Kara-Kol Things to Do
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...more
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....more
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Kara-Kol Local Customs
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...more
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....more
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...more
Kara-Kol Warnings and Dangers
Beware of paralell Kara Kol places in VT
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..
Kara-Kol Sports & Outdoors
Skiing at the new Kara-Kol resort
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.Related to:
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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...more
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...more
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.