Kyrgyzstan is home to the magnificent Tien Shan and Pamir-Alai mountain ranges, which constitute 90 percent of the territory of this beautiful, pristine and rugged land in the heart of Central Asia. With 29 peks over 4000 metres and 45 over 3000 metres, its dramatic scenery lives up to its pledge as the land of Celestial Mountains.
Kyrgyzstan offers more than 200 trail for avid hikers and lovers of riding horseback. For climbers, the country boasts some of the highest points in the world – the famous Pobeda and Khan Tengri Peaks – both towering more that 7000 metres. More that 50 national parks and forests preserves nature in its myriad forms. Tours by foot, bicycle, or horseback can be arranged easily. In fact, for mountainside travel, most Kyrgyz still use horses as the most effective mode of transportation.
There are more than 2000 high altitude lakes nestled in Kyrgyzstan’s Tien Shan mountain range. Since antiquity, people have passed on many legends about the origins of these spectacular lakes. Lake Son-Kol, at more than 3000 metres above sea level, draws visitors from around the world. Several yurt camps along its shores offer a unique glimpse into the mountain traditions of Kyrgyz nomadic culture.
The resorts and guest houses surrounding lake Issyk Kul – second largest mountain lake in the world – offer visitors a touch of beach experience at the center of the great Asian land mass. Fed by hundreds of underground springs, its name means “hot lake”, because the mildly lake never freezes.
Lake Issyk-Kul offers a breathtaking view of its dozens of encircling mountain peaks. This ring of mountains protects Issyk-Kul from cold air invading from norht and hot air rising from the south, granting travellers a pleasant and comfortable microclimate that offers every opportunity for rest and relaxation. Mountain-sea breezes, low humidity, clean air, abundant solar heat, water infused with therapeutic minerals, hot springs and mud treatments will revive the health and spirits of all visitors. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy sailing on Lake Issyk-Kul.