Kul: Aalam Ordo
The capital of Kyrgyzstan feels a bit like a provincial city, with wide boulevards and green parks. Two rivers flow, the Ala Archa and the Alamüdün. On one side you can see the mountains of Ala Archa rising, on the other side the vast steppe reaches into Kazakhstan.
There are many hidden gems on the south shore of Lake Issyk Kul. Not far away from the town of Tosor you will find the Skazka or Fairy Tale Canyon. Years and years of erosion have carved the mountain landscape here into a rocky valley with views over the snowcapped mountains on one side, and the mighty Issyk Kul lake on the other side.
Jeti Oguz is a village about 15 kilometers from Karakol. It is known for its special rock formations and vast valleys. The river Jeti Oguz flows from the highlands to the Issyk Kul lake. At the 'Seven Bulls' the river meanders past the seven red bulls' heads, a bright red rock formation that you can turn into bulls by using a little imagination.
Coal has been mined in the valley since 1932. The town of Jyrgalan was founded to provide the miners with a warm home, especially in the winter months. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the industry disappeared, leaving the miners without work. Difficult years for Jyrgalan, considering the fact that the village is cut off from the rest of the world. Many went to seek their fortune elsewhere and moved (back) to Karakol. Only the field full of snow were left behind.
Located on the eastern shores of Lake Issyk Kul, Karakol (Каракол) is surrounded by mountains so high that they almost seem to touch the sky. A city along the Silk Road, where the kumis flows freely and life is good. Further is the city a base of Ryce Travel: the place where it all started. With that said, you understand that this city has a special place in our hearts
Song Kul cannot be described in words. Vast green summer meadows between the mountains (the so-called jailoos), crystal clear waters, majestic snow-capped peaks and, spread over the landscape, a couple of yurts and some grazing horses. When the sun sets, it casts a golden glow all over its beauty. Then, you can imagine yourself in a paradise somewhere at the end of the world.