Traveling in 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%)


All Posts about Kyrgyzstan:

The 15 best and most beautiful places to visit in Kyrgyzstan
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  Here’s a list of the best and most beautiful places to visit in Kyrgyzstan, including detailed info on how … Read More

The Complete Guide to Trekking in Kyrgyzstan with 13 of the most beautiful hikes of the country!
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  In this article, you’ll find a list of the most popular hiking trips in Kyrgyzstan. Whether you want to … Read More

How to renew your travel visa for Kyrgyzstan
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    This article explains how and where you can renew your 60-day travel visa for Kyrgyzstan   Cynthia and … Read More

The top 28 things to do in Kyrgyzstan – culture, nature and sights
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  After living and traveling in this small Central Asian country for more than 11 months, I made a selection … Read More

The Ultimate Packing List for Trekking in Kyrgyzstan + What you need to know before you go hiking
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  In this post, you’ll find a complete list of things you need to pack before you go trekking in … Read More

Things to do around Bishkek: 8 great day trips and hikes
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  Here’s an overview of the best hikes, the most interesting places to visit and fun things to do around … Read More

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

Eagle Hunting – About the ancient tradition and where to visit the Eagle Hunters in Kyrgyzstan
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In this photo-essay, we tell you all about Central Asia’s ancient tradition of falconry and where you can visit the … 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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