Plan an amazing trip to Kyrgyzstan
If you are looking for adventure - a complete change of scenery and you are not put off by the unusual, then Kyrgyzstan’s natural wilderness and impressive landscapes are for you.
Bordering Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan and, to the south west, China, this central Asian country is almost entirely mountainous. About half the size of the UK, the country’s peaks reach 7,000 metres. In the middle ages, the country was crossed by the famous Silk Road.
Still barely open to tourism, Kyrgyzstan has kept the authenticity of its natural wilderness and nomadic people, who are particularly welcoming. Living in yurts and travelling on horseback, the Kyrgyz may surprise you with their kindness and generosity.
You can stay in a yurt yourself, take in traditional music or watch Ulak Tartysh, the national sport played between two teams on horseback.
Don’t miss a visit to the sacred mountain Sulaiman Too. Ornately decorated with petroglyphs, it is a UNESCO world heritage site. Bishkek, the capital, is still marked by communist era architecture. The Osh Bazaar is the city’s immense, popular market full of colourful stalls.
At Lake Issyk-Kul, you can enjoy swimming at 1,800 metres altitude, in warm water (20ºC) at the foot of snow-capped mountains. In the Jety-Oguz Valley you can admire the orange coloured rock formations, its many gorges and impressive waterfalls. If you enjoy walking, discovering Lake Alakol’s clear waters will take your breath away.
The country is so full of treasures, and there are plenty of other places we could recommend, so why not visit Kyrgyzstan for an affecting journey of discovery.
Best time to go to Kyrgyzstan
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