September 14, 2014

The Change of the Seasons: Autumn in Kyrgyzstan

0d565089888ec51ede9a1a5e611922adAutumn in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan is extraordinarily beautiful. The mountains are painted different shades of yellow and red and blue skies highlight the country’s natural beauty. Unlike autumn in Europe, which is often rainy and gloomy, autumn in Kyrgyzstan is usually sunny and warm.

During this season, locals usually spend time canning, pickling, or freezing fruits and vegetables for the winter. Everybody wants to hold onto a piece of summer. Fall in Kyrgyzstan is also a time when people start mentally preparing for the upcoming winter holidays: New Year, Christmas, etc.

If you come to Kyrgyzstan in early autumn, we suggest taking a least one day-trip to the mountains for a picnic.

IMG_5140You might come across an autumn rain, which happens more often in the mountains than in the valleys, but the piercingly fresh mountain air will make you enjoy every breath. The color palette of autumn includes the dark green of fir trees, the sparkling gold of birches, the ruby leaves of maples, and the smoky silver of the mountain rivers; autumn in Kyrgyzstan will delight your senses. You will fall in love with the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and want to come here again and again.

Autumn is also the beginning of hunting season. Hunters from around the world come to Kyrgyzstan to wander through the mountains in hopes of getting trophies of mountain goats, Argali, as well as other animals. (In order to hunt, you need a license from the Society of Hunters of Kyrgyzstan).

In autumn, fishermen hold contests to test each other’s level of skill. The rivers and lakes get dsc_2337extremely cold and the fish make their way deeper into the water. Recreational fishers will find these competitions quite challenging.

Taking advantage of the clear weather, paragliders, hang-gliders and other extreme aerial sportsmen meet up in the hills near Bishkek.  Soaring with the wind currents, they sail high above the earth, enjoying the beauty of panoramic views.

Also at your disposal are all kinds of entertainment: quad biking in the foothills of the Tien Shan Mountains, single or multi-day backpacking trips through the mountains sleeping in tents, rock climbing to the peaks of Kyrgyzstan’s mountains, rafting, wakeboarding, or paintballing either in nature or sectioned-off areas. img_8646

In autumn, fans of winter sports, skiers and snowboarders, start preparing for the upcoming season. They eagerly wait for the first snow in the mountains and to try to speed up the process, sometimes organize “shamans” or “snow dances” in night clubs.

Snow starts falling in the mountains around the second half of November, and from that point until May the next year, ski resorts in Kyrgyzstan work around the clock to provide quality service to their guests. The Karakol ski resort in particular is known by mountain skiers around the world due to its high ranking amongst the world’s ski resorts.

Autumn in Kyrgyzstan is every bit as enjoyable as summer. Even Kyrgyzstan’s pride and joy, Lake Issyk Kul only gets more beautiful during this season.  Autumn in Kyrgyzstan will capture your heart and imagination with its beauty.

Photo from source: www.mountpix.livejournal.com

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