June to September is the best time to go to Kyrgyzstan. You can hike, ride horses, stay with traditional families in yurts and cycle around.
April, May and October are also ok, but hiking opportunities are less (unless you can handle the snow) and the yurts have already come down from the jailoos.
November to March is not recommended, unless you are keen on winter sports. Heating and electricity black-outs are common and roads are sometimes blocked by avalanches or snowfall, making Bishkek – Osh flight prices soar.
Note that the bar charts above are averages. For instance, it is absolutely normal to have an afternoon in Osh where the heat soars above 40°C, or a January morning in Bishek at -25°C. Also note that these cities are situated at low altitudes, unlike most of Kyrgyzstan.
Hiking: Mid-June to September is good for most hiking, but July and August are the only 2 certain months for hiking. A long winter can snow over passes as low as 2000m in June. July and August are the only months you can get to the higher reaches (above 3000 m).
Horse riding: April to October is the best time.
Cycling: June to September is best, seeing how you have to cross some high passes.
Skiing: December to March.
Rafting: Depends on the river, but generally August – October is best as the glacier melt is highest then. Easy-going kayaking can be done throughout spring, summer and fall.
Eagle hunting: Real hunting happens in winter (November to February), whereas summer is only for showcasing the birds.
Check our calendar of notable events and festivals you might want to consider while planning your trip for details.Climate bar charts courtesy of World weather online