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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China, Russia & Central Asia
The leafy village of Arslanbob (Arstanbap in Kyrgyz) nestles at 1600m beneath the granite cliffs of sacred Mt Babash-Ata (4,465m), some three to four hours drive from the southern city of Osh.
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