The picturesque valley of Soussamir (or Suussamir) is located 150 km from Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The valley situated between 2,000 and 3,000 meters above sea level gets its visitors off the beaten tracks to have them enjoy an untouched nature where green pastures and hills stretch as far as the eye can see.
The Valley of Suussamir promises some fresh air and a pleasant hike.
In Soviet times, the Soussamir Valley was an important grazing area for nomads who brought their flocks of sheep to the valley.
Since then, the Valley has developed other interests for farmers who come to enjoy its fertile land to grow potatoes, garlic and vegetables.
Hiking in the Valley of Soussamir
The Soussamir valley is famous to nomads for its large pastures but also attracts travellers for its green and peaceful atmosphere. With its endless mountains, tumultuous rivers and vast plains, Suussamir offers pleasant hikes off the beaten track. Far away in the distance, you can see the highest peaks with their eternal snow.
In summer, you will come across numerous herds of sheep or horses as well as some yurt camps on your way. You can stop by and buy some fresh dairy products such as kurut (small ball of salted yoghurt) or Kymyz (fermented mare's milk) to try out local specialities. You will also get to meet a few nomads and incredibly kind and smiling farmers who are always delighted to share some of their daily life with the occasional visitor.
How to get there?
From Bishkek, there are collective taxis that can take you to the Sussamir valley. The journey can last up to 4 hours.