Mountain climbing and trekkingClimbing and trekking up to 4000 m a.s.l., which is the altitude where the glaciers start. The southwest of Kyrgyzstan provides excellent opportunities for mountain climbing and trekking where it reaches the Pamir Alai.

Here remote valleys and soaring granite walls first attracted large numbers of Soviet climbers in the 1980s.

This type of mountain tourism also is possible in the accessible peaks near Bishkek, wooded valleys of southern Issyk Kul, as well as glaciers of the northern Tien Shan.

If properly managed the mountains of Kyrgyzstan have the potential to be one of the world’s premier destination points for mountain adventure seekers.


Ak Sai (Ala Archa National Park)

Description To the south of Bishkek lies the Kyrgyz Ala Too. (Too, or Tau, means range I Kyrgyz.) with the highest summit Simyonov Tien Shan (4875m). There are several good…

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Enylchek Glacier/Peaks Khan Tengri and Pobeda

Description The Enylchek (sometimes Inycheck) glacier is one of the world’s largest glaciers with its south fork extending 62km. The north fork lies in Kazakhstan leads to the base camps…

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Kokshall Too range

Description The Kokshall Too “Forbidden Range”, is located on Kyrgyzstan’s Chinese border. It was a closed military region until the late 1990s when the first western expeditions visited the region….

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Peak Achiktash 7134m (formerly Lenin)

Description Along the shared borders of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and China lie the Pamir-Alai mountain range. While this area does not offer much in the way of technical routes, it does…

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Description In the tangled borders of southern Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan lies a field of soaring granite towers in the Karavshin Valley. The Soviet climber Vitaly Abalakov visited the area in…

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