Bishkek has a gorgeous backdrop of snow capped mountains. Within an hour you can go from staring at drab Soviet era monuments in downtown Bishkek to be trekking on a mountain side, gawking at cragged peaks and crossing mountain streams. One of the most easily accessible areas is the Ala-Archa Canyon about 40 km south of Bishkek. There are several great trails which can be done as a day trip, including the six hours loop in the wooded and pretty Adygene Valley. Otherwise, there are plenty of multi-day trails leading up to passes, glaciers, and peaks (climbing gear and skills needed), where Semenov Tianshanskii (4,895 m) is the highest.