Konorchek Canyon Day Hike from Bishkek
Boom Gorge, Eolian Castles
Konorchek Canyon’s magnificence is best conveyed through its nickname, the Grand Canyon of Kyrgyzstan. Also likened to Fairytale Canyon (Skazka Canyon) in Issyk-Kul, this seemingly endless ravine in the Tian Shan Mountains is famous for its red rock formations, a once trepidatious passageway known as the Gorge of Evil Spirits (Boom Gorge) and the Eolian Castles, cliffs that naturally resemble ruddy fortresses due to ages of soil and wind erosion.
Let the Konorchek Canyon Day Hike be your ticket to an unforgettable expedition into this unique arm of Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan Mountains. A guide will lead you into the Boom Gorge, through narrow passageways and over rocky trails that end in a spectacular view of the Eolian Castles. A convenient 2-hour trip from the capital, this bewitching mountain gorge is an ideal destination for all travelers, from experienced trekkers to novice hikers.
In the morning, depart Bishkek with your guide and driver for Konorchek Canyon (130km, 2hrs) via the A365 Highway.
The hike begins in Boom Gorge at the Red Bridge, which arches over the Chu River. Your two-hour hike (one-way) winds through a maze of rocks and red sandstone columns that stretch for miles. The trail provides ample photo opportunities and has many fun twists and turns.
Follow a river through the narrow gorge until you reach a small plateau, from which you’ll have a sweeping view of the red-earth Eolian Castles. Enjoy a picnic lunch and a time of rest, admiring the striking beauty of the cliffs, before beginning the return trek.
Return to Red Bridge and drive back to Bishkek. End of Konorchek Canyon Day Hike.
Tour duration: 8-9 hours
Note: Please bring a hat, trekking boots, sunglasses, and water flask. This tour is available from May to October.