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The backstory on all things South Shore.

To fully comprehend the South Shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, you must understand it as a region whose atmosphere is a product of landscape diversity and cultural heritage. South Shore is a destination shaped by its unique position: from the edge of Lake Issyk-Kul, across canyons and high desert, to the peaks of the Tian Shan Mountains. It has also been shaped by history. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the area along the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul rose to prominence in Kyrgyzstan for its sense of preservation. In South Shore, a confluence of nomadic culture, Kyrgyz tradition, and natural beauty make for a destination that we hope you come to appreciate just as much as we do.

South Shore: Our Story, Past and Present

Framed by beautiful nature, it would make sense that South Shore was a popular tourist destination. But that wasn't always the case. Overlooked and often ridiculed during the Soviet era, the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul has taken an interesting route to become such a prominent and engaging destination for visitors from around the world.

About Destination South Shore

Destination South Shore is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a vibrant tourism industry along the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. The organization is also committed to ensuring that tourism development benefits and serves the local population by helping to create positive change and economic growth for all residents. Learn about the 20 local businesses and community leaders who founded the organization, developed the local initiatives, and continue to support sustainable tourism growth in the region.

Meet Our Members

Destination South Shore is more than an organization, it’s a community-led movement to use tourism as a force for positive change and preservation of cultural traditions in this region of Kyrgyzstan. These are the founding members; each one is committed to supporting the region's tourism industry as a vehicle for economic growth and sustainability.

Destination South Shore Services

The Destination South Shore team offers a dynamic range of services targeted at both independent travelers and tour groups. Located in the center of Bokonbaevo village, Destination South Shore offers everything from booking local tours and organizing accommodation to offering trekking maps and English-speaking guides. Stop by our office or send an email to get in touch.

South Shore in the Press

Here's what others are saying about South Shore. Read the latest articles and blog posts about the region, discover the treks and tours other travelers have loved, and much more. Or, immerse yourself in engaging videos and vlogs showcasing the experiential highlights of Lake Issyk-Kul's southern shore.