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Kyrgyzstan Holidays

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Squeezed between Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and China, and occupying much of the Tien Shan mountain range, Kyrgyzstan is a nation known for its spectacular alpine scenery, crystal-clear lakes, excellent walking and unrivalled hospitality. Our Kyrgyzstan holidays tend to start in Bishkek. The Kyrgyz capital, is a city of monumental avenues and large Soviet buildings framed by a ring of snow-capped peaks, however, it is in the country’s rural regions that the essence of Kyrgyzstan is best experienced. Issyk-Kul Lake is remarkable and the surrounding region supports a vast variety of wildlife including snow leopard, wild boar and ibex. The nearby petroglyphs at Cholpon-Ata are a fascinating diversion whilst visits can also be made to Ala Archa National Natural Park and Karakol to explore the spectacular gorge of the same name.

Places to visit in Kyrgyzstan

Once home to nomadic tribes that roamed the vast Central Asian steppes, the Kyrgyz eventually settled in modern-day Kyrgyzstan drawn by the mountainous geography and fertile river valleys. Over the centuries many have either passed through or conquered this remote land and today influences can still be felt from China, Tibet, Mongolia and Russia. Bishkek is the modern capital of Kyrgyzstan and the gateway to the remainder of the country. Explore the city, including busy Osh Bazaar, and visit neighbouring Ala-Archa National Park. To the east of Bishkek visit the Burana Tower which once sat in the centre of the important Karakhanid town of Balasagun then continue to Issyk-Kul Lake with its grand setting and fine views. The area around the lake is home to a number of interesting places, the highlight of which are the fascinating Cholpon-Ata petroglyphs.


When to Visit kyrgyzstan

The climate in Kyrgyzstan is continental with very cold winters and particularly hot summers. The country also averages over 240 sunny days a year. Being a mountainous region Kyrgyzstan has snow all year round in the high ranges and visitors should plan for low temperatures if at higher altitudes at any time. During summer, in the mountains, the mornings are generally fine and the afternoons hazy with occasional rain. Away from the mountains the temperature becomes much warmer. Kyrgyzstan has relatively little rainfall most of which falls in Bishkek from September to Mid-October. Overall the best time to visit is between May and October.

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Essential Information

flag of Kyrgyzstan Capital: Bishek

Main Language: Kyrgyz

Time Zone: GMT + 6

Currency: Kyrgyzstani Som (KGS)

China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan Holiday Review

We have returned from our epic journey and we had an excellent time. The journey delivered far more than we had anticipated on a number of dimensions. The mountain scenery was stunning and the desert scenery was awesome and not a bit like we expected. Despite our research, the history of the “Stans” both pre and post Soviet was a revelation. Of course, linking all of this together was the Silk Road and although it wasn’t a central aspect of a lot of the tourism, it cropped up enough times for us to get a really good understanding of it and provided a link between all the countries and sites we visited, which did add something extra.

SH & DH - China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan - October 2019

Accommodation in Kyrgyzstan

There are few hotel options in Kyrgyzstan and the widest variety of choices are found in Bishkek. As the capital of the country there are a few newer international hotels including the Hyatt Regency which is considered one of the finest in the city. Outside of Bishkek in provincial towns and rural locations accommodation is of a simple 3-star standard with no luxury alternatives. Here you should expect stays to be in either renovated Russian hotels, newly built modern properties or small Kyrgyz guesthouses.

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