Kyrgyzstan Tash Rabat area walk

NEW tour launch – Walks and Wildflowers in the Mountain Valleys of Northern Kyrgyzstan

Aug 16, 2019

Walks and Wildflowers in the Mountain Valleys of Northern Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyz Republic is land-locked, but its 6 million people have a vast area of meadows and mountains in which to roam – and roam they do throughout this enthralling area of Central Asia, as their nomadic lifestyle takes them from lush valleys to high peaks in search of pasture for their animals and food for themselves. Horses are their chosen means of transport, carrying their worldly goods and their yurts and providing an essential part of the Kyrgyz economy and their traditional sporting activities.

Part of the exotic Silk Road of international trade for the last 2,000 years, Kyrgyzstan unfolds to greet the adventurous traveller with 80% of the country dominated by the Mountains of Heaven or Tian Shan. Lush valleys, full of flowers, and rivers carving pathways through the land give our walkers time to experience this unique terrain as snow-capped peaks, rising to over 7,000 metres, reveal themselves on our gentle climbs.

Our nomadic itinerary includes the world’s second largest mountain lake, Issy-Kul, petroglyphs, ancient forts and a historic caravanserai, plus the Soviet era architecture of Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek. As we explore this little known country, dubbed as the Switzerland of Central Asia, we are accompanied by a Kyrgyz English-speaking guide throughout and by specialist bird and flower experts for four days.

Our accommodation is in small hotels and a guesthouse, in rooms with private en-suite facilities, while the food reflects all the variety and the welcoming nature of the country’s diverse ethnicity.

Trip dates: 29 June - 12 July 2020

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