Go to Kyrgyzstan 🇰🇬
22-day journey itinerary
As a traveler, I’ve a powerful necessity of returning to international locations I actually preferred. As an alternative of specializing in making a brand new nation each time I’ve the prospect of touring, I principally return to international locations I need to spend extra time to go to and discover locations I by some means missed on earlier journeys.
On this weblog put up, I’ll write about my second go to to Kyrgyzstan. You may also test my web page about my first time within the nation: First time in Kyrgyzstan: 10-day highway journey itinerary.
I spent 22 days in Kyrgyzstan and explored a lot of its most well-known locations, primarily within the west a part of the nation. I crossed the border coming from Kazakhstan and visited Talas, Jalal-Abad and Osh areas. I lastly crossed into Tajikistan on the well-known Pamir Freeway highway, the M41.
Most lucky for Kyrgyz tradition and the nation itself has been its location on the crossroads of a number of nice civilizations alongside the Silk Highway, the area preserving influences of many populations passing via its land. Immediately, many vacationers arrive to expertise Kyrgyzstan’s distinctive tradition first-hand and think about it to be probably the most lovely, accessible and friendliest nation of the area. With straightforward accessibility to mountains, lakes and various landscapes linking occasions in its wealthy historical past, this small nation affords vacationers, primarily, a large number of causes to go to.
My small video about Kyrgyzstan:
I like the way in which folks in Kyrgyzstan have been comfortable and eager to scream “Welcome to Kyrgyzstan” on digicam. Very pleasant certainly.
I entered Kyrgyzstan two instances:
- July 2012 – Border of UZ 🇺🇿- fly out to PL 🇵🇱
- October / November 2017 – Border of KZ 🇰🇿 to TJ 🇹🇯
PL = Poland 🇵🇱 KZ = Kazakhstan 🇰🇿 TJ = Tajikistan 🇹🇯 UZ = Uzbekistan 🇺🇿
- Tash Rabat
- Koshoy Korgon
- Lake Issyk Kul
- Sary Chelek Nature Reserve
- Kyrgyz Ata Nationwide Park
- Kolduk Lakes
- Lenin Peak Base Camp and Tulpar-Kol Lakes
Go to Kyrgyzstan – the place to go
Talas and Manas-Ordo
A small however well-known and quiet market city, Talas has been inhabited for the reason that Ninth century and is believed to be the birthplace of the legendary hero, Manas. An untouched pure setting throughout the Talas River Valley stretch between two mountain ranges, right here is the place Abbasid Caliphate-Turgesh Khanate forces defeated China’s Tang military for management over Central Asia within the mid-Eighth century, in the one battle incurred between Arabs and the Chinese language. Immediately’s Talas, nevertheless, was based as Dmitrievskoye village (1877) by Slavic settlers and is acknowledged by its most predominant constructing, a 1920s Russian orthodox brick church, and an enormous picturesque park extending alongside its riverbank. Inside the Talas Valley are additionally a number of attention-grabbing mausoleums all through the area. Essentially the most handy path to Talas passes via Kazakhstan (for which you’ll almost definitely want a visa), or an alternate method to attain the valley is by way of the Teo-Ashuu cross, crossing the Suusamyr Valley and heading northwards from Bishkek-Osh highway.
Simply 13km south of Talas is the beautiful Besh-Tash Valley and the 32,000-hectare Besh-Tash State Nationwide Park with its spectacular mountain surroundings. From the canyon’s entrance and sizzling springs, the highway from Talas follows the Besh-Tash River to a top of almost three,000m within the Talas Ala-Too vary, earlier than it joins Terek Go. At three,500m, there are two crystal-clear lakes, the bigger Besh-Tash Lake providing excellent views over the encompassing mountains. The nationwide park comprises attention-grabbing petroglyphs, over 800 plant species and uncommon animals, such because the endangered brown bear, whereas the world makes for a wonderful base camp or day journey from Talas. Right here, additionally it is potential to lodge in yurts in the summertime or benefit from the valley’s many nice tenting spots.
A brief distance east of Talas city and on the financial institution of the Kenkol River, the favored Manas-Ordo historic park supplies the setting surrounding Kümböz Manas, a 14th-century brick mausoleum and one of many landmarks most treasured by the Kyrgyz folks, stated to accommodate the stays of their epic hero, Manas. The constructing itself is located on the foot of a close-by ceremonial mound as soon as used as a lookout for sentries guarding the valley. Two tales lie beneath the story of the mausoleum’s building: One being that a son of Manas introduced his father’s physique thereafter he was killed in Akhyrtash; the opposite, claiming it was constructed by Manas’ spouse to guard his stays. Close by, there’s a museum devoted to the historical past of the Epic of Manas and a Hun interval historical burial floor. Additionally within the district, Kirov Reservoir is provided from the Talas River and utilized by each Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan for farming irrigation. Right here, you possibly can take pleasure in a quiet place whereas fishing, tenting, taking within the unimaginable views and considering the outstanding epic of this Kyrgyz hero…
Sary Chelek Nature Reserve
About 300km from Osh, the splendidly scenic and exquisite mountain lake, Lake Sary-Chelek, is surrounded by the luxurious forests of Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve. A part of the Chatkal mountain vary’s japanese finish, this 23,868-hectare property is split into two areas reaching altitudes from 1,200-Four,250m (three,940-13,940ft). Lake Sary-Chelek is probably the most excellent in a gaggle of lakes all through the reserve, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve for almost 50 years. The lake’s secluded waters gleam a fantastic blue-green throughout the surrounding space containing over 1,000 plant species, 160 numerous birds, and 34 mammals, a pure habitat lending its guests a real haven aside from the remainder of the world.
A historic website and one of many nation’s oldest settlements, Uzgen is a small metropolis situated on the banks of the Kara-Darya River and a pleasant place to cease, about 50km (30mi) exterior of Osh. Initially, a 2nd-century BC Silk Highway buying and selling put up between the Fergana Valley and China’s Kashgar, Uzgen grew to become the capital of Central Asia’s ruling Kara-Khanid Khanate dynasty all through the Ninth-13th centuries. Immediately’s Uzgen is split into the Nizhny residential district and the Verkhny central district containing a monument park, cinema, companies, outlets and a bazaar. The town’s architectural gems are handsomely displayed in its primary vacationer attraction, a 12th-century advanced with three well-preserved mausolea, a mosque, a 44-meter excessive minaret and its madrasah. Whereas discovering Uzgen’s multitude of minarets outstanding, I actually loved exploring its historical fortress ruins, shrines, and graves of saints, amongst its different landmarks. With most of those treasures restored by numerous worldwide organizations, town is, by far, one of many primary locations alongside vacationer routes. Whereas meandering its streets and letting all of its historical past sinks in, be sure you additionally strive Uzgen’s splendidly scrumptious plov!
Dominating the Fergana Valley and forming the backdrop of Osh, you can find a UNESCO World Heritage Web site and pilgrimage vacation spot of nice significance, Sulaiman-Too (“Solomon’s mountain”), believed to be the burial website of the prophet Suleyman Sheikh and hailed as probably the most full instance of a sacred mountain in Central Asia. After Mecca and Medina, the positioning is taken into account probably the most sacred place for Central Asian Muslims.
On the mountain’s base, you can find a cemetery and Asif ibn Barkhiyā Tomb (11th-17th centuries), stated to have introduced the throne of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon; the Ravvat Abdullah Kahn Mosque (17th-18th centuries); the Mohammed Yusuf Bayhodzhi-Ogly Mosque (1909); the grandiose Osh New Mosque with its magnificent double-dome and 4 minarets; and one of many largest museums in Kyrgyzstan, the Nationwide Historic and Archaeological Museum Complicated Sulayman (1978) carved into the mountain’s aspect and containing over 33,000 artifacts. Following a path across the mountain, there’s a small cave stated to be shedding the tears of Solomon from its ceiling the place, inside, there’s additionally a small museum exhibiting attention-grabbing archaeological finds from across the metropolis. After a brief climb additional up the hill, you can find Dom Babura Mosque (1510), constructed by the teenage King of the Fergana Valley who finally based India’s Mogul Dynasty.
Sulaiman-Too additionally options over 100 petroglyph websites courting again to six,000 years and plenty of different historical websites worshipped for a number of millennia. Atop the mountain’s peak rests an commentary deck and a novel Fergana Faculty place of worship, the fantastically colourful Sulaiman Mosque. A small archaeological museum may also be discovered close by in addition to the historical-ethnographic Nice Silk Highway Museum celebrating south Kyrgyzstan’s flourishing days of the Silk Highway.
If in case you have the time, different instructed websites in Osh’s centre are: the Osh Regional Museum of Positive Arts, within the south-eastern aspect of Suleiman mountain and sited subsequent to Ravat Abdullakhan Mosque, as soon as town’s largest place of worship, later turning into an historical monument and regional museum within the 20th century; the Russian Orthodox Church of Archangel Michael, situated inside a picturesque park on Kurmanjan Datka Road and Sadykbay Home & Mosque. For these looking for day-excursions exterior town and choosing the attraction of serenity amongst scenic landscapes and clear air, a few of my favourite locations close to Osh are listed under.
Aravan is a small city not removed from Osh. A number of historical rock work might be visited alongside the cliffs within the northern a part of the city. Essentially the most well-known petroglyphs are the Celestial Horses of Aravan, courting from the primary century BC.
Kyrgyz Ata Nationwide Park
A splendidly lovely pure area and a preferred vacation spot for native vacationers to flee the summer time warmth within the Fergana Valley is the Kyrgyz-Ata Nationwide Park. A day-trip drive from Osh via its southeastern valley is sort of possible. This reserve occupies a lot of the northern slope of the Alay mountain vary, an space notable for its huge juniper forests. Containing protected wildlife and a few chook species, the park can also be distinctive with its many accessible caves and historic monuments, historical settlements, and burial grounds. Calm down in solitude, take a tour of the gorges, or take pleasure in its scenic atmosphere good for mountain climbing and horseback driving.
If you’re trying to find a soothing little Paradise to name your personal, then don’t miss the prospect to spend a while among the many Osh area’s scenic Kolduk Lakes, together with Lake Kolduk and the smaller Kichi Kolduk. Lower than 10km off the freeway and following a tough highway south of Gul’cha city, you may be led into the Alay district, bordering China within the east and Tajikistan to the south. Normally, the area has remained untouched with only some yurts close to to Kichi Kolduk. Once you arrive, you can find your self amongst an awe-inspiring one other world with two shiny blue, placid lakes reflecting the encompassing lovely inexperienced mountains in the course of the valley, a real colourful spectrum of nature! An excellent location to calm down and revitalize, the Alay area’s lakes are a refreshing cease after a protracted trek alongside Asan Korgon and Karashagyl mountains. Regardless of legend warning swimmers to not swim too removed from the shore, additionally it is thought-about sacred and consuming alcohol there’s forbidden. Stuffed by melting glaciers in the summertime, earlier than going out for a swim do bear in mind the water might be fairly chilly!
Small village settled alongside the A372 highway only a few km distance from Sary-Tash, in Alay Valley in southern Kyrgyzstan. Sary-Moghol affords nice views to the close by mountains, and it serves as the bottom to enter the well-known Lenin Peak Base Camp and Tulpar-Kol Lakes. Don’t miss the native road market surrounded by small outlets. Persons are very pleasant and as a result of tourism business, some younger locals will converse English. All kinds of various 4X4 excursions and trekking expeditions might be organized regionally.
Lenin Peak Base Camp and Tulpar-Kol Lakes
Though notably a tough climb or hike, the ready trekker will likely be rewarded in taking a journey up Lenin Peak and navigating the Alay Valley’s huge mountainous terrain, the place you can find herders, yurts and electricity-powered camps, wild yaks and wildlife, unimaginable flora, scenic and glacier views. Many individuals drive from Osh to the Alay Valley’s summertime base camp, Achyk-Tash, or keep in Sary-Moghol village, only in the near past made extra accessible by way of the freeway connecting the 2. On the foot of Lenin Peak, amongst a number of small lakes and reverse the bottom camp, the high-altitude Lake Tulpar-Kol and its environs provide the chance for a number of trekkings, snowboarding or horseback day-excursions within the Chon-Alay vary, reaching a lofty top of over 7,130 meters!
■ Do you know that I traveled in Kyrzgystan with a 4X4 campervan? Examine my web page: Van life in Kyrgyzstan. You may also test my web page about my first time within the nation: First time in Kyrgyzstan: 10-day journey itinerary. Get pleasure from!
Be aware: This journey was made potential by the assist of the US Company for Worldwide Improvement (USAID). This journey weblog solely matches my opinion and journey expertise and doesn’t essentially replicate the views of USAID or the US Authorities.
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