The Kök-Jaiyk Valley
Discover the picturesque Kok-Jaiyk valley located in the Jeti-Oguz Gorge, only 25 km away from the charming city of Karakol. This valley is one of the main Jailoo in the southern part of Issyk-Kul and a must-visit destination for nature lovers. During springtime, the valley is a colorful carpet of flowers and dandelions, creating an idyllic setting for a peaceful stroll. In summer, local nomads set up their traditional yurts in the valley and tend to their cattle, offering visitors a unique opportunity to experience the authentic Kyrgyz culture. Don't miss the chance to ride a horse to the Maiden Tears Waterfall and enjoy a refreshing glass of kumys (mare's milk) while listening to the fascinating stories of the locals. For adventurous hikers, the Kok-Jaiyk valley is also the starting point of one of the most popular hiking trails in Kyrgyzstan - Jeti-Oguz to Ala-Kul Lake. In winter, the valley transforms into a magical winter wonderland, covered entirely with snow and offering visitors a chance to experience the true beauty of Kyrgyzstan in the winter season. So whether you're a nature lover, a culture enthusiast, or an adventure seeker, the Kok-Jaiyk valley is the perfect destination for an unforgettable experience in Kyrgyzstan.