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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2016
3 day hike with camping, ~4000m peak - please recommend?  (1 Answer)

Can someone please recommend a hike that would involve summiting a prominent (i.e. highest peak in the area) mountain of up to 3500-4000m (so that no glacier equipment/crampons are needed), which 3 fit mountain walkers could aim to do in mid-August?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2016
Kyrgyzstan 26th July to 15 August  (2 Answers)


my wife and I are going to Kyrgyzstan and I was wondering if anyone is going to go there and would like to hang around together. There is no plan yet, but we want to do some horse riding, maybe Uzbekistan or Tajikistan trip. Maybe some 4x4 car rental to see more remote places in mountains.

Greetings from Poland

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 05, 2015
Which Way to Go?  (4 Answers)

Dear Fellow Travellers, i hope that you all be in good spirits.

Here is what i want to know.
I am planning to enter Iran from Pakistan and go all the way to Azerbaijan. After crossing Azerbaijan i will cross caspian sea and there you go, i am confused right there. Which way to go from here? Should i land in Kazakhstan and make way from Uzbekistan into Kyrgyzstan and then China. OR Should i land in Turkmenistan and then Uzbek and Tajikistan into China?

Please advice according to following points,

1.. Infrastructure, as in Roads, Connectivity, Transportation (Buses & Trains only)
2. Connectivity with the outer world as in money transfers, internet, electricity?
3. COST. That;s really important as i am a little tight on the budget. Which route would prove to be better in terms of finance?
4. Plus i am a loner, so please advice which route would offer me with more cultural interaction and orientation.

Looking forward to your valuable and much appreciated feedback.

Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 14, 2015
Cheeky football trip to Kyrgyzstan  (2 Answers)

So my beloved Australian Football team just drew Kyrgyzstan away in the preliminary World Cup Qualifying rounds.... We also have Jordan, Tajikistan and Bangladesh (Not exactly the group of death i know :) )

Would it be worth a trip or don't bother?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 03, 2014
any better suggestions and what day does the bus go from Osh to Irktesham pass?  (1 Answer)

Hi im in Almaty at the moment and wasted today so i need to stay another day i think to see the sights in the city and maybe the Great Almaty lake on the outskirts tomorrow instead of taking a bus to Bishkek....

any suggestions for any better routes as received info that my plans to go to Bishkek and then on to Osh and then to the pass into China are probably the best plan to stick to. I have a big suitcase and was planning to get to the Kashgar sunday market but realise that i need to abandon that idea and just keep going. I need to be in Nanjing on Monday in about 10 days time.
so i can fly from Kashgar to Urumqi and Urumqi to Nanjing if need be.

but any suggestions - i chose the Irktesham pass as its said to be the easiest for independent travellers and doesnt rquire a permit whereas the Torugart one that correct and does anyone know the days the bus does go from Osh to the Irk book says its twice a week and i was hoping it had improved since then but a travel agent today said he thinks its only once a week but doesnt know what day...

any other recommendations for Bishkek and book is mainly pointing out Silk road things, i downloaded the LP ebooks onto my laptop but not the easiest for reading properly! and cant get them onto my phone i dont think as having problems setting my new phone up to receive websites.

thanks in anticipation!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 11, 2014
Naryn to Osh  (4 Answers)

I am looking to travel from Naryn to Osh

Does anyone have any tips of things to see on the way?

Or even how best to complete this route?

We would like to stop in a traditional town on route if possible, although we don't have camping gear

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 05, 2014
Itinerary decisions  (6 Answers)

Hi all we will fly to Bishkek in September and spend one week in Kyrgyztan and then a week in Uzbekistan our itinerary is below. I wonder if rather than going around Issyk Kul lake it would be nicer to drive from Bishkek to Osh and see places on the way (like Arslanbob). I wouldbe grateful if you let me know your thoughts, also any comments on the rest of the itinerary are very welcome. Many thanks form London.

Day 1: Bishkek, Ala-Archa National Park
Day 2: Bishkek – Issyk-Kul
Day 3: Issyk-Kul – Karakol
Day 4: Karakol – Jety-Oguz gorge,
Day 5: Jety-Oguz gorge, Djuuka gorge – Tamga
Day 6: Tamga – Bishkek
Day 7: Bishkek - Osh (fly)
Day 8: Osh – Margilan – Rishtan - Tashkent
Day 9: Tashkent – Bukhara
Day 10: Bukhara
Day 11: Bukhara – Samarkand
Day 12: Samarkand
Day 13: Samarkand – Tashkent
Day 15: departure

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 08, 2014
Altitude Sickness  (10 Answers)

I am travelling to Kyrgyzstan next month on an organised tour, we are heading up to just over 3000t metres, via the torugart pass to tash rabat
Will AMS be an issue, or am I just being a little over cautious?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 04, 2014
Backpacking Group tour operator for Central Asia  (2 Answers)

Hey guys

I am planning to visit the Central Asia this summer (probably Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan) and was looking for a tour operator that offers backpacking tours for groups (i.e. for individuals to travel together, and not for already existing groups that plan a trip together).

I have traveled like this before and loved the spirit of the group of like-minded travelers from all over the world that I shared my experiences with as well as the fact that I could enjoy the trip, instead of wasting my time organizing accomodation or transportation (so please don't come up with the recommendation that I should travel there on my own ;)).

I am 25 years old and looking for a tour where people are around my age. The trip should be a broad mixture of activities and should visit the big cities as well as some hidden spots.

Has anyone already done a trip like this or can suggest any operators that provide such group tours?

I am thankful for any advice!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 19, 2014
Bishkek and . . . ? ? ?  (4 Answers)

In late April I will be flying into Bishkek and flying out after only 6 days.
I am a 65 year-old male and have a bad leg; so no trekking for me except for bazaars and lakeshore.
Further, I am a teacher, so I travel on a small budget.
I am considering getting out of Bishkek; the obvious options seem to be:
1) Karakol and/or Balykchy (I would enjoy walking on the lakeshore)
2) Osh and/or Jalal Abad
Thank you for any suggestions

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 08, 2014
Visiting practices - Kyrgyzstan  (1 Answer)

1) When visiting or beginning a face to face business engagement how should the conversations proceed?
2) When is the appropriate part of visit to bring up business? Does one bring up the matters right away, or is it customary to talk about non-business related matters to break the ice or conclude the business meeting?
3) What is the attitude, rate, pitch, and tone usually found in a business engagement in Kyrgyzstan?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 08, 2014
Greeting Customs?

What are some distinctive approaches for greetings a westerner should be aware of?.
How does one giving and receiving compliments when greeting a Kyrgyz or other resident?
When/How does one take their leave and bid farewell?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 06, 2013
Can i renew or extend 60day tourist visa?  (3 Answers)

Im coming to bishkek on a 60day tourist visa from the Uk. I may like to stay longer. I heard I need to go to almaty to get new visa. Any advice?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 07, 2013
Edelweiss Travel Company  (4 Answers)

Doens anyone have experience with this company from Kyrgyzstan?? Their website is down so I don't know if they are still in bussiness.
I'm looking for a way go get around the country and as public transport and guesthouses are not wide spread I thought maybe Edelweiss is an option.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 15, 2013
Any hostels for backpackers in Batken?


I am coming over to Batken, from Isfara, Tajikistan, and would like to stay a nigh or two.

Has anyone stayed in the city? Where, how much and how was your experience?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 16, 2013
torugart pass  (5 Answers)

is it permitted to cross the torugart pass on a local bus leaving Bishkek?
what is the frequency of that bus?
i am canadian

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 14, 2013
Where to go for mountain trekking and also to enjoy village and nomad life, yurts?  (3 Answers)

Hi out there!
We will visit Kyrgyzstan by end of August (3 people), and try to make an itinerary for trekking(s), at altitudes about 2.000-4.000m around the mountains of lake Isyk kul (but not planning for ice climbing, crampons, axes etc. that would be beyond our limit!)
Our aim is to combine hiking with enjoying nature and village life of Kyrgyz people, and also, to avoid sleeping in tents, for escaping the cold of the night (so, better staying in a house/ shelter/ yurt), and avoid carrying too much weight.
Enjoying the rural and nomad kind of life, sounds very interesting for Kyrgyzstan!
It could be 2-3 separate trekkings, too, just a few days each, e.g. 2-4 days each, or one week long trek and daytrips here and there. We are definately flexible, first priority is to enjoy the most, the real side of the country.
We plan to visit cities and villages by the lake, too, and move by public transport between them all (and keep budget low).
So, could you recommend some areas to do that kind of trekking, either independently or with guide?
All ideas are very welcomed guys!
many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 22, 2013
Recommendations for 3-4 week low budget backpacker trip into nature-culture?  (4 Answers)

Hi there! Just starting to organize an upcoming trip to Kyrgyzstan this September, in quest of beautiful spots in nature, culture, villages, rural life, walk around as much as possible, hike (low/medium altitude) mountains…
At which places of Kyrgyzstan do you think, should we focus plans, in order to venture around nice areas without spending too much?
Our budget seems a little limited, maybe could work (?) lets say around 30euro /40$ / 200 som pppd, due to recent financial limitations…
The luxurious travel agencies - package tours are totally out of the question…
But sharing occasionally a car with others, or using backpacker-friendly agencies sometimes to ease some parts, transfer between remote places, could be within budget limits hopefully.We will be a group of 2 or 3 friends, speaking just English (and Greek!)
Any suggestions and experiences about such areas and budget-wise tips, are a big big help to us.
Many thanks in advance!!
All the best!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 19, 2013
How safe is it to travel alone?  (2 Answers)

I'm considering Kyrgyzstan for 2 weeks. I would love to get out into the nature, do some trekking, horse riding, cycling and relaxing!
I am concerned about level of safety as a lone female traveller. Actually, not just as a lone female, but in general. Is Kyrgystan safe at the moment? friends and family are advising me against going.
I am happy to go on a tour, but they all seem to have only one activity. Does anyone knowy of any tour companies that are multi activity?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 23, 2013
Traveling Partner to Kyrgyztan  (3 Answers)

Greeting everyone,

I am a US citizen planning a trip to Kyrgyztan for the month of May.

Anyone want to join me?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 13, 2012
From Bishkek to Beijing  (8 Answers)

I'm planning to go by land from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to Beijing, China. Does anyone here has done this or part of it? Does anybody know if I can cross the border to China there?
Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2012
Kyrgyzstan: buying a motorbike?


Can I buy a scooter in Kyrgyzstan and cross the border with Tajikistan? What would I need?

Can I registered it on my name? I hoping to get to Uzbekistan with it as well.

Thank you for reading... Any help will be welcome.

Thank you for reading,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 16, 2012
ITMC Reviews required

Hi All,
I am thinking about booking a trek with

ITMC Adventure and Culture Travel

Has anyone used them before and can offer me their opinion?
Would be appreciated,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 28, 2011
Tours or go it alone...?  (5 Answers)

Myself and my wife are considering combining Kyrgystan and Uzbekistan in a two week plus trip in the summer of 2012. We are well experianced travellers but I find when you have a short window it is best to take an organised tour...? Can someone please help me with the following questions:

- recommended tour companies that cover Kyrgystan and Uzbekistan
- the reliability of public transport in Kyrgystan and Uzbekistan
- the safety of internal flights
- the daily cost of travelling in both Kyrgystan and Uzbekistan, e.g. food, hotel 3-4 star, travel and a few cold beers after a days travelling.

Thank you in advance


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 01, 2011
Saimaluu Tash in July and 2 nights stay  (1 Answer)

Saimaluu Tash in July and 2 nights stay

I have a couple of passions and one of them is ancient spiritual and shamanistic sites, especially those with rock art and thanks to CentralAsia_Traveler (CAT) on Lonely Planet ThornTree, I've found a great one called Saimaluu - Tash .

I have a few questions for my intended journey to this ancient place in early-mid July on my way through Naryn-Kazarman-Jalal-Abad-Osh trail.

First, here is what I know:
-It is a difficult and off-the-path place (intriguing).
-It is likely only accessible in July/August.
-It probably reuires a guide, although I've found those that seem to have done it on their own, including this pair who did it in the 'off season'.
-CBT is one option for guides (I've written them but no reply).

Now, questions...
1. I'd like to rent horses to haul gear and perhaps spend TWO nights up top, just meditating, photographing, and sketching the petroglyphs. Would this be possible? Where can I rent tents/bags or will I have to bring along my own?
2. After my journey to Osh, are there flights from Osh back to Almaty (where I fly out of) or at least back to Bishkek? Or should I fly out of Jalal-Abad?
3. When up at the site, I've heard that 'many are fake'. Is this true? If so, will my guide be able to tell which are real? Would I be able to do so?
4. Would this journey, under any circumstance, be possible to do by myself on foot if dropped at the base of the trail i.e. is it well marked?
5. Can anyone reccommend some specific guides that are still running this route out of CBT (most posts were 4+ years old that mentioned specific guides).
6. Are there any other 'similar' sites utilized by shamans in southern KZ or south/central KG? (I understand that there is one on a cliff side near Osh).

Thank you!!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2011
The 7 Ones ... burrowing down into the Kyrg culture.  (2 Answers)

The 7 Ones...

This is Jeff from Texas. I'm coming to Kyrgyzstan the first and second weeks of July and one thing I always try to do is get educated on the local scene, the people and the places before arriving: what I call 'the seven ones'. If any of you could give me just one little answer for any or all of the below - your favorites – Kyrgyzstan.

1. ONE Book... something that has soul or historical pieces.

2. ONE Song... any Kyrgyzstan artists that I could find on YouTube, iTunes or even buy a CD of off of Amazon otherwise. Also, if there is a particular genre or ethnic type of music that is interesting that would be great.

3. ONE Drink... what the locals and indigenous Kyrgyzstan peoples drink. I always like to try the local ‘moonshine’ if it is an area where the locals drink alcohol. Something made from grain

4. A Dish... a local, traditional meal or food.

5. A Word/Phrase... a greeting, or something unique to Kyrgyzstan in general.

6. A bit of news... what is going on in Kyrgyzstan lately. Local/national items that have been in the news.

7. A little-known place or thing to do... a place off the path where one can get a real feel for the culture (small town, small club in Salvador, good music place, etc)

I am compiling the sheet here if anyone is interested in the same thread:



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 06, 2011
Obtaining Kyrgyz visa in Dushambe, Tajikistan  (4 Answers)

Ill be heading through Tajikistan and need to dip into Kyrgyzstan to cross into China. Is it possible to get something like a 7 day transit visa for Kyrgyzstan? Or anything cheaper than the standard? Any advice on picking up a Kyrgyz visa in Tajikistan? I have the LP guide but the authors seem to have forgotten to include it in my copy!
Many thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 25, 2010
Cheapest way to get from London to Bishkek, need advice :)  (4 Answers)


I may have a job placement in Bishkek and am struggling to come up with funds to fly over, so I was wandering if anyone had any advice on getting there? I can find flights for under £500 but I need much cheaper if it is at all possible.

Either by bus, train or coach... or even a cheaper airline that anyone can suggest? I was just shocked at the price and maybe didn't fully realize the distance.

I am getting to the point of planning a long bike ride... haha I will need to get there before the beginning of October this year.

Thanks :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 10, 2010
Is the road passing through osh safe ?  (3 Answers)


i'm planning in this weeks a trip by motorcycle through Kyrgyzstan.

I have a question about the road in Osh. I will pass through Osh. I'm asking because i want to be sure about the actiual situation in osh, is this road safe or not ?

Thanks for your answer

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 03, 2010
Cost of Visa on Arrival at Manas Airport  (3 Answers)

Hi there! Does anyone know the most recent cost of VOA (single-entry) at Manas Airport for US passport holder? Having a hard time tracking this information down... I've read US$35, US$50, even US$70. Thanks in advance for the help!

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