Chon-Kemin Gorge

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Chon-Kemin Gorge is the longest gorge in Kyrgyzstan. Gorge stretches 100 km along Kungei Ala-Too mountain, then goes to nord and finishes parallelly to Issyk-Kul Lake. The ascent is slight almost all way long, increases only at the end of the gorge to 3,500 m.The northern part of the gorge is grassy and almost treeless, although its middle and  southern  part is forested by beautiful  spruce trees. These forests are in majority of places well preserved, because watery Chon- Kemin river makes the access to the forest difficult. In addition, almost the entire territory of the gorge is declared National Reserve. During the warm season you can enjoy  rafting on the river on inflatable raft (twin-hulled vessels), for a little price .

The gorge is quite popular among tourists. One of the most popular treks goes along Kalmak – Ashuu gorge not far from Shabdan village. On of the non- classified paths takes you to Issyk-Kul Lake in the area of ​​Balykchi town. Kel-Kogur Lakes located at an altitude of 3,200 m above sea level, at a distance of 26 km from Shabdan village are also very popular. This is centrally located Chon-Kemin village at an altitude of 1,520 m above sea level and at a distance of 20 km from the highway to Issyk-Kul. The gorge is slightly populated – there are about one dozen of  small villages around. There is  a museum devoted to local hero Shabdan Batyr. Finding the accommodation is not a problem, there are many guest houses. The  road passing by all villages and ending approximately 10 km from  Shabdan village is asphalted, however there are some deep holes.

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