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Head for heights

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Located near the border with Tajikistan, the Alai Valley in Kyrgyzstan offers wilderness trekking and inspiring vistas of the High Pamir

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.

Building a Yurt on the Shores of Issyk Kul Lake

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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.

With the Eagle Hunters of Kyrgyzstan

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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.

One Day in Osh: Exploring Kyrgyzstan’s Second City

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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.

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

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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.

Central Asia’s Switzerland: Paradise in Kyrgyzstan

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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.

Kumis: The Kyrgyz Cure-all

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This detox isn’t a spa. Kumis, a slightly alcoholic drink made of mare’s milk, is a peculiar facet of the hills and herds of nomad culture in Kyrgyzstan that will cure what ails you.

Road Tripping the Pamir Highway from Dushanbe to Jalal-Abad

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A sign in the Ak-Baital Pass reminds you that you are 4,655 meters above sea level. The untouched landscapes of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are a driver’s dream.

Off the Beaten Slopes in Karakol

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After landing in Kyrgyzstan, skiers might be tempted by the proximity of Bishkek, but there is much to compliment the slopes of Karakol, including a level of resort-style service that won’t be available elsewhere.

Stan & Stare: Natural Wonders of Central Asia

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Hidden in the yawning expanse of Central Asia that makes up the Stans are some treasures that should be on every intrepid traveler’s map. These seemingly uncharted lands are full of truly mind-blowing ancient and natural wonders.

The Mane Event: Kyrgyzstan’s National Horse Games Festival

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One of the main reasons for the timing of my trip to Kyrgyzstan was to have the chance to check out the country’s National Horse Games Festival, which takes place in August.