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Kyrgyzstan

If you enjoy trekking, horseriding, birdwatching, camping and visiting remote prehistoric sites, Kyrgyzstan is the place for you.

Kyrgyzstan

A visit to Kyrgyzstan is as adventurous as you’d like it to be, from lazing on a beach at Lake Issyk-Kul, to glacier walking in Central Tien Shan.

Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyz landscape is magnificent and hugely varied, from alpine lakes and snow-capped peaks to rolling meadows and walnut forests.

Kyrgyzstan

The beauty of Kyrgyzstan for visitors is that it has a bit of everything: nomadic traditions, Silk Road sites, and above all else, a palimpsest culture.

If Russia, as Churchill famously claimed, is ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’, then Kyrgyzstan is a central Asian matryoshka doll of interwoven Turkic, Mongol and Slavic cultures that has been coloured by successive shamanistic, Islamic and communist traditions.

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Although a cliché, Kyrgyzstan is often referred to as ‘The Most Beautiful Country in the World’ – and you can see why. Hidden in the depths of central Asia, the yawning valleys, rolling alpine meadows, glistening alpine lakes and abundant wildlife of Kyrgyzstan really do make it one of the world's most stunning holiday destinations. Go trekking amongst the towering 7,000m peaks in the Central Tien Shan, travel to the multi-coloured Osh Bazaar and sample shashlyk and laghman, or take a trip to the enormous alpine Lake Issyk-Kul.

Laurence Mitchell

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Eagle hunting in Kyrgyzstan

A tradition which goes back hundreds of years, eagle hunting is a dying practice of Kyrgyz life.

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Lawrence Mitchell investigates one of the country’s strangest encounters.

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Issyk-Kul legends

Author Laurence Mitchell recounts the mythical tales of this mammoth alpine lake.

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