A half-forgotten land of mountain valleys, glittering lakes and felt yurts, Kyrgyzstan is a dream for DIY adventurers, responsible tourists and closet nomads (visit immediately if you are all three). Left high and dry by the collapse of the USSR, tiny Kyrgyzstan turned to tourism, creating a cutting-edge network of community-based ecotourism ventures and homestays. A dozen adventures await the intrepid, from horse treks and yurt stays to eagle hunting and felt-making, safe in the knowledge that your tourist dollars are going straight to Kyrgyz families who need it most. Throw in some Silk Road bazaars, two spectacular mountain passes to China and an instinctive local hospitality and most travellers agree that Kyrgyzstan is Central Asia’s don’t-miss destination.
Best time to visit in Kyrgyzstan
June to September
Places to visit in Kyrgyzstan
Top things to do in Kyrgyzstan
Horses, eagle hunters, Tian Shan mountains, yurts, political demonstrations, bride-kidnapping, community-based tourism, Soviet-era apartment blocks
One word for Kyrgyzstan Tourism
Ishter kanday (How are you?)