Naryn

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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 Bishkek or Balykchy costs 500 soms or a minibus ride costs 350 soms(2015). The journey takes roughly 4.5 hours from the capital.

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.

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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.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • 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.
  • Song Kul Lake - A beautiful alpine lake located high in the mountains outside of Kochkor. This serves as summer pastures for many shepherds so yurt stays and horse rides are a fun experience for tourists. The road and yurt camps are only open between May and September.

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

Anarkul Apa in the center near the Central Post Office is traditionally popular but Khan Tengri on the road to RTS is now the most popular restaurant.

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The CBT (Community Based Tourism) office is located 200 meters from the marshrutka/taxi station in the far east of town. A board in English tells you where it is. The office is very helpful for setting 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.

There is one commercial guesthouse in town, located on the same street, straight west, of the marshrutka/taxi station. Also, most travellers succeed in finding accomadation by simply standing around looking confused with backpacks in the center of town.

Contact[edit]

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 Rabat. Address: Lenin St. 8/33. Tel: +996 (3522)50865. Mobile: +996 (779)567685. E-mail: naryn_tourism@rambler.ru

Kyrgyz-Travel offers hikes and tours of the oblast (Lake Song Kul, Tash Rabat, Kol Suu, etc.) in a 4wd vehicle with English interpretation. Tel.: +996 555 888 564. website: [1]

Get out[edit]

There are daily minibuses available to Bishkek (350 som, departs between 8-10am), At-Bashy for 50 som and also in summers to Kazarman and Issyk-Kul

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 4000 soms) which can be negotiated down to 1000 soms per person. Normally this ride would take around 4.5 hours. From Kazarman to Jalal Abad the only option is shared taxi. Normal price for a solo ride is around 1200 soms, and per person 600 som. Prices vary wildly based on how wealthy and/or confused you look though. There are also very few alternatives, as there are very few taxis doing the ride. From Kazarman to Jalal Abad, the ride is roughly 4-4.5 hours, however might be substantially longer if there have been heavy rains or heavy snow melting in the days before.



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