Kyrgyzstan

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.

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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Remote Lands Cold Winter Pick: Kyrgyzstan for the Scenery and Skiing

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Kyrgyzstan is the destination skiers dream about: isolated, rustic, and full of off-piste options for adventurous types.

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Building a Yurt on the Shores of Issyk Kul Lake

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Richard Collett

Richard Collett travels to Kyrgyzstan to build a yurt on the shores of Issyk Kul Lake with a traditional builder, from the wooden willow planks to the tunduk.

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With the Eagle Hunters of Kyrgyzstan

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Richard Collett

Aidar and Nursultan, Kyrgyz eagle hunters, train their deadly predators on the edge of Issyk-Kul Lake, a window into the past and a demonstration of nature's raw power.

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One Day in Osh: Exploring Kyrgyzstan’s Second City

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Richard Collett

It's not the most popular city in Central Asia, but for those with one day in Osh, there is plenty to see for those who like history, mountains, and uniquely photogenic markets.

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World Nomad Games: The Most Unusual Sporting Event of the Year

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Richard Collett

Richard Collett travels to the World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan for an inspiring story of sporting greatness, cultural pride, and dead goat polo – also known as Kok Boru – in one of Asia’s most interesting competitions.

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Central Asia’s Switzerland: Paradise in Kyrgyzstan

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Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis travels through the wildly verdant Jyrgalan Valley and over the Sary Mogul River to discover a Kyrgyzstan that is quite different than one might expect.

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