More Things to Do in Kyrgyzstan
Discover other destinations, treks, and cultural activities.
Kyrgyzstan is a destination filled with natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and unique Kyrgyz culture. With so much to do in every corner of the country, it's hard to even know where to start. The Tian Shan and Pamir mountain systems cover more than 65 percent of the country, making several cities in Kyrgyzstan — Naryn and Jyrgalan — top destinations for alpine trekking and horse trekking. And as a pivotal point on the Silk Road, the country's diverse cuisine pulls influence from its long nomadic heritage, while also treating visitors to unique combinations of spice and flavor. Osh and Karakol in particular stand out for their delicious selections of Kyrgyz dishes. And all destinations offer the chance to enjoy one-of-a-kind Kyrgyz hospitality.
As you journey onward from the South Shore, use these resources to plan your next steps. Like Destination South Shore, these non-profit Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO) provide independent travelers with reliable information in English on the best sights, food, and routes around Kyrgyzstan.
Please also check out the Download section below to download PDF brochures about Kyrgyzstan, cultural and culinary traditions, and more.
Located on the eastern edge of Lake Issyk-Kul, Karakol is very often a bookend for indie travelers visiting South Shore. Filled with a rich and diverse culinary history, the city offers some of the best food tours in the country, a fascinating walking tour, sunset cruises, and more. It's a right proper city, offering travelers a full range of guesthouses, restaurants, and free wifi through the city. Pair all of that with beautiful nearby treks and the country's most expansive skiing opportunities, and you have a destination worth exploring.
Explore the Tian Shan Mountains from a village located right in the heart of some of Kyrgyzstan's most unspoiled nature. Jyrgalan is a destination quickly emerging as the epicenter of Kyrgyz hospitality, where you can experience outdoor adventures right on the doorstep of your guesthouse — from trekking to horse back riding, mountain biking, and even phenomenal freeride skiing. Located just an hour from Karakol, Jyrgalan village offers independent travelers a fascinating and memorable off-the-beaten-path adventure. You can download the catalog of Jyrgalan outdoor tours.
Kyrgyzstan's southern gateway is a city that still retains much of the diverse culture and bustling life that it surely had during its heyday along the Silk Road. Located in the Ferghana Valley and at the end of the Pamir Highway, Osh is a large, modern city filled with history, culture, and food. Independent travelers may be surprised to find their days easily filled in Osh. Take a tour to the top of Suleiman-Too Sacred Mountain, get lost in Central Asia's largest bazaar or hike a nearby mountain in the morning and return in time to cook plov, a tasty and beloved local dish.
In Naryn, gorgeous outdoor adventures blend well with traditional culture. Located high in the Tian Shan Mountains, the Naryn River cuts a meandering path through this quiet, residential town. Look beneath the surface, however, and the city's history, culture, and beauty will surprise you. Stunning alpine lakes nearby offer rugged outdoor adventures, and a local beshbarmak cooking class ensures you don't leave Krygyzstan without knowing how to cook at least one Kyrgyz specialty. Homestays are quite popular here, as is a trip to Tash Rabat, a roadside inn for Silk Road travelers dating from the 15th century.
This series of downloadable PDF brochures shares additional information about Kyrgyzstan and its traditions, cuisine, and nature. We hope these help further expand your understanding of Kyrgyzstan and assist you as you plan your adventures across our beautiful country.