Kyrgyzstan

All countries in Central Asia have a lot of natural capital, but none manage to present it as well as Kyrgyzstan.

The main tourism highlights are accessible and inexpensive, it’s easy to get away from the few places where tourists congegrate and authentic experiences of nomad life, post-soviet life and animal life can be had at every step. Ecotourism projects are running smoothly: hiking, horse riding and yurtstays can be arranged easily with the benefits going to those who need it the most.

With visa-free travel now available for citizens of most wealthy countries, and better flight connections with Europe and the Far East, Kyrgyzstan is poised to become the new darling of the outdoor community.

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  1. Jasper en Mette says

    Hi,

    We are planning a trip from the Netherlands to Middle Asia. The route as we planned it will be through Europe, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, boat to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and back through Turkey. At some point, when driving from Bishkek to Osh, the route seems to cross Uzbekistan. Or maybe it goes just along the border, i’m not sure.. Do i need to get an Uzbek visa for this part or is there an other way around it? Osh would be the starting point from where we’d like to drive the Pamir highway, somewhere around May or June, would that be the right time of year?
    Thank you for any thought and suggestion, and what a great website!

    regards,

    Jasper and Mette

    • says

      Hi Jasper, no, the road does not pass Uzbekistan, it goes around. June is a good time to visit the Pamir Highway. May is also not bad, but not ideal – still very chilly up high.

  2. Kurt says

    Hello,

    Is it possible to visit the Fergana Valley in March from Bishkek? I’ve heard that it has really temperate weather there. Are the Uzbek enclaves able to be visited at any time? Are they dangerous?

    • says

      Hi Kurt, yes this is possible, it will not be very cold. I am writing when-to-go articles for different places as we speak. Kyrgyzstan is already online, not completely finished yet, but you can have a look. http://caravanistan.com/when-to-go/kyrgyzstan/ Check the Osh chart, the same weather applies in the Uzbek part of Ferghana Valley.

      The Uzbek enclaves are to be avoided, IMO. Locals have been killed on several occasions this year, and the visa and border situation is very confused. Unless you have a good reason to go, there is nothing noteworthy to see there.

  3. says

    Hi my partner and I are arriving in Tashkent on 11 August 2014 and leaving Tashkent on 16 August 2014. In between this time I would like to visit the Pamir Mountains. Is it possible to drive from Tashkent to the Pamir Highway and back in 6 days? How much would it cost for a 4×4 and driver for this trip? Do you have any other suggestions for a 6 day trips around Tajikistan from Tashkent or to Kyrgyzstan?

    • says

      Not enough time. Other suggestions: Fann mountains or mountains in Southern Kyrgyzstan. Sorry for the Brief answer, this is too big a question to answer. Am hoping to write some articles to guide people, perhaps next year.

  4. eko says

    Hi!
    This country looks very promising to explore and I’ve heard of using highly recommended Community based travel in Kyrgyzstan. However there are a lot of testimonials suggesting the CBT was awfully organized. Even more extreme a member in the lonely planet forum said it was 3rd world service with 1st world price!
    Do you have any better suggestion for traveller who wants to explore the landscape and get closer to the locals? Thanks!

    • Katie says

      I’ve done many trips and homestays with CBT and always really enjoyed the experience (but it is basic in comparison to e.g. Thailand). You only pay around $4.50-$8.00 per night (or $10 for a yurt) and with all meals included it might cost around $10/day with $4 extra for horse riding. However you can cut costs by taking your own tent and opt for the no meat option for meals. You do get a genuine experience but with better food (CBT hosts are trained to provide vegetables, not just meat and bread). Ultimately getting closer to locals depends on your language skills – if they’re good, just roam the jailoo, find a wagonchik and ask if you can stay the night in exchange for a kilo of flour and sugar.:)

  5. Pierre-Armand says

    Very interesting website. I really enjoyed all the information given here to the travellers. Kyrgyzstan is such a nice country to visit.

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