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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 36°F 1" 37°F 1" 50°F 2" 64°F 3" 73°F 3" 82°F 1" 88°F 1" 86°F 0" 77°F 1" 63°F 2" 48°F 2" 39°F 1"
Karakol 23°F 0" 27°F 1" 41°F 1" 57°F 1" 66°F 2" 73°F 2" 77°F 2" 77°F 2" 68°F 2" 54°F 1" 37°F 1" 27°F 1"
Osh 34°F 1" 39°F 2" 52°F 2" 68°F 2" 77°F 2" 86°F 1" 90°F 1" 88°F 0" 79°F 0" 66°F 1" 50°F 1" 37°F 1"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Kyrgyzstan

Song Kol Lake, Kyrgyzstan

Visiting Kyrgyzstan in June - September

This is Kyrgyzstan’s summertime, so you can expect low rainfall and temperatures to rise steadily, reaching an average of 27 C (80.6 F) in July. The ger camps of Song Kol and Tash Rabat open, but the nights are still cold in these mountainous locations. Lake Issyk-Kul, with its mild, temperate climate, is particularly pleasant to visit at this time of year.

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