The best things about traveling in Kyrgyzstan
I absolutely adore Kyrgyzstan and I think it’s one of the best countries to visit in the world, especially if you’re into mountains. Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country and is 94% mountains. As you can imagine, there’s some stunning views here to be seen. It’s a haven for trekkers, for horse riders and for people who just want to enjoy nature and see something special. Unfortunately, Central Asia has gotten a bad rep so you won’t find as many travelers here like in Southeast Asia for example. But that definitely works in your favor, if you want to avoid the crowds.
But since Kyrgyzstan isn’t a well developed tourist destination (yet), it can still be a bit frustrating to travel there. There are times when nothing works your way. Still, I think it’s so worth visiting Kyrgyzstan. It definitely became one of my favorite countries, and I’ve visited more than 60 now. Here are some of the best things about traveling in Kyrgyzstan.
There aren’t many people in the world that are as hospitable as the Kyrgyz. They will invite you to their home, give you all the food you can imagine and so much more. Kyrgyz people are very curious about foreigners and love to learn more about the world and to chat a bit in English. If you go to the villages, there’ll be more than one family who’ll want to invite you over for dinner. The people really is the best thing about Kyrgyzstan and traveling here wouldn’t be as much fun if then locals weren’t as lovely as they are.
Kyrgyzstan is all about nature, so if that’s not really your scene, you might not be as fascinated with it. But if you do, it’ll be one of the most amazing countries to visit. Every corner you turn, there’s a beautiful mountain to see. There’s lakes, valleys, charming roads, vast lands, and even beaches in Issyk-Kul. The nature here is jaw droppingly beautiful and is perfect for those who loves to hike and immerse themselves in nature.
Traveling around Kyrgyzstan is extremely affordable which is perfect for those who are on a tighter budget. You could easily get away with 10 USD per day if you only eat in local places and stay in hostels. If you want to hike with a guide, the costs will go up a bit. But if you’re good with maps and will bring all of your hiking gear yourself, you can hike for almost no money at all. You might have to pay a fee to some national parks, but that’s basically it. You should also try horseback riding when you’re in Kyrgyzstan. Not only is it one of the most beautiful places to do it, it’s also really affordable to ride horses here.