Kyrgyzstan Things to Do

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Kyrgyzstan Things to Do

  • Stay in a yurt!

    One of the highlights of my trip to Kyrgyzstan is the time I spent with a Kyrgiz family living in a yurt (traditional tent). A Swiss aid-organisation, Helvetas, can organise this for you. Go to Kochkorka, at Kochkorkuchasi 111 is the house of Maripa Shakirova who will set you up with a family. You can choose where and how long you want to go,...

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  • Sleeping in a Yourt under a perfect blue...

    If you want to experince the local way of life find a family that accept guest in their yourt (a felt tent). Local shephard spends the summer months grazing their animals (horses and yaks) in the mountains; their accomodation are round felt tents that dot the highlands. There is an Association - Shepherd's life - that can tell you - roughly - where...

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  • Tash Rabat Caravanserai in the Silk Road

    The main well known wonders of this small country bordering China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are the beautiful lake Issyk-Kul, which means Holy Lake, where you can admire the Tian Shan Mountains, then the exotic bazaars of Osh. Very few travel to the remains of an old caravanserai along the legendary Silk Road: Tash Rabat (it is in a...

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  • Holy trinity cathedral in Karakol

    A beautiful wooden orthodox cathedral at corner of Lenina and Gagarin, its fine yellow domes have been destroyed and rebuilt and during the Soviet era it was used as a club, I realy recommend also a stop in the beautifu lgardens around it too cool off!

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  • Things to do in Osh- a walk up Dom...

    LP says the walk from the center of Osh to Dom Babura is steep, well it is not, it is really easy because there are steps on the way and you don't really feel the increase of gradient.So walk up to Dom Babura on a beautiful day, it will take you 20 min approx to reach the top. Along the way you will meet many nice Uzbek ladies who will ask where do...

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  • Other things to do in Kyrgyzstan

    here are some random suggestions...When in Bishkek you will be probably amazed by the emptyness and vastness of its streets and squares, their have been built for hosting military parades rather than for people to move around...Fortunately in summer the children make good use of the massive, otherwise quite useless fountains by turning them into...

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  • relaxing and night clubs

    Issyk kul for a relaxing (if you want) time by the beach very nice place to visit, nice gardens and also night club on site

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  • Stay in a Yurt

    There are yurt camps for tourists all over the country (mostly Issyk-Kul and Naryn Oblasts) where you can experience the traditional life of the nomad Kyrgyz. Some prices can be a bit expensive though, so if you are on a budget, look around before you decide who to stay with.

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  • Manas village

    Manas is the legendary hero of Kyrgyz people. The village of manas is located just few kilometers ouside the Bishkek. This very interesting interesting monument build in 1980's, is a must see.

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  • high mountain pastures - jailoo

    Jailoos (mountain pastures) are situated high in the high mountains, at an altitude of 2500-3000 m. above sea level. You will be amazed at the sight of mountains.Jailoo tourism is part of a new approach to developing Kyrgyzstan's tourism industry, a strategy centered on Cultural Tourism. Cultural Tourism emphasizes the interaction and communication...

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  • Lake Issy-Kul

    The trip to Kyrgyzstan is not completed without the visit of beautiful Issy-kul lake. It is among world's most glorious lakes, surrounded by snow covered majestic tian-shan mountains its pure and clean water and lovely beaches invite tourists to spend some relaxing days here.

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  • The Dungan Mosque

    This distinctly Chinese looking mosque was built completely without nails in 1910. The building is beautifully built and reflects the Dungan’s (Chinese Muslims) pre-Islamic Buddhist tendencies, with symbols of the pomegranate, shell, and wheel of fire decorating the inner sanctuary. Barely surviving the communist takeover in Kyrgyzstan, today it is...

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  • Russian Orthodox Cathedral

    Beautiful on the outside and the inside, this is one treasure of Karakol that you will not want to miss. The cathedral, which was originally built in 1872, has been rebuilt twice: once in 1890 after an earthquake and again in the early 1990s to repair the damages caused by the Soviet empire’s atheist policies. According to my guidebook, the...

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  • Issyk-kul

    Lake Issyk-Kul (170 km long x 70 km wide and 695 m deep), is considered to be the second largest mountain lake in the world, after Lake Titicaca in Southern America. It is situated high in the mountains at 1600 m. above sea level.The name "Issyk-Kul" means "hot lake" in Kyrgyz and it never freezes.The mountain, and at the same time, marine...

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  • Hunting with Golden Eagles

    Unfortunately we were out of season for falcon's - so we had to "made-do" with Golden Eagles. Fantastic experience, and amazingly large creatures - they will happily take on a wolf in the wild (in fact one of the birds was initially caught when it ate an entire wolf one day, and was so heavy it couldn't take off again!).

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  • Hunting with Golden Eagles

    Unfortunately we were out of season for falcon's - so we had to "made-do" with Golden Eagles. Fantastic experience, and amazingly large creatures - they will happily take on a wolf in the wild (in fact one of the birds was initially caught when it ate an entire wolf one day, and was so heavy it couldn't take off again!).

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  • Yaks

    Yaks are the mammals that live at the highest altitudes in the world. They can climb up as high as 20,000 ft (around 6,100 m). Yaks tend to live at high altitudes because of their thick coat and vulnerability to diseases. In fact, yaks normally cannot live below 10,000 ft above sea level. Yaks are found at high alpine pasture in Tien Shen...

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  • Lake Son-kul

    About 3100 meters above sea level, it is another lovely lake located in Tien-shan mountain range. Son-kul is used by shepherd from the Kochkor region. The surroundings of son-kul are mostly untouched. Perhaps the most surprising fact is that around son-kul you will never see a tree or even a shrub.

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  • A Bird in Hand

    In the Gorge to the North West of Issy Kul I found a man eager to show off his hunting falcon. Many of these nomadic activities are carried on much as they were centuries ago. Now courious Americans can feal the weight of a trained falcon for themselves.

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  • Side trip from the lake

    North west of Issy Kul is a gorge cut by one of the many mountian rivers that feed into the lake. The scenery is amazing, perfect even.

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  • Inside Tash Rabat

    Inside of the Caravanasi Tash Rabat near the Chinese border south of Naryn, there are remnants that hint how things were in the name of the Khans. The domed roof looks like it was badly restored but in many of the rooms, there are about 30, you can see the original decorations carved into the remnants of plaster. Small shafts allow sunlite into the...

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  • From the mists of time

    At the Tomb of Manas, near Talas, are several large stones with an unknown language carved into them. I was told that no one knows who wrote it or what they say. Facinating.

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  • Song Kul

    Song kul is much smaller than Issyk Kul and does not have the relaxing beach and mountian atmosphere but it has a true Kyrgyz charm all of its own. A perfect blue disk set in a high alpine vally, the lake is surrounded by a sparse population of sheep, camels and yurt dwelling people.Near the lake many large stones are set up in rings. There are no...

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  • The Legandary Manas

    You don't have to be in Kyrgyzstan for long to learn of Manas, the national hero and protagonist of the epic poem that has been sung for generations. Some of the more famous singers of the poem have even made their way onto the money(500 Som)Near the dusty mountian town of Talas, where the Turkomen defeated the Chinese and stopped their westward...

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  • A stop on the Silk Road

    It is a pretty long trip through manny bumpy roads and Mountian passes but it is worth it. Tash Rabat is a 1000 year old Caravanasi, a stop on the Silk Road, near the border with China and the Tougart pass. You can feel the history at this massive stone structure and easily imagine a caravan of horses and shaggy camels emerging from the mountians...

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  • Second Largest Alpine Lake in the World

    Everyone should find their way to Issy kul.The Lake is beautful. The waters are clear, with small windblown waves. It would feel like the ocean but more relaxing with no tides, big waves to worry about, benches are built right up to the water so you can sit and put your feet in the water. Like I said it feels like the ocean as you look across the...

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  • Altyn Arashan

    Altyn Arashan is the most popular and most accessible (no tent required) trekking destination in Kyrgyzstan. From Karakol, take a bus to nearby Teploklyochenka, from there, it's a two hour walk South to the Ak-Suu sanatorium. This is where you can spend the first night and have a soak in the hot springs. Next morning it's a five-hour climb up a...

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  • Mountain climbing in...

    Mountain climbing in Tian'-Shan' is what I would recommend most... It is not comfortable but the things you will actually see will leave deep impressions...Unspoilt nature and new people with the life style you hvae probably never seen before.

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  • These women at the bazaar were...

    These women at the bazaar were preparing some food to sell. We bought quite a load of grub, from fried dough to apples.

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  • The open-air market (bazaar)...

    The open-air market (bazaar) is a fixture of Central Asian life. While we were touring around the Issyk-Kul area we stopped at a small bazaar in a village near the lake. The donkey looked pretty OK with life.

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  • Camp at Karakichi.

    This part of the Kyrgyzstan mountains looks a little bit like Austrian or Swiss Alps. We made a good long mountain tour with great views over the valley.In this and the previuous picture you can see our truck.

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  • schielen's Things to Do Tip

    From a hilltop I had this view over the farm where the family from the previous picture live, and over our 'camp'.

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  • Visiting the valley of...

    Visiting the valley of Tash-Rabat, we made our camp beside the home of this family. A few of us slept in this room, and all of the group used it as a dining-room. Beeing so close to the native people gave us a better understanding of the life in the Kyrgyz mountains. It's a hard life.The man with the hat entertained us one evening with music and...

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  • Visit Tash-Rabat.

    In a valley in the At-Bashi range there is an ancient caravanserai. The caravanserai itself is worth a short visit (see picture, entrence fee 20 som, almost 1/2 US$, rather expensive!), but the main attraction are the mountains in which you can make extensive walks.

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  • Visit a bazaar (market). The...

    Visit a bazaar (market). The picture shows you a tiny corner in the immense Osh-bazaar in Bishkek.The food presented in a bazaar is of a better quality than I find in the foodstore at home!

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  • Visit a local market. here you...

    Visit a local market. here you can see the real life, see the activities of the locals. And buy some stuff for your further journey. And if you do not speak any Kyrgyz language or even no Russian, it is really funny to try to explain something with hands and feet.

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  • We also spend the night at...

    We also spend the night at that place, in the back you see the yurts next to the white building. But we preferred to sleep in our own tent. I should also tell you that Tash Rabat is at 3500 m altitude, so pretty high, which also means pretty chilly after sunset. But whe were equipped with good sleeping gear, so no problem for us.

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  • Visit Tash Rabar...

    Visit Tash Rabar Caravanserai.To visit this caravanserai, you must leave the road that heads to the Chinese border. It's about 15 km in the mountains, finally you arrive in a superb, green valley. This caravanserai was build to protect The Silk caravans from snowstorms and bandits, it dates from the 10th century.

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  • The big Son-Kul lake. It is...

    The big Son-Kul lake. It is great to stop and sit near the lake to relax and enjoy the scenery. It is always good if you stop near one of the many yurts, and meet the real Kyrgys nomads.

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  • When we approached the big...

    When we approached the big Son-kul lake, we saw a little boy on a camel. Everyone yelled 'Photo-Stop', I think this boy must feel like a real VIP now, as he was photgraphed by 20 tourists. After all it was the first camel we did see on our trip.

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  • Watch the remarkable landslide...

    Watch the remarkable landslide along the road, with some imagination you can see the shape of a Baobab tree in it.

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  • Visit one of the many...

    Visit one of the many cemeteries along the road. As the Kyrgyz people are nomads, they never have a fixed place to stay. Only once they are dead, the relatives build a grave in a form of a house; these graves are always near a road, so the deceased can watch the other nomads travel on.

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  • The richer the family, the...

    The richer the family, the bigger and more beautiful the graves become. In front you see a typical Kyrgyz grave in the form of a Yurt made of iron work, the Yurt is the typical tent used by the nomads.

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  • In a small village we passed,...

    In a small village we passed, we saw a kind of monument. It was the monument for a local hero. As the story goes he was very big and strong. The monument is in fact a Yurt under some kind of roof. Inside the Yurt there is a giant hand print of the local hero, we all tried to put our hand in the handprint to measure it, but our hands were much...

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  • Driving along the desolate...

    Driving along the desolate mountain weadows, and admiring the snowy mountains along the road.The unspoilled tranquillity.

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