Chatkal District

Chatkal (Kyrgyz: Чаткал району) is a district of Jalal-Abad Region in western Kyrgyzstan. The administrative seat lies at Kanysh-Kyya.[1] Its area is 4,608 square kilometres (1,779 sq mi),[2] and its resident population was 28,625 in 2021.[3]

Чаткал району
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RegionJalal-Abad Region
 • Total4,608 km2 (1,779 sq mi)
 • Total28,625
 • Density6.2/km2 (16/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+6


The district occupies high-altitude Chatkal valley limited by Talas Ala-Too from north, Pskem Range from north-west and west, and Chatkal Range from south-east. In addition, the district includes a small area of south-east slope of the Chatkal Range facing Fergana Valley. Elevations of the terrain range from approximately 1500 m at Sumsar to 4503 m in the Chatkal range. Some other picks of the district reach altitudes of over 4000 meters. Chatkal valley is pear-shaped. The slope of Chatkal Range facing the valley is terraced. The terraces are dissected by deep canyons of Chatkal river's tributaries, characterized by snowfields and small glaciers in the upstreams. Chandalash Range extends in the central part of the district. Mountains occupy 96%, and vallies - 4% of the district.

The hydrology is dominated by Chatkal river with multiple tributaries: the largest ones are Chandalash (right) and Ters (left). [4] [5]


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Note: resident population; Sources:[2][3]

Rural communities and villagesEdit

In total, Chatkal District includes 21 settlements in 4 rural communities (ayyl aymagy). Each rural community can consist of one or several villages. The rural communities and settlements in the Chatkal District are:[1][6][7]

  1. Chatkal (seat: Jangy-Bazar; incl. Ak-Tash, Besh-Aral, Kurulush and Chandalash)
  2. Kanysh-Kyya (seat: Kanysh-Kyya; incl. Aygyr-Jar, Bashky-Terek, Korgon-Say, Kyzyl-Tokoy, Chakmak-Suu, Jer-Kapchygay, Kayyng-Suu, Kara-Bulak and Kara-Suu)
  3. Sumsar (seat: Sumsar; incl. Monchok-Döbö and Shekaftar)
  4. Terek-Say (seat: Terek-Say; incl. Ak-Terek and Bolush)


  1. ^ a b "Classification system of territorial units of the Kyrgyz Republic" (in Kyrgyz). National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic. May 2021. pp. 30–31.
  2. ^ a b "2009 population and housing census of the Kyrgyz Republic: Jalal-Abad Region" (PDF) (in Russian). National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic. 2010. pp. 13, 17.
  3. ^ a b "Population of regions, districts, towns, urban-type settlements, rural communities and villages of Kyrgyz Republic" (XLS) (in Russian). National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic. 2021. Archived from the original on 10 November 2021.
  4. ^ Ошская область:Энциклопедия [Encyclopedia of Osh Oblast] (in Russian). Bishkek: Chief Editorial Board of Kyrgyz Soviet Encyclopedia. 1987. p. 445.
  5. ^ Мониторинг, прогнозирование опасных процессов и явлений на территории Кыргызской Республики [Monitoring and Forecasting of Natural Hazards in Kyrgyz Republic] (PDF) (in Russian) (18th ed.). Ministry of Emergency Situations of Kyrgyz Republic. 2021. pp. 280–281. Retrieved February 4, 2022.
  6. ^ List of rural communities of Kyrgyzstan Archived 2010-02-09 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Law 27 September 2012 No. 168 on the transformation of individual urban settlements of the Kyrgyz Republic and relating them to the category of village or city

Coordinates: 41°45′N 71°04′E / 41.750°N 71.067°E / 41.750; 71.067