Kara-Kol Travel Guide

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    Kara Kol is hiding Osama Bin Laden
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    Russian Orthodox church at Kara-Kol
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    Yakity Yak in Karakol
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Kara-Kol Things to Do

  • Visit monument/museum

    Fairly often, busses leave from the in-town bus area (there's another one half a mile away where they sell tickets to Bishkek etc.) to the Przewalski museum and site where the famous naturalist and infamous Russian spy died. There's a small but enjoyable museum and a few monuments to visit. The entrance fee is very low, even for tourists, and I...

  • Jeti-Öghuz Canyon

    We came here on our way on a trip hiking up the mountain. This old soviet style sanatorium/hotel was situated in a beautifullocation!At the mouth of the Jeti-Öghüz Canyon is an extraordinary formation of red sandstone cliffs that has become a kind of tourism trademark for Lake Issyk-Kul. Jeti-Öghüz village is just off the main round-the-lake road....

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Kara-Kol Local Customs

  • Myths of the Dragon-Children Salyk

    Flying over in a helicopterover Issyk - Ata Pass 3964 m. to the next Pass.Over AlamedinThen Tor River to see the glaciers.The pass is 4023 m. high.We can see grazing mountain goats, and if we are lucky -the famous near extinct Snow Leopard. Arriving in the Salyk Valley walking down to the hot springs from the chalet visiting a natural mineral hot...

  • Revolution in Kyrgyzstan 2005

    What is dangerous in Kyrgyzstan are tactics that are bringing thousands of citizens onto the streets to protest clumsy attempts to stop opposition candidates. While the Akaev government had all but squandered its potential to be remembered as a progressive force for democracy and human rights, it might itself have dragged the society into chaos....

  • Ploff Ploff Ploff

    No its not Thomas the Tank Engine but awonderful dish originating from Central Asia. It is a rich, spicey dish, similar to Spanish rice.Maybe even cous cous in the way it is eaten. Usually bits of chicken or lamb are added for flavour,in our case it was lamb, lamb and lamb plus sometimes a dab of the ubiquitous Russian mayonnaise.“Hosts and guests...


Kara-Kol Warnings and Dangers

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    Beware of paralell Kara Kol places in VT

    by budapest8 Written Jun 19, 2010

    I noticed that not only is the town of Kara Kol growing,
    but also the fake or parallel Kara Kol's VT towns...
    There was just the 1 when I started my tips, now there are 4!!!

    Well only 2 are used so VT please delete the other 2..

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Kara-Kol Sports & Outdoors

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    Skiing at the new Kara-Kol resort

    by budapest8 Written May 10, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    As it was so long ago I was in Kara-Kol
    I thought it only fair to post a recent review
    I grabbed off the net. Being as I was the first
    Western 'Tourist' in the town in 1991.
    There was a small team of climbers
    the year before, but they didn't stay
    longer than a day on their way to climb
    the great Tien Shan peaks.
    Eugene (United Kingdom, 21 Nov, 2005):WROTE

    " I went to Karakol-Ski within few days of its reopening in December 2004.
    It is a relatively small resort if you compare it to something like Chamonix,
    but the staffs there are very friendly. It does have great scenery and most o
    f the runs go through wooded areas. There is a nice restaurant on-site
    offering traditional Russian and Kyrgyz cuisine together with some
    European meals, there is also high quality accommodation on-site
    including 2 chalet lodges. From what I've heard they have added 3 new
    lifts so I am planning on going there again in January of 2006, because
    when I went they only had 2. They have a website(in Russian) up at
    www.karakol-ski.com I've emailed them asking for an English one to
    be put up, they said they were working on it and will do so soon.
    Getting around Kyrgyztan is not easy however cause hardly anyone
    there knows English, but these guys offer transportation from the Airport
    to the resort if required. If you want to try something new that this resort is
    definitely worth looking into."

    Your usuall ski equipment.

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    • Eco-Tourism

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Kara-Kol Favorites

  • Kara Kol some background

    Karakol is the largest city in Yssyk-Kol Oblast, set among stunning Central Tien Shan looming above on three sides. It is a quiet and calm, provincial site located near the eastern extremity of Yssyk-Kol Lake and at the foot of those high majestic mountains – Pobeda Peak (7,439m) and Khan Tengri (6,995m). Founded by Russian settlers in the 19th...

  • Visa Info

    Kyrgyz embassies now issue visas without letters of support. All foreigners staying in the country for more than three days are expected to register with the Office of Visas & Regulations (OVIR), preferably in Bishkek. A stamp from Bishkek is good for the whole country and normally lasts a month.I was on a 3 month Soviet Russian visa andit ran out...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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