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Skazka Fairy Tale canyon

Skazka Canyon
Alex Johnson for Nomad's Land

Issyk Kul regionKyrgyzstan • 1900 m

The canyon was named because of its bizarre rocky landscape, which for many years has been transformed by erosion into amazing sculptures and formations. Some formations look like The Great Wall of China and you can also find other formations that look like snakes, dragons, sleeping giants and even whole castles. From the canyon you can see a majestic panorama of Lake Issyk-Kul and snow caped mountains. It’s an excellent destination for children and adults because it’s an easy hike close to Lake Issyk-Kul.

Why Should You Go There?
On the way back to Bishkek it’s really worth a stop because of the view of Issyk Kul Lake and the view of the mountains.  Its only a short and easy trek with really great view!  I recommend it to everyone that goes on the south shore of Issyk Kul Lake. 

Address: 4 km from the village of Tosor
Working Hours: 9am-5pm
Cost: 50 SOM
Time Spent: 2-3 hours
Trek Fairy Tale Canyon
Highest Point: 1765m
Lowest Point: 1622m
Total Elevation Gain: 143m
Total Elevation Loss: 143m
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Total Hours Hiking: 3-4Avg
Total Amount of days: 0.5
Approximate Distance: 6km
Transportation: From Karakol to Fairy Tale Canyon (112km) 2 hours by transport
Private taxi cost 2100 SOM one-way per car.
Marshrutka to Balykchy or Bokonbaevo from the South Shore Bus Station and ask the driver to stop at Fairy Tale Canyon (cost 100 – 150 SOM)
*Beware that after 5pm it will be hard to find a marshrutka / taxi.

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