10 Things to do While You Travel in Kyrgyzstan
To travel in Kyrgyzstan is to discover a country of beauty and nomadic culture. Tourism in Kyrgyzstan is low, but is one of the best places to visit in Central Asia.
Here are 10 things to do in Kyrgyzstan.
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Issyk-Kul is the second largest saline lake in the world, and also the second largest mountain lake. This lake is in the Tian Shan Mountains, and although surrounded by snow-capped mountains, it never freezes. Issyk-Kul translates to “warm lake”.
2. Song Kol Lake
Song Kölm is the largest freshwater lake in Kyrgyzstan, and the second largest overall. The first is Issyk Kul.
A beautiful mountain scenery surrounds Song Kol, but getting there can be difficult. You can only access it from June to September and once there you need to rely on local herders for supplies.
3. Ala Archa National Park
About 40km south of Bishkek is the 200 square kilometer Ala Archa National Park. Inside the part is the highest peak in the Kyrgyz Ala-tau range of the Tian Shan, Peak Semenova Tian-Shanski. It is almost 5000 meters high.
Ala Archa National Park also has the Adygene gorge.
This is a wooded valley with waterfalls, springs, and other scenery.
4. Burana Tower
The Burana Tower and other artefacts are the remains of Balasagun. Balasagun city dates back to the 9th century.
Burana Tower was once 45 meters tall, but now it is only 25. It is safe to climb the staircase inside it to the top.
5. Tash Rabat
Tash Rabat is 15th century stone caravanserai. It’s an amazing piece of historical architecture. The whole area is great for hiking. To the North is a ruined fortress and to the South is Lake Chatyr-Kul.
A caravanserai is like a traveler’s inn. Tash Rabat is not in operation, but you can rent a yurt off the caretakers.
6. Ala-Too Square
Ala-Too Square is the main square in Bishkek. They hold celebrations and other events there. When there is no special event happening, it is a good place to eat snacks and people watch.
7. Sulayman Mountain
Sulayman Mountain is a World Heritage Site in Osh. Historically, it was a place of pilgrimage. These days it is a popular place for the amazing view and there are stairs to the peak.
Ala-Kul is a lake in the Terskey Alatau mountain range. Strong winds blow around the lake and the water shines off the colored rocks.
9. Boris Yeltsin Peak
Named after the former Russian President, Boris Yeltsin Peak is a mountain in the Tian Shan mountain range. Before 2002 they called is Oguz Bashi.
10. Fergana Range
The Fergana Mountain Range 206 km long. Its highest peak is about 4900m high.
This range separates the Fergana Valley and the inner Tian Shan.
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Historically, Kyrgyzstan was part of the Silk Road. With so much East/West trade going through it, no wonder it is a cultural melting pot.
Couple this with 2 mountain ranges and you have an unforgettable adventure travel destination.
If it isn’t already, put visiting Kyrgyzstan on your bucket list!
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