Kyrgyzstan, an offbeat destination renowned for its trekking and horse riding, is an ideal place to discover nomadic culture at a grassroots level. There are plenty of rarely-visited locales to explore throughout this centuries-old Central Asian nation. Many people are drawn to the country with romantic notions of seeing magnificent eagles swooping on to the outspread arms of kalpakwearing Kyrgyz, or galloping at speed on horseback through Elysian-like fields of swaying grass, and then finishing off the day sharing beshbarmak and kymyzwith herdsmen inside of their yurts. All these things, and much more, are possible here. So if you’re heading out this way, be sure to stop by and visit Kyrgyzstan, the cultural epicentre of Central Asia.


Tien Shan Mountain RangeAlso known as the Mountains of Heaven, the Tien Shan range has drawn in countless explorers and travellers over the centuries. Extending for 2800km through Central Asia, over half the range passes along the Kyrgyz border with China. The Tien Shan is a superb location for trekking, mountaineering and attempting countless unclimbed peaks.


Lake Issyk-Kul KyrgyzstanOne of the most beautiful lakes in Central Asia, it is also the tenth largest in the world by volume and the second largest saline lake in the world after the Caspian Sea. Located at an altitude of 1600m, its surrounded by giant alpine peaks and its clear blue waters make it a great stopping off point for any journeys to or from the steppes/mountains.


Osh Bazaar KyrgyzstanThe second largest city in Kyrgyzstan, Osh has an ethnically mixed population of Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Russian, Tajiks and other smaller groups. The Great Silk Road Bazaar is the most central feature in the city as it is the largest in all of Central Asia. The main feature in Osh is Sulayman Mountain, which overlooks the city and was once a major site for Muslim pilgrimage. Nowadays Osh is most popular with foreigners as being the starting point of the Pamir Highway which extends all the way in to Tajikistan.


Bishkek KyrgyzstanBeing the capital city of Kyrgyzstan there’s a lot to see and do here ranging from the State Historical Museum in Ala-Too Square, the busy Dordoy and Osh Bazaars and on the outskirts one can take day trips to the Ala-Too Mountain Range, as well as Ala-Archa National Park which is a 30 minute drive away.


No visa requirements or visa on arrival for most nationalities. For those that require visa necessary to visit Kyrgyzstan embassy or consulate


It can get cold in Central Asia, especially at night. Temperatures at night can drop below freezing.


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Two prong European style systems (types C and F). Although adapters are extremely common.


Poor internet connection/speed.


Meat is dominant in all Kyrgyz cooking. Traditional cooking uses mutton, beef and horse meat. Milk products also commonly feature alongside bread.


Alcohol is permitted and is widely available


Kyrgyz and English


Sunni Muslim majority with minority Ahmadi.


No special dress code.


The FCO considers Kyrgyzstan to be a low risk region to travel.



Trips in Central Asia

    Trek The Wakhan


    A 22-day journey to visit the land of one of the world’s last and least visited nomadic cultures: the Kyrgyz of the Afghan Pamir. We will begin and end in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe before travelling along the dramatic Pamir Highway…

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      Marathon of Afghanistan

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        Buzkashi in the shadow of the Buddha niches

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          Afghan Ski Challenge

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              Trekking Turkmenistan


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                Unseen Kyrgyzstan

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                Trekking Tajikistan: Pamir Mountain Lakes

                  Trekking Tajikistan: Pamir Mountain Lakes


                  We will be traversing through the heart of the mountain range. Along the way, we will stay in the homes of the Pamiri natives, camp near centuries old caravanserais and explore the shores of shimmering blue Alpine lakes.

                  from $2,550

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