The Chui region is one of the three Northern regions of Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyzstan). This is the most economically developed region of the country, which has a great tourist potential. The capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, is also located on the territory of the region, which, however, is not considered part of the region.
All sights of the Chui region
West Karakol Gorge
The Pass Too-Ashuu
The Canyons Of Konorchek (Suluu-Terek)
The Gorge Shamsi
The Gorge Kegety
Kel Tor Lake
What can I do here?
The unique combination of natural conditions: a vast valley of low height and a mountain rising sharply above the valley-make the Chui region very interesting for all types of tourism. Here everyone can find something to do – on the territory of the region you can lay dozens or even hundreds of routes for trekking, mountaineering, rafting, Cycling, environmental tourism, cultural tourism, etc. Due to the proximity of the capital and the development of the region, there is all the necessary tourist infrastructure.
What is remarkable about the Chui region for tourists?
The Chui region has an ancient and rich history. The region got its name from the Chui valley — one of the largest valleys in Kyrgyzstan, which borders the Tien Shan from the North. One of the largest rivers of the Tien Shan, the Chu river, flows through the Chui region, carrying its waters from the slopes of numerous ridges and glaciers in the North of the country. Also, numerous rivers flow into the valley from the gorges of the Kyrgyz range. The largest rivers are Ala-Archa, Issyk-ATA, Alamedin and AK-Suu. In addition to the Chui valley, the Chui region partially includes the Suusamyr valley, as well as the Chon-Kemin and Kichi-Kemin valleys.
If we talk about mountains in the Chui region, the first thing to highlight is the Kyrgyz ridge (in Russian cartography of the XIX century, it is known as the Alexandrian, also used the names Kyrgyz-Ala-Too and the Kyrgyz ridge), which is almost entirely located in the Chui region. The Kyrgyz range is one of the longest Tien Shan ranges in Kyrgyzstan, second only to the Kokshal-Too range. Its highest point is the peak of Semenov-Chan-Shansky, located at an altitude of 4875 meters. Also on the territory of the Chui region, the kyungey-Ala-Too, Zailiysky Alatau, talassky, Suusamyr-Too and Jumgal-Too ranges are partially located.
However, the Chui region is interesting not only for its natural attractions. Since ancient times, the Chui valley has been a hotbed of civilization in Central Asia, thanks to a good climate, a large amount of water and other natural resources. The Great silk Road passed through it, and therefore, in different historical periods, a variety of peoples and cultures found refuge here. So on the territory of the Chui region, you can find traces of primitive people, ancient Scythians and Turks. There are also centers of religious cultures: Buddhist (stone statues of the Buddha found in the Krasnorechensk settlement, the ruins of Buddhist temples, as well as the image of the Buddha-healer in the Issyk-ATA gorge) and Islamic. Numerous historical cities and settlements were located on the territory of the valley at different times. These include, for example, the city of Balasagun (Burana tower), the capital of the Karakhanid state, the remains of which can still be seen with your own eyes, as well as the red Sea settlement, Suyab, Nevaket and AK-Beshim..