Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)

Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)

Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)
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Karakol, Kyrgyzstan8 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
Jeti-Oguz is located 26 km west of Karakol, on the northern side of the Terskey Ala Too ridge, between the Yrdyk and Chon-Kyzyl-Suu gorges. The road from Karakol passes through the village of Jeti-Oguz, which is stretched along the banks of the river of the same name. In the remote district of the village there is a sanatorium, founded at the outlet of warm springs. The composition of the water in Jeti-Oguz is considered the most valuable in all of Kyrgyzstan, and its therapeutic effects are the best. We introduced them to you in a video about mineral springs.
The sanatorium is located next to the most recognizable object of Jeti-Oguz. This is a group of red rocks at the entrance to the gorge called the Seven Bulls, and on the other side is a fragment of the Broken Heart rock. Everyone who has ever been interested in the nature of Kyrgyzstan has probably seen them. Their photos are even attached to those objects on the map that are located hundreds of kilometers from Jeti-Oguz. And of course, you will see these rocks on the channels of all travelers who have been to Kyrgyzstan. There are many legends about the Bulls and the Broken Heart, but we will not retell them. All of them have been broadcast countless times in different variations.
To our great regret, most people do not go further than this place and do not even go around these rocks. In group tours, there is simply no time allocated for this: you need time to eat, buy souvenirs, take a photo in a national costume. Extended routes include hikes or horseback rides to individual locations. But this location is very rich in amazing views.
We have visited all the places that can be reached by car, and plan to visit them all again to make real time videos of them.
Behind the sanatorium, one road goes further, into the gorge. At the beginning it’s a wooded, narrow space with high rocky banks of the Jeti-Oguz River. This is one of the most full-water mountain rivers in our area. In the narrow part of the gorge, it is crossed by five bridges. Beyond the fifth bridge the gorge widens significantly. In this wide part there are yurt camps. It also serves as a starting point for hiking and horseback riding routes: both very short and more complex. The most popular ones are the ascent to the Devichy Kosy waterfall and a trip through the Kok-Zhaiyk glade. We recommend dedicating a separate day to drive there.
And another day you can climb another road that goes left up the mountain. After a steep ascent, you can stop at a site with views of the red rocks and the surrounding valley, as well as the mountain range to the northwest. Tourists usually climb just to this place - by car, on horseback, and on foot.
We will not linger here, but will go further towards the ridge. We will rise higher, then descend into the river valley and rise again to the upper jailoo, from where the peak of Jeti-Oguz is visible.
So that you don't get confused by the names, let's explain. The entire area is named Jeti-Oguz precisely because of the group of red rocks: “jeti” means “seven”, “oguz” means “bulls”. The very principle of a common name for all geographical objects in one area was very unusual for us when we arrived in Kyrgyzstan. But pretty soon we got used to the fact that the gorge, the mountain peak at the end of the gorge and the settlement at the beginning of the gorge have a common name. Usually this name comes from the river that flows through the gorge.
However, in Jeti-Oguz the river received its name from a more specific object. And the mountain peak at the end of the gorge too. Its height is 3632 meters. It should not be confused with the peak of Oguz Bashi, that means “bull's head”, 5020 m high, which is located 20 km further in the glacier zone of the Terskey Ala Too ridge.
So if you hear about Mount Jeti-Oguz... Just in case, clarify what is meant. Supporters of hurried tourism can call this name the very group of red rocks at the entrance to the gorge. And more experienced travelers will most likely talk about the mountain peak at the end of the gorge.
In the review of Yrdyk gorge we said that it was possible to drive here to Jeti-Oguz from Yrdyk. Last time we were approaching the passage point from the other side. But, as we have already said, a car can only cover part of the road till the swampy lowland. There is no point in trying to drive further, it is unsafe.
In general, the condition of the road is about the same as in the neighboring gorges. The soil with a high content of red clay is strongly eroded in some places. The path from the observation deck to upper jailoo includes several segments on which water constantly accumulates. Even in dry, sunny weather it can be difficult to navigate. However, compared to many other routes, this one can be considered quite affordable. And of course, it is perfect for hiking.
Whichever way you get here, we strongly advise you to stay up here and see the surrounding mountains and valleys. At the top point, the road diverges, and you have a magnificent view in all directions. In clear weather, Issyk-Kul and the Kungei Ala Too ridge on the opposite lakeshore are visible to the north. In front of them is a huge area covered with red rocks with a group of the Bulls in the center. In the south, the nearest snowy peaks are visible behind the spruce mountain forest. And in the west there is a green valley with yurts and shepherds’ houses against the backdrop of velvet slopes.
You can walk along the edge of the cliff or climb a little higher to enjoy the view in all directions. It has not much altitude above sea level, only 2400 meters. Respiratory problems and mountain sickness at this altitude do not threaten most people. There are no steep ascents, and good fitness is not required. In general, in terms of the level of physical activity, a walk here does not differ from an ordinary walk in the forest or park. The only difference is that a fresh wind usually blows here and the temperature is 2-3 degrees lower than at the foot of the mountains. And also it smells of tarragon and other spicy herbs and flowers.
A river flows through the valley like a thin thread. Its name is not indicated on the maps. Shepherd's dwellings are located on both banks of this river. Downstream the banks become steeper and the valley turns into a canyon. You can walk along it or ride on horseback. It ends just before the road exits - just opposite the Bulls and the Broken Heart. So, if you have no time at all and for some reason want to explore Jeti-Oguz in half an hour or less, at least take a look at this canyon. Moreover, it is accessible and beautiful all year round.
We’ll make a special review of it, and also about other great locations around Jeti-Oguz.
Written 24 May 2024
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KatielouAustralia
Hobart, Australia1,769 contributions
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Jun 2023 • Friends
Admire fantastic rock formations made of red sandstone, particularly the "Seven Bulls" and local pastures which have long been used by shepherds to graze flocks of sheep and herds of horses. Fascinating to see the horses climbing the steep hillsides like mountain goats!!
Written 7 July 2023
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PhilipLeic
Leicester, UK1,671 contributions
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Sept 2022
Stopped to view rocks and have a walk round the area. The rock formations are interesting and the river nearby picturesque. The area seemed very run down though with nothing open, maybe it was the end of the season. Worth a short walk though.
Written 12 November 2022
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore12,841 contributions
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Jun 2019
The rock formation is nice but the best part is the short hike up the hill near to the rocks as there are nice views from up there. Worth going up.
Written 31 May 2020
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Richard
Venice, Italy2 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Family
Jeti Oguz resort is close to Karakol, if you planning to go here I would be prefer to sleep in yurt also Kok Jaiyk valley, very quiet for sleeping, in the morning you wakes like baby very fresh. Our tour was fir 7 days including Karakol, Song Kol lake and Kel Suu. We booked tour with Pegas Adventure. It was amazing. Highly recommend
Written 16 January 2020
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Weisbear
Ghent, Belgium179 contributions
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Sept 2019 • Couples
We visited the seven bulls of Jeti Ogüz with public transport at the end of September - there were no mashrutka’s anymore until the Jeti Ogüz resort (where the rock formations are), only until Jeti Ogüz town - from there you can take a shared taxi. Or just take a shared taxi from the Bazaar in Karakol - we got a private taxi return trip for 800 som (seems like there is a fixed price of 200 som/person per ride, the driver waits for an hour which is enough to see the formation and take a short walk).
The rocks are really beautiful, but can’t give tips about the hike in the flower valley.
Written 1 October 2019
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shiraziwine
Shiraz, Iran1,549 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Once upon a time it used to be a nice place, maybe during soviet time but now you can see just trees and nice mountains which some of them are spoiled after building some buildings.
And you can see some collapsed buildings which must have a sad story behind
I recommend to visit here if you are passing by there by car
The nature around can be nice if you go for a little trekking or going deep in the forest
Written 3 September 2019
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Mike J
Chepstow, UK883 contributions
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May 2019 • Couples
We broke our journey from Bokonbaevo to Karakul with a short hike in the Jeti-Oguz Canyon and were impressed by the beautiful scenery and wild flowers.
Seven Bulls is stretching the imagination a bit but the landscape is impressive.
It is certainly worth stopping for a few hours to enjoy
Written 19 June 2019
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Keith
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
I am sure that so many people have written review about the beautiful views of Jeti-Oguz and Broken heart, but I am here to share that - don't miss the bee farm under the gorge.

Last time I went with my uncle, who runs a local tourist agency in Bishkek, and he brought me there with his local friends. After we've seen the beautiful view from the opposite hill, they brought me down to the hill and went inside the village that is just under the gorge. There, we found a bee farm in which all the honey products are natural and locally made. The host there was so generous that, he also let us taste the honey-wine that I've never taste.

The owner there said that, the bee farming season will usually be in summer time, by then, he may not stay there and might bring all the equipment to go up to the mountain. Yet he has given his telephone number to me, saying that if anyone would be interested, we can contact him directly! So, if you are interested, you can also contact me to get their contact! :)
Written 1 June 2019
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Edin Krnic
Tuzi, Montenegro3,668 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Solo
Beautiful seven Red Bull’s. Only 25 kilometers from Karakol. Very easy and cheap to visit from Karakol Jeti Oguz. Local bus is only 50 som to small town Jeti Oguz, and must took other car to Jeti for only 50 som.
Written 13 April 2019
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