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Cathy Winston
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Our verdict:

There’s something endlessly fascinating about the ancient Silk Road. And at its heart, Kyrgyzstan's nomadic life, spectacular mountains and remote beauty are just as tempting. Wander along wild trails, bathe in hot springs and see the World Nomad Games, with small group adventure itineraries for all fitness levels.

Recommended tour operator: YellowWood Adventures

YellowWood Adventures says:

At the heart of the ancient Silk Road, bordered by China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, lies Kyrgyzstan. In our opinion, it is one of the most beautiful, untouched and fascinating countries on earth.

  • all levels of fitness
  • explore remote regions
  • horse-riding options

Our Kyrgyzstan small group hiking adventures are for all levels of fitness. Each trip has up to 12 participants, generally between 30 and 50 years of age and with a mix of nationalities. Accommodation is in local hotels and simple but well-equipped camps, staying in traditional yurts.

As on all our adventures, we aim to combine unique experiences, cultural insights and authentic hospitality which bring to life the soul of Kyrgyzstan.

The Tian Shan Mountains are the country’s most popular base for hiking. In the very heart of nature and with only a few local shepherds and their herds of free-roaming horses for company, we will hike across the beautiful untouched valleys and high passes. Horse-riding is available too on our Classic and Wild trips.

On the wild itinerary, along more remote trails, you can bathe in the natural hot springs of the breathtaking encampment at Altyn-Arashan (Golden Spring).

We offer a trip to witness the World Nomad Games in September every other year – watch the opening ceremony and first two days, with horse riding, archery, eagle hunting, wrestling and many other traditional sports, music and events on the shores of the great Lake Issyk-Kul.

You’ll need higher than average fitness levels in order to join the Peak Palatka Advanced Climbing Adventure. Conditions can be very challenging but the rewards are phenomenal, including 360-degree views of the surrounding Tian Shan Mountain range.

A seldom visited region of wild and indescribable natural beauty is the South Inylchek Glacier. We will trek and camp along this to form a base camp, from which we will walk up to some local peaks, including a hike to the base of Pobeda, Kyrgyzstan’s highest mountain and take a helicopter ride out from the glacier for breathtaking aerial views.

The best time to travel to Kyrgyzstan is between June and September. We offer a twin-share option – we will pair you up with a fellow traveller of the same gender – or you can opt to pay the single supplement.

Discover our full range of small groups tours in Kyrgyzstan.

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