A 24 km. Hike to the Altyn Arashan Gorge

Our original plan for our final day in Karakol was to hike to the stunning Ala-Kul Lake, a rock-dammed lake with a distinctive blue colour, located in the Terskey Alatau Mountains at an altitude of 3560 m. We had made a plan with a taxi driver, who would take us to the trailhead for 250 soms and from there, we were told the hike would…

By the Shore of Issyk Kul: The Skazka Canyon

On our third day in Karakol, we were surprised to wake up to good weather after a rainy day the day before, and so decided to explore nearby Skazka Canyon, which we were told is best explored when it’s dry, as it otherwise gets very muddy. Skazka Canyon lies on the southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake and is an unusual place with stunning rocky…

Jeti Oguz: Finding the Waterfall in the Rain

On our first full day in Karakol, we decided to go on a day trip to the Jeti Oguz gorge, which is located 28 kilometres from Karakol. I was excited to finally get out into the Kyrgyz nature that we had heard so much about. Kyrgyzstan is said to be the most beautiful of the Stan’s because of its natural beauty, and after exploring the…

Karakol: By the Eastern Tip of Issyk Kul Lake

After spending a few days in the Kyrgyz capital, it was time to take on a new city. Karakol is a city with 75.000 inhabitants, located near the Issyk Kul Lake in the easternmost corner of Kyrgyzstan. Karakol is a top destination for travellers in Kyrgyzstan due to the amazing and diverse nature found in the area, and because of this, we decided to spend…

Bishkek: The Dynamic Capital of Kyrgyzstan

After 16 wonderful days in Mongolia, it was time to leave and head to my next exciting destination: Kyrgyzstan! Whenever I had told people where I was heading next, I had been met with curiosity. Because Kyrgyzstan definitely isn’t a standard backpacker destination. I have, however, always been interested in the Central Asian countries (or “the Stan’s”, if you will), and thus chose Kyrgyzstan as…

A Beautiful Hike to Morskie Oko

Sky-high mountains, numerous lakes and vast forests; Tatra National Park is home to many stunning nature areas, various wildlife and more than 275 km. of marked trails. One of the most popular trails leads to the beautiful mountain lake, Morskie Oko (‘Eye of the Sea’), at an altitude of almost 1400 m. On one glorious day during my travels in Poland, my new friend Bethann…