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Things to do in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan’s snow-capped mountains, sapphire lakes and alpine scenery are a complete contrast to the scorched plains and arid deserts of its neighbours, and one of the most rewarding ways to explore is on a hike through the Ala Archa National Park.

Other things to do include a city tour of Bishkek, the nation’s capital, where you can visit the state museum to learn about Stalinist history, or a visit to the highly traditional Jeti Oghuz valley, just 30 minutes outside the city, where you can experience local life with a stay in a traditional yurt.

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Ideas for experiencing Kyrgyzstan

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Kyrgyzstan, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Market spices, Bishkek

    Bishkek City Tour


    A tour of this congenial capital makes for an interesting and relaxing day. The city can offer a poignant National History Museum, with exhibits on Kyrgyz victims of Stalin, as well as some interesting displays on Kyrgyz applied arts.

  • Jeti Oghuz

    Jeti Oghuz Excursion


    From Karakol a short 30 min drive west along the lake brings you to the head of the Jeti Oghuz valley, where you head north toward Jeti Oghuz village. A few minutes up the road you reach Broken Heart Rock, the reverse side of the famous Seven Bulls, a tremendous red limestone formation towering above the village.

  • Ala Archa National Park

    Ala Archa National Park


    Towering over the park are the highest peaks of the Kyrgyz Alatau Range, including Peak Korona (4860m) and Semenov Tianshanskii (4895m), both higher than anything Europe has to offer.

  • Altyn Arashan, Kyrgyzstan

    Altyn Arashan Excursion


    Close to Karakol is the stunning alpine Arashan gorge. This area offers some of the finest hiking in Kyrgyzstan, ranging from the pleasant 4/5 hour hike up the wooded valley from Ak Suu to the Altyn Arashan plateau, to 6-day mountaineering expeditions to the summit of glacial Mt Palatka.