Kyrgyz geography

The Pamir-Alai mountains separate the Pamirs and the Tian Shan and consist of Turkestan and Alai ridges. Kyrgyzstan is famous for its three 7000 m peaks. They are Peak Pobeda (Victory), Peak Lenin and Peak Khan Tengri. Peak Pobeda (Victory) is in the Issyk-Kul region. It is 7439 m. a. s. l. It is named in the honor of the victory in the Second World War. It is the second highest peak in the whole former Soviet Union. Peak Lenin is in the Osh region on the border with Tajikistan. It is 7134 m. a. s. l. Its shape is similar to a huge armchair. Khan Tengri peak lies in the Issyk-Kul region near the border with Kazakhstan. Khan Tengri means the Prince of Spirits or Rules of the sky, and is 7010 m. a. s. l. Its perfect pyramid summit of marble and fluted ridges burns in the sunset with the colors of hot coal, earning itself the nick-name Khan Too - blood mountain. Most of the ranges are from 100 to 300 km long, and 10-40 km wide. The longest range is Kok Shaal. It is 582 km long. Kyrgyz range is the closest to the capital; its peaks are seen, even if you are in the centre of the city. It is in the South of Kyrgyzstan and is 454 km long. There are several beautiful gorges and national parks on this range. For example Issyk-Ata or Ala-Archa national park.  Ala-Archa park is 40 km from Bishkek and is at the altitude of 2200 meters.  

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