20 top things to do in Karakol Kyrgyzstan

20 top things to do in Karakol Kyrgyzstan

The first time I visited Karakol Kyrgyzstan in 2014 there were not really any things to do in Karakol. It was a grubby town with concrete Soviet flats. Karakol only served as the gateway to the spectacular mountains nearby. There was no reason to stay 

How to travel from Bishkek to Karakol in Kyrgyzstan

How to travel from Bishkek to Karakol in Kyrgyzstan

Getting from Bishkek to Karakol can be very straightforward. From Bishkek there are frequent minivans throughout the day that leave for the 7 hour journey. Then why am I writing a post about how to travel from Bishkek to Karakol ? Just like the journey 

Ala Archa National Park in Kyrgyzstan: a travel guide

Ala Archa National Park in Kyrgyzstan: a travel guide

Ala Archa National Park is one of the best daytrips from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan. It is only 40 kilometers south of the capital and therefore a very popular escape from city life for both locals and tourists that are looking for some fresh air and nature. 

18 Top things to do in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan

18 Top things to do in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan

Bustling bazaars, green parks and Soviet architecture is what characterizes the capital of Kyrgyzstan. They are among the top things to do in Bishkek. A city that is quickly changing from a Russian outpost to a dynamic capital city with a Kyrgyz identity. Kyrgyzstan has 

How to get from Bishkek to Osh in Kyrgyzstan

How to get from Bishkek to Osh in Kyrgyzstan

It’s 670 kilometers from Bishkek to Osh and it takes something between 10 to 14 hours to get from Kyrgyzstan’s capital to the country’s second largest city in the south.  The long journey is too long for some. Flying from Bishkek to Osh is the 

Arslanbob: the walnut forests of Kyrgyzstan

Arslanbob: the walnut forests of Kyrgyzstan

On my first trip to Kyrgyzstan in 2014 I was mesmerized by Arslanbob. This little Uzbek village north of Osh in the scenic Babash Ata mountains is famous for its large walnut forests, scenic waterfalls and friendly homestays. Arslanbob is one of the best places 

15 Top things to do in Osh Kyrgyzstan: travel guide

15 Top things to do in Osh Kyrgyzstan: travel guide

Osh is the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan and also the oldest settlement of the country with a history of over 3000 years. It was the fertile soil of the Kyrgyz Fergana valley that attracted people to settle down in a land where most people 

Sary Mogul Kyrgyzstan: a guide to the Alay mountains

Sary Mogul Kyrgyzstan: a guide to the Alay mountains

Even though it was my second visit to Kyrgyzstan I had never heard of Sary Mogul and the Alay mountains. Only because it was included in my Pamir highway tour I ended up in this small town in the Alay valley in Southern Kyrgyzstan. My 

Pamir highway itinerary: From Dushanbe to Osh in one week

Pamir highway itinerary: From Dushanbe to Osh in one week

Many think the Pamir highway is just one single road. The official M41 runs from Dushanbe in Tajikistan to Osh in Kyrgyzstan. However, there are many sidetrips and detours that make your Pamir highway itinerary much more interesting. With so many things to see and 

Planning a Pamir highway tour: the ultimate guide

Planning a Pamir highway tour: the ultimate guide

A Pamir highway tour is for many a dream come true and a highlight of travel in Tajikistan. It is called the roof of the world and is one of the highest highways in the world. The M41 runs through spectacular and desolate rugged mountains