Kyrgyzstan is a nirvana for active travellers; with a wildly beautiful landscape of stunning mountain ranges, vast lakes and alpine valleys, hiking boots are an essential part of the kit list. Sparsely populated and on very few western tourists’ radar, this is crowd-free immersion in big nature at its best.
The capital, Bishkek, is a great place to start Kyrgyzstan holidays. It is a capital city struggling to establish its identity, but also a city packed with leafy streets and parks, and it even still features a Lenin statue as a reminder of its former-Soviet period, though this has been demoted to a small, tucked-away square.
Visitors in the know are drawn to Lake Issyk Kul where the emerald-green water is flanked by red desert on one side and snow-capped mountains on the other. Trekking opportunities are also available, taking visitors into Karakol Canyon to experience its panoramic views, discover prehistoric petroglyphs and try Kyrgyz-style treatments in a sanatorium. Kyrygystan holidays combine cultural immersion with exposure to the natural environment. Our tours allow visitors to get involved in community initiatives and interact with locals; choose to stay with a family in a traditional yurt (where a glass of fermented horse's milk is a must-try), and embrace the tumult of the daily bazaar at Osh to haggle for souvenirs or sit back and people watch.