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.
As of 01 August 2012, UK Passport holders no longer require a visa to visit Kyrgyzstan .
Your passport must be valid for at least six months after the end of your trip, and it must have at least one blank page for each visa required. Please ensure the passport details we hold for you are correct.
Please note it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa documentation when starting your trip. Country entry regulations can alter daily and it is always best to check with the relevant embassies for any changes.
The weather conditions can be extremely varied. In the mountains you will often be travelling at heights in excess of 3000 metres, and even in the middle of summer it can turn bitter with snow falling; at the same time mercury in the thermometers of Bishkek can be nudging 40 degrees. All in all, British summertime is considered the best time to visit in terms of favourable conditions.
There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Kyrgyzstan, although 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.
We also recommend:
• A dental check-up prior to travelling.
• You inform us of any pre-existing medical conditions or medication.
To be on the safe side you can also check here.
• Always carry a torch with plenty of spare batteries - you'll use it a lot
• Take plenty of wet wipes!
• Bring waterproofs, in the mountains it can rain (or snow) any time. That said you'll need sun cream as well!
• Have lunch at 12 Chimneys Restaurant in Ala Madine Gorge on the outskirts of Bishkek – it’s great, and you can even stay the night
• Take binoculars - the bird life is surprisingly good