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!

Photos Of Kyrgyzstan Reflective Lake Feature Jyrgalan Trek Kyrgyzstan

Glassy lakes and big skies just waiting to be photographed! Location: Jyrgalan Valley

Donkey Mountains Photos Of Kyrgyzstan

You’ll try to take a photo of a mountain and a donkey will get in your way. This isn’t a bad thing. Location: Sary Tash

Photos Of Kyrgyzstan Eagle Hunter

Come hang out with a Talgar and his beautiful bird of prey, Tumara. Location: Bokonbayevo

Photos Of Kyrgyzstan Altyn Arashan Creek

Glacial creeks everywhere you look! Location: Altyn Arashan

Photos Of Kyrgyzstan burana-tower

Kyrgyzstan is filled with Silk Road history and ancient burial sites, like the amazing Burana Tower. Location: Burana Tower, Tokmok

Photos Of Kyrgyzstan altyn-arashan-mountains

Just a standard mountain river. Location: Altyn Arashan

Karakol Markets Photos Of Kyrgyzstan

You’ll be blown away by the amount of delicious items available at the local markets. Location: Karakol

Kok Boru Photos Of Kyrgyzstan

You might get a chance to watch a game of kok boru, a heart-pumping sport, similar to polo, where horsemen use a dead goat as the ball. Location: Chuy Valley

Bishkek Statue Photos Of Kyrgyzstan

The capital city Bishkek is pretty damn beautiful. Location: Bishkek

Jeti Oguz Seven Bulls Photos Of Kyrgyzstan

There’s some pretty damn cool rock formations. Location: The Seven Bulls, Jeti-Oguz

Arslanbob Snow Photos Of Kyrgyzstan

The first snowfall of the year is always a special occasion, especially when it’s in the world’s largest walnut grove! Location: Arslanbob

Bishkek Alleyway Photos Of Kyrgyzstan

You can get lost for days in the streets of Bishkek. Location: Bishkek

Photos Of Kyrgyzstan River Jyrgalan Trek

There’s no shortage of open space. Location: Jyrgalan Valley

Winding Roads Photos Of Kyrgyzstan

Come tackle the start of the Pamir Highway, one of the world’s greatest road trips. Location: Kyrgyz/Tajik Border

Photos Of Kyrgyzstan altyn-arashan-mountain-reflection

Feel like hiking? You’ve found the right place. Location: Altyn Arashan

Second Lake Jyrgalan Trek

If you get sick of one lake, just go find another one. Location: Jyrgalan Valley

Photos Of Kyrgyzstan donkey-boys

You’ll find out how many boys can fit on a donkey. Location: Kochkor

Bridge Tiorgei Ak-Suu River Photos Of Kyrgyzstan

Have a crack at crossing this bridge. Go on, we dare you. Location: Jyrgalan Valley

Traffic Jams Photos Of Kyrgyzstan

The traffic jams are not what you would expect… Location: Everywhere

Valley Hiking In Jyrgalan Photos Of Kyrgyzstan

Climb the mountains in the east to see the country from a different perspective. Location: Jyrgalan Valley

Sary Moghul Kids Football Photos Of Kyrgyzstan

Come have a game of football with the kids. Warning – they are awesome at football. Location: Sary Moghul

Photos Of Kyrgyzstan Jazza Hiking Jyrgalan Trek

If you’re seeking solitude, you’ll find it in droves here in Kyrgyzstan! Location: Jyrgalan Valley

Photos Of Kyrgyzstan River Jyrgalan Trek

Try to count how many stunning rivers you can find! Location: Boz Uchuk

Photos Of Kyrgyzstan Campsite Jyrgalan Trek

You’ll get all sorts of company when you’re out camping. Location: Jyrgalan Valley

Photos Of Kyrgyzstan Er Enish

It doesn’t get much tougher and manlier than Er Enish – better known in English as horseback wrestling. Location: World Nomad Games, Cholpon Ata

Photos Of Kyrgyzstan Yurt World Nomad Games

If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a yurt, then it’s time to come to Kyrgyzstan. Location: Jailoo, Kochkor

Photos Of Kyrgyzstan Camels World Nomad Games

Come hang out with a camel. Just because. Location: Jailoo, Kochkor

Young Archer People Of World Nomad Games Kyrgyzstan

Get fascinated with the local dress! Location: Kochkor

Aktala Truck Photos Of Kyrgyzstan

You’ll find massive backdrops with abandoned Soviet buses providing a pretty cool contrast. Location: Aktala

Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Border Photos Of Kyrgyzstan

This is the border marker between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. This is one of the highest international border crossings in the world. Location: Kyrgyz/Tajik Border

Photos Of Kyrgyzstan Local Man

The people are just awesome! Location: Jailoo, Kochkor

Alesha And Jarryd

Hey! We are Alesha and Jarryd, the award winning writers and photographers behind this blog, and we have been travelling the world together since 2008. Adventure travel is our passion, and through our stories and images we promote exciting off-the-beaten-path destinations and fascinating cultures as we go. Follow our journey in real time on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

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