Kyrgyzstan – Home Stay and Horses
Kyrgyzstan is often overlooked by travellers, and what a mistake that is! This small landlocked nation that’s tucked away into a massive knot of mountain ranges is arguably Central Asia’s most appealing and accessible country. Monster mountains and beautiful valleys, pristine glaciers and ice blue lakes dominate the landscape of the country. Keen on getting in touch with your wild side? Take off on a trek or on horse back over the spectacular Pamir Alav range or roam around the shores of Lake Issyk-Kol, the world’s second largest Alpine lake. Driving onwards to Cholpon Ata, don’t miss the Petroglyphs, ancient rock engravings, and continue to drive through the very scenic landscapes of the Tian Shan mountains to Karakol. At Karakol, visit the Dungan Mosque, a magnificent early 19th century wooden building that is constructed without the use of a single nail and also the spectacular wooden Russian Orthodox Church.
Kyrgyzstan Home Stay and Horses From Karakol, you could continue onto the gorgeous high altitude meadows of Altyn Arashan, one of the most beautiful places the Getup and Go team have ever visited. Meet some nomads up here, and cheer the locals during a game of kok boru, a ferocious battle in which mounted riders wrestle one another for the corpse of a headless goat. Or go rabbit hunting with a trained eagle and spend the night camping in true nomad style in a yurt. The creation of sustainable tourism projects and home stays are revolutionizing travel in Kyrgyzstan and in Kochkor, experience the warmth of a Kyrgy home. Be warned though, the extremely hospitable people will shower you with fermented mare’s milk and fresh yogurt. Explore the local animal markets and experience first hand how felt is made. A visit to the Song Kul lake is a must and so are visits to the beautiful valleys around the Naryn River. Dont miss the historical city of Osh where Babur wrote his famous Baburnama. Come, be blown away by the natural beauty of this land of mountains and charming people.