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Asia - Kyrgyzstan
02 August 2010

Jeti gz rock formation

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From our base in the Jeti-gz resort, we visited the Jeti-gz rock formations, just a stone's throw away from the Kyrgyz resort. The Jeti-gz Rocks are a geological protected area, in the Jeti-Oguz District of the Kyrgyz Issyk-Kul province of. The area was established in 1975 aiming at conserving a unique geological formation - sheer cliffs composed of tertiary red conglomerates.

The name is derived from the rock formation's resemblance to seven bulls and a legend about the unfaithful wife of one of the khan's. Another near-by formation is called the 'broken heart'. The rock formation is a well-known landmark in Kyrgyzstan and is seen as a national or regional symbol, and hence is the subject of paintings, songs, and even music videos. The surrounding area is known for its natural beauty.

We made a nice hike through and over the rock-formations and met a nomadic family living there with their live stock. They were extremely hospitable and invited us into their surprisingly comfortable tent for a drink and a bite!

The nearby Jeti-gz resort is a so called balneotherapic resort located at the northern slope of Teskey Ala-Too mountain range in the Issyk Kul Province of Kyrgyzstan, about 28 km west of Karakol.