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  • ALA-TOO SQUARE
    ALA-TOO SQUARE
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  • AYKOL MANAS on  ALA-TOO SQUARE
    AYKOL MANAS on ALA-TOO SQUARE
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  • Lenine statue (at the back of ala-too sq)
    Lenine statue (at the back of ala-too...
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Kyrgyzstan Favorites

  • VISA INFORMATION (Cont.)

    Some travel companies can provide assistance by supplying a letter of invitation (visa support) for you to obtain a Kyrgyz visa.But do this in good time. I lived in the USSR/Russia for 5 yearsand OVIR are not to be messed about with. Kyrgyz visas can be obtained: · At the Kyrgyz Embassy or Consulate in the visitor’s home country before departure...

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  • VISA INFORMATION Kyrgyzstan

    (*) List of countries whose citizens can get a Kyrgyz tourist visa up to one month at any Embassy or Consulate of Kyrgyzstan abroad without invitation (visa support) and are free from registration in OVIR upon arrival:1. Australia2. Austria3. Belgium4. Bolgaria5. Bosnia and Herzegovina6. Canada7. Croatia8. Czech Republic9. Denmark10. Estonia11....

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  • Visa issues

    Regarding Kyrgyz visa:Nationals holding passports of the following countries may receive entrance/exit visa in the consular agency of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic at the airport Manas under personal request for one month:USA Australia Austria Belgium The Great Britain and Northern Ireland Germany Greece Denmark Israel Ireland...

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  • Community Based Tourism

    Community based tourism (CBT) was initiated in May 2000. The main objective of the CBT is to improve the living conditions of people in remote mountain regions, by developing rural tourism without harming the natural environment and culture of local people. website: http://www.cbtkyrgyzstan.kg The money you pay will help form and strengthen local...

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  • Lake Song Kul: into Kyrgyz nomadic way...

    While trekking around the Lake you can learn a lot about, and experience local Kyrgyz customs as you like -well, you have to...Life is, especially for the men, relatively relaxed. It’s their job to keep an eye on the grazing animals, and it’s most of the time delegated to their sons and dogs. It’s a beautiful sight to watch a 6 year old boy on a...

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  • Lake Song Kul: Shepherd's Life

    Based in the closest town –Kochkor- a Swiss organisation runs a program called Shepherd's Life, aims to bring together foreign visitors and shepherds in a responsible way. The families that wants to take part in the project gets half day’s training after which they can receive guests at fixed fees.One of the conditions is e.g. to have a fenced hole...

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  • Lake Song Kul: first time on a horse

    In a yurt my occasional travelpartner Linda and I were warmly welcomed with tea and kumus (light alcoholic fermented horse milk). Our horses and guide (the father of the family) were ready. It was our plan to complete the circuit around the Lake –90 km.- in 3 days.I was pretty nervous. Never had been riding a horse before while Linda was...

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  • Lake Song Kul: party time!

    Halfway the 3rd day my body hurt so terribly much from riding that horse that I decided to walk. When we arrived at our guides’ family yurt, his wife made us a fantastic dinner and announced party tonight! Surprise!!It was the most unlikely disco night in my life. Many neighbours came over and in the freezing darkness they parked a small truck,...

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  • Lake Song Kul: peaceful and pasture

    Lake Song Kul is a remote area of peace and tranquillity at an altitude of 3016m, and is visited by travellers, who want to experience rural Kyrgyz nomadic life and enjoy nature. Shepherds pitch their yurts around the Lake to stay there for the summer with family and animals.Most of the area is protected because of the presence of endangered...

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  • Lake Song Kul: a bird observatory

    Towards the evening we arrived at half a dozen of yurts, where we could stay for the night. It appeared to be the settlement for a bird observatory. A huge telescope was installed and they had to register the species and their numbers. Of course we could have a look as well, which was enchanting since we could observe not only birdlife but also a...

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  • Lake Song Kul: weather changes all the...

    On the 2nd morning the sky was dark, even black, as lightning struck the lake. But we had to cover a distance today. So we left anyway and I have to admit that 4 hours later, I was about to give up. On our way it started to hail and the big stones did hurt not only me but also the horse, that was out of control and ran to the next yurt faster...

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  • A magic land

    Travelling along the Great Silk Road is preferable following such route:Bishkek - Burana tower - Issyk-Kul lake - Song-Kul lake - Naryn - Tashrabat caravan sarai - Eki-Naryn - Bishkek - Osh - Arslanbob nut forest - Uzgen - Irkeshtam to China or Tashkent or Alma-Ata Issyk-Kul lake and mysterious caravan sarai is the most forgettable.Hunting Marko...

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  • You must admire nature -...

    You must admire nature - that's the main thing. And you must not hurry! Fondest memory... The deep blue sky against white mountain peaks.

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  • Visit Lake Issyk-Kul, if you...

    Visit Lake Issyk-Kul, if you can get to it! I flew there in a helicopter from Almaty, where I was living at the time. I certainly hope there are easier ways to access this amazing place.

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  • schielen's General Tip

    After visiting the family in this yurt, I had a present for them in the form of a postcard from The Netherlands. It was higly appriciated, since these people have a great interest in how there visitors live at home. To my suprise it was put up at the 'wall'. beside an other postcard from The Netherlands (with a tipical windmill on it). It was...

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  • Drink Koemis. This is a drink...

    Drink Koemis. This is a drink made of horsemilk. It's a little thicker then milk, and has a sweet/sour taste. In adition to that, is has an alcohol percentage of 3 up to 8!In the picture you see a Kyrgyz woman milking a horse. When you visit a Kyrgyz Nomad-family in their yurt you will always be presented a bowl of Koemis, out of hospitality, even...

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  • Most of what I've said on my...

    Most of what I've said on my Uzbekistan page applies here also. So best to refer to that. Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous country that only qualifies me visiting it, due to me walking across the border from Uzbekistan in the Pamir Mountains (I spent a total of five hours in Kyrgyzstan). So I'm not the best person to ask. There's also the Tian Shan...

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  • See the nomads on The Steppes!...

    See the nomads on The Steppes! And stay in a Yurt. Be sure to brush up on Yurt edicate before the trip! Do not miss eating the delicacy better known as sheep's eyeballs! Visit Issyk Kul lake and also go to Osh to see the hat factories. The country is so remote, even Stalin did not want to get involved in the interior. Visit the falconers. The old...

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  • Go to a village up in the...

    Go to a village up in the mountains -- preferably one without electricity or running water. You must stay in a yurt (a traditional Kyrygz) home up in the mountains. It is a very cultural experience and it's one of the coolest things you'll ever do. I'm here for a year, I'll tell you at the end of the year.

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  • filipdebont's General Tip

    Most of the Kyrgyz people are Nomads. Their favorite transportation is the horse. As proud cowboys you see these men enter the village. Traditional is also the akkalpak, a distinguished white felt hat with black trimmings and tassels.

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  • When we stopped in Naryn, we...

    When we stopped in Naryn, we visited the local market, but we had some extra time because of the repair of a flat tyre. So I had time to observe the local lifestyle. And as I work in a Company that makes busses and coaches, I was interrested in the public transport. All the vehicles looked very old. Watch the picture, there are a lot of people...

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  • filipdebont's General Tip

    The friendly faces of the people. For more great pictures of great people, see my travelogue - chapter people;

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  • filipdebont's General Tip

    As soon as we stopped to set our tents, near the Karakeche pass, we had some visitors. Well I think it is quiet normal if you live so remote, and then you see a group of tourist preparing them to spent the night, that you stop for a little chat. These people are extremely friendly, and they always invite you to their yurts for a cup of sour...

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  • filipdebont's General Tip

    In the morning, after breakfast, and after the de-mounting of our tents, we usually started our day with a hike. The guide told us which direction to go, and then after about 1 hour the truck-bus picked us up.That was a good way to do some exercise, because sitting in a bus for one month is not so good.So the same happened the first morning, we...

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  • filipdebont's General Tip

    And via our Russian translator we were able to talk to these super friendly men. For more pictures see in Travelogue - photo album - chapter : people.

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  • filipdebont's General Tip

    The encounter with some locals. As we made a photo -stop, some guys on horses approached, of course they are very curious about who we were and were we came from. Not so many tourist travel through this area.

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  • filipdebont's General Tip

    Kyrgyz people are Nomads, that is why all the young boys can ride their horse so well. Some of our group tried it, but it didn't go so well. Also the horse means the only way of transport for these guys in a rough environment.

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  • filipdebont's General Tip

    We entered Kyrgystan via the Kazakhstan border. The passing of the border went very quickly. And we spend our first night not far from a flood-control dam.

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