A Destination Filled with Hospitality and Adventure
Located in far eastern Kyrgyzstan is a small, idyllic valley just opening to tourism. Arrive in the summer, and the Jyrgalan Valley greets you with lush, verdant mountains lit by bright sunshine and cooled with fresh mountain air — the perfect place for trekking adventures. As the seasons change, the valley transforms into a rich winter landscape surrounded by high mountain peaks and deep, powdery snow — optimal conditions for freeride skiing. Throughout the year, no matter when you book a stay, residents invite you to immerse in Kyrgyz hospitality and cultural traditions preserved for generations.
Discover a Kyrgyz experience unlike any other.
Just a short distance off the path but miles from the crowds, Jyrgalan is Kyrgyzstan's fastest growing adventure travel destination. And for good reason, too. In the Jyrgalan Valley, which is located in the Lake Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan, you experience the best of all worlds — spectacular nature right on your doorstep and access to a tight-knit community eager to share its famous Kyrgyz hospitality.
Situated in the heart of the Tian Shan Mountains, Jyrgalan Valley serves as an ideal setting for adventure — trekking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and freeride skiing are the most popular activities and tours in the area. When locals considered the beauty they had long enjoyed, they knew this was the perfect location to build a community-run organization that would open their home to engagement and sustainable tourism.
When asking themselves what independent travelers would most enjoy in the Jyrgalan Valley, community members chose the most exciting, awe-inspiring, and beautiful spots around. With the support of USAID, the Jyrgalan Valley now has miles of newly-marked trails and treks just begging to be explored.
Some trails visit the region's picturesque turquoise alpine lakes, while other routes take in beautiful panoramas of the seven nearby mountain peaks. Each and every trek, trail, and pass allows a traveler to stand in the gorges and valleys when summer is in full bloom — a riot of colors from the wildflowers blanketing the mountainside — and know they're experiencing something special, something you just can't find anywhere else in the world.
When you visit the Jyrgalan Valley, you experience Kyrgyzstan at its best, at its freshest, at its most wholesome.