Kyrgyzstan Travel Guide

  • Soviet style (Tsum department store).
    Soviet style (Tsum department store).
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    Bishkek architecture
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  • Tsum department store, Bishkek
    Tsum department store, Bishkek
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Kyrgyzstan Highlights

  • Pro
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     Untouched wilderness, natural beauty and friendly atmosphere. 

  • Con
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     Little infrastructure, doesn't fit for people who are not adventurous 

  • In a nutshell
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     Beautiful Mountians, stunning lakes, and nomadic culture 

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Bishkek

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120,327,10

Osh

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22,73,0

Karakol

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31,54,0

Karakol

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2,1,0

Sary-Tash

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11,34,0

Naryn

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Kyrgyzstan/Naryn_Oblasty/Naryn-1267902/TravelGuide-Naryn.html

9,28,0

Arslanbob

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0,9,0

Cholpon-Ata

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6,32,1

Irkeshtam

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Kyrgyzstan/Irkeshtam-1268255/TravelGuide-Irkeshtam.html

7,8,0

Ozero Issyk-Kul'

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Kyrgyzstan/Ysyk_Kol_Oblasty/Ozero_Issyk_Kul-1267582/TravelGuide-Ozero_Issyk_Kul.html

7,45,0

Tokmak

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Kyrgyzstan/Chuyskaya_Oblast/Tokmak-1267671/TravelGuide-Tokmak.html

3,6,0

Tamga

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Kyrgyzstan/Ysyk_Kol_Oblasty/Tamga-1267715/TravelGuide-Tamga.html

1,3,0

Tian Shan

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0,10,0

Tash-Komur

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0,2,0

Tamchy

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Kyrgyzstan/Ysyk_Kol_Oblasty/Tamchy-1267716/TravelGuide-Tamchy.html

2,0,0

Kara-Kol

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Kyrgyzstan/Kara_Kol-1268187/TravelGuide-Kara_Kol.html

14,16,0

Barskoon

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1,2,0

Toktogul

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/Kyrgyzstan/Dzhalal_Abadskaya_Oblast/Toktogul-1268667/TravelGuide-Toktogul.html

2,2,0

Bishkek

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Osh

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  • Solomon's (Suleiman)Throne

    Osh Things to Do

    For those who enjoy a walk and a city view, take the trail up to Solomon's Throne. It's uphill on a mostly decent path, concrete with a bit of rock thrown in. If you're lucky, you'll get passed up by one of the few men running up it. If not, never fear! The view of Osh is very pleasant, and this seems to be one of those places to bring a girlfriend...

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  • Osh

    Osh Things to Do

    Osh has also some museums, that I unfortunately did not see:- A small Archaeological-Cultural Museum with many of the ancient artefacts discovered in the city's environs. - Historical-Ethnographic Museum: the Great Silk Road Museum, with some exhibitions focussing on trade and life during the times of the Silk Road.

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  • Flight Osh/Bishkek

    Osh Transportation

    Flights run frequently between Bishkek and Osh, often more than once a day. We booked for both journeys the day before.Osh airport is wonderful. The check in hall serves coffee - wow!. The departure hall is a roof over a tarmac where you can watch your luggage being loaded a few metres away. I thought Osh was hot but it was nothing compared to...

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Karakol

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  • Altyn-Arashan Hot Spring baths

    Karakol Things to Do

    If you have a day or two in Karakol you must visit Altyn-Arashan natural hot springs. It is located about 30 km from the city and only place to get there is walk for about 17 km from Teploklyuchenka or hire an offroad taxi from travel company. The road is something. I called it an automoblie-climbing path. Once you get to the spot you see a...

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  • Russian style food in old russian...

    Karakol Restaurants

    Old wooden tipically russian house with shutters, nice old russian village interior, friendly watresses make this place a nice spot to stop for a portion of russian "Borsh" or "bliny" as well as have a cup of beer. bliny, cake for breakfast. Borsh or pelmeni (dumplings) for lunch. Selyodka (herring) with beer for dinner.

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Karakol

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  • Altyn-Arashan Hot Spring baths

    Karakol Things to Do

    If you have a day or two in Karakol you must visit Altyn-Arashan natural hot springs. It is located about 30 km from the city and only place to get there is walk for about 17 km from Teploklyuchenka or hire an offroad taxi from travel company. The road is something. I called it an automoblie-climbing path. Once you get to the spot you see a...

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  • Russian style food in old russian...

    Karakol Restaurants

    Old wooden tipically russian house with shutters, nice old russian village interior, friendly watresses make this place a nice spot to stop for a portion of russian "Borsh" or "bliny" as well as have a cup of beer. bliny, cake for breakfast. Borsh or pelmeni (dumplings) for lunch. Selyodka (herring) with beer for dinner.

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Sary-Tash

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  • Sauna

    Sary-Tash Things to Do

    My memories of this sauna close to the Pik Lenin base camp (about 5km away) make me smile. I anticipated our group all sitting together having a relaxing social sauna. Instead the sauna - based at the TV relay station overlooking the base camp - was in a tiny room that fitted 1 adult and 1 child maximum at a time. Still, a sauna is a sauna, and...

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  • Across the alluvial plain to Pik Lenin

    Sary-Tash Transportation

    From Osh to Pik Lenin Basecamp took 10 hours for 300km. We did it there in our trusty 4x4 mitsubishi minibus, and back in the truck in the picture. It was organised as part of the support for the Pik Lenin climb by Dostuck trekking.

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  • Hike or climb Pik Lenin

    Sary-Tash Things to Do

    Pik Lenin is one of the most accessible and least difficult peaks above 7000m to climb. It does require snow/ice experience, but is a good introduction to the high altitude peaks of the Himalaya and Pamirs. This was why we were there. The base camp was at 3720m, and it was not possible to see Pik Lenin from base camp itself. There were 4 groups of...

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Naryn

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  • Road a365

    Naryn Things to Do

    One of the last gas station leaving Naryn...the next one might be in china some hours further after passing the torugart pass.

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  • Naryn cemetery

    Naryn Things to Do

    Just outside the city a short walking distance is situated a hudge cemetery overlooking the whole valley

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  • Shared taxi

    Naryn Transportation

    Shared taxis are the only way to get around - and although the price from Naryn to Oash may sound expensive, considering the appalling state of the road and the mountains in between it is worth it! Expect to share the car with random people and products going to market though and be sure to agree a price in advance....

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Cholpon-Ata

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Irkeshtam

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  • Kyrgyzstan Border

    Irkeshtam Things to Do

    After crossing the bridge the road goes a bit upward in this narrow valley. The trucks are left behind. After a short drive you reach the small concrete building of the Kyrgyzstan Checkpoint. People are very friendly. The passports are checked very carefully. There are computers, but the informations of your passport are also written in Russian...

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  • From China to Kyrgyzstan

    Irkeshtam Things to Do

    After passing Chinese emmigration there a quite a few possibilties how to reach the Kyrgyzstan checkpoint. You can ask one of the many truckdrivers, if they can take you with them. This costs a bit. But it can take some time, before the truck is allowed to drive on.There might be a car of the border police taking you to the bridge - the zero point...

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  • Chineses Border

    Irkeshtam Things to Do

    Coming from Kashgar the Chinese passportcontrol is the frist stop on the way to Kyrgyzstan. Irkeshtam Pass is a narrow valley. The road is full of trucks waiting for the proceedings. That is quite astonishing as I did not see many trucks on the way to Irkeshtam. The Chinese emmigration is a small concrete building with all the stuff needed: X-ray...

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Ozero Issyk-Kul'

Tokmak

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  • Pick dandelions at the foot of Burana...

    Tokmak Things to Do

    The climb up the tower is through a non-lit staircase and it is quite a pleasure to visit areas that are not yet "touristified". The tower is about 1000 years' old, and was once 20m taller. Over time, and through earthquakes, it has become the only ancient building in the area (that used to be the ancient city of Belasagun).The Kyrgyz people love...

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  • Read the history of the Burana area in...

    Tokmak Things to Do

    The open air museum around the Burana Tower has got a pictorial representation of the history of the tower, and the city Belasugan founded in 960 AD - so I am told. I could not read the history because it was in Russian only. Apparently the city was so beautiful that when Genghis Khan came through, he spared the city and renamed it Gobilik (the...

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  • Wander through the Balbals at Burana

    Tokmak Things to Do

    Balbals are grave markers used by nomadic Turkic peoples who used to roam Central Asia. They could be carved with the face of a victim of war, a conquered person or someone special to the carver. This collection at Burana Tower has been assembled from all over the Chui valley, and is displayed in the open air near the tower.

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Tamchy

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    by RB_Oakes Written Sep 21, 2004

    I can't really think of anything else to do in Tamchy other than veg out at the beach. Lake Issyk-kul is swimmable - surprising given its altitude. Many Russians from Kazakhstan come here on vacation. It's a quieter beach than nearby Cholpon-Ata. However, those expecting a pristine stretch of sand will be disappointed - it's swampy around the beach and the sand itself is kind of pebbly. Locals like it because it's all they've got. Most of us have seen much better.

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