Welcome to Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan has a diverse and stunning mountain landscape, a 2000-year-old nomadic history and is inhabited by hospitable people from varying ethnicities. Overall it’s around five times larger than Switzerland, yet with a population of only around 6 million people. About 90% of Kyrgyz territory lies above 1500 meters and the climate is continental, with very cold winters and hot summers. The difference in elevation from 400m in Ferghana Valley to 7439 on top of Peak Pobeda allows summer travelers to experience hot weather in the valleys and snow in the mountain regions.
Kyrgyz like to call their country the “Switzerland of Central Asia” referring to its democratic political system and mountainous nature. When it comes to its natural beauty, this term is really an understatement – Kyrgyzstan’s landscape is much more diverse and the peaks much higher than in the Swiss Alps. Since nature is the centerpiece of Kyrgyzstan’s beauty, the best time to travel is in the summer – shepherds take their yurts to pasture, when the high peaks are accessible to tourists and the trekking routes have picturesque views.
Lake Issyk Kul is the second largest mountain lake in the world surrounded by mountains that attract locals as well as foreigners to its shores. Kyrgyzstan has a visa-free regime for most westerners, so for up to sixty days you can explore snow-peaked mountains and wild trekking routes, sleep in yurts and guesthouses, enjoy local cuisine whilst getting to know the locals and shop for traditional Kyrgyz hats (“kalpaks”) in bazaars and so much more.