Kyrgyzstan is a small Central Asian country landlocked between Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and China. The country is thinly populated and geographically isolated by mountainous terrain. So what’s special about this country and what is there to do in Kyrgyzstan?
1. Travel to Kyrgyzstan to enjoy its landscapes!
More than 80% of its territory is occupied by mountains! So Kyrgyzstan is a country of high snowy mountain peaks and ranges, glaciers, flourishing meadows, coniferous forests and mountain lakes and rivers. Its beautiful landscapes are the reason that it is called the “Central Asian Switzerland”.
2. Travel to Kyrgyzstan to get dazzled by its nature!
Though Kyrgyzstan is a relatively small country, there are a lot of different ecosystems on its territory. From canyons to deserts, from flourishing meadows to glaciers, from rapid mountain rivers to peaceful lakes, including the pearl of Central Asia – Issyk-Kul Lake, large and clean mountain lake with slightly salty water. Kyrgyzstan is an oasis of untouched nature! If you are keen on ecotourism and nature-related tourism, Kyrgyzstan is definitely your ideal destination!
3. Travel to Kyrgyzstan to do horseback riding tours in Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve!
500 km from Bishkek you will find the Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve included in the international network of nature reserved by UNESCO. Its area is considered a very important part of the West Tien-Shan ecosystem and contains walnut forests, coniferous forests, mountain lakes (including Lake Sary-Chelek), rapid mountain rivers, waterfalls and alpine landscapes (lying at 1200-4274 meters of altitude). Moreover, there are more than 1000 species of plants, 160 species of birds, 34 mammal species such as deer, bear, lynx, wolf, fox, badger, porcupine … even the snow leopard) on the territory of this relatively small national park.
There are a lot of hiking and horseback riding tours organized by local professionals for those who want to admire the astonishing nature of Sary Chelek Biosphere Reserve.
4. Travel to Kyrgyzstan to relax on the shore of Issyk-Kul Lake!
Enjoy the second largest mountain lake in the world – Lake Issyk-Kul! Swim in its clean and slightly salty water; enjoy the view of snowy mountains surrounding it. Besides, there are a lot of beautiful valleys and gorges around the lake, so if you are keen on active leisure, you can do hiking or horseback riding in the surroundings of Issyk-Kul Lake.
5. Travel to Kyrgyzstan to experience the nomad lifestyle!
Don’t lose the opportunity to stay in a real nomad yurt – typical nomad dwelling made of felt. There are a lot of yurt camps in Kyrgyzstan, where you can not only stay overnight, but get to know more about Kyrgyz culture and traditions, experience local lifestyle and get to understand better these amazing and hospitable people! Besides, if you like adventures, hiking, nature-related or ecological tourism, you should keep in mind that yurt camp is the best accommodation option in hard-to-reach mountainous areas of the country.
6. Travel to Kyrgyzstan and meet the millenary culture marked by the Silk Road!
Kyrgyzstan has always been part of many commercial and cultural routes, in particular, of the Silk Road. Besides, the territory of Kyrgyzstan has always been a crossroad of different civilizations and cultures that left different archeological monuments that you certainly should visit! Among them:
- Tash Rabat – 15th century stone caravanserai in Naryn Oblast;
- Burana Tower – large minaret that remains from the ancient city of Balasagun (were Silk Road passed), which was established by the Karakhanids at the end of the 9th century (in Tokmok, 60 km from Bishkek);
- Dungan Mosque in Karakol – a wooden mosque built by Chinese artisans for the local Dungans between 1907 and 1910;
- Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Curch in Karakol – built in 1869, destroyed in an earthquake in 1889 and rebuilt in 1895.
7. Travel to Kyrgyzstan to feel the nature as you never did before!
Stay in a small and cozy guesthouse surrounded by the stunning Kyrgyz nature! Enjoy the hospitality of Kyrgyz people, try traditional Kyrgyz dishes, do hiking or horseback riding… and in the evening listen to the nature and get amazed by the billions of bright stars shining in the night sky. There are not so many places left on our planet where you can see such skies…
8. Travel to Kyrgyzstan to live an unforgettable adventure!
If you are an adventurer and explorer you MUST visit Kyrgyzstan! In this country you will certainly have an unforgettable experience! Kyrgyzstan is the perfect destination for the following adventures:
Kyrgyzstan was founded by nomads and the nomad lifestyle and traditions are strongly linked to the horses! Besides, can you imagine a better place to ride a horse than the absolutely stunning mountainous landscapes with almost untouched nature?
Hiking / trekking
Breath the pure air of Tien-Shan or Pamir mountains, enjoy the incredible views that you will never forget, feel the fragrance the flourishing meadows, swim in the purest water of mountain lakes… Feel the nature!
Any kind of mountaineering
Challenge your skills climbing up the highest Tian-Shan peaks Pobeda (7439 m), Lenin (7134 m) or Khan Tengri (6995 m); or just trek through stunning gorges, valleys, jailoos (meadows) and ancient glaciers.
Fishing and rafting
Explore thousands of rapid rivers and rivulets that start from mountain glaciers!
Discover the cyclist’s paradise! Any kind of terrain – from mountains to lake shores and vast jailoos…
There are 11 start points in Kyrgyzstan valid for paragliding. The price varies from 15 to 60 USD depending on the altitude of the point.
Numerous ski bases and ski resorts offer all imaginable skiing types of all complexity levels.
Don’t miss the chance to get your adrenaline rush driving at high speed in one of the most beautiful places of the planet!
Kyrgyzstan is the perfect place to live an off-road adventure! Different kinds of terrain and beautiful nature will make it not only exciting, but unforgettable!
Take back great memories of your unforgettable encounters with the fauna of Kyrgyzstan, including such rare animals as the snow leopard!