Tourism in Kyrgyzstan
Is Kyrgyzstan truly the Switzerland of Central Asia? Since independence, the people and government of this small and mountainous country have dreamed of being a model of economic prosperity in our region. It is a complicated topic to evaluate in terms of political and socio-economic developments and I will leave such a burden for the economists and political scientists. However, I believe and can support it that Kyrgyzstan has the full potential of becoming a touristic Switzerland of not only Central Asia, but of Asia at large. In this post, I will highlight the major tourism potentials and trends of Kyrgyzstan, which distinguish our small, cozy country as a special travel destination.
Adventure Tourism in Kyrgyzstan
There is no use to argue about it,
I have known for a very long time:
There is one thing that’s better than mountains
And it’s the mountains that we haven’t climbed
Adventure tourism is often referred to involving a physical activity or cultural exchange in nature. In the case of Kyrgyzstan, adventure tourism is directly related to the activities conducted in the MOUNTAINS.
Just open google earth and type Kyrgyzstan. What are you going to see? Mountains! Approximately 90% of the country in mountainous. Two of the world’s most majestic mountain ranges, the Pamir and Tien Shan gloriously weave their way through our land. Such a natural phenomenon truly makes Kyrgyzstan a country of the Celestial Mountains. Hikes of different levels of difficulty with views to the glorious mountain peaks, wonderful high-valleys and crystal alpine lakes make Kyrgyzstan a true paradise for adventure travelers and lovers of pristine nature. Moreover, meeting with the real and hospitable semi-nomads who have been inhabiting these mountains for millennium makes these hikes not only physically active but also culturally interactive.
“If we danced and shared music, we’d be too busy en-joy-in’ life to start a war.”
― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
You can discover the cultural aspect of Kyrgyz people not only in high mountains. The legacies of freedom-loving nomadic culture and philosophy are preserved even among the most modern urban population. Up until nowadays, Kyrgyz people sustain their ancient traditions and customs in daily life. You can verify it by observing how Kyrgyz people cook, serve their guests, celebrate and simply hang out. What really doubles the attractiveness of cultural exploration of Kyrgyzstan is the hospitality of Kyrgyz people. Another hospitable nation? Really? I am sure that this term sounds overused to you; I challenge you to see it for yourself here in Kyrgyzstan!
But if you want to directly interact with culture in an organized and entertaining manner, you can find cultural tours conducted by tour companies throughout the country. And in case you are planning to go through Osh, you can check out the tours hosted by yours truly.