About Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyz Republic – or simply Kyrgyzstan –  is a small landlocked country in Central Asia. The country is defined by the beautiful Tien Shan mountain range which occupies 90% of the country, lush valleys and hundreds of crystal-clear alpine lakes. Kyrgyzstan is a land of nomads who still strongly value their centuries-old nomadic traditions. 

If you like being in the wilderness and you’re interested in learning more about the nomadic lifestyle in Central Asia, then you’ll have to travel to Kyrgyzstan! It’s one of the few off-the-beaten-path countries where you can still get a taste of the authentic nomadic culture!

Capital: Bishkek

International airports: Bishkek airport, also called Manas (FRU), and Osh airport (OSS)

Currency: Kyrgyzstani Som (KGS)

Official Languages: Kyrgyz and Russian

Main religion: Islam (86%)

 

Everything you need to know before you go:

 The Ultimate Travel Guide to Backpacking in Kyrgyzstan

 

All Posts about Kyrgyzstan:

How to get from Bishkek to Almaty : crossing the Kyrgyzstan – Kazakhstan border.
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  A report on how we traveled from Bishkek to Almaty by bus and shared taxi, crossing the Kyrgyzstan – … Read More

Celebrating Nowruz in Kyrgyzstan
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    An informative photo report about Nowruz, how this Persian New Year is celebrated by the Kyrgyz people and … Read More

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Backpacking in Kyrgyzstan
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  This is a complete guide for the independent traveler with everything you need to know about backpacking in Kyrgyzstan. … Read More

Ready Steady Goat! An insight into Kok Boru (Dead Goat Polo), the unusual National Sport of Kyrgyzstan
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  This photo-essay is an insight into Kok Boru, an unusual and popular horse game in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia, … Read More

The Golden Eagle Hunters of Kyrgyzstan – About the traditions and where to visit the hunters
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In this photo-essay, we tell you all about Central Asia’s ancient tradition of falconry and where to see the Golden … Read More

Burana Tower and the Lost City of Balasagun in Kyrgyzstan – a photo-essay
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A photo-essay about the Burana Tower and the Lost City of Balasagun in Kyrgyzstan, including practical information on how to … Read More

The pleasant and unpleasant surprises of hitchhiking in Kyrgyzstan
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Stories about our first hitchhiking experiences in Kyrgyzstan and useful tips for travelers who would like to do the same … Read More

One week with a donkey in Kyrgyzstan
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This week we share the beautiful story ” Three souls and eight legs walking aligned – One week with a donkey … Read More

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