Traveling to Kyrgyzstan … where ? Does this country really exist ? What are you gonna do there ?
When I told my friends and family that I was going on a trip to Kyrgyzstan, they were either amazed or perplexed for my safety.
Kyrgyzstan is a little-known country and its geographical location may cause concern to the few people who know about its existence. Only a small number of travelers go there every year and you have to be.
Traveling to Kyrgyzstan is an incredible experience that will make you plunge into the heart of nature, go to meet nomads and feel completely free. Kyrgyzstan is the perfect destination if you are a traveler looking for Real Adventures. This country must be your next destination, for the following reasons :
The kindness and welcome of the Kyrgyz.
Kyrgyz are among the friendliest and most welcoming people you will meet. Their country is still very little tourist. When a you arrive in a yurt, you will often have 5 or 6 hours of walking or riding in the paws. Basically you will share the same galley, so they will welcome you as one of their own.
The photo below, does not illustrate the Kyrgyz welcome. It’s a traditional wrestling game, that they could offer you an afternoon to pass the time.
The beautiful landscapes.
You will find yourself facing extremely diverse landscapes and full of beautiful sites. You will be in a country composed 98% of mountains in which you will admire sublime lakes, including the incredible Lake Son Kul. The small number of tourists who visit it every year, will allow you to contemplate landscapes preserved from pollution and large concrete infrastructures, which you have already known in other countries. Finally, since there is no pollution, you will admire every evening a starry sky, as rarely you have seen.
It’s a safe country.
When you return, you will often be asked the question: is Kyrgyzstan a safe country ? To which you will answer : yes, if, so few people know this country and know where it is, it is precisely because we never hear about it. You can add, as I told you, that since I published my article on Kyrgyzstan, 4 years ago, I have exchanged with dozens of travelers every year and none has ever given me a security problem. You can tell your friends, that this is a country, where they can travel with peace of mind.
Sleep in a yurt.
You dream of sleeping in a yurt, in the middle of the mountain, it falls well, Kyrgyzstan is a nomadic country and the traditional habitat of the nomads of Central Asia is the yurt. During your treks, this is the only type of accommodation you will find. Your night in a yurt will not just be a night in an original habitat, it will be above all your meeting with a family of farmers, who will make you discover their way of living, working and with whom you can have real exchanges. They will explain to you their daily life and you will be able to show them yours, thanks to the photos you have brought them.
Brushing your teeth, in the largest bathroom in the world.
After a good night, you will enjoy a good breakfast overlooking the sunrise and then you will go to brush your teeth in the largest and most beautiful bathroom in the world. In the middle of the mountain, you will not have electricity, but you will have running water … streams that you will use in this beautiful bathroom furniture … at the bottom it is the toilet.
Disconnect from social networks.
At home, you spend too much time on your phone and social networks. Your stay in the Kyrgyz Mountain will quickly solve your problem. Since you won’t pick up, your only reason to take out your phone will be to take the scenery and your friends in pictures. Your desire to return to the essential things will be quickly fulfilled.
To make incredible hikes.
The essential problem that Kyrgyzstan will ask you : what hikes to do, among this infinite choice ? You’ll find it easy, already because you have to make a good decision. In addition, because for some, you will be limited by your mountaineering skills. But in the end, it won’t be a problem. All these hikes will take you to places out of time.
To ride a horse.
You’re going to go, subway, work, sleeping on horseback, hiking, sleeping. The horse will be the best way to think you’re a nomad. You will ask yourself a real question before leaving: should I take riding pants ? Whatever your choice…you will be quickly reassured, as they ride hours on horseback, they put blankets that make the stool comfortable. You will discover the true synonym of freedom: crossing the mountain at a gallop.
Traveling to Kyrgyzstan is not expensive.
Kyrgyzstan is a cheap destination. You will find a return ticket for less than 350€. Since you will stay less than 60 days, you will not need a visa. Once there you will travel on a small budget. If you take your tent, you will easily find room to plant it. Finally you will do hitchhiking which is a common practice there, you will not hesitate for a long time to stretch your thumb.
Kyrgyzstan is an amazing playground for adventure.
Kyrgyzstan is simply a playground and adventure. You will travel on foot or on horseback through breathtaking landscapes to meet friendly inhabitants, who will make you discover their way of life and their culture.
Your trip to Kyrgyzstan will not be an adventure like any other. It will be a chance to meet a people and a country that few people know.