Kyrgyzstan Tours & Holidays
Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays
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The Kyrgyz Republic, to give it its proper title, is quite simply one of the most beautiful countries on earth. The Mountains of Heaven that stretch majestically across its length and breadth are lush, high and wild, dissected by sweeping steppe lands, primal forests and turquoise lakes. And far in the distance, scratching the belly of the endless sky, is an ever-changing vista of lofty snow-capped peaks that, up until a decade ago, were ...
The Kyrgyz Republic, to give it its proper title, is quite simply one of the most beautiful countries on earth. The Mountains of Heaven that stretch majestically across its length and breadth are lush, high and wild, dissected by sweeping steppe lands, primal forests and turquoise lakes. And far in the distance, scratching the belly of the endless sky, is an ever-changing vista of lofty snow-capped peaks that, up until a decade ago, were strictly off-limits.
Home to glaciers, deserts, alpine meadows and several 7,000 metre plus mountains, the country rises up from the fertile slopes of the Ferghana Valley to the heights of Mount Pobeda (7,437 m) on the Chinese-Kyrgyzstan border. Scattered with over 2,000 lakes, a third of this breathtaking country is permanently covered in snow. But despite this natural bounty, it is the people themselves who bring this astonishing landscape to life.
Over the years we have developed relationships with local people and businesses and a stay with some of the local families provides a rare insight into their nomadic lifestyles. So, whether you are visiting eagle hunter, Aslan Bek and his family on the shores of Lake Izzyk Kul, or Noorgul and her family at Son Kul, you will find ordinary people with proud nomadic traditions and a great sense of hospitality, living some quite extraordinary lives.
Start your journey
Travel to Kyrgyzstan with like-minded people on one of our small group tours (usually max size 12), featuring knowledgeable local guides and an expert tour leader.
Whether you want to travel on one of our award-winning itineraries or build your own journey from scratch, our expert consultants will help create the perfect tour for your tastes and budget. Below are a few suggestions of the kind of trips we can offer, all of which can be tailored to you.
HIGHLIGHTS OF KYRGYZSTAN
Marvel at Ala Archa National ParkHead out to the mountains of the Ala Archa National Park and take in a hike amidst the unspoiled nature. Enjoy the fresh mountain air and journey through the fragrant pine and juniper forest, spotting the President’s summer palace, butterflies and wild tulips.
Admire the ancient Burana TowerVisit the Burana Tower in Tokmok, an 11th century minaret, all that remains of Turkic Karakhanid, once a powerful city on the Silk Road. Over time, various earthquakes destroyed the city and reduced the towers height from 42 to 24 meters that you see today.
Relax and enjoy nomad lifeFrom your comfortable and cozy yurt, relax and take in the wonderful mountains and meadows dotted with yurts. Witness traditional life in the Kyrgyz summer pastures while sipping kumyz, the Kyrgyz national drink made from fermented mares' milk.
Explore Son Kul Lake area on footThe alpine lake lies in a remote valley surrounded by high mountain pastures, the nomadic Kyrgyz herdsmen use fertile marshlands to let their livestock graze in the lush green meadows. The perfect place to experience the life and culture of the Kyrgyz nomads.
Admire the Silk Road in Tash RabatSimply relax and enjoy the beautiful surrounding of Tash Rabat. The lush and green valley, just 35km from the China border, groans with horses, yaks and sheep all owned by the nomads who live in the area. Enjoy a homecooked lunch and dinner at your yurt camp.
Walk the ancient paths of Tash RabatExplore on foot a major route of the Silk Road as it winds through remote mountain scenery, remarkable history, local nomadic culture and the possibility of animal sightings from the ancient caravanserai of Tash Rabat to the 4000m high pass.
Experience incredible Eagle HuntingOne of the most fascinating Kyrgyz traditions is eagle hunting. Take in the history and skill of these strong local hunting traditions and learn about the way it has shaped the livelihood of locals for centuries.
Enjoy a meal at Reina Kench Eco-FarmThis beautiful and peaceful Eco-Farm was built from scratch after the fall of the Soviet Union, and is run by the same family that still live and work here. Enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch in the restaurant where most of the produce has been grown on site.
TOP PLACES TO VISIT
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Wild Frontiers has put together a clever mix of sights, experiences, comfort and adventure with a bit of endurance thrown…
We chose the Kyrgyz trip because we expected great riding and beautiful mountains, but we got far more than that.
Travelling through Central Asia with Wild Frontiers truly ranks as one of my most memorable trips ever
The variety of the mountainous terrain of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikstan contrasted with the fertile Ferghana Valley in…
Riding high in the mountains among carpets of wild flowers (up to 50 different varieties) was wonderful
It was a fascinating experience on so many levels – the history, the extremes of culture, geography, temperature, food,…
Quite simply one of the best things I have ever done – horses, mountains and good company – life doesn’t get better then…
The riding was long and hard, and it was at times, very cold (and snowy!) but the rewards were fantastic
This was a very well planned tour, a great education in itself. I congratulate you for producing such a well-thought out…
Experiencing the life of the nomadic people of Kyrgyzstan will stay with me for a long time
I found riding through the Tien Shan Mountains quite unforgettable. The scenery literally took my breath away.
Once on the journey to whichever remote outpost is the trip's objective, I can recover a sense of time and space and…
I really can't thank you enough for making my horse trek in Kyrgyzstan an adventure I shall never forget!!
It was a trip packed with amazing memories that will stay with me for ever.
The route was littered with beautiful mountains - the scenery was literally breath taking. But amongst all the wild…
Trekking in Kyrgyzstan has been the most exhilarating adventure I have done for many years.
Peter and Olga Scott
Every single day was enjoyable and the contrasts in scenery, places and people made it seem like 3 months rather than 3…
Without the enthusiasm and local knowledge of Dom, Richard and all the crew it would not have been the same.
Martin and Barbara Rickett
What a joy to experience the lives of other people in wild and distant places so far unspoilt by the Western World.
All our party will have staggering memories of the scenery, riding, mountaineering, vodka drinking and laughter.
It was a fantastic trip that met and exceeded all my expectations.
Dick and Ali Foyster
The horses were excellent, safe, sure-footed, patient and also had a turn of speed!
Each new day brought a fresh offering of exotic sights, sounds, cultures, experiences, and of course more vodka!
Lovely bazaars, border crossings, bumpy rods and the breathtakingly stunning Islamic architecture in Samarkand, Bukhara…
Helen & Steve Mace
If you want a holiday full of variety & total contrast, love mountains, walking & monuments, look no further than the…
This was the experience of a lifetime and I can't wait to go back and explore the region further...
A chance to see a wild, unknown, and pretty unhabited "lunar" landscape, a real melting pot of geology and geography...
It was a real privilege to be able to stay in the 'homestays' and enjoy the wonderful hospitality...
Kyrgyzstan has the most stunningly beautiful landscape I have ever seen
A wonderful trip through a little known but staggeringly beautiful country
What an amazing trip! Many thanks for your help putting this trip together. I am already dreaming where and when the next…
This holiday is an experience that will stay with me for the rest of the life
It's hard to pick out one main high-light as I really enjoyed the whole trip!
I am always on the lookout for trips 'off the beaten track' trips. I had an idea what to expect, and came home…
An excellent programme enabling us to see some wonderful scenery and cultural sites.
Kyrgyzstan Explorer takes you through some of the most breathtaking scenery on this planet. A land of superlatives and…
Excellent Tailor – Made tour. Superb driver and very friendly guide. An amazing country with friendly people and…
The sights of rolling open plains framed by mountains, plains filled with yurts and herds of horses running free--those…
The most striking thing about Kyrgyzstan is the vast stunning landscape, but the people are lovely, warm and welcoming,…
My overall experience of Kyrgyzstan was one of surprise and always exceeding my expectations. The 2 nights we spent at…
My first Wild Frontiers trip blew my expectations away - I'm not sure I'll be able to cope travelling with other…
Fiona - Mountain and Cities of The Silk Road Review
If you are considering going on this tour, don't wait, just do it!
Andrew Dunlop - Kyrgyzstan Ride Review
"The ride through Kyrgyzstan and the Teen Shian mountains was the fulfilment of a life-long dream.
WHEN TO GO
Health and Vaccinations
There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Kyrgyzstan though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. We recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.
In Kyrgyzstan, the official unit of currency is the Som.
To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com.
On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly.
The first thing to say about travelling in Central Asia is that most areas, particularly the cities and towns, have a much more laid-back approach to Islam than their neighbours to the south in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In places such as Bishkek you won’t believe the length of some women’s skirts! However, it should also be remembered that it is technically a Muslim region and therefore a little bit of caution should be applied in certain places. Shorts and T-shirts are fine for both sexes but if visiting mosques, women should cover their shoulders and wear trousers or skirts that fall below the knee, and men should not wear shorts.
Language & Religion
Kyrgyzstan is one of the two former Soviet Republics in Central Asia to retain Russian as an official language. In the early 90’s Kyrgyzstan became an official bilingual country adding Kyrgyz as another official language. You will also find ethnic Uzbeks and Tajiks in some parts of Kyrgyzstan due to previous Soviet policy.
80% of the population are Islamic with just over 15% following Russian Orthodoxy.
Kyrgyzstan is 6 hours ahead of GMT.
A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.
Food and drink
The food in Kyrgyzstan tends to be based around meat and rice, although the salads and vegetables on offer are very varied. As you travel you will have a chance to experience local specialities of the region, which often overlap with the cultures that have lived and moved around over the centuries.
With regard to alcohol, the choice is mostly limited to vodka or beer so anyone wanting something different - Scotch or Gin for example - should buy it duty free and bring it out. However, be advised that mixers, like tonic water, are extremely difficult to find in Central Asia!