Top 10 Things to do in Karakol, Issyk Kul Province

Karakol (Kyrgyz: Каракол, Qaraqol/Karakol, قاراقول, Kyrgyz pronunciation: [qɑrɑqoɫ]), formerly Przhevalsk, is the fourth largest city in Kyrgyzstan, near the eastern tip of Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan, about 150 kilometres (93 mi) from the Kyrgyzstan-China border and 380 kilometres (240 mi) from the capital Bishkek. It is the administrative capital of Issyk-Kul Region. Its area is 44 square kilometres (17 sq mi), and its resident population was 66,294 in 2009 (both including Pristan'-Przheval'sk). To the north, on highway A363, is Tyup and to the southwest Jeti-Ögüz resort.

1. Issyk-Kul Lake

Tian Shan Mountains, Karakol 722360, Kyrgyzstan Nature & Parks, Bodies of Water
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4.5 based on 503 reviews

Issyk-Kul Lake

Reviewed By Lovelylilac - United StatesUnited States

A must visit, along with Fairy Tale Canyons

If you visit this lake, you must also stop by the Fairy Tale Canyons, which might not be huge, but offer a lovely sight to behold with different colors and views of the lake.

2. Altyn Arashan

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan Nature & Parks, Hot Springs & Geysers
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5 based on 173 reviews

Altyn Arashan

Reviewed By KLondonK - LondonLondon

Beautiful valley

Altyn Arashan is stunning. Really stunning. If you're in any doubt - go! It reminded me of Austria, only with yurts and children herding horses.I don't think there's any point in getting the vehicles up and down, unless you have a mobility issue. The 'roa

3. Ala Kul Lake

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan Nature & Parks, Bodies of Water
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5 based on 70 reviews

Ala Kul Lake

Reviewed By Andrew M

Great hike, picturesque lake

My son and I booked this tour with Visit Karakol and were not disappointed. My son is 15, and I knew it would be challenging, so we chose what we thought was the easiest option, Karakol Valley to Altyn Arashan valley. We took a 4WD from Karakol to the woo

4. Karakol Ski Base

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Ski & Snowboard Areas
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4.5 based on 130 reviews

Karakol Ski Base

Reviewed By johnbJ1559HV - Geraldton, AustraliaGeraldton, Australia

Kyrgyzstans Best Kept Secret

Second trip to this ski resort This resort has the most amazing views and great variety of runs with varying degree of difficulty. Day pass for Skiing is approx. $20.00 USD so great value.Some staff speak English so I didn't feel to uncomfortable with my

5. Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal

Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal, Karakol 722360, Kyrgyzstan Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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4 based on 186 reviews

Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal

Reviewed By Firoz U

Beautiful Scenic Cathedral

A personal highlight of Karakol for me, the cathedral top can be seen from afar and is much more impressive up close. Set amongst greenery, the area is very peaceful and relaxing. No pictures are allowed inside but you can take some impressive pictures of

6. Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum

Ak-Su, Karakol 722360, Kyrgyzstan Museums, Specialty Museums
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4 based on 124 reviews

Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum

Reviewed By JGDynamo - CanadaCanada

Przhevalsky

We visited the Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum in Karakol last summer while in the city and it is a great museum dedicated to the life and explorations of the Russian explorer. His writings, books, musings, maps, and all of his discoveries of the flora and fau

7. Jyrgalan Valley Trekking/Freeride Skiing

Asanbaev st., 3, Karakol 722360, Kyrgyzstan Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Waterfalls, Valleys, Hiking Trails, Mountains More
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5 based on 23 reviews

Jyrgalan Valley Trekking/Freeride Skiing

Jyrgalan valley is located 60 km east to Karakol, Ysyk Kol Province, Kyrgyzstan. Stunning nature, waterfalls, mountains. Summer tourism: Hiking, trekking, base yurt camps, horseback riding, kymyz (mares milk) treatment Winter tourism: freeride skiing, snowshoe tours, snowcat and snowmobile tours, avalanche safety equipment.

Reviewed By Emilia S

Jyrgalan Valley is new destination for trekking and horse riding

Jyrgalan is wonderful surrounded by mountains valley, where you can enjoy with nature of this beautiful place Jyrgalan valley. I was trying here horse back riding, trekking, kymyz treatment and several training's. Starting from end of May it is kymyz trea

8. Karakol Cattle Market

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan Food & Drink, Shopping, Farmers Markets
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4 based on 42 reviews

Karakol Cattle Market

Reviewed By paulettea_13 - Glass House Mountains, AustraliaGlass House Mountains, Australia

The Sunday Animal Market is a Must See Thing to do in Karakol

Our tour was planned to visit the Sunday animal market and we are so glad to visit it. It is absolutely crowded with locals selling horses, sheep, cattle and goats. Each has its own section and the market is teeming with both animals and people both buyin

9. Dungan Mosque

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4 based on 163 reviews

Dungan Mosque

Reviewed By phillkentuk - Kent UKKent UK

unusual

this is very different to most mosques you see, very much in the style of the Chinese makers. well worth a look if you are in the area.you can't go inside

10. Monument N.M. Przhevalsky

Dzerzhinsky Street, Karakol 722360, Kyrgyzstan Sights & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4.5 based on 85 reviews

Monument N.M. Przhevalsky

Reviewed By CCC_wanderlust - Oxon Hill, MarylandOxon Hill, Maryland

Stalin resemblance

I visited this memorial to Nikolai Przhevalsky with an organized tour, so I learned a lot more about this explorer and his contributions to the history of Kyrgyzstan. I commented on how the medallion, on the monument's stone block, resembled Josef Stalin,

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