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.
The Kyrgyz people are originally a nomadic bunch, wandering from place to place and living in a yurt. Nomadic life has left an indelible mark on the culinary heritage of Kyrgyzstan. Traditional cuisine revolves around beef, lamb, goat and horse meat, as well as various dairy products. Horse-meat sausages ("kazy" or "chuchuk") and roasted sheep's liver dominate the table of Kyrgyz families.
The incomparable "beshbarmak" (a dish containing boiled and shredded lamb with thin noodles) is often a standard dish on menus. A popular Kyrgyz beverage is "kymyz", a slightly alcoholic drink made by fermenting mare's milk.
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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