Snow leopards. Ancient walnut forests. Nomad culture. Kyrgyzstan travel won’t just introduce you to the Kyrgyz. This ‘Switzerland of Central Asia’ is a cultural melting-pot of Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Uighur and Russian culture.
That’s no surprise, given Kyrgyzstan’s vibrant Silk Road past. Silk, jewels and spices have flowed through these lands since the conquests of Alexander the Great. Today, everything from saddles and yurts to traditional felt kalpak hats are bartered over in the bazaars of Bishkek, the country’s capital.
Trade routes might change over time, but mountain ranges don’t stray an inch. The lofty peaks of the Tien Shan and Pamir ranges march across the country, stoking the souls of those that visit them. Nestled within their folds, adventurers can discover Buddhist carvings, ancient petroglyphs and remnants of lost cities.
An added bonus is that Kyrgyzstan is visa-free for over sixty countries, including the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
Things to do in Kyrgyzstan
Try kumis. It might not be to everyone’s taste, but kumis, or fermented mare’s milk, is a delicacy in these parts and no visit to Kyrgyzstan is complete without a sip or three. We can’t guarantee that you’ll be drinking it for the rest of your life, but you’ll certainly be telling your grandchildren about it in years to come.
Explore a real-life Atlantis. Yep, you read right. Archaeologists have found tantalising ruins and artifacts on the bed of Kyrgyzstan’s Lake Issyk-Kul, the second largest Alpine lake in the world. Some believe these to be the remains of a city built by Tamerlane and that Genghis – his Mongol predecessor – was buried on the shore nearby.
Walk Bishkek’s leafy boulevards. Brutalist through and through, Bishkek is rooted in raw concrete. But these Soviet architectural influences are balanced by the city’s tree-lined boulevards and leafy parks. Our directors Marley and Antonia lived here in 2017 and loved the city’s buzz (and its bars).
Embark on a Silk Road tour
When we say that we’re specialists in Kyrgyzstan, we really mean it. Our experience of the country means that we know the places and people that embody its soul.
Whether you want to embark on a Kyrgyzstan trekking tour, or to explore the country by motorcycle, 4WD or bicycle, we can help craft an immersive Silk Road experience for you. Why not get in touch?
- 16 Days
Exploring the Silk Road as shown in Joanna Lumley’s popular TV series, this trip has been designed by one of the series producers and provides a unique chance to really get to follow in her footsteps. An incredible opportunity.
- 12 Days
A 12-day supported backcountry mountain bike tour of Kyrgyzstan. Expertly-planned route with nights in hotels and yurts along the way. Experience the majestic scenery and welcoming culture of Kyrgyzstan from the saddle.
- 26 days
Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo, Alexander the Great, Amir Timur and more as you track the course of the mighty Amu Darya river from the Aral Sea to the High Pamirs.