September 4, 2014

The Best Summertime Activities in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan’s wild, pristine landscape offers a wealth of opportunities for extreme sportIMG_9088_новый_размер_err0rFrost lovers traveling through Kyrgyzstan during the summer.  Trekking, rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, heli-skiing, rafting, and paragliding are all available in Kyrgyzstan to give you the adrenaline rush you’ve been looking for.  Add to that Kyrgyzstan’s beautiful scenery and you’re guaranteed to walk away with a summer full of unforgettable memories.

Summertime skiing in Kyrgyzstan is particularly popular.  Kyrgyzstan has several mountain ranges where you can enjoy all different kinds of skiing year round, from backcountry skiing to heli-skiing.    Skiing is available for experts and novice skiers alike.  Experienced instructors are available to teach you and oversee your progress to make sure you get the most out of your skiing experience.

In addition to extreme sports, Kyrgyzstan has more relaxed options for travelers as well.  IMG_6206_Doctor-ExeThere are backcountry excursions and horseback riding tours to the most beautiful and interesting places in the country, not to mention cycling, diving, yachting, fishing, and hunting.  Fans of wildlife that enjoy the challenge of capturing rare animals on camera can even take a tour to find snow leopards hidden in the Tien Shan Mountains led by an experienced guide.  If you’re looking for a unique cultural experience, you can visit mare’s milk healing sites, try your hand at traditional crafts, watch yurt building and spend the night in one, bake bread in a tandoor oven, or even learn from local hunters that hunt using birds of prey.

For those of you who prefer an urban vacation, we have good news for you!  Coffee shops, restaurants, pubs, cafes, karaoke bars, sushi bars, pizzerias, nightclubs, saunas, and modern DSC_4484_thumb_Ravshan-Kazakovsports facilities are at your disposal in the city of Bishkek, both inside and outside of the capital!  Bishkek is buzzing with life.  Street festivals, public events, and flash mobs that anyone can take part in are growing in popularity within the city!  There are organized groups for runners, musicians, cyclists, and even board game fans.

Whatever your activity preference is, Kyrgyzstan has something that will fit your personality.  Looking for adventure?  Cultural experiences?  A taste of life in Bishkek?  You’ve got everything available at your fingertips when you travel in Kyrgyzstan during the summer.

Photos by err0rFrost, Doctor-Exe and Ravshan Kazakov.

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