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Known as one of Kyrgystan's most beautiful locales, the Chon-Kemin valley is popular with those who enjoy extreme sports. Its eponymous river flows across the Kungei-Ala-Too and Iliysky Ala-Too mountain ranges, stretching over 70 miles, with seven lakes in its basin. Here also lies a specially-protected region, Chon-Kemin National Park, a lush natural area brimming with diverse flora and fauna. Forming the sides of the valley are conifer forests, which are home to many varieties of herbs, berries, and mushrooms.
The Chon-Kemin valley is a popular spot amongst those who truly appreciate natural beauty, as it remains - many say - in its virgin state. Visitors can enjoy a range of outdoor activities here, from hiking, to fishing, and horseback riding. Guesthouses are simple but comfortable, something that adds to the area's back-to-basics charm.
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A hike through Chon-Kemin’s national park, rising as high as 9,000 feet in elevation, takes hikers through an area of incredible natural beauty. Hikers will have the opportunity to spot some of the park’s rare inhabitants, including Snow Leopards, Marals, and even the Golden Eagle.
The Chon-Kemin river is a popular fishing destination, dominated by the Amudarya trout. Fishing here takes extra skill, due to the river’s rocky bottom and the thorny bushes that line the riverside, but that’s all part of the fun.
There is an old saying in Kyrgyzstan that horses are a man’s wings. As such, horseback riding is a popular activity amongst both locals and visitors alike, particularly in the picturesque surroundings of the Chon-Kemin valley.
Ancient Burial Mounds
Throughout the valley, there are several ancient barrows - or burial mounds. Near the village of Shabdan, the mounds date back to the 4th century BC, while those near the mouth of the valley date back to between the 6th and 11th centuries AD.
The Chon-Kemin valley is a popular camping destination. Guests may choose from setting up their own tent and sleeping under the star-blanketed sky, or bedding down in a traditional Yurt tent.
Rafting down the Chon-Kemin is a great activity for adventure-seekers. With its challenging 4 - 5 class rapids through the gorges, the river guarantees an adrenaline-fuelled ride. It also boasts picturesque surroundings, with green mountains and snowcapped peaks encasing the deep blue waters.
Take in northern Kyrgyzstan in this classic tour: From the capital city of Bishkek to the mountain lake of Issyk-Kul and the Chon-Kemin Valley, you will see the best this stunning country has to offer, while maintaining your ideal levels of comfort.Take in northern Kyrgyzstan on this comfortable, once-in-a-lifetime tour: From the capital city of Bishkek to the mountain lake of Issyk-Kul and the Chon-Kemin Valley, you will spend a week seeing the best this stunning country has to offer.
Northern Kyrgyzstan is full of extremes: from the rugged mountains to the peaceful lakes, the hot spring pools to the wild beaches, there is something for everyone in this beautiful, untouched part of the world. This week-long itinerary will take you through the culture and natural beauty this unique place has to offer.
With its rushing streams, freshwater lakes, and impressive mountains, Kyrgyzstan is a Central Asian jewel. On this nine-day trip, you will journey from the bright lights and bustle of Bishkek to the peaceful mountain air in Chunkurchak, the small village of Kyzyl-Oi, the expansive Song-Kul Lake, and Chon-Kemin National Park.
Experience village life in comfort at Ashu Hotel, a charming guesthouse in the Chon-Kemin region of Kyrgyzstan. This unique hotel oozes tradition and tranquility: from the colorful decor and the outdoor eating area and garden to the majestic display of mountains in the distance, guests find themselves completely immersed in Kyrgyz culture while enjoying first-class service. Choose between a single or double room in any of the mountainside cottages and enjoy extra amenities including the on-site conference hall, traditional cuisine and day trips to the spectacular Chon-Kemin gorge.