Introducing Central Kyrgyzstan
The mountainous heart of Kyrgyzstan offers travellers unrivalled opportunities to explore jailoos on foot, horseback or by 4WD. At every turn you will find a family offering to put you up for the night or a group of herdsmen who will eagerly invite you into their yurt for a cup of tea and a bowl of fresh yogurt. Add this to some of the world’s most glorious alpine lakes and it is easy to see why central Kyrgyzstan now rivals Lake Issyk-Köl in the hearts and minds of travellers.
Until the opening of the Irkeshtam Pass in 2002 the only way eastward to China was via the problematic Torugart Pass. The Torugart still remains a hit-and-miss undertaking; frequent border closures, unpredictable weather and the Chinese requirement for expensive prearranged transport deters many overlanders from tackling this stunning route.
Mountain Kingdoms of Kyrgyzstan
Get right off the beaten track on this challenging tour into Central Asia's mountainous hinterland. Beginning in Bishkek, we travel through Chong Kemin and the imposing Kyrgyzstan mountains.
Tashkent to Bishkek
Get right off the beaten track on this challenging trip into Central Asia's mountainous hinterland. Beginning in Uzbekistan's capital Tashkent, we travel through the fertile plains of the Fergana Valley before heading for the high country of remote Kyrgyzstan and the dramatically rugged Tian Shan.