This 12 months has been a whirlwind of experiences, taking us from South America to Europe and now, Central Asia. From the jungles of Colombia and the ice fields of Chile, to the historic websites of the UK, the medieval villages of Greece, and all the things in between. It’s been a wild journey and we’re solely 6 months into 2017!
At the moment, June 11th, we’re on a flight from Athens, Greece to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan the place we’ll be assembly up with our mates Jazza and Alesha from Nomadasaurus. The 4 of us just lately accomplished the epic “O” Circuit Trek in Torres del Paine Nationwide Park, and now we’ll be spending two weeks collectively on this Central Asian nation and couldn’t be extra excited ?
The Plan in Kyrgyzstan
We’ve been invited by Uncover Kyrgyzstan to do exactly that – Uncover!
Final 12 months a bunch of intrepid travellers had been requested to hike on a few of the new trails across the Jyrgalan space of the nation. We had been invited, however sadly as a consequence of our home sitting commitments, we had been unable to attend. We did, nonetheless, hear nothing however constructive issues about this up-and-coming trekking vacation spot.
This time round, the 4 of us is not going to solely be trekking, however we’ll be marking and serving to to plot new trails! We’ll be the primary foreigners to stroll these paths and shall be doing so with some porters, cooks and guides.
That is such a singular alternative. It’s not like something we’ve ever accomplished, and we really feel very humbled to be part of this journey.
After four days of trekking within the mountains, over excessive passes, and tenting within the wild, we’ll make our method again right down to civilization.
The second half of our Uncover Kyrgyzstan journey is to be taught concerning the cultural aspect of the nation. We’re going to affix cooking courses, go on a metropolis tour, find out about yurt constructing, and witness eagle searching (to make clear, the eagles are the hunters!).
These age-old traditions and the nomadic life-style are what makes Kyrgyzstan such a singular nation to go to.
We’ll be staying with native households of their houses and in some yurt camps as properly. That is one thing that we liked about our earlier journey to Kyrgyzstan. Group Primarily based Tourism is properly and actually alive on this nation and it’s an effective way to work together with the native folks, assist them out financially, and have an genuine journey expertise.
Our Journey to Kyrgyzstan in 2013
The final time we had been on this a part of the world was 2013 after we left our house in Yangzhou, China and travelled to Mongolia, Russia, Central Asia and Iran.
Kyrgyzstan was the simplest nation to enter throughout that complete 5 month journey, as you don’t want a vacationer visa. There have been no bureaucratic hoops to leap by way of when crossing the border right here, which was a welcomed aid! Arriving by land from Kazakhstan was easy, with our first cease being the capital metropolis of Bishkek, adopted by stunning Lake Issyk-Kul.
Throughout our three-week keep, we launched into a three day horse trek from Kochkur to Lake Music Kul, whereas sleeping in yurts alongside the best way. We visited the beautiful little mountain village of Arslanbob, which is house to fishing, trekking and the most important walnut grove on the earth. We independently hiked from Karakol to the Ala kul Lake and Altyn Arashan, which is a three day trek with a excessive altitude go at three,800m.
In spite of everything of those unimaginable adventures, we headed south to Osh, which was the place we might begin certainly one of our favorite journeys thus far, the Pamir Freeway.
After reminiscing about all of our earlier adventures in Kyrgyzstan four years in the past, we’re extra excited than ever to get again to this a part of the world. The mountainous nation of Kyrgyzstan has a lot to supply travellers, and we really feel extraordinarily lucky to have the ability to return to this little Central Asian nation to discover extra trekking choices and be taught extra concerning the tradition and customs of the folks.
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