Kyrgyzstan’s rugged terrain has always attracted sports enthusiasts from around the world. Chains of mountains stretching across the country beckon mountain climbers looking to conquer summits widely known to international climbers or those less explored. Expert mountaineers are drawn by the prospect of scaling Kyrgyzstan’s three peaks over 7000 meters.

Climbing and trekking routes climb beyond 4000 metres above sea level. Kyrgyzstan is a must for the most extreme climbers in the world. The northern Tien-Shan’s highest summit is Peak Pobeda (7439m), first climbed in 1943, Pobeda is the most northerly ‘seven thousand metres plus’ peak on Earth. Nor far from Peak Pobeda rises Khan Tengri (7010m), ‘Lord of the Sky, this towering pyramid first climbed in 1936, each summer attracts climbers from all over the world.

In the south of Kyrgyzstan in the Pamirs is Peak Lenin (7134m), with easy routes up its broad face that attract climbers going to this altitude for the first time. high altitude climbing in Kyrgyzstan shows great potential for growth and with no climbing fees and easy access the area could become a destination similar to Nepal and Pakistan.

Mountain peaks are also the source of the raging rapids that entice fans of rating and kayaking. The Chu River cuts through the Gorge Book, the national arena for the white water sports. Extreme athletes can experience whirlpools of churning water beneath overhanding cliffs, forcing even the most experienced rafters to be on constant alert. Rivers flow through grassy lowlands and vertical rock faces, stopping in the most picturesque locations.

Runs in Kyrgyzstan vary from levels 2 to 4, with trips starting at half a day along the Chui River, which flows through the austere scenery of the eerie Boom Canyon, just two hours from Bishkek by car, and alse nearby Chong Kemin River. Further afield and more rigorous, involving camping, are trips through the Suusamyr Valley (levels 3-4), including a trip on the Kokomeren River (levels 2-4), through a fast-changing landscape on the western edge of the Suusamyr Valley. To the west of Naryn, rafting trips go through the dramatic gorges of the Naryn river (levels 3-4) and here you can camp with nomads.

Kyrgyzstan has great opportunities for skiing and heli-skiing int he mountains. 95% of the country is covered by the Tien-Shan Mountains. Hundreds of virgin slopes are waiting for skiers who love wilderness and nice free runs on the fresh snow. Experience pilots of an MI-8 MTV helicopter can land groups of 16 skiers on peaks and passes at an altitude of 4500 metres for descents of 1 – 5 kilometres with the height difference from 500 to 1500 metres. For regular skiers, Kyrgyzstan offers 13 resorts, several of which can accommodate overnight stays.