Tag: Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz food guide: what to eat in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz food guide: what to eat in Kyrgyzstan

Let me be honest, for many Kyrgyz food is not love at first bite. Many travellers struggle with the bland and greasy food in Kyrgyzstan. In the average roadside restaurants choices are limited and simple. Dishes are often characterized by chunks of mutton that have 

Backpacking Kyrgyzstan: everything about travel in Kyrgyzstan

Backpacking Kyrgyzstan: everything about travel in Kyrgyzstan

This post is a travel guide about backpacking Kyrgyzstan. It includes all the practical things you need to know about travel in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan is an incredible tourist destination and often dubbed the Switzerland of central Asia. Its mountains are indeed equally impressive. Only its 

16 top places to visit in Kyrgyzstan

16 top places to visit in Kyrgyzstan

Are you thinking of travel in Kyrgyzstan and are you wondering what to see in this beautiful country? You are in the right place. In this post I will share the best places to visit in Kyrgyzstan to help you plan your itinerary. Kyrgyzstan is 

Kyrgyzstan itinerary: what to see in 2 to 3 weeks

Kyrgyzstan itinerary: what to see in 2 to 3 weeks

Kyrgyzstan is called the Switzerland of Asia and is one of the best destinations for outdoor lovers. With more than 80 mountain ranges, glittering high altitude lakes and superb hiking trails there are plenty of opportunities to plan a Kyrgyzstan itinerary full of exciting activities 

Song kul lake in Kyrgyzstan: a travel guide

Song kul lake in Kyrgyzstan: a travel guide

Before I went to Kyrgyzstan every tour agency I emailed told me it was not possible to get to Song kul lake in may. It would still be too cold and the season only starts in june. It was with much regret that I had 

15 top things to do in Bokonbaevo Kyrgyzstan

15 top things to do in Bokonbaevo Kyrgyzstan

Like Karakol, it is not Bokonbaevo itself that makes it a spectacular destination, but the surrounding mountains and the range of outdoor activities that are on its doorsteps. Bokonbaevo in Kyrgyzstan is not only interesting for nature lovers though and is also a great place 

Manjyly Ata: the valley of sacred springs in Kyrgyzstan

Manjyly Ata: the valley of sacred springs in Kyrgyzstan

For the people in Kyrgyzstan, Manjyly Ata is a holy place that attracts local pilgrims since people can remember. They believe that Manjyly Ata is the valley of sacred springs whose healing waters can cure any disease. As famous as Manjyly Ata is among the Kyrgyz 

The Skazka Canyon in Kyrgyzstan: a travel guide

The Skazka Canyon in Kyrgyzstan: a travel guide

When I look around me I am wondering if I am still in Kyrgyzstan. The colourful red rock formations of the Skazka Canyon are a completely different world from the green alpine meadows and the snow capped peaks that Kyrgyzstan is famous for. The Skazka 

Tosor: Kyrgyzstan’s stunning beach destination

Tosor: Kyrgyzstan’s stunning beach destination

As I walk with my bare feet through the sand of Tosor beach it almost feels like I am on a sunny beach holiday. Who knew you can also go on a beach holiday when backpacking Kyrgyzstan? Why visit Tosor? Most people imagine mountains, yurts, 

Jyrgalan Kyrgyzstan: a quick travel guide

Jyrgalan Kyrgyzstan: a quick travel guide

In 2014 when I first visited Karakol nobody knew about Jyrgalan. However, when I returned to Kyrgyzstan in 2019 it was one of the most popular destinations for those that love outdoor activities like hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. I went to Jyrgalan as 

Jeti Oguz: a Soviet Sanatorium town in Kyrgyzstan

Jeti Oguz: a Soviet Sanatorium town in Kyrgyzstan

Jeti Oguz is a sleepy village in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and one of the most popular day trips from Karakol. Nowadays, most people come to see the unique red rock formations such as the iconic seven bulls. Throughout the day busloads of tourists arrive 

The Altyn Arashan trek in Kyrgyzstan

The Altyn Arashan trek in Kyrgyzstan

The Altyn Arashan trek in Kyrgyzstan is one of the most popular things to do near Karakol. The beautiful Altyn Arashan valley is famous for its natural hot springs, alpine meadows, forested mountain slopes and views on the snow covered peak Palatka. Altyn Arashan is