About Kyrgyzstan Travel

Kyrgyzstan is truly one of the last frontiers of travel. Nomadic culture, horseback riding and eagle hunting have shaped this nation for thousands of years.

Not much has changed here in that time either. You can still witness and take part in many of these age-old traditions, plus you can go on epic multi-day treks into the mountains, you can soak in hot springs and fish in rivers.

Kyrgyzstan is a nature-lover's dream and those who make the effort to come here will be rewarded with some of the most memorable travel experiences that any one destination can offer.

Things To Do In Kyrgyzstan

Despite the fact that Kyrgyzstan is a relatively new travel destination with a tourism industry just starting to blossom, there are actually a lot of things to keep a traveller busy here.

Recent investments from the USAID and other projects have helped the local people of Kyrgyzstan to open new doors for tourists and have built some incredible tourism products here.

You can now follow well-marked trails, take part in walking tours and cooking classes and stay in a wide variety of accommodations, from fancy hotels to traditional yurts. Give yourself some time to travel here.

Below we've included all of our posts about the best things to do in Kyrgyzstan. Enjoy!

Top 10 Things To Do in Karakol (That Don’t Involve Trekking)

Karakol is the main city in the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan and is mostly known for being a jumping-off point for the surrounding Tian Shan Mountains and the popular treks to Ala-Kul lake, Altyn Arashan hot springs and the new treks in the village of Jyrgalan. But, there are ...

Places To Visit in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan isn't the easiest place in the world to get around, but it's definitely the easiest in Central Asia. People call it "Central Asia for Beginners" and for good reason. Here you can easily organize bus and car transport between the major sites.

It may take a little longer than in some countries, but the effort is always rewarded. Showing up at breathtaking villages like Arslanbob and heading out on trails where few other travellers have stepped is something that Kyrgyzstan offers visitors at every turn.

Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan – Village Life At Its Finest

Sometimes we come to a place and we know instantly that it will stay with us for a long time. Arslanbob was one such place. We arrived at night after a long 10 hour shared taxi ride from Bishkek (the Kyrgyz capital). Even in the pitch ...

Trekking To Ala-Kol & Altyn Arashan Without A Guide

If you’re heading up to Karakol, Kyrgyzstan and you’re planning on trekking to Ala-Kol & Altyn Arashan without a guide, you’ll need a few pointers. This article will help you explore the stunning Karakol Valley without a guide. UPDATE 2018: This trek is now available on ...

Kyrgyzstan Travel Information

There really isn't a lot of information about Kyrgyzstan travel online. When we first visited here, we were one of the only bloggers to have explored and written about our experiences there. We're still adding to this information today and below you'll find all of the posts on this blog that include useful Kyrgyzstan travel information.

The Ultimate Guide To Backpacking Kyrgyzstan

Backpacking Kyrgyzstan is often considered to be a highlight of travel through “The Stans“ and for good reason. The scenery is breathtaking, the people are warm and welcoming and best of all, there is no visa required to enter the country! Not only is it easy to ...

Through The Lens: The Village Of Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan

There’s just something about small villages that we absolutely love, and the village of Arslanbob was no exception. The people living there are 100% Muslim, 95% Uzbek and 5% Kyrgyz, which made for a very colourful, flavourful and hospitable place. From mountains to walnut groves, this ...

Central Asian Homestays: What’s The Deal?

Before coming to Central Asia we hadn’t really stayed in a homestay before and we were confused as to how they work. We had a lot of questions about how it works. Do you stay in the family’s room? Are there dorms? Does the family cook ...

10 Reasons Why Kyrgyzstan Is OutSTANding

Of all the Stan’s in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan is the most talked about amongst travellers, and for good reason. No visa hassle, open borders, forward thinking people, stunning mountains and community based tourism projects will ensure that Kyrgyzstan will always stay near the top of the ...

Community Based Tourism In Kyrgyzstan (CBT/Shepherd’s Life)

Kyrgyzstan sits in Central Asia, one of the world’s final great travel frontiers. People who plan to visit the country have visions of difficult transport, visa hassle, language barriers and all the things that typically come with intrepid travel. CBT (Community Based Tourism) is a company ...

Travel To-Do List: Central Asia

Depending on which country we travel to, we have a different  To-Do List. Some of the items remain the same (getting vaccinations, budgeting for the trip, buying travel gear, etc.), but for this particular trip, which will take us through Mongolia, Russia, Central Asia & Iran, ...

Our Kyrgyzstan Travel Blogs

We've visited Kyrgyzstan independently and as part of a tourism project helping local people build up the tourism infrastructure in the country, and we've had some incredible experiences in the country. Below you'll find all of our personal travel blog posts about our experiences travelling in Kyrgyzstan. Hopefully by reading our story, you'll get an idea of what your travels might be like in the country.

Discovering Kyrgyzstan: Announcing Our Next Big Adventure!

This year has been a whirlwind of experiences, taking us from South America to Europe and now, Central Asia. From the jungles of Colombia and the ice fields of Chile, to the historical sites of the UK, the medieval villages of Greece, and everything in between. It’s been ...

Backpacking Through Kyrgyzstan: A 3 Week Roundup

When we set off on this journey, we weren’t exactly sure what to expect from most of the “Stan” countries. The one country that we knew would be a hit though was little Kyrgyzstan, a place that is easy to get in to (no visa anymore), ...

Goats On The Silk Road: Where The Hell Are We?

We’ve been blogging away, writing endless posts about this enchanting, little-visited land known as Central Asia. But what is Central Asia? Where the hell are the Goats? I think it’s about time that we fill our readers in on the area and why we’ve decided to ...

Lake Issyk-Kul: We Came, We Saw, We Had Food Poisoning

Lake Issyk-Kul is a special body of water in the Northeast of Kyrgyzstan. Set between the two towering Ala-Too mountain ranges (which form the northern part of the Tian Shan mountains), this stunning lake is the second largest alpine lake in the world! Astonishingly, due to ...

Almaty To Bishkek: Goodbye Kazakhstan, Hello Kyrgyzstan!

After an amazing 10 days in Kazakhstan, it was time to say goodbye. We had planned to see more than just Astana and Almaty, but after having some fast-paced travel days, we decided to just stay put and travel slower. We spent a whole week just ...

Counting Down The Days Until Departure!

We have only a few weeks left here in China! I don’t know how this is even possible. It feels like we just celebrated Christmas. In 26 days (but who’s counting?!) we will be hoisting our backpacks over our backs and heading back out where we ...

Travelling to Central Asia: Pressures Of The Planning Process

We have 3 months left before our teaching English contract here in China is up and we’ve officially started planning for our next trip! It’s turning out to be quite the process. We knew that travelling to one of the least touristy regions on the planet ...


When To Travel To Kyrgyzstan

The Best Time To Visit: July to December

The best time to visit is July to September, although camping and trekking are pleasant from early June through mid-October. From the end of June through to mid-August most afternoons will reach 32ºC or higher, with a maximum of 40ºC. Mid-May to mid-June is pleasant, though many mountain passes will still be snowed in.

We've also visited the country in the fall, around October, and it was still a really nice time to visit. With climates warming around the world, the warm and dry season in Kyrgyzstan is being pushed later and later into the year. 

There are years when you can still trek in November in Kyrgyzstan, but for your best chances of good weather at all elevations around the country, definitely July and August are the best.