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The best time to visit Kyrgyzstan is during the summer months of July and August. Although it’s very hot, with temperatures around 86°F, 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, which are out of bounds at other times of the year. The high-altitude winters linger for a long time, barring travel through high mountain passes.

Kyrgyzstan’s position in the heart of Central Asia means it has a continental climate, with hot, dry summers where temperatures can reach 90°F, and bitterly cold winters where they can plummet to 23°F.

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Month-by-month guide for traveling in Kyrgyzstan

Peak Pobeda, Tian Shan mountain range

Visiting Kyrgyzstan in January - March

Winter descends on Kyrgyzstan and temperatures plummet as snow blocks some high mountain passes, making several areas unreachable. We advise against travel in these months.

Ala Archa, Bishkek

Visiting Kyrgyzstan in April - May

At this time of year, the country starts waking up after its long winter lull. Ger camps are still closed, but you’ll start to see people working in the fields in rural areas. There can be heavy spells of rain but, by late April, the spring flowers are in full bloom. Roads to mountain passes begin to open up.

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 80.6°F in July. The ger camps of Song-Kul 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.

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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