The Western Karakol gorge is especially popular among cyclists due to the unpaved road that runs through it.
The gorge adjoins the southern slope of the Kyrgyz Range and borders on the Suusamyr valley. A large number of hiking trails pass through the gorge. The length of Western Karakol is 60 kilometers. The gorge is uninhabited, there are no settlements. Only in summer local shepherds set up their camps in the gorge.
Three mountain passes lead to Western Karakol: Sokuluk, Ala-Archa and Alamedin.