Kyrgyzstan

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Michael Voss
Kyrgyzstan Travel Specialist

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. 

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Bishkek
Top Destination
Bishkek
Unlike other capitals in the former Soviet Republics, Bishkek appears more unabashed about its Soviet past. Whereas elsewhere statues of Lenin and Marx have been removed, here they have often simply been placed in a nearby but more discreet location. This is a green city with parks and boulevards and a modern and relaxed atmosphere.
Lake Issyk-Kul
Top Destination
Lake Issyk-Kul
The second largest Alpine Lake in the world (after Lake Titicaca), Lake Issyk-Kul translates as “warm lake”. Whilst temperatures can plummet to -25C in winter, the lake never freezes making it a popular holiday location for locals in this land-locked country to enjoy swimming and water sports that others find by the sea.
Tash Rabat
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Tash Rabat
Tash Rabat is a caravanserai dating back to the 15th century which provided shelter and hospitality for travellers along the Old Silk Road. One of the country’s most remarkable monuments it is nestled in a secluded valley close to the Chinese border at an altitude of 3,530m and surrounded by mountains.
Osh
Marianne Grimshaw's Recommendation
Osh
Kyrgyzstan’s oldest city Osh sits close to the border with Uzbekistan and contains strong Uzbek routes. Any visit should include a visit to Jayma Bazaar – one of the oldest and busiest in Central Asia where you buy everything from fruit to silk to parts for old Lada cars.
Lake Son Kol
Marianne Grimshaw's Recommendation
Lake Son Kol
Kyrgyzstan is epitomised by its nature and nomadic culture which can all be found at Lake Son Kol. A wild Alpine lake surrounded by mountains, here you can stay in a traditional yurt whilst watching nomads on horseback tend to their herds of yaks.

Popular Destinations in Kyrgyzstan

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   Bishkek
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   Lake Issyk-Kul
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   Tash Rabat



Specialist Recommendations

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   Osh
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   Lake Son Kol


Regent Kyrgyzstan Specialist


Michael Voss
If you only have limited time or it’s your first visit, travel around Lake Issyk-Kul – the second highest Alpine Lake in the world. Whilst surrounded by stunning mountains you can travel across the steppe, witnessing the remnants of the country’s Silk Road history and the ongoing nomadic lifestyle of the Kyrgyz people. Visit ancient ruins and see where pioneers explored from Europe across to Asia, and in summer see yak herders tending to their flocks or hunting with eagles.

Michael's Tips
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Stay in a traditional yurt with the nomadic tribes who spend the summer herding their cattle on the Kyrgyz steppe.
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Visit Jayma Bazaar in Osh to purchase anything from dried fruit to carpets, and try kumis – a local delicacy.
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Attend a game of kok-buru, AKA “headless goat polo”, a traditional game played by the country’s best horseriders.




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