Best bird watching trails in Ysyk-Köl, Kyrgyzstan

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Ysyk-Köl with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Ysyk-Köl, Kyrgyzstan
Top trails (10)
#1 - Ala-Köl Lake
Ak-Suu, Ysyk-Köl, Kyrgyzstan
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Length: 24.0 mi • Est. Multi-day
#2 - Ak-Suu Traverse Trek
Karakol, Ysyk-Köl, Kyrgyzstan
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Length: 58.0 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Ak-Suu trek is much better hiked east to west than the reverse. When you approach from the east you cross a series of passes, glaciers, and lakes, that are seem to be almost intentionally ordered so that you start off stunned by the beauty of the Boz-Uchuk lakes, but are then incrementally more awed by the view from the first pass with the yawning valley below, and after that surprised repeatedly that each pass and valley is measurably grander than the one before it. You're genuinely surprised with each pass you crest until you get here. After dragging yourself up the last 200m of loose scree, breathless in the thin 3900m air, you lurch over this pass and are assaulted by the spectacle of this massive emerald lake cradled beneath a raw spine of peaks, and fed by a colossal glacier that seems to be lazily oozing down the mountain into the comfort of its pristine azure bath. Show more
#3 - Tien Shan (Dzergalan to Ad Dzajlu)
Ak-Suu, Ysyk-Köl, Kyrgyzstan
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Length: 76.0 mi • Est. Multi-day
#4 - Jeti-Ögüz to Teleti Valley
Jeti-Oguz, Ysyk-Köl, Kyrgyzstan
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Length: 10.0 mi • Est. 6 h 4 m
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#5 - Ala-kol Pass
Ak-Suu, Ysyk-Köl, Kyrgyzstan
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Length: 20.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
This tack guides you from Altyn Arashan via Ala Kol Pass (ca. 3900m) and Ala Kul lake and to Karakol Valley. We did it in two days and camped at the lake. But you can also do it in three or even four days. In summer there are several camps where you can get food and shelter. The Ala Kul pass is technically easy. In summer you don't need crampons or anything like that. Nevertheless, as the area south east of Issyk Kul is quite wet, you can have snow also in summer. July and August are usually the best months to do the track. As it is one of the most popular tracks in Kyrgyzstan there will be many other hikers. Show more
#6 - Teleti Valley to Karakol Valley (Day 2/5 Jeti-Ögüz to Altyn-Arashan/Ak-Suu)
Jeti-Oguz, Ysyk-Köl, Kyrgyzstan
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 6 h 27 m
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#7 - Ala-Kul Waterfall to Altyn-Arashan (Day 4/5 Jeti-Ögüz to Altyn-Arashan/Ak-Suu)
Ak-Suu, Ysyk-Köl, Kyrgyzstan
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 5 h 8 m
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#8 - Karakol Valley to Ala-Kul Waterfall (Day 3/5 Jeti-Ögüz to Altyn-Arashan/Ak-Suu)
Ak-Suu, Ysyk-Köl, Kyrgyzstan
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 4 h 27 m
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#9 - Ak-Suu to Altyn-Arashan (Day 5/5 Jeti-Ögüz to Altyn-Arashan/Ak-Suu)
Ak-Suu, Ysyk-Köl, Kyrgyzstan
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 20 m
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#10 - Barskoon Waterfalls
Tamga, Ysyk-Köl, Kyrgyzstan
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m