is a landlocked country located in Central Asia :-)

From Bishkek to Kochkor — somewhere in Chuy Province

Kyrgyzstan’s recorded history spans over 2,000 years, encompassing a variety of cultures and empires. Although geographically isolated by its highly mountainous terrain — which has helped preserve its ancient culture — Kyrgyzstan has historically been at the crossroads of several great civilizations, namely as part of the Silk Road and other commercial and cultural routes.

Kochkor market

Ethnic Kyrgyz make up the majority of the country’s 5.7 million people, followed by significant minorities of Uzbeks and Russians. The official language, Kyrgyz, is closely related to the other Turkic languages, although Russian remains widely spoken, a legacy of a century-long policy of Multiculturalism. The majority of the population (64 percent) are non-denominational Muslims.In addition to its Turkic origins, Kyrgyz culture bears elements of Persian, Mongolian and Russian influence.

From Kochkor to Song-Kul lake

Kyrgyzstan was the second poorest country in the former Soviet Union, and is today the second poorest country in Central Asia. According to the CIA World Factbook, in 2011, a third of the country’s population lived below the poverty line. According to UNDP, the level of poverty will continue to grow: in 2009 31% of the population lived below the poverty level while in 2011 this figure rose to 37%

One day there was an eclipse of the sun and a chill fell across the face of the earth and a storm blew in. The wind was so strong that the man could not even open his eyes. Exhausted, using the last of his strength, the young man cried allowed “Kach kar, Kach kar!” (which roughly translates as “Go away snow, Go away snow!”) Nature heard his cry and took pity on him — the storm abated, the wind died down and the snow stopped falling. From that day, so the legend has it — it rarely ever snows in Kochkor.

On the road to Song-Kul lake

The traditional national sports reflect the importance of horse riding in Kyrgyz culture. Very popular, as in all of Central Asia, is Ulak Tartysh, a team game resembling a cross between polo and rugby in which two teams of riders wrestle for possession of the headless carcass of a goat, which they attempt to deliver across the opposition’s goal line, or into the opposition’s goal: a big tub or a circle marked on the ground.

Son Kul is a mountain lake in the Central Tian Shan range, virtually in the centre of Kyrgyzstan. One translation of the name is “The Last Lake”. At an altitude of 3016m a.s.l.; 29km long and 18km wide and a maximum depth of 13.2m. There are something like 200 days of snow. In winter is often impossible to reach the plateau.

The lake is situated on a treeless, high mountain plateau, and is surrounded by lush mountain meadows (jailoo). As such it is used by the shepherds of the Kochkor, Naryn and At Bashi regions for summer pastures for their flocks.

Kalmak Ashuu Pass 3446 m a.s.l.

Coffee brake

Weekender kit

From Song-Kul lake to Naryn — you won’t find this route on the google maps

More info about mountains in Kyrgyzstan
The red background of the flag symbolizes bravery and valor, the sun represents peace and wealth, and the tunduk signifies the family home or, by extension, the universe. According to popular interpretations, the sun’s 40 rays represent the 40 Kyrgyz tribes unified against the Mongols by the epic hero Manas.
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You can find the route on the Gizi Map
The Kyrgyz were one of the groups who raided the borders of China and created the need for the construction of the Great Wall.
Bumblebees number about 250 species worldwide,
and are placed in a single genus Bombus. 18 of them live in Kyrgyzstan


Naryn — main street

There is no trolleybuses in Naryn any more :-(

Kulanak Village

Kara-Too Range

One of ranges of internal Tien-Shan

“Base camp” — 3300m a.s.l.

Morning coffee — drip brewing
3hrs to the peak

No trails — only local guide

One of many unnamed peaks in Kyrgyzstan

2 days hiking and NO tourists, hikers and climbers

No wikipedia definition :-)

4067m a.s.l.

More info, please contact with Kubat —

On the road to Torugart pass

The ancient settlement of Koshoy-Korgon is 12 km to the west of the village of At-Bashi. This is a unique historical monument dated back to the 7th — 10th centuries. It served as a fortress for the Turkic rulers.

The name of the settlement translated from Kyrgyz means “The Fortress of Koshoy”, in honor of one of the closest associates of the great hero Manas (according to legend, it was Koshoy who created this fortress).

Kara Suu

Tash Rabat is probably Kyrgyzstan’s most remarkable monument; indeed, it is one of the most interesting sites in the entire central Asian region and its presence is in complete contradiction to the popular tenet that Kyrgyzstan is all about landscapes rather than historical sights. Tash Rabat is a Silk Road monument par excellence: a small but perfectly formed 15th-century caravanserai that sheltered an array of merchants and travellers along one of the wilder stretches of the Silk Road. Its location is even more remarkable: tucked away from sight, half-buried in a hillside, up a valley at 3,530m above sea level. — See more

The most popular car in Kyrgyzstan — Audi 100

and still popular “off road transport”

On the road between Naryn and Karakol

200km off-road experience

Uch-Emchek river

Another route which is not covered properly by google maps

Yurts, round felt tents over a wooden frame are the typical nomadic dwelling found throughout Central Asia

Car rental, Hilux (340$ / 8 days) —

Tosor Ashuu Pass 3,893 m a.s.l.

Issyk-Kul Lake


Cholpon Ata — main street

There is a legend associated with Cholpon Ata which is often quoted by locals as their favourite of the Kyrgyz legends: Once upon a time, so long ago that the people have forgotten exactly when it happened — under a high mountain sat a city. Above the city towered the fortress of a powerful Khan. The Khan was famous for his riches, but more importantly — for his cruelty. Each day, some citizen was killed and his body thrown into the ground.
The old Khan was lecherous and he heard that one poor peasant had a daughter of inexpressible beauty. The Khan decided that he must have this beautiful girl.

The girl and her father lived in small village, in a velley in the mountains, on the banks of a river. Many young men from all around (Dzhigits) tried to win her heart, but she did not pay any attention. To offers of love and marriage, from even the most courageous Dzhigits, she always answered that she loved another.

Who was this beloved? — nobody knew, and neither did she… It came to pass — one day, when the sun peeped over the top of mountains, a Dzhigit on a white steed came and together they rode off into the sky. A whirlwind blew and took them to a mountain top covered with eternal snow. The strong Dzhigit embraced her, kissed her, then removed from his hand a ring and gave it to her. Placing it on her finger, he said: “I will soon return! Never remove this ring, and unhappiness will not touch you!”

Many days passed, but the Dzhigit did not return. When the Khan’s matchmakers arrived in the girl’s village with gifts and offers — she rejected them all, saying: “I love another and I shall not be another’s wife!”

The girl went up into the mountains, hoping to find once more the Dzhigit. In vain she called his name, only the echo of her own voice returned to her. The girl began to cry and started to make her way back home. She had not yet reached her village, when when she was surrounded, seized, tied up and blindfolded by a gang of youths. When she was released and the blindfold removed she realized what had happened, that she was a prisoner in the Khan’s fortress, from which it was impossible to escape. It is better to die, she decided, than to become the wife of the Khan.

Kyrgyzstan nature
Her beauty and youth surprised the old Khan. He showered gifts upon her. But no gifts could win her over and make her change her mind. “I love another and I shall never be yours!”, was always her answer.

This “stubborness” displeased the Khan, and he decided to take by force what he could not win with gifts. He again came to the girl, promising her love, everything, … even freedom. “I love another!” — she repeated. The Khan rushed at her like a wild animal and she ran to a window. “I shall not be yours!”, she cried and threw herself from the window onto the ground below.

From where she fell at the foot of the high and mighty walls of the fortress, caves opened up and water gushed from them. From them flowed water which was light-blue, pure, clean, crystal clear, and as hot as the maiden’s heart, which formed the mountain lake which the people called Issyk Kul.

It is said that if you stand on the shore at Cholpon Ata (“Cholpon’s Father”) you can see in the mountains opposite the face of the girl’s father, whose tears flow down the mountainside to add to the salt waters of the lake as he weeps for his beautiful daughter who threw herself from a window high in the Khan’s citadel, rather than succumb to his evil advances and betray her true beloved. And, on quiet summer evenings, when the sun sets, the ruins of a fortress appear under the water and the voice of the girl can be heard.


Post Office

Chu River rafting

River difficulty — scale 2 (novice)