5 main reasons to visit Kyrgyzstan!
It's May and the planning of holidays begins to gain momentum. What to choose this time? Where to go? Whether to choose trekking, horseback riding, climbing or just relaxing on the beach, where you can soak up the sun, get a beautiful tan and show the result of your rest to your co-workers. All of this could be found in a small mountainous country called Kyrgyzstan, which, by the way, won the prestigious National Geographic Traveler Award in 2014!
So, here are 5 good reasons to visit this country:
Beautiful mountain landscapes
Kyrgyzstan is a country of mountains, because more than 90 percent of its entire territory is mountains. And the most important thing is that all these mountains are different - rocky plumbs of Kol-Suu lake, snow peaks of the seven-thousandths of Lenin, Khan-Tengri and Victory, green, grassy hills, bright red canyons of Jeti-Oguz and Kekemeren, as well as multicolor sandstones Gorge "The Tale".
High mountain lakes
Beautiful species complement the most diverse lakes - from small puddles to the second largest mountain lake on the planet - the Issyk-Kul Lake. And there are about two thousand of them all over the country.
The most famous are Lake Issyk-Kul, a mountain pearl enclosed in the embrace of two mountain ridges of Kungei and Terskey Ala Too, full of legends and mysteries, melting under the water the ancient city of Chigu, inviting divers to reveal its secrets. Crystal clear, cool, blue water, saving from scorching sun rays and merging with the blue sky - all this is the beauty of the extraordinary lake Issyk-Kul.
Lake Son-Kul, located at an altitude of more than 3000 m and open to tourists only a few months a year. Here come nomads with their flocks for the summer, put yurts, bring children and old people to rest from the bustle and city noise. Here time stops: silence, greenery, motley grass, birds and the same unusually blue sky above your head.
Lake Sary-Chelek, washing the rocky rift, located in the depths of the Sary-Chelek reserve with an abundance of grass, trees, flowers and rare animals, hiding in all this green abundance.
Lake Kol-Suu, the emerald surface of which reflects the rocky plumbs of the protruding mountains and Lake Chatyr-Kul, which is on the border with China, are the most inaccessible, but definitely worth it. to visit.
All types of mountain tourism
In Kyrgyzstan, you can not only enjoy the views of the mountains, but also use them as a sporting attribute. Near the city of Karakol, which is located in the eastern part of Issyk-Kul Lake at an altitude of 2300 meters, there is a ski base. Over 20 kilometers of tracks of different levels of complexity, as well as all opportunities for freeride and heli-ski.
Professional alpinists annually come to this mountainous country to conquer 3 out of 5 seven-thousandths in Central Asia - Lenin Peak, Victory Peak and Khan Tengri and be closer to the title of "Snow Leopard" (to get this title you need to conquer 5 peaks Height more than 7000 m).
And of course in mountainous terrain, there is a huge number of mountain hikes of different complexity and time, horse routes and cycling routes.
The Life of a Nomad
In Kyrgyzstan, you probably will not experience all the delights of the life of the Kyrgyz nomads, as today, even in the most difficult points, they try to make telephone calls, people in the highlands enjoy the benefits of civilization, but still coming to the jailoo you will plunge into the peaceful course of the nomadic way of life: men Here they are controlled with cattle, women look after children, cook on bonfires, sew and embroider, make felt articles, toys; Children play national games - Togus korgol or alchiki.
In the villages, craftsmen try to preserve the traditional craft. On the southern shore of Issyk-Kul, in the village of Kyzyl-Tuu several families are engaged in the manufacture of yurts. In the villages of Bokonbaevo and Kochkork there are families that create traditional felt decorations for yurts, carpets, felt slippers, bags and even clothes. All this can not just be bought, but also see the process itself.
People in Kyrgyzstan conduct national festivals featuring horse games, falconry, hunting with Kyrgyz hounds; Women show master classes in the preparation of national dishes, make handmade articles with felt from guests, and treat guests with kumys (a national drink made from mare's milk).
And yet the main attraction of Kirghizia is people. Simple, generous, hospitable, open. They like to talk, they will always offer tea and a piece of cake. It is considered to be very offensive if you do not try the bread offered to you. At least a piece, at least a little, but you must break it off and eat.
They will offer a traveler to spend the night, give him the softest shirdak, lay them closer to the hearth, feed and give something to drink, listen carefully to your story and share their life experience.
Come and see yourself that Kyrgyzstan is a beautiful country, with kind people and amazing nature.
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