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    • pawelx's Profile Photo

      3 day hike with camping, ~4000m peak - please recommend?

      Kyrgyzstan May 11, 2016 at 3:10 AM

      Can someone please recommend a hike that would involve summiting a prominent (i.e. highest peak in the area) mountain of up to 3500-4000m (so that no glacier equipment/crampons are needed), which 3 fit mountain walkers could aim to do in mid-August?

      1 Answer May 12, 2016 at 3:18 AM
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      Kyrgyzstan 26th July to 15 August

      Kyrgyzstan May 4, 2016 at 11:55 PM


      my wife and I are going to Kyrgyzstan and I was wondering if anyone is going to go there and would like to hang around together. There is no plan yet, but we want to do some horse riding, maybe Uzbekistan or Tajikistan trip. Maybe some 4x4 car rental to see more remote places in mountains.

      Greetings from Poland

      2 Answers May 5, 2016 at 11:02 PM
    • letter of invitation

      Bishkek Mar 27, 2016 at 10:42 AM

      I am a resident of Canada. I am planning to travel to Bishkek. I need a letter of invitation to get a visa on arrival. Can anyone help me with it?

      5 Answers Mar 28, 2016 at 12:49 PM
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      Query about Pamir Highway

      Bishkek Jan 14, 2016 at 11:11 AM

      Am interested in taking the Pamir Highway jeep trip from Bishkek to Dushanbe (or reverse). Any local tour companies you can recommend? Any help would be most appreciated.

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      Bishkek and Almaty in January

      Bishkek Dec 14, 2015 at 8:43 AM

      I've just booked flights into Almaty and out of Bishkek, and will have 9 days to spend travelling between the two. January is probably not the best time to go there, but I don't really have much choice when I can take my holidays. So, a few questions:

      - any tips for surviving the sub zero temperatures?
      - what does Bishkek have to offer in the winter? From reading up about it, there doesn't seem to be a huge amount to see in the city itself, and as for day trips, all the guidebooks say "head for the mountains", which might be great advice in warmer months, but what is it possible to do in January?
      - 9 days might be too long to spend in just Almaty and Bishkek, but not long enough to head anywhere else...or is it? Is it worth trying to visit somewhere else in Kyrgyzstan, or should I save that for a summer trip?
      - Bishkek vs. Almaty...which city offers more in winter? (I think I already know the answer to that, but maybe I'm wrong!)


      4 Answers Dec 31, 2015 at 1:37 PM
    • outside Bishkek

      Bishkek Jul 5, 2015 at 9:00 PM

      Are the hot springs outside Bishkek worth a visit

      3 Answers Jul 22, 2015 at 4:13 AM
    • Which Way to Go?

      Kyrgyzstan Jul 5, 2015 at 1:33 PM

      Dear Fellow Travellers, i hope that you all be in good spirits.

      Here is what i want to know.
      I am planning to enter Iran from Pakistan and go all the way to Azerbaijan. After crossing Azerbaijan i will cross caspian sea and there you go, i am confused right there. Which way to go from here? Should i land in Kazakhstan and make way from Uzbekistan into Kyrgyzstan and then China. OR Should i land in Turkmenistan and then Uzbek and Tajikistan into China?

      Please advice according to following points,

      1.. Infrastructure, as in Roads, Connectivity, Transportation (Buses & Trains only)
      2. Connectivity with the outer world as in money transfers, internet, electricity?
      3. COST. That;s really important as i am a little tight on the budget. Which route would prove to be better in terms of finance?
      4. Plus i am a loner, so please advice which route would offer me with more cultural interaction and orientation.

      Looking forward to your valuable and much appreciated feedback.

      Thank you!

      4 Answers Jul 8, 2015 at 2:23 AM
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      Cheeky football trip to Kyrgyzstan

      Kyrgyzstan Apr 14, 2015 at 3:47 AM

      So my beloved Australian Football team just drew Kyrgyzstan away in the preliminary World Cup Qualifying rounds.... We also have Jordan, Tajikistan and Bangladesh (Not exactly the group of death i know :) )

      Would it be worth a trip or don't bother?




      2 Answers Apr 14, 2015 at 5:14 AM
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      Times of buses Bishkek to Almaty

      Bishkek Mar 22, 2015 at 6:46 AM

      We plan to travel from Almaty in June to spend two nights in Bishkek. Please could anyone tell me what would be the latest bus running from Bishkek, Western Bus Station to Almaty? I understand the journey will take 4 to 5 hours.

      We were thinking about leaving Bishkek about 15:00 and understand buses leave when they are full.

      Any advice would be really appreciated.

      1 Answer Apr 23, 2015 at 2:51 AM
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      Mountain Biking & Hiking or horseback riding in Kyrgyzstan

      Bishkek Jan 27, 2015 at 7:31 AM

      Are there any organized hiking/biking tours of Kyrgyzstan? Any guidance would be most appreciated.

      1 Answer Jan 27, 2015 at 7:45 AM
    • (Cheap?) Solution to Slipping on Icy Walkways?

      Bishkek Jan 15, 2015 at 10:15 PM

      Only a couple of days left in Kyrgystan, and I don't want to have to make another! trip to the orthopedist. Anyone have a home-remedy type way to make walking in my (summertime) running shoes less treacherous?

      6 Answers Jan 16, 2015 at 10:34 AM
    • Bishkek-Osh

      Osh Sep 23, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      What would the transfer time between Bishkek-Osh be if you're taking a bus/taxi?

      1 Answer Sep 23, 2014 at 10:39 AM
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      any better suggestions and what day does the bus go from Osh to Irktesham pass?

      Kyrgyzstan Sep 3, 2014 at 5:53 AM

      Hi im in Almaty at the moment and wasted today so i need to stay another day i think to see the sights in the city and maybe the Great Almaty lake on the outskirts tomorrow instead of taking a bus to Bishkek....

      any suggestions for any better routes as received info that my plans to go to Bishkek and then on to Osh and then to the pass into China are probably the best plan to stick to. I have a big suitcase and was planning to get to the Kashgar sunday market but realise that i need to abandon that idea and just keep going. I need to be in Nanjing on Monday in about 10 days time.
      so i can fly from Kashgar to Urumqi and Urumqi to Nanjing if need be.

      but any suggestions - i chose the Irktesham pass as its said to be the easiest for independent travellers and doesnt rquire a permit whereas the Torugart one that correct and does anyone know the days the bus does go from Osh to the Irk book says its twice a week and i was hoping it had improved since then but a travel agent today said he thinks its only once a week but doesnt know what day...

      any other recommendations for Bishkek and book is mainly pointing out Silk road things, i downloaded the LP ebooks onto my laptop but not the easiest for reading properly! and cant get them onto my phone i dont think as having problems setting my new phone up to receive websites.

      thanks in anticipation!

      1 Answer Sep 3, 2014 at 1:51 PM
    • Hi I am a lone traveler planning to visit Bishkek for two weeks

      Bishkek Aug 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      I am looking for a nice clean single accommodation at locals want to feel the Bishkek not as a international passenger but to belike a local and feel the hospitality of the local people

      1 Answer Aug 11, 2014 at 1:34 PM
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      Naryn to Osh

      Kyrgyzstan Aug 11, 2014 at 3:47 AM

      I am looking to travel from Naryn to Osh

      Does anyone have any tips of things to see on the way?

      Or even how best to complete this route?

      We would like to stop in a traditional town on route if possible, although we don't have camping gear

      4 Answers Sep 11, 2014 at 7:28 AM
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      Itinerary decisions

      Kyrgyzstan Aug 5, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      Hi all we will fly to Bishkek in September and spend one week in Kyrgyztan and then a week in Uzbekistan our itinerary is below. I wonder if rather than going around Issyk Kul lake it would be nicer to drive from Bishkek to Osh and see places on the way (like Arslanbob). I wouldbe grateful if you let me know your thoughts, also any comments on the rest of the itinerary are very welcome. Many thanks form London.

      Day 1: Bishkek, Ala-Archa National Park
      Day 2: Bishkek – Issyk-Kul
      Day 3: Issyk-Kul – Karakol
      Day 4: Karakol – Jety-Oguz gorge,
      Day 5: Jety-Oguz gorge, Djuuka gorge – Tamga
      Day 6: Tamga – Bishkek
      Day 7: Bishkek - Osh (fly)
      Day 8: Osh – Margilan – Rishtan - Tashkent
      Day 9: Tashkent – Bukhara
      Day 10: Bukhara
      Day 11: Bukhara – Samarkand
      Day 12: Samarkand
      Day 13: Samarkand – Tashkent
      Day 15: departure

      6 Answers Sep 4, 2014 at 11:18 AM
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      Altitude Sickness

      Kyrgyzstan Jun 8, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      I am travelling to Kyrgyzstan next month on an organised tour, we are heading up to just over 3000t metres, via the torugart pass to tash rabat
      Will AMS be an issue, or am I just being a little over cautious?

      10 Answers Sep 3, 2014 at 7:53 PM
    • Clubs in Bishkek?

      Bishkek Jun 1, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Hello, all! Does anyone know an interesting club (arts, sports, dancing) you can join in Bishkek for a two week stay?


    • travel to issyk kul

      Bishkek May 28, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      i am a indian student studying in bishkek. how to travel to issyk kul lake from bishkek?can you help please.

      1 Answer Jun 1, 2014 at 11:13 AM
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      Backpacking Group tour operator for Central Asia

      Kyrgyzstan Apr 4, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      Hey guys

      I am planning to visit the Central Asia this summer (probably Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan) and was looking for a tour operator that offers backpacking tours for groups (i.e. for individuals to travel together, and not for already existing groups that plan a trip together).

      I have traveled like this before and loved the spirit of the group of like-minded travelers from all over the world that I shared my experiences with as well as the fact that I could enjoy the trip, instead of wasting my time organizing accomodation or transportation (so please don't come up with the recommendation that I should travel there on my own ;)).

      I am 25 years old and looking for a tour where people are around my age. The trip should be a broad mixture of activities and should visit the big cities as well as some hidden spots.

      Has anyone already done a trip like this or can suggest any operators that provide such group tours?

      I am thankful for any advice!

      2 Answers Jun 15, 2014 at 9:56 PM
    • bertioga's Profile Photo

      Bishkek and . . . ? ? ?

      Kyrgyzstan Mar 19, 2014 at 6:58 AM

      In late April I will be flying into Bishkek and flying out after only 6 days.
      I am a 65 year-old male and have a bad leg; so no trekking for me except for bazaars and lakeshore.
      Further, I am a teacher, so I travel on a small budget.
      I am considering getting out of Bishkek; the obvious options seem to be:
      1) Karakol and/or Balykchy (I would enjoy walking on the lakeshore)
      2) Osh and/or Jalal Abad
      Thank you for any suggestions

      4 Answers Jun 3, 2014 at 10:45 AM
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      Skiing from Bishkek 2014

      Bishkek Feb 7, 2014 at 3:19 AM

      I am working in Bishkek and interested in going skiing on the weekends; either for one or two days. The cheapest way is to go to the closest resorts with a local operator, where you can get an all-inclusive package for 1,500 Som ($30) covering transport, ski rental and lift ticket. I have not yet managed to test this, as they have vehicle issues...

      Better resorts are about 100 km away and one can get 4WD transport for the day for $85. The car can take up to 4 passengers; there would be additional costs for a lift pass (around 600 Som) and ski rental (600 Som).

      If you are interested in sharing transport on any of the following days: 15-16/2; 22-23/2; 1-2/3; or 8-9/3; send an email to bisbjerg at

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      Visiting practices - Kyrgyzstan

      Kyrgyzstan Jan 8, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      1) When visiting or beginning a face to face business engagement how should the conversations proceed?
      2) When is the appropriate part of visit to bring up business? Does one bring up the matters right away, or is it customary to talk about non-business related matters to break the ice or conclude the business meeting?
      3) What is the attitude, rate, pitch, and tone usually found in a business engagement in Kyrgyzstan?

      2 Answers Jan 8, 2014 at 1:57 PM
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      Greeting Customs?

      Kyrgyzstan Jan 8, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      What are some distinctive approaches for greetings a westerner should be aware of?.
      How does one giving and receiving compliments when greeting a Kyrgyz or other resident?
      When/How does one take their leave and bid farewell?

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      Who wants to be Nomads?

      Bishkek Dec 23, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      Hi, everyone.

      Thread title is irrelevant, by the way. LOL.

      Real Questions are:
      1. What's the better option for a lone traveler like me who wants to travel in Kyrgyzstan for a month - Do it Yourself or a tour company? (Should be budget wise as i'm as poor as a lone tree in the desert).
      2. Is it fine if I travel first to Kazakhstan then overland to Bishkek?
      3. Wanna go with me?

      6 Answers Jan 1, 2014 at 8:05 AM
    • Can i renew or extend 60day tourist visa?

      Kyrgyzstan Nov 6, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      Im coming to bishkek on a 60day tourist visa from the Uk. I may like to stay longer. I heard I need to go to almaty to get new visa. Any advice?

      3 Answers Apr 17, 2014 at 9:42 PM
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      Edelweiss Travel Company

      Kyrgyzstan Oct 7, 2013 at 4:08 AM

      Doens anyone have experience with this company from Kyrgyzstan?? Their website is down so I don't know if they are still in bussiness.
      I'm looking for a way go get around the country and as public transport and guesthouses are not wide spread I thought maybe Edelweiss is an option.

      4 Answers Apr 17, 2014 at 9:45 PM
    • Any hostels for backpackers in Batken?

      Kyrgyzstan Aug 15, 2013 at 6:15 PM


      I am coming over to Batken, from Isfara, Tajikistan, and would like to stay a nigh or two.

      Has anyone stayed in the city? Where, how much and how was your experience?


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      torugart pass

      Kyrgyzstan Jul 16, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      is it permitted to cross the torugart pass on a local bus leaving Bishkek?
      what is the frequency of that bus?
      i am canadian

      5 Answers Jul 20, 2013 at 9:28 AM
    • nikoskaps's Profile Photo

      Where to go for mountain trekking and also to enjoy village and nomad life, yurts?

      Kyrgyzstan Jul 14, 2013 at 2:49 AM

      Hi out there!
      We will visit Kyrgyzstan by end of August (3 people), and try to make an itinerary for trekking(s), at altitudes about 2.000-4.000m around the mountains of lake Isyk kul (but not planning for ice climbing, crampons, axes etc. that would be beyond our limit!)
      Our aim is to combine hiking with enjoying nature and village life of Kyrgyz people, and also, to avoid sleeping in tents, for escaping the cold of the night (so, better staying in a house/ shelter/ yurt), and avoid carrying too much weight.
      Enjoying the rural and nomad kind of life, sounds very interesting for Kyrgyzstan!
      It could be 2-3 separate trekkings, too, just a few days each, e.g. 2-4 days each, or one week long trek and daytrips here and there. We are definately flexible, first priority is to enjoy the most, the real side of the country.
      We plan to visit cities and villages by the lake, too, and move by public transport between them all (and keep budget low).
      So, could you recommend some areas to do that kind of trekking, either independently or with guide?
      All ideas are very welcomed guys!
      many thanks

      3 Answers Apr 17, 2014 at 10:10 PM