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1991-The first tourists ever are us.well Western

There was no places listed apart from 5 places when I joined VT,
but now there are 3 Kara-Kol's???---Huh --It was called Preszevalsk
when we visited back in 1991 and were the FIRST tourists...there
were some climbers, known as 'Alpanist' by our Russian host Valentin.

We stayed for 6 weeks in the region and spent 3 nights in a 100% Kirgiz village,
about an hours drive West from Kara Kol south along the Lake Issik Kul.
Well until the man of the house, Dr.Bek showed up and paranoid that 2 Capitalists
were staying in the village in his house, he said we ran the risk of
getting our throats slit. Of course I didn't believe him, but I guess old beliefs
die slowly or never..My friend Nino (VT name ibiza_nino) didn't want to
take any chances...so we were at the bus stop on the main road at the crack of dawn....But I must say that those 6 weeks were one of the best trips and adventures of my life...

We went horse riding up into the mountains..

  • Last visit to Karakol: Feb 1991
  • Intro Updated Jul 8, 2010
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