A gateway to Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan is receiving more and more Western tourists who come to climb, rock climb, ski and discover the rich local nomadic culture.
Two large and imposing mountain ranges – the Tian Shan and Pamir mountains – dominate Kyrgyzstan’s landscape and are an inextricable part of its culture. Known as the Land of Celestial Mountains, the country is home to some of the world’s highest peaks outside Himalaya. Anciently on the famous Silk Road that connected China to the Mediterranean, Kyrgyzstan’s rich history is still a part of its present. Visit the huge bazaar in the southern city of Osh if you have the time! Karakol, on the Issyk Kul Lake, is also worth a visit.
Expect cold winters and warm and sunny summers. It is usually cool up in the mountains, even during the summer months, but can get scorchingly hot at low altitude cities.
Bishkek´s Manas International Airport is the most popular entry point to the country.
July to September is the best time to visit if you are planning on going on a trek or have a specific mountaineering goal in mind. The winter months (December to March) are less popular among tourists but great for skiing.
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