Mountain Biking Around Jyrgalan
Explore the mountains by bike.
With 65 percent of the country occupied by mountain ranges, it makes sense that Kyrgyzstan is home to some of the best mountain biking in Central Asia. The Tian Shan and Pamir ranges both offer mountain cyclists hundreds of miles of trail and off-trail paths to lakes, valleys, and historical sites. For travelers looking for unique adventures a bit off the beaten path, the Jyrgalan Valley has a fast-growing adventure tourism scene. Trekking and horseback riding are the two most popular activities in the area, and mountain biking is quickly emerging as another favorite activity in the Lake Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan.
Mountain biking in the Jyrgalan Valley is suited for everyone, from casual cyclists hoping to explore local sights on two wheels, to beginner mountain bikers, to those who are well-experienced in off-trail riding on rough, rugged terrain.
Thanks to a USAID BGI tourism project in 2017, two guesthouses in Jyrgalan village now offer high-quality mountain bikes and gear for rent. Additionally, mountain bikers will have access to miles of trails in the coming years as Destination Jyrgalan continues to map and add new mountain bike routes. This is an ongoing project, so inquire directly about our expanding number of marked mountain biking trails. We expect to add new ones each summer season!
If you’re an independent traveler hoping for a full- or half-day exploring the valley on two wheels, the following information will help you rent a bike and use our free maps to easily ride along well-marked paths to visit the beautiful lakes, rivers, waterfalls near Jyrgalan village.
Jyrgalan is a full-service destination, catering to travelers at every skill level. If you are looking for some soft-adventure, consider our day-long mountain bike trails. These are well-marked trails ideal for independent travelers who want a unique and interesting way to explore the area.
If you are a mountain biker interested in rugged, off-road routes through the hills and mountains around Jyrgalan, please get in touch with Destination Jyrgalan directly to discuss the trails and routes best suited to your individual skills and preferences. We offer independent mountain biking (we will supply a map and route details before you leave), or private guided tours with one of our qualified guides.
Our gorgeous summer months are high season for outdoor adventures in the Jyrgalan Valley. The weather is often sunny with a cool breeze from June through September, creating optimal conditions for outdoor adventures, whether it’s trekking, horseback riding, or even mountain biking. In some cases, lower-altitude routes and nearby sights are open earlier and later in the year, weather permitting. If you’re traveling in the shoulder season, contact Destination Jyrgalan to plan an outdoor adventure suited to the season — we’ll help you avoid inclement weather and harsh temperatures so you have a smooth and memorable experience.
Salamat Guesthouse and Rahat Guesthouse in Jyrgalan each rent high-quality mountain bikes and gear. You can easily book a day-rental directly through the guesthouse once you’re in town, or contact Destination Jyrgalan ahead of time to arrange bike rentals, mapped routes, and/or guided tours.
Mountain bike rentals include a helmet, elbow and knee pads, and free advice on routes to the local sights.
Price: 800 KGS/day or 400 KGS/half day
Note: If you’re visiting as a group larger than 10 and would like to rent mountain bikes services, please notify Destination Jyrgalan at least three days in advance.
This light-adventure mountain biking destination is one of the prettiest spots around and is accessible for mountain bikers or independent travelers of any skill level. You’ll enjoy a 13.5 km round-trip bike ride along well-marked paths, through a narrow canyon, and along paths affording sweeping panoramic views of the Jyrgalan Valley. Bring a boxed lunch from your guesthouse and you can dine with views of the impressive 20-meter Kok-Bel waterfall. This is a favorite spot with locals and makes for a perfect day-trip on a warm summer day.
Eki Chat Gorge
Eki Chat Gorge is a beautiful spot located at the juncture of two valleys. Colorful wildflowers blanket the green slopes and fresh breezes cool the gorge even on the warmest of days. With 16.6 round-trip kilometers of marked trail, this is a long but rewarding day trip from the Jyrgalan Valley. Alternatively, because of the extensive mountain pastures nearby, it’s also the home of a nomadic herder during the summer months. Danik and his family offer travelers the opportunity to join them for lunch, or stay overnight at the Eki Chat Yurt Camp and make the return trip in the morning, after hearty breakfast to see you on your way.
Advanced Mountain Biking Trails
The Jyrgalan Valley is a fast-growing destination for outdoor adventure tourism. We are currently developing new mountain biking routes, slated for release in the summer tourist season. Please enquire directly if you’d like to learn how our skilled, knowledgeable guides can help you plan the mountain biking adventure of your dreams in the many miles of rugged trails and peaks nearby.