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The Ferghana Valley stretches into several countries. This article covers the part in the southwest of Kyrgyzstan.


Map of Ferghana Valley (Kyrgyzstan)

  • 1 Osh – Kyrgyzstan's second largest city, a fascinating, 3,000 years old, wildly diverse, Ferghana Valley market town home to Central Asia's biggest and busiest outdoor market.
  • 2 Arslanbob – An Islamic village popular with local pilgrims and famous for its picturesque walnut tree forest.
  • 3 Batken – The administrative capital of the Batken Region.
  • 4 Chon-Alai Chong-Alay District on Wikipedia – A region southwest of Osh containing the Lenina peak, the highest mountain in Kyrgyzstan.
  • 5 Gulcha Gülchö on Wikipedia
  • 6 Jalal-Abad – A good bet for visiting a Ferghana Valley town, as it is significantly safer and easier to get to than Osh or destinations further southwest.
  • 7 Khaidarkan Aydarken on Wikipedia
  • 8 Kyzyl-Kiya Kyzyl-Kyya on Wikipedia
  • 9 Sary-Tash
  • 10 Toktogul – Half-way between Bishkek and Osh with a beautiful reservoir, picturesque surroundings and horseback riding.
  • 11 Uzgen Özgön on Wikipedia

Other destinations[edit]

  • 1 Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve (Сары-Челекский). A beautiful nature reserve very popular with locals (for weddings) and tourists likewise. Walnut forests, a crystal clear lake (with the same name) for swimming, diverse flora and fauna, magnificent view, numerous trekking routes, and horseback riding are just a few of the highlights of this park. You can hike up to the lake from Arkyt (Аркыт) village, which has many accommodation options on offer. This park is a must see like Tash Rabat, and you should not miss it. Entrance: 400 som (incl. camping), Car: 100 som. Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve (Q4408855) on Wikidata Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve on Wikipedia
  • 2 Padysh-Ata Nature Reserve. Spreading an area of about 300 km2, this park was founded in 2003 with the main goal of preserving the juniper forests. The latter is the attraction of this park, besides the true alpine feel of the reserve. And if you are lucky, you might even see a snow leopard. Probably even more remote to get to than Sary-Chelek though.


The Ferghana Valley itself actually spreads over Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. The whole valley is on the main route of the old Silk Road route between Kashgar and Samarkand.

The Kyrgyz part of the valley is at the eastern and southeast extreme of the valley, and spreads into the following 4 administrative districts: Osh and the surrounding Osh Region Osh Region on Wikipedia, the Jalal-Abad Region Jalal-Abad Region on Wikipedia in the west, as well as the Batken Region Batken Region on Wikipedia far in the southwest of Kyrgyzstan.

Get in[edit]

Osh Airport (OSS IATA) has international flights and a domestic connection with Bishkek.

Get around[edit]

To get to Chon-Alai take a marshrutka or shared taxi from Osh. But hitch-hiking might be the more economical and faster option.


  • 1 Shakh-Fazil' (Шах Фазил күмбөзү) (in village of Safed-Bulan, just north of village called Zarkent). A historic site in the village of Safed Bulan where, according to legend, a woman named Bulan buried the heads of many of her Islamic brethren while they were busy praying and unexpectedly beheaded. It has become an Islamic pilgrimage site over time and in the running for UNESCO heritage designation. Also here is the mausoleum of Shah Fezil, the ruler of Ferghana, and some sort of fertility stone. Shakh_Fazil on Wikipedia


Eat, drink and sleep[edit]

Please see the relevant city articles for details.

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