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Naryn is a city in southeastern Kyrgyzstan, high in the Tian Shan Mountains. The population is 52,300 people and is largely residential.

Get in[edit]

A shared taxi from Balykchy costs 500 soms (2015). The journey takes roughly 4.5 hours.

Get around[edit]

On the main road, taxis are treated like marshrutkas - meaning people get on and off. As of August 2015, the fare for a ride is a mere 10 som, but can be 20 som if you want to go all the way back to the bridge. Do not pay more.


Unique from other cities with its red mountains, you can get a great view of the city if you climbs its hills.

Overview of Naryn

A few statues are visible from the main road, including a Lenin statue.


Tash Rabat - Naryn is the gateway to visiting this 500 year old pitstop on the Silk Road. Negotiating with taxi drivers personally, it might be possible to get a car for 2000 soms, including waiting time and coming back. Arranging it with the CBT is a good choice if you'd like to share a taxi and split the cost with other travelers, with the CBT quoting a price of 2500 soms. The drive to Tash Rabat takes 2 hours.

Koshoi Korgon - ruins of a castle/fortress from the 10th to 12th centuries. All that remains are the walls. Supposedly a friend of the legendary Manas was buried here. Roughly an hour's drive from Naryn, it's on the same road to Tash Rabat and easily visited. A small museum is located nearby. Make sure your driver stops here on the way to or from Tash Rabat.



Restaurants are north of the street where the guesthouses are located. Just walk up the street and follow the music.



The CBT (Community Based Tourism) office is located 200 meters from the marshrutka/taxi station. A board in English tells you where it is. The office is essential to helping set you up with a guesthouse (650 soms), as there are no signs for guesthouses. Arrive in Naryn before the CBT office closes at 5PM or 6PM so you can have a place to stay for the night.


Community Based Tourism office - The CBT office is essential in staying at a guesthouse or helping travelers share a taxi to a common destination, i.e. Tash Rabad. Address: Lenin St. 8/33. Tel: +996 (3522)50865. Mobile: +996 (779)567685. E-mail:

Get out[edit]

There are minibuses available to Bishkek (200 som, departs between 8-10am) and also to Kazarman and At-Bashy.

If traveling to Jalal Abad, the entire journey could take 10 hours. First, by taxi to Kazarman (which even the CBT quotes at an exorbitant 5000 soms) which can be negotiated to 3500 soms, which itself is a 4.5 hour ride. Then from Kazarman, hopefully there's a marshrutka to Jalal Abad. If there's no marshrutka, a shared taxi might be possible. There's a man speaking English who organizes (?) shared taxis to Jalal Abad in Kazarman, quoting an outrageous 1000 soms a seat, even changing his mind to 2000 soms. Ignore him and negotiate with the driver personally. From Kazarman to Jalal Abad, the ride is roughly 4-4.5 hours.

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