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Must See Places in Kyrgyzstan

Ala-Archa Canyon

mountain ; valley/canyon

This grand, rugged but very accessible gorge is a state nature park offering dozens of walking and trekking possibilities, including hikes to glaciers and, for the serious mountaineer, treks to the region's highest peak. There are basic shelters scattered throughout the park but the best way to enjoy the area is to bring your own tent and supplies.

You can use the Upper Ala-Archa Mountain Ski Base as a starting point from which to ski on glaciers, even in summer, though lifts only operate during the December to April winter season. Bishkek travel agents can arrange excursions to the canyon or you can make your own way there by car or by using the local buses. A small fee is charged at the entrance to the park.
Lake Issyk-Kul

mountain ; lake

Lake Issyk-Kul is a huge dent, filled with water, folded between the 4000m (13123ft) peaks of the K├╝ngey Alatau and the Terskey Alatau ranges. It sits 1600m (5250ft) above sea level and measures a huge 170km (105mi) long and 70km (43mi) across, making it the second-largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America.

The main reason to come here is to soak up the lakeside ambience, enjoy the thermal springs and remaining spas, explore some of the best hiking trails in Central Asia (from the town of Karakol) and try your hand at catching the local trout - allegedly bulking up to a prized 35kg.

Mountain wildlife includes big cats, ibex, bear and wild boar, though a serious poaching problem exists. Give yourself at least a week to explore this region and improve your leg definition.

The standard refrain from anyone you ask is that 'Osh is older than Rome'. Legends credit all sorts of people with its founding, from King Solomon (Suleyman) to Alexander the Great. These days it's Kyrgyzstan's second-biggest city and the administrative centre of the huge, populous province that engulfs the Fergana valley on the Kyrgyzstan side.

It suffers a kind of demographic schizophrenia, being a major centre of Kyrgyzstan but with a strong (40%) Uzbek population more in tune with Uzbekistan and the rest of the Fergana valley.

Featured Hotels in Kyrgyzstan

Hyatt Regency Bishkek

Hyatt Regency Bishkek is located in the heart of Kyrgyzstan's capital city, in the foothills of the Tien-Shan Mountains, along the ancient trading route of the Great Silk Road.

Pinara Bishkek Hotel

Room service available 24 hours. Guests can enjoy superb cuisine in the restaurant Mirror or Pinara or Star Sky in Breakfast hall or Lobby bar. Eleventh floor roof terrace fito bar gallery national souvenir shop barbers shop parking are at your disposal.


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