Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/kyrgyzstan) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.
CBT (www.cbtkyrgyzstan.kg) Community-based tourism, with contacts to and info on all CBT partner offices across the country.
GoKG (http://gokg.asia) News and info from around the country, and up-to-date info on events of interest to visitors.
Tenti (http://tenti.kg) Events and openings of tourism-related services across the country.
Trip to Kyrgyzstan (https://triptokyrgyzstan.com/en/map) Great interactive map of tourist sites.
Times of Central Asia (www.timesca.com) Foreign-hosted local take on current events, though much is hidden behind a paywall.
- Kyrgyzstan's larger towns offer a handful of attractions in themselves, but the real draw is exploring the countryside, and our suggestions are just initial pointers.
- The best way to explore is to simply head out into jailoos and hills and find your own way. But remember that everything is seasonal.
- Always, always accept the offer of tea. Not only is it rude not to do so, but it may just be the start of a budding friendship.
- Kyrgyzstan's mountains are notoriously fickle, weather-wise. Plan for snow in mid-August, sunshine mid-December, and several different seasons in the course of a single day.
- Pick up some basic Russian – or even better Kyrgyz – and your way will be both easier and more delightful.
What to Take
- Hiking shoes that can stand up to river crossings and days in the saddle.
- Water-purification filters or tablets, which are nearly impossible to find in-country.
- Waterproof rain-wear, for quickly-changing conditions in the mountains.
- European two-prong plug adapters.
What to Wear
Quick-dry hiking gear will see you through the rural areas, but don't forget something a little smarter to wear while exploring Bishkek's nightlife or dining scenes. In churches and mosques, ladies should cover their heads while every visitor will be expected to cover their knees.
- Make sure your passport is eligible for visa-free entry, or, if not, that you've applied online
- If you're planning to visit regions that require a border zone permit, contact tour agencies to begin the process (which can take up to one month)
- Arrange for appropriate travel insurance.