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Destinations-Hiking Adventure in Kyrgyzstan

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Kyrgyzstan is the most beautiful place you’ve never heard of and everywhere in the country is off the beaten path! Big mountains of the world have always attracted me so it was just a matter of time before I made it to this fascinating country at the base of the Tienshan Mountains. Geographically fascinating, the several valleys south of the Issyk Kul Lake are lush green with red cliffs and snow-covered mountains. We explore many of them.We have the trails all to ourselves—when they exist at all!

Kyrgyzstan is 80 percent mountainous and is a great place for hiking, and it has yet to receive a lot of tourists. The Jeti Ogyuz rocks, or the “Seven Bulls,” is a well recognized and dramatic geographical attraction, yet we were the only ones on the hike leading up to the rocks. We set up a deluxe camp for two nights in the Kuzl Su valley with stand-up tents with cots and even a “Banya,” a Russian-style tented sauna! It was difficult to choose the hikes as there were far too many beautiful trails.

The petroglyphs in the Cholpon Ata area date from the 2nd millennium BCE to the 4th century AD.

Kyrgyzstan has more to offer than several countries combined. Besides its huge mountains, the country is home to many lakes, is a melting pot of cultures, and the food is delightful! Yurts are everywhere—we even learned how to make yurts on our adventure!

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