What to Do in Jalal-Abad Region

Experience diverse landscapes, cultures and adventure in this undiscovered region.

The Jalal-Abad region in western Kyrgyzstan offers a wide variety of unique travel experiences thanks to an ideal location in the western Tian-Shan mountains with the Ferghana Valley to the south. Many people visit for its diverse natural wonders and expansive choice of treks, horse back riding and other outdoor activities. However, travelers often stay longer than expected because of the region's unique diversity of cultures and cuisines, village home stay experiences, and historical and religious sites.

As you explore everything the Jalal-Abad region has to offer travelers, remember to take it slow. Stay in a local village for a few nights, sample different day hikes, explore pristine walnut forests by horseback, and enjoy the hospitality for which this region is noted.

Here are just a few of the things to do, places to visit, trekking adventures, and travel experiences that Jalal-Abad region has to offer you.

Trekking and Outdoor Activities

Be sure to enjoy some of the best outdoor adventure -- trekking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and freeride skiing -- Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia have to offer. Jalal-Abad region has it all for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers: alpine lakes and mountain peaks, virgin walnut forests and juniper groves, deep gorges and mountain rivers. It's hard to beat the diversity of landscapes and nature in this segment of the western Tian-Shan Mountains. Be sure to also check out all of our trekking and horse trek tours!

Natural Attractions

The Jalal-Abad region in western Kyrgyzstan certainly has no shortage of natural attractions, diverse landscapes and pristine nature to explore and to enjoy. Snow-covered mountains, turquoise lakes, dramatic gorges, walnut and juniper forests, lush green valleys, breath-taking glaciers, and deep rivers are what make Jalal-Abad region so unique. Check out some of the region's famous nature reserves and other natural attractions to immerse yourself in our outdoors.

Cultural and Historical Sites

Explore Jalal-Abad region's long and fascinating history dating back several millennia through its historical and religious sites. One of the highlights in this region: the Saimaluu-Tash Petroglyphs with over 90,000 drawings from early nomadic tribes that came across these lands. Shakh Fazil Mausoleum and other sacred mazars across Jalal-Abad region reflect the region's cultural and religious importance. In addition, local villages like Arslanbob are a way to experience this region's unique culture and hospitality.

Jalal-Abad City Guide

Although Jalal-Abad is Kyrgyzstan’s third largest city, it still retains a laid-back and relaxing feel. Many travelers transit through Jalal-Abad city on their way between Bishkek and Osh. With natural attractions, historical sites or treks in Jalal-Abad region, it’s worth spending a day or more to enjoy the city's leafy streets and parks, take in a mud treatment with a city view, or to engage and immerse yourself in the local bazaar.

Events

The Jalal-Abad region is known for all of its outdoor adventures and beautiful landscapes. What better way to enjoy all of this nature than through local sporting events and festivals? Some of the more popular annual events include the Arslanbob Ski Challenge, Mountain Bike Challenge and Walnut Festival and Race. Check out the event calendar for all the best events and festivals happening in the Jalal-Abad region.