Engilchek, a village located southeast of the Issyk-Kul region, is where the story of a ghost town in Kyrgyzstan begins. It lies close to the border of China, but always held close contact with the Soviet Union.
During Soviet Union times, mining towns in Kyrgyzstan were thriving for decades. As a result, dozens of cities and villages were founded. Mostly in remote areas, like Engilchek. Mining led to well-developed towns, and infrastructure grew quickly. That provided essential buildings, like hospitals and schools, for about 5,000 inhabitants.
However, after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, unemployment grew. The mines closed down, and, as a result, the town began to lose its population. The remaining families slowly died off and left behind abandoned houses, playgrounds, a hospital, and even an airfield. The story of a ghost town does reflect the ghosts of the past, which still can be witnessed when visiting Engilchek in Kyrgyzstan.
On this trip to Kyrgyzstan, you will have the chance to see what impressive power such a ghost town can have. You will have the opportunity to go on an adventure in Kyrgyzstan you will never forget. And don’t worry, we will make sure everything is planned so you only have to enjoy yourself!