In 2001, "Issyk-Kul" biosphere territory was recognized by UNESCO and has been included in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, its purpose is environmental and economic development and biodiversity conservation. Flora of biosphere reserve has about 1,500 species of plants. Here you can see 54 species of mammals, including 9 species listed in the Red Book of Kyrgyzstan. There are 267 species of birds within the territory, 18 of which are listed in the Red Book of Kyrgyzstan and two species were included into the IUCN Red List – they are ibis-bill, stifftail.
Sunny days prevail at the Issyk-Kul in comparative with the Black Sea coast. Beautiful sandy beaches, clear mountain and sea air, mild climate, thermal springs, therapeutic mud, all of these make the Issyk-Kul attractive for tourists. Shores of the Tien-Shan pearl hide a lot of secrets. Different cultures of nomadic tribes, replacing each other for centuries, have left their monuments: dwelling sites of Neanderthals, ancient burial mounds, rock paintings, mysterious statues, ruins of ancient settlements, hidden at the bottom of the lake.
Winter Issyk-Kul Lake is a magical place for winter vacations. Trips to the ski base "Karakol" (the largest ski resort in Central Asia), will not leave indifferent neither beginners nor professionals who know a lot about skiing. The highest peaks of the Tien-Shan are always waiting for extreme climbers.
For summer tours beautiful one-day tours and several-day tours have been designed. Outfit for summer tours: comfortable shoes, windbreaker or warm clothes, hat.
Jeti-Oguz Gorge. The distance from the RC "Raduga": 130–200 km (depending on the route choice).Duration: 10 hours.
The rock groups "Seven bulls" and "Broken Heart" created by nature of red sandstone have become symbols of the Issyk-Kul region, they steeped in legends and myths. Huge dark green forests create a beautiful contrast color combination. A few kilometers away from the resort "Jet-Oguz" there is amazing "Valley of Flowers". The magnificence of scenery, "ringing" air filled with oxygen, distinguishes this area and attracts tourists. The tour includes a visit to Karakol: Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Dungan mosque - built without a single nail, Museum named after N.M. Prjewalski.
Grigoriev’s Gorge (shore). The distance from the RC "Raduga": 67 km. Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes.
Semenov’s Gorge (north shore). Distance from RC "Raduga": 70 км. Duration: 4 hours
Grigoriev’s and Semenov’s Gorges – are picturesque gorges of the Issyk-Kul region. Relic Tien-Shan spruces tower on the slopes of the mountains, on the bottom of the gorges glacial crystal-clear water is rushing. The air is filled with aromas of mountain herbs. In summer yurts are fixed here for those who want to learn about the life of the Kyrgyz people, taste Kyrgyz cuisine: beshbarmak, koumiss (fermented mare's milk), etc. For those who fond of riding horse trip along the gorge is arranged. Here you may take pictures with hunting birds.
Waterfalls in the Barskaun gorge and Valley of Fairy Tales. The distance from the RC "Raduga”: 250 km. Duration: 10 hours.
The slopes of the valley are covered with the Tien-Shan fir trees and shrubs. During VIII-XII centuries at the mouth of Barskaun gorge there was headquarter of Khan, who controlled entry and exit of the gorge and part of the Silk Road - Barskaun and Bedell passes. You can see snowy peaks from the gorge, which are decorated with ice and glaciers. Waterfalls of Barskaun are magnificient, the most height achieve 100 m. Water flow falls from a cliff at a height of 100 meters and is divided into a myriad of sparkling sprays. The Valley of Fairy Tales is close to the Barskaun gorge. The nature has created a fabulous city of sleeping castles and amazing animals of red clay and sandstone and this grandeur of nature is protected by canyon called "Chinese wall» which length is 5 kilometers.
Salt Lake. The distance from RC "Raduga": 170 km. Duration: 10 hours.
Equivalent of the Dead Sea in Israel. Due to the high content of mineral salts bathing helps treat skin diseases, diseases of joints, and respiratory system. Swimming in the lake is effortless; you do not need to move, just lie on back. Salt water will force your body out. Lake possesses natural resources of medicated mud and blue cosmetic clay, you can use it immediately by covering your body.
Cultural Center «Rukh Ordo Tashkul-Ata», petroglyphs. The distance from RC "Raduga": 20 km. Duration: 3 hours.
The uniqueness of the complex, according to the author’s idea -T. Kereksizov - lies in the unity of the five major world religions: Islam, Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Buddhism, and Judaism in one place, under one sky. God is one for all - this is the postulate of this spiritual center. Everyone who comes here, regardless of religion and nationality feels a part of the universe and can fully enjoy the serenity, tranquility, allowing thoughts to plunge into deep philosophical meditations, and think about the meaning of life.
Petroglyphs are rock carvings - a museum in the open air (42 hectares), where there are tens of thousands of images. This is mainly deer, goats, hunting scenes. Perhaps earlier here was a temple where ancient people prayed to the gods. Boulders size is 0.3 - 3 meters.
Tour around the Issyk-Kul Lake. Salt Lake, Valley of Fairy Tales, waterfalls of Barskaun gorge, Jeti-Oguz gorge. Distance: 550 km.Duration: 2 days.
Overnight accommodation in national yurts in Jety Oguz gorge, will leave lifelong impression, falling asleep, you will see stars, through a tunduk (the hole at the top of the yurt), which are seems to be enormous and majestic in mountains, anyone can sleep in log cabins. You can also take part in the preparation of national dishes.
Fishing in mountains. Duration: half-day and full day
Fish soup is aromatic and delicious if prepared with freshly fish. Fishing will love everyone, not only big fishermen.
Horse riding tours. Duration and time: upon the desire of a customer.
In mountains, along the valley and at hippodrome. Complexity of the route depends on the skills of riding. Horses are calm and obedient. We provide detailed instructions before the riding tour. At the hippodrome you can see spectacular folk horse games with dzhigits and girls who are equal to them in the skill of riding.