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Altyn Arashan hot water springs KG

One of the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan is the Altyn Arashan Gorge (Kyrgyz "source of gold".) Its scenic beauty, a gem of the mountain - Ala Kul and its hot springs, known for their beneficial properties, have Long captured the hearts of people who come here.The mountainous valley of the Arashan River is located 10 kilometers east of the city of Karakol.

The hot springs are located at an attitude of 2600 meters above sea level. They are known for their healing properties: radon and hydrogen sulfide. In the first source, a high concentration of radon in water has beneficial effects on the human body: accelerating the process of healing and resorption, in the nerve fibers of muscle and bone tissue, improves heart function. And hydrogen sulfide baths cure a variety of skin diseases, cardiovascular disorders, for the restoration and normalization of the nervous system, musculoskeletal system.

Salty lake KG

The salty lake is known as a “Dead Lake of Kyrgyzstan”. The lake was opened as a tourist destination in 2001. The water is so salty that one can read a newspaper while floating on the surface. The water contains about 132 gram of salt per liter. This lake is also popular as a “medical tour”.  Mud is superheated deep beneath the earth’s surface. Many locals believe that it has healing properties. 
Address: Gagarina/Lenina                               
Working Hours:  8am-5pm
Salty Lake
Highest Point: 1600m
Lowest Point: 1450m
Total Elevation Gain: 150m
Total Elevation Loss: 150m
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Total Hours Hiking: ~2Avg
Total Amount of days: 1
Approximate Distance: ~1,5km
Transportation: From Karakol to Salty Lake (134km) 

Scythians kurgans of San Tash KG

The San-Tash burial mound, which means "counting stones" or "reading stones" in the Turkish language, is located on the bank of the Tiup River, near the eastern border post with Kazakhstan A363, at an altitude of 1996 metres alt . Most of the Scythian tombs in the vicinity are dated to the 6th to 1st centuries BC. But the stone heap remains an enigma as it is linked to a legend of Tamerlane which was used to count the number of dead soldiers during battles.

The grave is very similar to the Pazyrsky burial mound in the Altai which was a Saka (Scythian) prince and typical of most Sakas kurgans found from the Ukraine to southern Siberia. There are more than 250 tombs in this area, and many more have disappeared into the grasslands. These kurgans are dated as early as the 6th to the 1st century BC.

The ruins of an ancient caravanserai, probably built between the X-XII of our era, a square enclosure of 48 meters long, with a tower in its centre, and a dwelling inside of 35 meters by 8 meters, were also found. It was not only used for caravanserais but also as a defence post.

Museum of musical instruments Gurminj TJ

The Gurminj's museum of Musical Instruments situated in the center of Dushanbe is open since 1990 on the basis of a private collection Gurminj Zavkibekov (1929-2003) gifted folk artist. The special value of the collection is the most beautiful Kashgar Setar, who encrusted with ivory. The oldest setar is about 300 years old. Also in the other rooms are located in other departments devoted to clothing, household goods and household items, which are more than 400-500 years old. Today the museum is managed by Pamiri musicians who are ready to play some songs of Pamir. The museum is located at Bokhtar street 23, in Dushanbe.

Ulugbek Observatory Museum UZ

The observatory of Samarkand was built in the 1420s by the Timurid astronomer Ulugh Beg, it is considered by scholars to have been one of the finest observatories in the Islamic world. 
The remains of the observatory were found and studied by archaeologist V.L. Vyatkin in 1908. A study of one of the 17th century documents yielded a precise description of the location of the observatory.
Here in 1437, the "Gurgan Zij" was compiled - a catalog of the starry sky, in which 1018 stars were described. The duration of the sidereal year was also determined there: 365 days, 6 hours, 10 minutes, 8 seconds (with an error of + 58 seconds).

Almaty KZ

Almaty - one of the major cities of Kazakhstan, located in the southeast of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in the foothills of Zailiyskiy Alatau; the city's population is about 1.5 million inhabitants.Although Almaty is not anymore capital of the republic, the city is still the financial, economic and cultural center of Central Asia.

Picturesque mountains are the hallmark of Almaty. You can enjoy views of the cable car climbing to the highest point of the city of Kok-Tobe ("Blue Mountain"), located at an altitude of 1,130 meters above sea level. From this summit offers a magnificent view of the mountains and the city. It is especially beautiful at night when the city is illuminated with colored lights.

Two big rivers - the Big and Small Almaty flow down from the mountains and provide the city with fresh water reservoirs and fountains fill the coolness and freshness.

The Kyrgyz State Historical Museum KG

On the main square of Ala-Too it is necessary to visit the Kyrgyz national history museum – one of the main attractions of Bishkek and one of the largest museums in Central Asia. The first exhibitions were held in 1940-50. Many collections of the Museum are considered the heritage of all mankind and are included in the lists of especially valuable cultural heritage – the collection funds contain more than 80,000 objects. The museum's collection will show you the whole path of the Kyrgyz nation, from its birth to today. It is of great value and global importance.

Ala-Archa national park KG

The state natural Ala-Archa park — Kyrgyzstan of 2280 hectares, located in 41 km from Bishkek on a northern slope of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too at the height of 1600-4860 m. Begins with the high center of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too and stretches to the North to the Ala-Archinsky gorge

Landscapes of foothill steppes and the mountain woods where more than 600 species of the higher plants, including 70 species of trees and bushes, about 50 species of herbs grow, there are a lot of melliferous herbs and tannic plants.

The Siberian roe, capricorn, boar, roe, fox, wolf, hare, badger, ermine, porcupine, marten live архар; from birds are usual a stone partridge, keklik, ular.From Red Book animals meet a lynx Turkestan, a golden eagle, a humai, baloban; from rare species — a snow leopard and a signature stamp.

Serves as object of active tourism, since 1951 for what in the park ways and tracks are paved, the glacier and the falls of Joint stock company Sai of the same name is most often visited by tourists. The gorge enjoys wide popularity, in it about 150 routes are laid. There are walls up to 1100 m high and year-round climbing bases.

The entrance fee works. At the weekend the park is visited on average by one and a half thousand people. About twenty tons of solid waste are weekly taken out. 

In the park the small museum of the nature is located. 

The are interesting climbing spots.

Uzongukush KG

The Uzongukush rivers have their sources in the Kokshaal-Too and Borkoldoi ranges and flow towards China.

This region is located on the borders of the Issyk Kul Oblast, the Naryn Oblast and the border with China. The climate is mild, although the average altitude is about 2800 metres. It can be reached from the Ak-Say valley in the west, or from the north from Ak-Shirak and Karasay. It is also a peaceful place where it is possible to observe wildlife. 

There is about 1 inhabitant per square kilometre. You will only meet a few shepherd families and border guards. The area is subject to special regulations. You must obtain a border zone permit before going there (contact us to order a border zone permit in advance).

Sary-Mogol village KG

The small village of Sary Mogol is located opposite the famous Lenin peak, on the right bank of the Kyzyl-Suu river which forms the majestic valley of Alay, 180 km long. The glaciers of the Zaalayskiy ridge here form the sources of the great Amu-Darya river, which supplies water to most of the territories of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. By Stalin's clumsiness, the Kyrgyz people of Sary Mogol were cut in two by the Tajik border. Before the arrival of the Tsar, the Kyrgyz people occupied and still occupy the upper Tajik Pamirs. The Kyrgyz people from Murgab then came to graze their herds in Sary Mogol during the summer.

The CBT Sary Mogol association organizes tourist services in the valley, and accommodation for tourists in their homes or in yurts (only in summer).

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