Karakol Walking Tour

Discover the city's history

Experience the best of Karakol. Explore its colorful streets, vibrant markets, and favorite local spots. Understand the town’s diverse history, and learn about how it developed from an outpost of the Russian Empire into Central Asia's leading crossroads of cultures and cuisines. Hear the stories and legends of Karakol, and enjoy a personal look into daily life from your English-speaking guide. Your local guide will share with you the fascinating nuances of Karakol that you'll never discover in any guidebook.

Our tour is a great orientation to Karakol and all it has to offer!


Karakol Walking Tour

1.5 - 2 Hours
500 KGS per person
Min. group size: 3 people

Note: A portion of the donations earned on this tour goes to supporting Destination Karakol and its work as a social enterprise that engages in community activities and in supporting tourism development in the city. 

Tour Highlights

On this 1.5-2 hour walking tour, you will see:

  • Dungan Mosque

  • Tatar Mosque

  • Russian Quarter

  • Russian Orthodox Church

  • Bugu Bazaar

  • Ashlan-fu Alley

  • …and much more!

*Average tour length. The Karakol Walking Tour usually ends in Bugu Bazaar. Participants then have the option to stay and enjoy a bowl of ashlan-fu, a favorite local specialty.

Tour Details


With prior reservation, 1 day in advance


Upon request


1.5 - 2 hours

Good For

Adults, families, children


English, Russian


Rain or shine.

Minimum Group Size


Meeting Point

Destination Karakol Visitor Center (Please see the map below)


- English-speaking guide

- Cover for women at Dungan Mosque and Russian Orthodox Church 

Not Included:

- Drinks or snacks. 

- Entrance fees for mosque or museum.

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What Others Say About This Tour

"Your guide is a local from Karakol and will have all kinds of history and stories to tell about this town. Definitely the best thing to do in Karakol when you first arrive."

Alesha & Jarryd

Additional Information

Let us show you Karakol from another perspective! Get under the surface to understand what makes Karakol unique in Kyrgyzstan and how the city became the mixing bowl of cultures, cuisines, and peoples you see today. By joining our walking tour, you will learn the stories behind Karakol town’s main sites — the Dungan Mosque, Russian Orthodox Church, and Bugu Bazaar — and all the other little-known sites and details you shouldn't miss.

Through your guide’s historical and personal stories you’ll discover — or rediscover! —Karakol’s unique and rich character during your visit. Plus, you’ll have an insider’s connection to local life and personal recommendations on favorite spots to eat and shop in the town.

Tour Location and Meeting Point

The meeting point is at Destination Karakol Visitor Center (150 Lenin Street). We will then walk as a group through the streets and sights around Karakol.