You'll find some of the world's most spectacular trekking in Kyrgyzstan.
More than 90% of the country is mountain wilderness, a mixture of rolling alpine steppe and glaciated valleys, culminating in the highest peaks of the Tien Shan range ("Mountains of Heaven").
The highlight of any trek is the opportunity to meet nomads, whose yurts dot the landscape.
Many nomadic families welcome visitors, providing them with an insight into a life only tenuously connected to the modern world.
If you're looking for serious adventure, it's possible to trek to the Inylchek Glacier, one of the largest on Earth, sited high on the wild and snowy Chinese border.