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Boom Gorge, Bishkek

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  • The road has been fully renovated and is very smooth. Drive is enjoyable with huge mountains on both sides. Many roadside cafes are available for dining. There is Konorchek Canyon near the Red...  more »
  • From the highway, built by the Chinese, Boom gorge does not look impressive. On the part of Balykchi it is generally very wide, with rather sloping folds. Although from here you can see three...  more »
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  • Boom Gorge, Kyrgyzstan 112 km (70 miles) from Bishkek on the way to Issyk-Kul, the road enters Boom Gorge, which lies at the eastern end of the Kyrgyz Range and provides the only corridor between Issyk-Kul and Bishkek. Passing together through this narrow canyon are a highway, a railroad, and the Chu River. The name Boom (pronounced “bom”) means “evil spirit”. The gorge acquired this name in recognition of the trials and tribulations it presented to anyone who tried to pass through it. The first outsider to do so was the 19th century Russian explorer Pyotr Semyonov (Tienshansky), in 1850. He wrote in his memoirs: “The Boom Gorge is a deserted death trap. We could hardly advance along our path, which didn’t always follow the riverbank, as sometimes the cliffs would drop strictly vertically, forcing us to clamber up the walls of this stone corridor. To avoid such detours, we preferred, where possible, to wade against the violent torrent that hid the bed of rocks and promised every second to wash us away.”
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