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Travel to Kyrgyzstan

Auto tours - minimum efforts and maximum various places of interest.
Trekking. You will find yourself in the virgin nature and will probably visit the places, where not any foot of a person has ever stepped.

Horse tours. Tours on horses give an opportunity to easily cross long distances and clime up high mountains, while enjoying beautiful nature.
Horse tours. Tours on horses give an opportunity to easily cross long distances and clime up high mountains, while enjoying beautiful nature.

The Great Silk Road. Part of the Great Silk Road passed through Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgystan has become a bridge between East and West, as well as the main part of the Great Silk Road. Kyrgyzstan crossed the three branches of the Silk Road.
Health treatment. If you want to improve your health, there is a number of resorts, sanatoriums, various places and resources with special healing qualities.
Express tours. For both body and soul. Trips usually take 1 to 3 days.
Fishing. Thousands of mountain rivers gives a great opportunity for fishing different kinds of fish including trout.
Fishing. Thousands of mountain rivers gives a great opportunity for fishing different kinds of fish including trout.
Issyk-Kul. Pure, salty, blue water, hot sand, tender sun and sound of the waves.
Skiing. There is a great variety of ski resorts of different levels of experience for skiers and snowboarders.

There are huge opportunities for organizations in Kyrgyzstan various unconventional and extreme tours.
For lovers of something special, you can offer entomological tours - the study of living endemic insects, bird watching tours - the study of different species of birds that live in the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic, eco-tours, photo hunting on state-protected animals, tours on yachts on the lake Issyk-Kul many more.

Issyk-Kul, Lake. Issyk-Kul region. Kyrgyzstan.  Photo report


Issyk-Kul - «Pearl of the Tian-Shan». The lake's name, which derives from a word for "hot lake", alludes to the fact that it does not freeze over during the winter, even though the lake is situated at an altitude of 5,278 feet. Mountains ring the lake. To the North are the Kungei («Sunny») Ala-Too mountains and while to the South lie the Terksei («Shady») Ala-Too mountains. These mountain ranges protect the Issyk-Kul hollow from winds bringing either extreme cold - or extreme hot - winds. In Kyrgyz the words mean «warm lake» - that is not because the waters are warm, although are a number of local hot springs in the area, but because the lake never freezes over. It is Kyrgyzstan "largest Lake and at about 178 km long by 70 km wide and 668 meters deep at the deepest point. The Issyk - Kul Lake is the largest in the Tien - Shan Mountains (6,236 sq km). Total length of the shoreline is about 370 miles. Next to lake Titicaca in Peru, it is the world's second largest mountain lake. Summer temperatures are usually average 76° or 82° F (25° or 28° C) degrees, but as the lake lies at an altitude of some 1606 m, it can get quite chilly, especially at night. While in January , on the western edge of the basin, the temperatures average 28° or 27° F (-2° or -3° C). The water temperature in July on the surface is 68° to 73° F (20° to 23° C), and in January it is 39° to 41° F (4° to 5° C). Ice forms only in the shallow coves. The water of the Issyk-Kul is sky blue in colour, very clear (visibility up to 65 feet. Tian Shansky wrote of Issyk-Kul may have been the first to make the comparison - he wrote about lake Issyk-Kul: «The dark, blue surface of Issyk-Kul is as blue as the surface of Geneva Lake, but the large size of Issyk-Kul makes it grandiose, which can not be said of Geneva Lake. The Issyk-Kul water beautifully reflects snow-covered Tien Shan peaks against the background of the dark blue, bright, cloudless Central Asian sky». Apart from the large volume of water, this is because although 134 streams and rivers flow into the lake, none flow out - and every year about 80 centimeters of water evaporates from the lake surface (6 %), so the water is slightly salty and this lowers the freezing point where water turns to ice. The evidence suggests that Issyk-Kul has existed at least since the Neocene (beginning 7,000,000 years ago) and that it has periodically drained. Lake terraces stretch alnong the shores, indicating a higher water level in the past, and the presence of underwater ruins of buildings at depths of up to 23 feet testifies to the past that in the Middle Ages the level of the lake was lower that it now is. In the 20th century the lake has dropped more than three meters.


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