Kyrgyzstan

With its unique, striking mountains, Kyrgyzstan is slowly becoming a pretty popular trekking destination.

However, the mountains of Kyrgyzstan are, definitely, not the only reason why you should come here.

From a well-developed public transportation system to a wide range of budget accommodation, hospitable people and just an amazing, undiscovered culture, Kyrgyzstan is an easy place to travel and the perfect spot for travelers seeking a unique and off-beat destination

After spending two months exploring this Central Asian country, my conclusion is that Kyrgyzstan is an exciting destination which will, definitely, leave you fascinated.

Honestly, I can’t recommend Kyrgyzstan enough.

For all the practical information, read: 75 Things you need to know before traveling to Kyrgyzstan

Capital – Bishkek

Population – 6 million (110th)

Language – Kyrgyz (a Turkic language) but Russian is widely spoken. 

Visa – Most nationalities can get a 2-month free visa on arrival. Other nationalities can apply for an e-visa. For more information, read my guide to Kyrgyzstan

When to go – Kyrgyzstan is a trekking destination, so it is recommended to come from June to September. The rest of the year the mountains are covered by snow. 

Travel insurance – Most Kyrgyzstan is in high altitude areas, so traveling with proper travel insurance is a must. I recommend World Nomads for the following reasons:

  1. It is the only company that covers with an unlimited budget
  2. It provides coverage for a very big bunch of adventure activities, including trekking in high altitudes
  3. You can hire it while on the road

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Trekking in Kyrgyzstan – Kyrgyzstan is the ultimate trekking destination and, for this very same reason, I have compiled this Beginner’s Guide to Trekking in Kyrgyzstan

5 Top things to do in Kyrgyzstan – These are just some of my favorites:

  1. Trekking in the Tien Shan range – The main reason you come to Kyrgyzstan for. Read: Trekking in Karakol
  2. Staying with real nomads in a yurt camp – Kyrgyzstan is home to the most accessible nomadic culture ever. 
  3. Trekking on the back of a horse – This is the land of horses and going over a mountain pass on a horse is a must. Read: Horse trekking in Tash Rabat
  4. Hanging out in Bishkek – The capital of Kyrgyzstan is surprisingly Westernized.
  5. Going the Alay Valley and Lenin Peak base camp – My most favorite natural site in the country

For more information, don’t forget to read my 4-week itinerary to Kyrgyzstan

Typical costs – It is a very cheap destination. You can easily find homestays or yurts for 10USD a day, including dinner and breakfast. Meals cost around 1-2USD in local eateries and between 2-4USD in mid-range places. Public transportation within cities costs 15c and buses between nearby towns, less than 1USD. You can easily travel for less than 20USD a day.

Transportation  – Most Kyrgyzstan is easily accessible by public transportation. Locals travel in both marshrutkas (mini-vans) and shared taxis.

Accommodation – Kyrgyzstan has the peculiarity that, no matter where you go, locals offer their houses to foreigners for home stays. Whether it is a remote village or a touristic destination, as soon as you arrive, women will approach you, asking if you want to stay at their house. You can also book them in advance through booking.com.

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