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Kyrgyzstan Travel Guide: 514 reviews and 1,329 photos


Kyrgy-huh? Kyrgy-wha? Kyrgy-where?

That's right: Kyrgyzstan, the land of horses, kumys and incredible natural beauty that takes you in its grip and never really lets go. In 2004 I spent two exciting and adventurous weeks in this land - a country that can't be compared to anything that I've seen ever before or since.

So, are you ready for a virtual journey through this unknown country? I'll certainly give my very best to make your journey pleasant, exciting and a bit scary, too. If you are not adventurious with food, then please make sure to check out my food tips. Can't wait to see some faces after you've 'tried' a bit of the local food...hehee. Anyway, let me get started now :)


Some facts about Kyrgyzstanc

Location : Central Asia
Neighbours: Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and China
Independent since: August 31, 1991
Population: Approx. five million
Biggest ethnic groups: Kyrgyz (20%), Russian (18%) and Uzbeks (13%)
Official languages: Kyrgyz and Russian
Main religions: Sunni Muslim and Russian Orthodox

I bet you didn't know that...

* Kyrgyzstan is home to more than 80 different nationalities and ethnic communities (due to being on the Great Silk Road - a trade route that streched from Europe to China)
* Kyrgyzstan sits at a very high elevation - over 90% of Kyrgyzstan's area is above 1500 m
* Kyrgyzstan is host to around 500 species of animals and 335 species of birds
* Kyrgyzstan is home to nearly 2000 lakes


What I liked the most about Kyrgyzstan:

* Nature: it was unbelievably beautiful, untouched and while traveling around, I constantly had the feeling that I was in the furtherst point possible from any human civilization
* Kyrgyz kids: I couldn't stop photographing them since they all looked so innoscent, happy and super cute. Check out the special folder "Kyrgyz kids" to see some examples
* Experiencing the Kyrgyz customs and culture: : from learning how the yurta is built and maintained to eating - yes, very gross - sheep eyes and drinking kumys
* Interacting with locals: they were some of the most sincere and kind people I've ever met.


Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful and untouched nature, great hiking, welcoming people
  • Cons:Little infrastructure, doesn't fit for people who are not adventurous
  • In a nutshell:A wonderful place to visit far, far away...
  • Last visit to Kyrgyzstan: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated Feb 26, 2005
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  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Some great tips, stories and pictures. I spent 6 weeks here when I was living in Russia. Mostly in Issikul Lake and Kara Kol. Incredible country with very friendly people. Shame didn't really chat in Krakow. Thx for sharing. :-)

  • Robmj's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    Nice page and tips, thinking of adding Kyrgyz to my want to visit list, thanks

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    I love to visit locals, Travelchili, and hope to meet some next winter. Business trip but hope to have time for myself; I slept in yourts and homestays in Central Asia, these are much better than hotels; you made here a touching page.

  • Feb 12, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    Our roads is our reality. I'll totally agree that they are far away of being good. But considerably depends on what vehicle you use. http://www.transland.com.kg

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Thank you for this interesting page of Kyrgystan with useful tips! I will arrive there in about 3 weeks.

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2008 at 2:42 AM

    that is really nice photos you have from kyrgystan. and nice to see that there are some good homestay options.

  • Mar 13, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    thanks for sharing your wonderful experience with us all. it looks like a beautiful country to visit. although those small old handpainted planes sound just a little bit scary to me! greetings from australia x

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Hi, Travelchili (I don't know your real name) Great to read your pages! I wish you to visit the 100th country soon! (in three year!) Dreams come true!

  • Escadora7's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2007 at 9:05 AM

    Hi Travelchilli! What an interesting Kyryzstan page! What made you decide to go there for vacation? It looks beautiful! All the best, Ash & Eve

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    What an exotic destination and how different to experience & to see how people live. I love the faces of the people there, especially the little children. Nice page, Ande!!


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