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Exploring Kyrgyzstan

When to Visit Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan location far from the oceans with severe elevation changes make its climate very distinct.  The deserts and plains that surround the country on three sides provide a huge contrast with climate and landscape of its mountainous interior. In general the country is dry and sunny with approximately 60 – 70 days of rain a year. In the summer temperature varies between the cities which can get quite hot to the cooler mountainous regions. The best months to visit are June to September but anytime between May and October is good.

Summer is the best season to travel as there is low rainfall, plenty of festivals and great walking and trekking weather. It is also the best time to visit if you want to camp in Yurts which generally operate between June and October.

Bishkek can get very hot in the summer months with temperatures ranging from low 30s°C up to 45°C. Autumn and spring are generally mild. Lake Issyk Kul is cooler than Bishkek and is more popular in summer months with an average temperature of 19°C. In the mountain regions the temperature is more moderate in the summer although in some areas it can snow year round.

Kyrgyzstan location far from the oceans with severe elevation changes make its climate very distinct.  The deserts and plains that surround the country on three sides provide a huge contrast with climate and landscape of its mountainous interior. In general the country is dry and sunny with approximately 60 – 70 days of rain a year. In the summer temperature varies between the cities which can get quite hot to the cooler mountainous regions. The best months to visit are June to September but anytime between May and October is good.

Summer is the best season to travel as there is low rainfall, plenty of festivals and great walking and trekking weather. It is also the best time to visit if you want to camp in Yurts which generally operate between June and October.

Bishkek can get very hot in the summer months with temperatures ranging from low 30s°C up to 45°C. Autumn and spring are generally mild. Lake Issyk Kul is cooler than Bishkek and is more popular in summer months with an average temperature of 19°C. In the mountain regions the temperature is more moderate in the summer although in some areas it can snow year round.

Bishkek
Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan lies at the foot of snow-capped mountains and is the starting point for our Kyrgyzstan tours. Staying in good quality accommodation, you can head off on a rewarding guided sightseeing tour to visit the main sights of the city, open-air art galleries and Osh Bazaar.
Cholpon Ata
Cholpon Ata is the main town on the north shore of Issyk Kul Lake. In the summer months visitors can stay at one of the large resorts, relax on the beach, swim in the crystalline water or go white water rafting on the Chu River.
Bokonbaev
Bokonbaev village is an administrative centre of Ton region that covers most of the south shore of Issyk Kul Lake. You can stay in a traditional yurt by the lake, see an eagle hunting show and swim in the world’s second largest alpine lake.
Son Kul Lake
Soak in the huge vistas and open spaces on the shores of this magnificent mountain lake, lying at an altitude of 3016m above sea level. Stay overnight in a yurt, see how the Kyrgz nomads live and ride horses around Son Kul Lake.
Jety-Oguz Canyon
Jety-Oguz Canyon is a unique geographical formation of red sandstone cliffs, surrounded by the Teskei Ala-Too mountains. Here you can sleep in a yurt, go horseback riding or enjoy walks through the canyon with the famous view of the Seven Bulls, soaking up the scenery of the picturesque hills and valleys.
Karakol
Karakol town was founded by Russian pioneers in 1869. It’s a small town with the oldest Orthodox Church in Kyrgyzstan, a Chinese-style Muslim mosque and a colourful bazaar and livestock market. The Hillside Karakol Boutique Hotel is a great place to stay in Karakol.

Tash Rabat
Located in a remote valley in the far south of Kyrgyzstan in the Naryn Region, Tash Rabat is famous for its Silk Road caravanserais which were an extensive network of traveler’s inns along old caravan roads. Based in a yurt, you can enjoy leisurely walks or ride horses through the mountain valleys.
Chon Kemin Valley
Chon Kemin valley National Park is a beautiful part of Kyrgyzstan, with lush green valleys where forested mountains tower over meandering rivers and rare wildlife roams. The area is great for horse riding, trekking and fishing, and you can stay in Ahu Guesthouse, one of the best guesthouses in Kyrgyzstan.

Sary Chelek Biosphere
Sary Chelek Biosphere Reserve is a beautiful, protected nature reserve. Situated up among the steep rocky slopes of the surrounding mountains, approximately 1870 metres above sea level, Sary Chelek is the largest of the seven lakes within the nature reserve and is home to hundreds of species of animals and plants.

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