The South of Kyrgyzstan is a marvelous region,
it is beautiful, unique, and absolutely different from the other
regions of our country. Warm climate, wonderful nature, snow-white
mountain's peaks, bright colors of the Eastern market, history
accounting more that tree thousand years, wonderful hospitable people,
this is by no means full list characterizing the South of Kyrgystan.
Alaysk ridge always attracts attention of the scientists and tourists.
Each step is hiding opening of something new and unique. One of such
mysterious places is the village Kojokelen (2200 м over the sea level),
which is situated 95 km away to the south-west from the city of Osh.
Kojokelen is a miraculous land. Attentive look by almost each step can
see much interesting, unique and original. Even travelers with a great
experience get surprised with the beauty of this hidden little village
on the south of Kyrgystan.
Taking a walk in the summer one can try during a day all delights of
all seasons of the year: caressing spring at the foothills, hot summer
in the valleys, chilly of the fall in the subalpine meadows, winter
invigorative cold at the glaciers.
This place is considered to be one of the beautiful places all over the
Republic. Severity of the mountain scenery... Involuntary you transport
yourself to the remote past of our planet. Bright red cliffs of
sandstone, shady dense coniferous forests, green lawns with the circles
of bushes, pure water jumping from one stone to another. Local
salubrious sources attract local tourists. Nature calm is beautiful.
Infused on the flowers odor silences is now and then broken by the
birds piping and tender bees buzzing. Forest cover of Kojokelen is
diverse. It is attracting man by its mystery, low-key beauty, and
silence, this very silence that sets a man to a specific, romantic way.
Fantastic forms of the juniper is a true nature mystery.
Fauna of Kojokelen is also remarkable for its diversity. In this land
there are animals included in the Red Book of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Mountain wild sheep, badgers, golden eagles, hawk eagles, wild boars,
marmots, and yaks: all of them freely inhabit tremendous pastures and
thick forest of the region. However, despite such plenty of animals and
fowls local inhabitants, as a rule, do not go in for hunting.
Striking beauty of the Kojokelen land provides favorable possibilities
for the adventure tourism development, and since the greater part of
Kojokelen is occupied by the mountains, they are the most attractive
resource for the foreign tourists. Adventure tourism is in a great
favor at the world tourism market, and for the "extreme" fans here
there is everything they can dream about, namely: the highest peaks,
glaciers, caves, lakes, and wild rivers, - all these allow gathering in
one place fans of Alpinism, and speleology, and mountain-skiers'
tourism, and rafting, and tracking. Prospect of the ecological tourism
development in Kyrgystan is not less interesting, since it enjoys more
and more popularity among tourists, and not only foreign ones. With
every coming year a number of tourists who prefer to spend their
vacations on the mountain jailoo, enjoy pure mountain air of alpine
meadows and restore their health by the ages tried remedy of ancestry,
that is fragrant and sour beverage -kumis (fermented mare's milk). It
should be noted that Kyrgystan has already had some experience of
ecotourism development. In many ayils (villages) there are guests'
houses, where foreign and local tourists are provided with a wide range
of tourist services. Not less important factor is that it partially
settles unemployment problem in the village since local inhabitants are
being involved into the sphere of service. Thus, in Kojokelen area a
tour group "Kojokel-Ata" is functioning, consisting of some local
inhabitants, who can offer to the tourist's attention many different
tours, both horsed and hiking, as well as interesting
programs that allow familiarizing with every day life,
culture and traditions of the local residents including folklore. If
you wish to plunge into the world of fairy tails and legends than you
are strongly recommended visiting Talas region in the north of
Kyrgystan. Since in the blessed Talas valley the most popular hero of
the most famous epic poem "Manas" was born; this poem has become a
world folklore masterpiece. And this is the very place where in the
ancient times nomads' tribes were settled first. Each corner of this
land is for sure connected with some legend or story.
Till nowadays images of the long ago
disappeared warriors come to us in the form of the stone idols, so
called "balbals" cut from the stone by the ancient artists. According
to the ancient story one of such balbals" is standing on the burial
place of Aykol, one of the numerous wives of Chingizkhan got by him
after making an ordinary raid. Ancient story also says that at the
order of the "Universe Shaker", how Chingizkhan is also called, roads
were built, which have been preserved till today. Moreover, the land of
Talas has given to the world not only ancient heroes, but also
contemporary ones. Talas people are proud of their countryman, famous
all over the world writer Chingiz Aytmatov, who was born in the village
of Sheker, inhabitants of which he described in his works, and who
became known later on throughout the world. Fans of the great writer
creative activity can visit places described in the writer's books and
even get acquainted with the people served as prototypes for his
stories and novels' heroes. The tour all over the small Motherland of
the prominent writer is offered by the tourist group "Chingiz
Aytmatov's Motherland" from the village Sheker of the Kara-Buurinsk
region. Visiting of Karakol land rich in balbals", and also in the
ancient petroglyphs, called "Saymaluu-Tash", and a great many other
interesting tours are offered by the tourist group "Bakay-Tash Travel"
from the village Kopuro-Bazar of the Talas region. Not less interesting
tours can be also offered by the tourist groups "Kumushtor Travel" and
"Following Camels' Mirage Steps" from Karabuurin and Manas regions as
well as a number of the other tourist groups set up in Talas region for
the ecotourism development at the initiative of the Social Fund
"RDC-Elet", within the frame of the project "Development of the
Mountain Villages" under support of the Great Britain Department for
Foreign International Development (DFID). The Social Fund is engaged
with development of the rural communities and helps inhabitants of the
mountain areas to improve their well-being by means of the profitable
The staff of these tourist groups includes local inhabitants who have
undergone special training in tourist meeting and their complex
servicing, organized by the Fund "RDC-Elet", which also helped guests'
houses to pass accreditation and get membership in the Organization of
CBT (Community Based Tourism). One of the result of the Fund's activity
on ecotourism development in the Talas region was the establishment of
the Social Union for the Tour Service Providers of the Talas region
"Elet-Travel". All these measures have been undertaken by the Fund to
provide high quality services to the tourists.
Detailed and updated information available at http://www.rdcelet.kg
"RDC-Elet" in Bishkek:
#286, Abdymomunov Str.,
Tel.:+996-312-610071, 611521, 611522
"RDC-Elet" in Osh: #5,302, Lenin Str., 714003 Tel.:+996-3222-74671
"RDC-Elet" in Talas: #208, Frunze Str., Tel.:+996-3422-52836