Giant marmots. Ancient walnut forests. Sunken palaces. Kyrgyzstan travel won’t just introduce you to the Kyrgyz. It’s a cultural melting pot of Uyghyr, Tajik, Chinese, Uzbek, Tatar 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, shepherd’s chests and ak 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 Tien-Shan and Pamirs cascade across the country and stoke the souls of those that visit them. Nestled within their nooks, crannies and hidden pockets, true adventurers can discover Buddhist petroglyphs and lost cities.
Oh, and here’s the best bit: you won’t be needing a Visa.
Things to do in Kyrgyzstan
Try Kymiz. Fermented mare’s milk is a delicacy in these parts. We can’t guarantee that you’ll be drinking it in your tea for the rest of your life, but it sure is a story to share with the grandkids.
Explore a real-life Atlantis. Yep, you read that right. Kyrgyzstan is home to Issyk-Kul, the second largest Alpine lake in the world. Submerged underneath its depths, archaeologists have found a lot of remains. Rumour has it that this was a city built by the raging conqueror Tamerlane, and that Genghis – his Mongol compatriot – was buried on the shore nearby.
Walk Bishkek’s leafy boulevards. Brutalist through and through, Bishkek is rooted in raw concrete. But soviet influences are balanced out by the city’s luscious green spaces, which cover the city from top to bottom. Our directors Marley and Antonia lived here for a while and loved its buzz (and its breweries).
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 take on the country by motorcycle, four-by-four or bike – we can craft an 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.
- 14 Days
Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan : our Superior Pamir Highway Jeep Tour. Guided by our wonderful local team who will look after you like family. This is a superb route full of sites and sights.
- 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, Tamerlane and many more as you track the course of the mighty Amu Darya river, from the Aral Sea to the High Pamir mountains.