Kyzyl-Oi which means "red basin" is a charming village situated on the ancient Silk Road 1800 meters above sea level. Nested in the Kokomernen river valley, the village is revealed behind impressive ochre-coloured mountains. Not too far from the other villages, on the trail of the Suusamyr valley to Kochkor , Kyzyl Oi offers a haven in the heart of the mountain. If you enjoy hiking or horseback riding off the beaten path, you will enjoy your stay in the area where you can explore the surroundings on steep terrain.
Kyzyl-Oi is one of the rare remaining villages on the ancient Silk Road in Kyrgyzstan from the 1900s. At the time, before the Soviet period, nomadic culture was the norm, which explains the rarity of this type of place. Kyzyl-Oi was then an important crossing point for all traders who used this road to get to China.
The village discovery
Kyzyl-Oi takes its name from the red mountains that surround the village. Its unique landscape and peaceful atmosphere make of Kyzyl-Oi a perfect stopover on the route between Kochokor and the valley of Suusamyr.
Calm reigns in this village made up of only a dozen houses. Everyone here knows one another, and locals will be delighted to welcome you and to help you organize your trip in the surrounding valleys.
Nested in a curtain of tops and steep ridges, the village offers many hiking opportunities. On foot or horseback, the surroundings are easily accessible. Let yourself be lulled by the sound of singing birds and humming streams, then walk along the Kokomernen river to enjoy the extraordinary scenery. Although local vegetation seems mostly dry, it is very easy to find green spaces and rest in the trees' shade. At the bend of a hill, you can reach a pretty waterfall where you can freshen up. Spending a couple of days this close to nature can only delight you and get any sort of stress out of the way.
One of the most popular equestrian trails sits between the Char valley and the Kumbel pass in Balik Köl. The hike takes about six hours.
It generally gets very cold in Kyzyl-Oi , especially in wintertime as in all altitude villages.
Do not forget to bring clothes that protect from both the cold and the rain, we are never safe from heavy rain. That said, the cold does not prevent the sun from beating hard, so remember to bring sunscreen and a hat.
How to get there?
Kyzyl-Oi is located on the road between the Suusamyr valley and Kochkor. Generally, people get there by car, using the village as an ideal stopover to rest in an exceptional natural environment.
How to get around?
Local drivers can take you to the surrounding villages or at the entrance of the treks. The region is usually discovered on foot or on horseback.
What to do and what to see in Kyzil-Oil?
- Enjoy the friendliness of the local people.
- Explore the surroundings on foot or horseback through the canyons and mountains to discover the magnificent landscapes of the region.
- Relax near the Kokomernen river.