Kyrgyzstan

With spectacular landscapes, untouched and unspoiled by crowds, Kyrgyzstan is superbly suited to outdoor adventuring. Dominated by rugged mountains, this gorgeous country is also blessed with fertile valleys, impossibly-blue lakes and rolling grasslands dotted with traditional yurt encampments where ancient cultures persist.

After exploring the museums and monuments of Bishkek, you'll want to get straight out into Kyrgyzstan's wild landscapes. Explore the lonely high-altitude beauty of Lake Son-Kul and Lake Issyk-Kul; then head to the stunning "Celestial Mountains" of Tian Shan to trek through lush valleys, alpine meadows and over mountain passes, with huge skies overhead and snowcapped peaks in the distance.

Tackle a unique mountain biking adventure that will see you cycling along glacier-fed rivers and over rolling grasslands carpeted in wildflowers, enjoying rocky jeep track ascents, adrenalin-pumping downhill sprints and two days of unforgettable heli-biking in the lush Karkara Valley, camping at Karkara Base Camp. Out in this rugged wilderness, the only traffic you?re likely to encounter will be the occasional horseman or nomadic shepherd moving their herds to higher pastures.

Combine a trek to the base of Peak Lenin (7,134 m / 23,406 ft) with a cultural tour of the ancient Silk Road cities of Uzbekistan on our unique Peak Lenin Base Camp itinerary; or for the adventurous climber, consider a challenging expedition to summit Peak Lenin under the guidance of expert mountaineer Simon Yates.

Whichever itinerary you choose, you won't regret a visit to this little-visited gem of Central Asia!

 

Our all inclusive approach

From fully supported camping to private transportation, our Kyrgyzstan adventures are ultimate value for money. We aim to incorporate as many inclusions as possible in the tour cost to minimise your spending once you have arrived, such as most meals, transfers and excursions.

Innovative itineraries

From heli-biking to Karkara base camp to mountain biking through the vast and dramatic landscapes, our innovatie Kyrgyzstan itinerary offers a truly unique experience taking the paths less travelled through this remote and fascinating region of the world.

Experienced local guides

Our local bilingual guides are highly experienced, taking care of all logistics required to make your journey a smooth one. Eager to share their knowledge of Kyrgyzstan's culture and history with you, they ensure your experience is the adventure of a lifetime.


 

Leave No Trace

We operate our itineraries following the principles of Leave No Trace, ensuring that we take out all waste that we bring in and more where possible.

Child safe tourism

Children working and living in tourist areas are especially vulnerable to physical, emotional and sexual abuse. We protect vulnerable children by adhering to our Child Protection Code of Conduct.

Animal welfare focus

We advocate for cruelty free animal encounters, encouraging travellers to follow the guidelines in our comprehensive Animal Welfare Code of Conduct as we seek to inform stakeholders about animal welfare matters.


Hotels

In cities or large towns you will be accommodated in 3 to 4 star properties that are centrally located, atmospheric and reliable.

Inns

We use quality inns, typically situated in natural environments. They are not luxury inns however we ensure they offer you a truly authentic experience.

Camping

Enjoy our fully supported camping in quality two person tents erected in scenic wilderness.

Homestays

Gain wonderful insight into the local culture during a homestay, a style of accommodation where a local family opens their home to you.



A custom made itinerary is the ultimate way to see the world how YOU want. They are created especially for you, giving you complete freedom to choose what you want to see, where you want to go and when you want to do it. If you love our current itineraries but want to customise it privately as a couple, a group of friends, family, club, business or school, you have the freedom to add or remove as many elements as you like to suit the interests of your group. Alternatively, you can start with a blank canvas and create a new and exciting itinerary from scratch! Our well-travelled consultants can give you firsthand suggestions and eliminate any uncertainty with trip planning to ensure you maximise the quality of your experience and get truly off the beaten track. Simply email, phone or visit us to start planning your dream adventure.



The Silk Road with World Expeditions and Maria Visconti
Currency

Kyrgyzstan Som

You are advised to carry only USD for Kyrgyzstan.

Credit cards and ATM are not widely accepted in Kyrgyzstan so it is not recommended to rely on these solely.

We recommend you bring US Dollars cash only dated no earlier than 2000 (the newer the better) in varying denominations as your main source of money. ALL notes should be in excellent condition. They should not be torn or have any writing on them. If in doubt ask your bank to supply alternatives.

International Dialing Code

+996

Electricity
Type C plug

Electricity in Kyrgyzstan is 220 Volts, at 50 hertz. The most common pin type is C. (2 round prong).

Visas

UK, AU, NZ, CA and US passport holders do not need to have a visa when visiting Kyrgyzstan for up to 60 days. The traveller must:

Hold a biometric passport valid at least six months on entry with two blank visa pages

Hold proof of sufficient funds

Hold proof of onward/return airline tickets

Hold documents showing proof of purpose of trip

Hold all documents required for the next destination

All other nationalities, please check with your consulate or embassy for current visa requirement information. Allow up to 6 weeks prior to trip departure.

Safety

Your safety is our number one concern. Our safety track record is exemplary thanks to careful management and thorough consultation with local partners. Our industry leading risk management procedures have become a skill that we continue to refine. Our leaders in the field are highly trained and have safety as their number one priority. Expert leaders, risk assessments, quality inclusions and your financial security all come standard when you travel with us.

Please refer to our Travel Advisory page for updates on recent events, travel warnings and advice.

We strongly recommend that all clients take out travel insurance at the time of booking to cover against sickness, accident, loss of baggage, unexpected alterations to travel arrangements and travel disruption, emergency evacuation, cancellations, etc. Insurance information is enclosed with your pre-departure information. Please contact us if you would like to obtain a quote for your trip duration.

We suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements.

Money and valuables should always be stored safely when travelling. Keep your passport with you at all times and do not leave it in your main luggage. You will need it to change money and check into hotels. Where safety deposit boxes are available, we recommend that you use them. Keep jewellery and valuables to a minimum.

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