Kyrgyzstan offers tourists a breathtaking, pristine mountain scenery of Tian Shan, rich nomadic heritage and traditions. This fascinating country in the heart of Central Asia is a budget-friendly, safe destination that widely opens its door and its heart to guests.
For two millennia, the Great Silk Road was the key trade route connecting the East and West from China to the Mediterranean Sea. A primary artery of this ancient trade road passes through Kyrgyzstan. The dales and valleys of the Tien-Shan provided shelter for the merchants, workers, monks and soldiers who journeyed the 6,500 kilometres between east and west.
At the height of the Silk Road's significance, three trade routes traversed Kyrgyzstan, prompting UNESCO to name the Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor a World Heritage Site in 2014. The well-preserved Tash Rabat Caravanserai, at 3,200 meters in Kyrgyzstan's Naryn Province, is a classic example of 15th century lodging for Silk Road travellers. Tourists can visit these historical trade routes by horseback, jeep, bicycle or motorbike. For an authentic experience, you can spend a night in a traditional yurt camp.
How to get there:
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Where to stay:
Sleeping in the Happy Nomads Yurt Camp is really unforgettable! You can spend a night like a nomad in the traditional round tent in the Kyrgyz countryside for just €29 with breakfast, free cancellation included and 100% excellent reviews. You’ll have access to some of the best night sky views ever!
What to do:
There are many activities that you can take part in across the country. Kyrgyzstan offers more than 200 trails for hiking and cycling. Make a horseback ride to beautiful mountains or crystal clear lakes to enjoy the outstanding nature. You will have a chance to spot vultures, Bactrian camels and herds of wild horses. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy sailing on Issyk-Kul Lake. Mountain sea breezes, low humidity, clean air, abundant solar heat, water infused with therapeutic minerals, hot springs and mud treatments will revive the health and spirits of all visitors. What is more, this interesting country represents a great destination for ethnographic tours.
The rugged terrain of Kyrgyzstan has always attracted sports enthusiasts from around the world. Chains of mountains stretching across the country beckon mountain climbers looking to conquer the snow-capped summits. Expert mountaineers are drawn by the prospect of scaling Kyrgyzstan’s four peaks over 7,000 meters. For skiers, there are 13 resorts, several of which can accommodate overnight stays. Mountain peaks are also the source of the raging rapids that entice fans of rafting and kayaking. The Chu River cuts through the Gorge Boom, the national arena for white water sports.
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