Kyzyl-tuu is a small village with about 1,800 inhabitants. It is located 230 km from Bishkek on the south shore of the Issyk-Kul lake. This village is a fascinating destination for tourists interested in the Kyrgyz nomadic culture.

Kyzyl-Tuu nowadays

Kyzyl-Tuu is ideally located on the Issyk-Kul lakeside, making it a nice stopover for the day or to spend the night. The locals are famous for manufacturing yurts, and will gladly offer their hospitality. They will show you all the secrets of yurts fabrication through the visit of their workshops. You can spend a comfortable night in a guesthouse or even in a yurt, and wake up in the early morning in a wonderful landscape. A little further in a quiet area, you can enjoy the beautiful Issyk-Kul lake. Stand on its shores and simply enjoy the silence. If you like this place, you can easily set up your base camp there, then spend the night just to enjoy this place a little longer.

Very quiet throughout the year, the village becomes lively during the annual Kiiz Duino festival around the Kyrgyz traditions. Each year, thousands of people join the village to take part in the festivities and participate in different events. Horse racing, yurt construction, falcon presentation, tasting of local products, the list goes on: all Kyrgyz traditions are represented.

How to get there?

There are long-distance buses from Bishkek to Kyzyl-tuu. During your tour, you can join Kyzyl-tuu with your vehicle.

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