Suusamyr Valley, Kyrgyzstan

Suusamyr Valley is perhaps not one of the most well-known places in Kyrgyzstan, but is certainly worth knowing about. Located on the road between Osh and Bishkek, Suusamyr lies at the end of a large tunnel through Too Ashuu, at about 2200 m (7,218 feet) above sea level. The valley is wide and broad, with grass covered plains.

The grass is especially rich in the summer, and Suusamyr has long been a center for animal herding. Many shepherds come in the summer to make use of the jailoo, or summer pastures. Kumis, ayran, and honey are especially tasty here (some say Suusamyr has the best kumis in the country), and are often sold on the roadside.

At the eastern edge of the Suusamyr Valley is the village of Suusamyr. There are plenty of yurts throughout the valley and in the village, and visitors can find a place to stay and several trekking routes in the surrounding mountains.