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At-Bashy Valley

To visit the remote At-Bashy valley is to step into the unknown - to venture to a part of the world few get the opportunity to see. Here, life is difficult. The severe, arid climate makes it difficult to grow plants, so most of the people lead a nomadic lifestyle, breeding livestock to make a living. Nomadic traditions have been around for a while, to say the least, dating back thousands of years. This is one of the most sparsely-populated areas in the country.

The surrounding At-Bashy mountain range stretches for around 100 miles, with peaks over 15,000 feet. At-Bashy village, on the northern side of the range, has a population of 10,000 people, not far from which lie verdant pine forests and mineral springs. Due to the spectacular surrounding scenery, At-Bashy is a fantastic place to spend the night, especially for guests either en-route to the nearby Chinese border, or to use as a base for day-trips to Koshoy Korgon and Tash Rabat.

To visit the remote At-Bashy valley is to step into the unknown - to venture to a part of the world few get the opportunity to see. Here, life is difficult. The severe, arid climate makes it difficult to grow plants, so most of the people lead a nomadic lifestyle, breeding livestock to make a living. Nomadic traditions have been around for a while, to say the least, dating back thousands of years. This is one of the most sparsely-populated areas in the country.

The surrounding At-Bashy mountain range stretches for around 100 miles, with peaks over 15,000 feet. At-Bashy village, on the northern side of the range, has a population of 10,000 people, not far from which lie verdant pine forests and mineral springs. Due to the spectacular surrounding scenery, At-Bashy is a fantastic place to spend the night, especially for guests either en-route to the nearby Chinese border, or to use as a base for day-trips to Koshoy Korgon and Tash Rabat.

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Day-trip to Koshoy Korgon

To the west of At-Bashy village stands a ruined fortress with mud-walls, enclosing a large area. The date and history of its construction is uncertain, leaving visitors to guess when it was built, and why. There is an on-site museum to help solve the mystery, but it is, unfortunately, rarely open.

Day-trip to Tash Rabat

Thought to have once been a Nestorian or Buddhist monastery, Tash Rabat is a well-preserved stone caravanserai. The structure dates back to the 15th century, though evidence shows it may date back even farther. This fascinating spot makes a wonderful day-trip, especially when combined with a trip to Koshoy Korgon.

Fishing

Visitors keen to try their hand at a bit of fishing can do so in the fresh mountain rivers, fed by some of the region’s 190 glaciers.

Kyrgyz Cemetery

Perched on a ridge overlooking At-Bashy town is an evocative cemetery. Though cemetery visits may not be everyone’s thing, this prominent feature is sure to shed some insight into the local culture.

Livestock Bazaar

On Sundays, visitors can have the chance to visit one of Central Asia’s largest livestock bazaars - if they can stand the smell!

National Horse Games

Participating in traditional games is not only fun, but also a great way to learn about Kyrgyzstan’s culture and interact with locals. Ulak Tartish is one such game - a national horse game that involves

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