Though landlocked, Kyrgyzstan boasts a wealth of natural beauty that will make you forget all about the ocean. From the astonishingly beautiful Issyk-Kul lake - not only one of the world’s oldest, but also its second-largest alpine lake - to the mighty Naryn river, carving its way through the lush Fergana Valley, and towering mountains well, pretty much everywhere, get ready for Kyrgyzstan to take your breath away.

Lovers of the great outdoors will find no shortage of ways to occupy themselves here. There is an old saying in Kyrgyzstan that horses are a person’s wings, and galloping across the open field on horseback through a verdant valley fringed by a roaring river will make anyone feel just that. Trekking allows visitors to get up-close-and-personal with the country’s varied and rare flora and fauna, while camping under the stars or staying in a traditional yurt tent is a memorable way to spend a night or two. Plus, to top it all off, the Kyrgyz people are some of the kindest, most hospitable the world has to offer, and are likely to welcome you into their homes for a cup of tea or freshly-set yogurt.

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Weather in Kyrgyzstan

The best time to visit Kyrgyzstan is June to August, when the weather is excellent for outdoor activities like hiking and horse riding and most areas are accessible.

  • Kyrgyzstan has a continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. All four seasons tend to be well defined. In the lowlands, the temperature ranges from around 21°F (-6°C) in January to as high as 86°F (30°C) in July. In the low- lying, southern Fergana Valley, temperatures may peak as high as the 90s in degrees Fahrenheit in summertime.
  • In the highlands, the temperatures range from between -4°F (-20°C) in January to 54°F (12°C) in July, although some high mountain valleys can drop to as low as -22°F (-30°C) in the winter.
  • Rainfall is fairly low throughout the country, but there can be heavy snowfalls in winter.
  • The wettest area is in the mountains above the Fergana Valley; the driest is along the southwest shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. The shoulder seasons of March to May and October to November are usually the wettest months.
  • The best time to visit Kyrgyzstan is between May and October, as getting around outside of this period can be difficult. Trekking is best between June and September, although July and August are the busiest times for foreign visitors. The south of the country, and even Bishkek, can be uncomfortably warm at this time of year, so spring or autumn may be more advisable times to visit these regions.

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