Top things to do in Kyrgyzstan

Top Choice Lake in Naryn Oblast

Köl-Suu

Remote even by Kyrgyzstan standards, magnificent Köl-Suu lake stretches over 10km through a sheer mountain gorge that reaches nearly to the Chinese border. It's hard to grasp the true scale until locally run boat tr…
Top Choice Sports in Cholpon-Ata

World Nomad Games

Held every two years in even-numbered years, this gathering of global sportsmen competing in traditional nomadic sports is a highlight of the entire region. Sports competitions are held at the Hippodrome just east o…
Top Choice Workshop in Barskoön

Ak Örgö Yurt Workshop

This workshop became famous after one of its products won the 'most beautiful yurt' competition at the 1997 'Manas 1000' festival and had its work exhibited six times in the US at several museums and cultural centre…
Top Choice Lake in Ak-Suu Region

Ala-Köl

The two-day trek to stunning Ala-Köl is for many visitors a highlight of the entire Kyrgyzstan experience. Though less than 1.5 km², the range of massive peaks that backs the long curve of the the lake makes the vie…
Top Choice Village in Jumgal

Ak-Köl

Winding 10km up a dirt road off the Kazarman–Chaek highway, brilliant Ak-Köl lake reflecting the surrounding peaks and the village beyond are a real delight. Originally established as a psychiatric ward (the runs of…
Top Choice Kyrgyz in Bishkek

Supara Ethno-Complex

This delightful though somewhat contrived 'ethno' complex is a rapid-fire presentation of all things traditionally Kyrgyz, attracting mainly well-heeled urban locals. Costumed waiters serve a full range of authentic…
Top Choice Museum in Issyk-Köl Southern Shore

Shygaev Museum of Modern Art

Built into the hometown studio of Kyrgyzstan's national artist, Yuristanbek Shygaev, this delightful space is one of the most engaging museums in the whole of the country. Beyond works by the eponymous (and prolific…
Top Choice Teahouse in Bishkek

Chaikana Navat

The city-centre outpost of this expanding local chain is among the most atmospheric, with Central Asian handicrafts decorating the space and tapchan (bedlike platforms) booths lining the upstairs dining room. The me…
Top Choice Central Asian in Karakol

Ashlyan-Fuu

When the people of Karakol go for ashlyanfu, this tin-roofed shack off Jusaev is where they go. It's the best in the city, therefore perhaps the best in the whole world. There's no menu, just bowls of ashlyanfu and …
Top Choice Craft Beer in Bishkek

Save the Ales

Bishkek's favourite craft-beer bar, where drinking the best beer in town straight from the taps more than makes up for the higher than average prices. On warm evenings, tables spill out from the small indoor seating…