Ahh, Kyrgyzstan. That small, landlocked country in Central Asia that people seem to have no idea how to pronounce (hint: Keer-Giz-Stan). For those in the know, Kyrgyzstan is a nation covered in mountains, filled with amazing culture, epic adventures, friendly people and tasty food (well, most of the time).
For the rest, Kyrgyzstan is a forgotten destination, shrouded in post-Soviet mystery and geological intrigue – China to the east, Kazakhstan to the north, Tajikistan to the south and Uzbekistan to the west. But in recent times Kyrgyzstan has seen a boom in tourism, thanks to some amazing events like the World Nomad Games and the recognition of the country being a trekker’s paradise.
We visited Kyrgyzstan 3 times in 2015 and once more this year, and it’s safe to say that it is honestly one of our favourite countries. We highly, highly recommend adding Kyrgyzstan to your travel goals!
But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s 31 photos that will put Kyrgyzstan on your bucket list!
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39 thoughts on “31 Photos That Will Put Kyrgyzstan On Your Bucket List”
This guide is absolutely superb. Such detailed and comprehensive guide, it feels I am almost travelling along. Stunning pictures.
You guys are awesome !!!
Amazing pics of my country.
I am in Africa with my family and a couple of more families and we have a cultural day this Saturday.
So Pics are Exactly what I was looking for.
I am gonna use them if you don’t mind.
Thank you very much!!!
Thank you so much guys. If you are using our photos for just yourself and educational purposes it is fine to use our images. If it is for commercial purpose we charge for this as this is our business. If you would like to contact us, please email [email protected].
That mountain river looks like a place I want to go! 🙂
It is so beautiful. Hope you get to Kyrgyzstan one day Jessica. 🙂
Hey Alesha and Jarryd! I’m heading to Kyrgyzstan on a medical trip next summer (June 16-30 2018) and am wanting to stay after either by myself or with a friend to do some hiking/backpacking. Do you have any reputable companies/sources that you would recommend? And if you only had 3-5 days to explore for hiking/trekking etc, where would you recommend?
Thanks for any advice!
Hi Anya, So glad you are travelling to Kyrgyzstan. We love this country. There is amazing hiking near Jyrgalan (near Karakol). The hiking in the area is amazing and you go do a day hike or a multiple day trek. We have a couple of hikes around there on our site. You can hire a local guide and horse to carry your gear or leave it at a guesthouse in Jyrgalan. Happy hiking
Kyrgyzstan is in my bucket list
Hope can join your 2018 trip. Please send me the detail trip. Thks
Hi Sherly, We are in the process now of releasing it. We are so excited. Stay tuned. 🙂
If you run the the 2018 trip then count me in, I’m definitely interested. Kyrgystan sounds incredible.
Thanks so much Ada! We’ve added you to our mailing list and will definitely let you know as soon as we have more details. Hope to see you in Kyrgyzstan next year 🙂
Hi.. Thank you for the great stories and pictures.. Hope all is well there.
Thank you so much Allen for stopping by. It is a beautiful country and very easy to photograph. 🙂
Yes!! More info please!! After reading about your amazing hike we have added it to our 12 month travel plans next year!
Hi Annie, so glad you are interested. It is an amazing country. We will be sending out more information soon. 🙂
that would be cool if the dates worked
We haven’t worked out exact dates yet. Lets hope they work out for you. 🙂
Yes I very much would like to know more about the Kyrgyzstan 2018 trip!!
Awesome you want to know more Monica. We will be sending out more information by email. We are putting together a mailing list and you’ll hear from us soon. 🙂
Please send more info when you have it on the Kyrgyzstan tour
Hi Mel, We will be sending out more information by email. We are putting together a mailing list and you’ll hear from us soon. 🙂
Hi Alesha and Jarryd
Thank you for these amazing photos!
Thank you so much Alexandra. 🙂
Great story and superb pics Alesha. My son and his family live in Bishkek and I was lucky to go there 18 mths ago and see some of the beautiful Kyrgyz countryside too. Amazing. They have been there almost 4 yrs now with no plans of returning to Brisbane it seems. My 3 grandkids speak MANY languages now and are currently on hols in Scotland, Switzerland and who knows where else in nearby Europe………from cold and snow to MORE cold and snow!!! Will be following your blogs of the 5 Stans and the old Silk Road with interest.
Thank you so much Jenny. Wow that is amazing your grandchild know many languages. It is so useful and something Jarryd and I wish we persuade when we where younger. We learn many languages now but tend to forget them quickly.
That is nice your family live in Bishkek and we are glad you got over there to see this beautiful country. Bishkek is a lovely city. We have a soft spot for Kyrgyzstan and hope to return soon. You should visit you family during the World Nomad Games. A very interesting event.
I hope your family have a great trip in Europe and it is not too cold. And Jenny you have a great time too, where ever you are. 🙂
Take care and happy travels
Amazing! We’ve been considering a trip to the ‘Stans for a while now and after seeing all these stunning landscapes, next year might just have to be the year 🙂
Hi Freya. definitely do it. It is an amazing area of the world. The people are so friendly, there is so much history to learn and beauty to see. We hope you get there soon and we would love to hear about your trip. Happy travels
Thank you for sharing your beautiful photo’s ! I had to cancel this year’s horseriding trip because I broke my foot, but definitely rescheduling in 2017 ! Looks great !
Oh no sorry to hear this Patricia. Definitely put it on your list of countries to visit in 2017. Take care. Thank you. 🙂
Your photos are really beautiful! Thank you to depict our country in such a beautiful way!
Thank you so much Fabien. We loved your country and can not wait to return. 🙂
Is it weird that reading through this makes even me want to get back there? Fantastic photos, as always.
Thank you Stephen. You are so close. Maybe a trip back might be nice. 😉
Waw, Kyrgyzstan is so beautiful!! It was a visual pleasure to read (and especially watch) this article. Can’t wait to be there! As soon as the winter is over, we’re on our way 🙂
Thank you so much. It real is. Amazing country. We hope you get there soon. 🙂
Hello. Thank you for your amazing post about my country. come to next world nomad games2018)
Thank you so much Zharkyn. We would love to come back to the games. We had such a blast last year and it was so interesting.
Fantastic photos! What amazing scenery here!
Thanks so much Taiss! It’s an amazing place for sure. 🙂