Kazarman

Kazarman

Kazarman village lies at an altitude of 1310 m above sea level in an attractive, wide, mountain-edged valley in Central Kyrgyzstan. Kazarman village is located northeast of Toguz Toro pass, along the banks of the Naryn River at the junction of the Fergana ridge and the Moldo-Too mountains.

Toguz-Toro district is the geographical center of Kyrgyzstan that is bordered by Jumgal Naryn oblast in the north, Aktalaa district in the east, Toktogul district of Jalal-Abad oblast in the west, and Uzgen district of Osh oblast in the south. Toguz Toro district holds several villages such as Aral, Atai, Karl Marx, Birdik, Chet-Bulak, Makmal, Lenin, Kosh-Bulak, Dodomol, Ornok, Kara-Suu, Tabylgyty and Kazarman, which is the regional center of the Toguz-Toro district. 

Kazarman has a reputation as a tough mining town due to the Makmal open pit gold mine. The mine however no longer provides the employment possibilities and consequently the town suffers with the familiar issues of high unemployment where all the young people left the town. Although Kazarman is relatively low in altitude at just 1230 m above sea level like Naryn, it suffers from a climate that is extreme with hot dry summers and extremely cold winters. 

Till 1916 the village was called Ak-Chiy, then Koen – Tokoy. In the 20th century, about 60 Soldiers of Tsarist Russia settled in this place and they called their place of residence Barracks and the locals also began to call the place Kazarman. Nowadays the population of Kazarman is about 10 000 people. 

Kazaman is a typical Kyrgyz village with a scabrous central square and Dom Kultury as well as several shops, a tiny bazaar and gray blocks of Soviet-era apartments.  Kazarman is also the primary jumping-off point for a visit to the Saimaluu-Tash petroglyph site.

 

Toguz Roro curvy road

Around Kazarman

Immediate surroundings of Kazarman are undeniably beautiful, refilled with various high mountains. Therefore, the area is very attractive for hiking but due to the climate it is only possible in July and August as during other times of the year, the hills and mountains are all covered with deep snow. Kazarman is fairly rarely visited by tourists and therefore has retained its pure Kyrgyz way of life unspoilt.

Serpentine road to Kazarman Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyz village boy

Getting to Kazarman

The Kazarman village is connected with the other regions through highways but during the wintertime the town is cut off from civilization, due to the heavy snowfalls. The airport used to help during the winters before but it hasn’t been working in the recent years. You can get to Kazarman from Jalal-Abad, or from Naryn by marshrutka or shared taxi. 

Toguz Toro Mountains
Kazarman Town
Thanks for the pictures @solnechnyikazarman

Page updated 1.03.2021

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