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
Freeriding for advanced skiers. If you want to fully experience the atmosphere of freeriding, then Ak Bulak Skiing Area is at the right place for you! Steep descents, an abundance of snow, pine forests, narrow passages and wide snowfields. Ak Bulak has it all. And then we haven't even mentioned the many couloirs and drops - too many to take them all.
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.