In the rugged and beautiful countryside, between the ridges of Kygyz and Talas Ala-Too, lies the beautiful and picturesque Suusamyr Valley. With the Kazakhstan border to the north and with all of the natural wonder of Kyrgyzstan to the south, the scenery here is unique and spectacular.
During Soviet times, the valley served as a grazing site for the locals' sheep and every year, great flocks were brought over the mountainous terrain to graze. Now, the use of the valley is much more diverse with various crops farmed but there is still rich, pasteurised land where sheep and horses still graze.
Exploration of the valley and surrounding area will suit travelers in search of fresh air and activity as well as history and culture. Hiking and horseback riding along the valley and nearby mountain trails are popular pursuits and in the foothills are lush and verdant meadows and plains - perfect for strolling and picnicking. The crystal-clear Song-Kul lake lies like a peaceful oasis with a dramatic background of rugged mountains and from east to west, all the towns of Northwestern Kyrgyzstan are dotted along the ridgeâ€™s gentle slopes, not least Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital.