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Things to do in & around Cholpon Ata

  1. Historical Museum (across the road from Apple hostel)

Entrance ticket: 50 som per person ~ 2 hours.
Open: From 9 am to 5 pm.

  1. Cultural Center Ruh Ordo (directions on geocaching.com, Cholpon Ata)

Entrance ticket: 400 som per person ~2 hours

Within 10 min walking distance from the hostel towards Karakol.
Open: 9 am to 5 pm.

  1. Issyk Kul beach shore (directions on geocaching.com, Cholpon Ata)

Free entrance for unlimited time. Always open.

Within 10 min walking distance from Apple hostel

  1. Petroglyphs (saimaluu tash – directions on geocaching.com, Cholpon Ata) Entrance ticket: 50 som per person ~ 2 hours. Guided tour is extra 50 som (for a group) Always open.

Taxi round trip: 300 som (waiting period at the museum: up to 1 hour)

Within 1-hour walking distance from Apple hostel (30 min by the main road, 30 min up to the mountain) (walk towards Bishkek and turn right after the BP gas station towards the mountains)

  1. Cholpon Ata bazaar (by the Bishkek Petroleum gas station)

Free entrance. Marshrutka: 10 som. Open: 8 am to 6 pm.

Within 30 min walking towards Bishkek from Apple hostel, on your left.

  1. Weekly Yarmarka in Bosteri village. The fair takes place every Saturday & Sunday. Free entrance. Distance from the hostel: 10 km. Marshrutka: 10 som.
  2. Horseback-riding  at hippodrome. 300 som per hour

Taxi round trip: 200 som. Open: after 5 pm.

Within 45 min walking towards Karakol.

  1. Eagle Hunting. A professional demonstration can be organized, ask the receptionist.

6000 som for a group of 3. Duration: ~2 hours. Always open.

  1. Yacht Club (directions on geocaching.com, Cholpon Ata)

Boat ride ticket: 300 som per person for 2 hours

Taxi round trip: 300 som

Within 20 min walking towards Bishkek from the hostel, and 30 min walking towards the beach. Open: 9 am to 6 pm.

  1. Shyrdak making master class in Tamchy (ask reception) distance from the hostel: 36 km

1500 som per group (1-5). Duration: ~2 hours

  1. Visit a famous local artist Orozbai aba, who created 30 kyrgyz traditional instruments and can play on 15 of them – (directions on geocaching.com, Cholpon Ata) distance from the hostel: 40 km. Free entrance.

Marshrutka cost: 50-80 som per person

  1. Grigorevskoe gorge (Take a marshrutka towards Karakol for 30 min, ask the driver to be dropped off at Grigorevskoe ushele, follow the mountainous path up) Free entrance. Distance from the hostel: 33 km. Always open.

Marshrutka cost: 50-70 som

  1. Semenovskoe gorge (Take a marshrutka towards Karakol for 40 min, ask the driver to be dropped off at Semenovskoe ushele, follow the mountainous path up) Free entrance. Distance from the hostel: 40 km. Always open.

Marshrutka cost: 50-80 som

  1. Snow Leopard Rehabilitation Center. There are 5 snow leopards that are being cared at the centre. The centre is located right at the entrance to Ananevo village up in the mountains. Free entrance. Distance from the hostel: 50 km. Marshrutka cost: 50-80 som. Open: after 6 pm.
    * you need permission to get in
  2. Hot springs in Chon Oruktuu (10 min drive from Semenovskoe gorge towards Karakol) Distance from the hostel: 50 km

Entrance ticket: 200 som per person for 2 hours

Taxi for a round trip: 1500 som for a group (1-4)

Open: 8 am to 8 pm.

 

Cholpon Ata

Cholpon Ata, which stands for “Father Star”, was named after the famous astrologist who happened to live here many years ago. You will also see a memorial right after you enter the city across from the old airport; the memorial was funded by one of the mafia guys who died 5-6 years ago and was dedicated to that same atrologist. It is named as “Cholpon Ata Oluya” and was built on the 21st of August in 2000. The site is free to enter.

Cholpon Ata is a resort town on the northern shore of Issyk Kul lake. It is not only a good place to go to a beach and get some tan but also to visit Petroglyphs, an open-air site that hosts 2-3000 stones dating from 800 BC to 1200AD. Thre is an entrance fee of 50 som per person. There is also a historical museum in the center of town (with the entrance ticket of 50 som per person) and a tranquility park – Ruh Ordo (with the entrance ticket of 350 som per person), built by one of the local self-made millionaires, who grew up in an orphanage and as a result, named himself as “needless”

Here, you can also find a hippodrome that features one of the best racing horses across the country most of whom were brought in from Europe. There is a stable of local horses, some of which you can ride for 200-300 som per hour.

The city gets crowded in summer, nevertheless, it is definitely worth a visit. A good stopover for a night or two.

There are two bus stations in this city; one is for Bishkek-Cholpon Ata taxi and minibuses; and the other one is for Cholpon Ata – Karakol taxi and minibuses.

 

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