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Altyn Arashan, Kyrgyzstan

When is the best time to visit Kyrgyzstan?

Kyrgyzstan’s position in the heart of Central Asia means it’s continental in climate, with hot, dry summers and bitterly cold winters. The summer months of July and August are extremely hot. Though this heat can be uncomfortable, this is when the country’s bazaars are at their most lively. It’s also the ideal season to explore the country’s mountainous areas and hiking trails that are out of bounds at other times of the year (the high-altitude winters linger long, and bar travel through high mountain passes).

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Summer, for me, is the best time to be in Kyrgyzstan (more specifically, June or July, as you avoid the large Russian tour groups who sometimes visit during their school summer break). Staying in a yurt is much more peaceful (and less chilly) at this time of year. The meadows are carpeted in flowers, and it’s a good time to go walking in the mountains.

Chris, North & Central Asia & Oman Specialist

Kyrgyzstan Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bishkek 2°C 26mm 3°C 30mm 10°C 48mm 18°C 75mm 23°C 64mm 28°C 36mm 31°C 16mm 30°C 11mm 25°C 16mm 17°C 41mm 9°C 40mm 4°C 29mm
Karakol -5°C 12mm -3°C 14mm 5°C 23mm 14°C 38mm 19°C 54mm 23°C 54mm 25°C 57mm 25°C 55mm 20°C 39mm 12°C 30mm 3°C 19mm -3°C 14mm
Osh 1°C 35mm 4°C 43mm 11°C 55mm 20°C 53mm 25°C 49mm 30°C 20mm 32°C 13mm 31°C 6mm 26°C 9mm 19°C 38mm 10°C 32mm 3°C 32mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Kyrgyzstan

Tien Shan, Kyrgyzstan

Visiting Kyrgyzstan in October - December

The ger camps close as nomads leave the jailoos (summer pastures) and the days grow significantly colder. Travel is still possible in October, if you’re prepared to put up with greater chances of rain and more unpredictable weather. You’re likely to see far fewer foreign visitors at this time of year. Then, in November and December, winter again closes its grip on the country, making travel here during the final months of the year arduous and sometimes impossible.

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