As Kyrgyzstan is a mountain country there are about 88 ranges that form the system of Tien Shan also known as Celestial Mountains. The range Chon Alai is a part of the Pamir mountain system and is located in the south of Kyrgyzstan. Ranges are the divisions of the country into regions - most known are North and South. The way how to reach each is possible with the famous and main road of Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek - Osh. The length of ranges may be from 100 to 300 km. The longest range that may be seen in the course of a tour in Kyrgyzstan is Kakshaal, 582 km long. The second place takes the Kyrgyz range with 454 km long. Other ranges are small and are about 10-40km wide.
Travelling in Kyrgyzstan you should pay your attention to shady mountains - the Terskey Ala Too in the south of lake Issyk Kul and sunny mountains - the Kungey Ala Too in the north of lale Issyk Kul. The northern part creates a border of Kyrgyzstan with Kazakhstan. The Kyrgyz range may be found in the north of Kyrgyzstan and is 40 km south of the capital. Pamirs are located in the south of Kyrgyzstan.
It is known that the Zaalaiskiy range is the most northern one. The Turkestan and Alai range make a creation of Pamir-Alai mountains. Being in Kyrgyzstan you may notice that tops of mountains are always covered with snow and are known as Ala Too mountains with a meaning of colorful and bright ones. Snow in mountains of Kyrgyzstan is seen at the altitude of 3600 m. Kyrgyzstan is represented not only by great ranges, but also small ones - Ak Sheirak, Chatkal, Ferghana, Keolu, Kok Shaal, Talas and Zaalaisky.