Horses and yurts in the Tien Shan Mountains, Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan

Find horizons that never seem to end, vast open spaces and the celestial summits of the Tien Shan

Adventure Holidays in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is a place where the wind whispers of ancient ancestors, family ties, and the immense skill of people able to survive in such an extreme environment. It was once part of the historic Silk Road trading route, which brought huge wealth and cultural interaction across the continents and resulted in a melting pot of ethnicities and cultures. Off limits to foreigners during the Soviet era, it was used as a buffer with China. Today, however, you don’t even need a visa to enter. Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country, a seemingly never-ending sequence of stunning scenery: the jagged white spears of the celestial Tien Shan Mountains, the arid, dry steppe where nomadic tribes of eagle hunters roam, the staggering beauty of Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest alpine lake on the planet.

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Kyrgyzstan Adventure Holidays

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The Silk Road

Discover the natural and cultural highlights of the Silk Road in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

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15 days
From 2 345 €
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The Five Stans of the Silk Road

Epic journey through the heart of Central Asia from post-Soviet monuments to exquisit Silk Road era mosques and from deserts dotted with camels to mountain pastures dotted with yurts.

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Discovery & Wildlife
23 days
From 3 425 €
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Expert opinion: Kyrgyzstan

“Kyrgyzstan’s big draw is the natural beauty and rural lifestyle. There are still nomads here, their yurts and horses scatted along the landscape. As I journeyed through the Tien Shan, the Mountains of Heaven, I visited a Women’s Association for a homemade lunch and bought traditional felt rugs which the Kyrgyz decorate their yurts with. I visited the home of a traditional eagle hunter and hiked through the beautiful Djety Oguz valley. Arriving at the resort town of Karakol on the end of Issyk Kul Lake, the diversity of this small nation became clear as I visited a Russian Orthodox Church and a Dungan Mosque with its distinctive Buddhist iconography. The Dugan are a small minority who are descendants from Chinese women and Arab traders and fled China for Central Asia. I even got to sample a home-cooked dinner in the home of a local Dugan family."

Exodus’ Product Manager Tom Harari ventured on the Exodus Silk Road adventure in 2015Want to see it for yourself? Check out our Silk Road Adventure.

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