It's really worth the stop! It can be hard to get to and I would hire a taxi if you are new to the country. It's worth a stop. I would spend a day and night there. Spend the early part of the day trekking and the rest of the day swimming and taking it easy. And it's Free
I went there with a few friends and it took us 4 hours to hike around the area.
Attractions in Karakol from EcoTrek
The Fairy Tale Canyon / Skazka Canyon
The canyon was named because of its bizarre rocky landscape, which for many years has been transformed by wind into amazing sculptures and formations. Some formations look like The Great Wall of China and you can also find other formations that look like snakes, dragons, sleeping giants and even whole castles. From here opens unusual view on a majestic panorama of lake and blue caps of mountains. It’s an excellent destination for children and adults alike and makes for an easy hike close to the lake. Transportation: From Karakol to Fairy Tale Canyon (112km) pivate Taxi cost 2000 SOM per car or you can take Marshrutka to Balykchy or Bokonbaevo and ask driver to stop at the canyon for 100 SOM. Address: 4 km from the village of Tosor Working hours: 9am-4pm