Kyrgyzstan is a tiny Central Asian republic with a population of around 6 million people, but it is said that if you rolled all the mountains out flat, the country would be bigger than China. 97% of Kyrgyzstan is mountainous, so wherever you travel you are guaranteed to have spectacular snow capped peaks on your horizon.
The mountainous terrain in Kyrgyzstan isn’t well suited to large settlements, so historically most of the population was nomadic. There are still families who drive their flocks of sheep and goats to the high pastures in summer, living on lake shores in yurts. Kyrgyzstan’s community based tourism infrastructure is much better developed than in the neighbouring countries, so wherever possible Paramount Journey will arrange for you to stay in a homestay with a local family, learning firsthand about their way of life. Staying beside Issyk Kul or Song Kul — Kyrgyzstan’s most scenic lakes — you can horse ride, milk yaks, erect yurts, and try your hand at making a shyrdak, the traditional felt rug which decorated and insulates a nomad’s home.
Kyrgyzstan has a number of fascinating historic sites, including petroglyphs, the ruined tower of Burana, and the ancient city of Osh. But it is the living cultural heritage of the Kyrgyz people which really enthralls guests, in particular kok boru and other horse sports, wrestling, the recitation of epic poems, and traditional music. The Ferghana Valley is divided between Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, and as diplomatic relations are currently good, it is easy to move back and forth across the borders. We also recommend combining Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, as Almaty and Bishkek are only a few hours’ drive apart, and both countries are visa free for most nationalities
Kyrgyzstan is such a popular destination for Paramount Journey’s guests that we have included it in three of our tours. The Central Asian Circuit is a “best of” itinerary which incorporates the Silk Road treasures of Uzbekistan, the dramatic Pamir Highway in Tajikistan, and the lakes, mountains, and nomadic culture of Kyrgyzstan. Waking up at Song Kul, looking out at the horses grazing on the lake shore, is a sight you’ll never forget. ...
Mountains and Nomads focuses on the natural wonders of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. This is an active programme for those who love exploring the great outdoors under their own steam. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking and horse riding, and you can even mountain bike, too. Paramount Journey’s experienced guides were born and raised in these mountains, and know every valley and pass. Your safety and enjoyment are their top concerns.
Ferghana: A Central Asian Patchwork covers a culturally rich region of Central Asia which was divided between Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan in Soviet times. Paramount Journey’s programme here is focused on the arts and crafts, and includes splendid examples of regional architecture, craft workshops, and bazaars. You will also feast on the fresh seasonal produce which grows so abundantly in this fertile land.

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Kyrgyzstan offers a range of options for travelers’ expenses. Accommodation choices vary from budget-friendly guesthouses and hostels to more upscale hotels. Dining in the country is generally affordable, with local eateries and street food stalls providing inexpensive meal options, while higher-end restaurants offer a more premium dining experience. Transportation within Kyrgyzstan is reasonably priced, with public transportation and taxi fares being budget-friendly. Exploring the country’s natural beauty and cultural sites through guided tours and activities comes with varying price tags, depending on the type and duration of the excursion. Some attractions may charge entrance fees. The official currency is the Kyrgyzstani Som (KGS), and while credit cards are accepted in larger cities, it’s advisable to carry local currency for smaller expenses.

Kyrgyzstan is a captivating destination for travelers, known for its breathtaking landscapes and warm hospitality. While the country offers memorable experiences, it’s essential to stay vigilant. Keep an eye on your belongings, especially in crowded areas, and take precautions on mountain roads, where weather conditions can be unpredictable. Be mindful of altitude sickness when exploring high-altitude regions and respect local customs to foster positive interactions with the friendly Kyrgyz people. By staying informed and using common sense, you can have a safe and enjoyable adventure in this stunning Central Asian nation.

  • Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies and evacuation, as healthcare facilities can vary in quality. Stay hydrated, especially in high-altitude regions, to prevent altitude sickness. It’s wise to carry any necessary prescription medications and a basic first-aid kit. Be cautious with food and water, favoring bottled water and well-cooked meals to reduce the risk of gastrointestinal issues. By taking these precautions and staying informed, you can enjoy a safe and healthy adventure in Kyrgyzstan.
  • Before traveling to Kyrgyzstan, ensure you have a valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining. Most nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival, which typically allows for a stay of up to 60 days for tourism purposes. However, it’s advisable to check the latest visa policies and requirements, as they can change. If you plan to stay longer or for other purposes like work or study, obtain the necessary visa in advance from a Kyrgyz embassy or consulate. Additionally, make sure to register with the local authorities within five days of your arrival if you plan to stay for an extended period. When departing Kyrgyzstan, be aware that there might be exit fees, so it’s a good idea to have some local currency on hand. Confirm your departure details and any visa extension requirements to ensure a smooth exit from this remarkable country.

  • Kyrgyz cuisine offers a delightful culinary adventure. Be sure to try traditional dishes like “lagman” (noodle soup) and “manti” (dumplings). Street food stalls and local eateries serve budget-friendly meals, often featuring lamb, beef, and fresh vegetables. It’s advisable to drink bottled water to avoid stomach discomfort, and you can enjoy hot beverages like tea and “kumis” (fermented mare’s milk). Alcohol is available, but be aware that the legal drinking age is 21, and consumption is generally lower than in some other countries. While dining out, keep in mind that tipping is appreciated but not obligatory. Embrace the local cuisine, explore the flavors, and savor the unique dining experiences Kyrgyzstan has to offer.

  • The prime time for outdoor enthusiasts is during the summer months from June to August. During this period, Kyrgyzstan experiences warm and pleasant weather, making it ideal for activities like trekking, hiking, and horseback riding. Many high-altitude areas become accessible, and the lush green landscapes create a stunning backdrop for exploration. Additionally, summer is when you can immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture by participating in various festivals and events.

    For those seeking a balance between favorable weather and fewer crowds, the shoulder seasons of spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October) are excellent choices. During spring, you can witness wildflowers in bloom, and in autumn, the landscape is adorned with beautiful fall foliage. These months offer comfortable temperatures and are still suitable for trekking and cultural exploration without the summer crowds. Just keep in mind that the weather can vary, so it’s a good idea to dress in layers and be prepared for occasional rain showers.

  • Kyrgyzstan’s culture is marked by warm hospitality and respect for traditions. Guests are often greeted with tea and snacks, signifying a warm welcome. Respect for elders is essential, and a nod of acknowledgment is customary when meeting older individuals. Handshakes are common, often accompanied by a hug or cheek kiss among friends. Removing shoes indoors is a sign of respect, especially in homes and mosques. Modest dress is advisable, particularly in rural areas and religious sites. Tipping is appreciated but not mandatory, and small gifts when visiting homes are a thoughtful gesture. Always seek permission before photographing people.

    Learning a few Kyrgyz or Russian phrases can enhance interactions. When visiting mosques and religious sites, dress modestly and act respectfully. By following these customs and displaying good manners, travelers can enjoy a culturally enriching experience while connecting with the hospitable people of Kyrgyzstan.

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Paramount Journeys has learned from leading international companies how to create and run extraordinary adventures reaching out into incredible locations that would otherwise be inaccessible and unexplored. If your aim is to get beyond the standard Tajikistan tourist trail and to discover for yourself the most remarkable aspects of our high-altude heaven, let Paramount Journey guide you on your way. We not only exhibit the pristine nature of Tajikistan in its numerous unique environments, but also introduce you to the culture and ways of life of the extraordinary and hospitable communities who have battled against, yet also worked in harmony with, that same nature to survive and thrive in Tajikistan for millennia. Every adventure we plan is pioneering and bold, accessible to those with determination and a passion for discovery.


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