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. 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 Park and Karakol to explore the spectacular gorge of the same name. Every holiday and tour to Kyrgyzstan that we design is one-off, memorable and special.