Reasons to Visit
Kyrgyzstan is home to two pristine and deep alpine lakes, Issyk-Kul which never freezes over and provides the main lakeside towns with a pleasant climate and Song-Kol, which although smaller is equally beautiful.
94% of Kyrgyzstan landscape is mountainous, with jagged, rugged, peaks towering above the flatter plains. Most of the peaks form part of the dramatic Tian Shan range which sweeps through Central Asia into China.
The Kyrgyz have always been a nomadic nation, with customs today developing from the ancient traditions of nomad ancestors. From living quarters to how communities are run the nomadic heritage remains vitally important in Kyrgyzstan.
Terrain in Kyrgyzstan is difficult and barren, often treacherous and unknown. However some of the world’s greatest journeys begin here, including crossing the stunning Torugart Pass.
The opportunities for light hiking or more adventurous trekking are endless. Two of our favourite spots are Ala Archa Canyon and the Jeti Oghuz Valley.
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From the road, Bishkek is almost obscured by trees. It is one of the world’s greenest capitals and has a reputation for being laid-back and welcoming to visitors. The best hotels in Kyrgyzstan can also be found here.
From the road, Bishkek is almost obscured by trees. It is one of the world’s greenest capitals and has a reputation for being laid-back and welcoming to visitors.
Though there are plentiful signs of the city's Soviet past - including a giant statue of Lenin pointing towards the Parliament - the general feel is of a regional, agricultural industrial centre that has, quite unexpectedly, had political status thrust upon it.
The best hotels in Kyrgyzstan can be found here, a welcome respite after the long road from China, as well as some interesting sights including the atmospheric Russian Orthodox Church and the sprawling Osh Bazaar.
The city’s backdrop of spectacular snow-capped mountains hints at the wonderful outdoor opportunities that lie beyond, and less than an hour away at Ala Archa anything from gentle riverside strolls to glacier treks await.
A journey along the mighty Silk Road is truly one of contrasts. As one of the world's most infamous trading routes its rich culture and mixed history ensure it remains one of the world's greatest journeys.
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