Destination Information for Kyrgyzstan
The Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan is located along an ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean. Kyrgyzstan is largely dominated by mountains, where trekkers and hikers will encounter wildlife including lynx and snow leopards. The ancient city of Osh, in the South of the country and the second largest city, was also once a stop on the Silk Road and still hosts a vast and bustling bazaar.
Kyrgyzstan is sometimes referred to as the ‘Switzerland of Central Asia’ thanks to its mountain peak, pine forests and glacial lakes. Although it is a landlocked country, there are a number of beaches to be found on the shores of the lakes, the largest of which is Lake Issyk Kul, where the summers are short and the winters extremely cold.
If shopping is a must for you, Kyrgyzstan hosts the largest market in Central Asia, just 20 minutes out of the capital, Bishkek. There’s plenty to do here for adventure-lovers, including the obvious hiking and trekking in the mountains, along with cycling, motorbike touring and exploring on horseback.
Kyrgyzstan has a liberal tourist visa policy, making this underestimated and little-known country a good choice for visitors with a strong sense of adventure. Time your visit for the summer to experience the best hiking, beaches and rural yurt accommodation.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is low to no risk of P.Vivax malaria throughout the country. Anti-malarial medication is not normally advised.