Category Archives: Kyrgyzstan

My Silk Road Adventure Ends

Arriving in Istanbul represented the end of my Silk Road adventure and it was an incredibly emotional experience for so many reasons. I first travelled to Istanbul ten years beforehand when it was my first time in the Middle East. That was an overwhelming visit where I was mesmerised by the incredible history and architecture of

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Homestays and Hospitality at Lake Issyk-Kol, Kyrgyzstan

Homestays were one of my favourite experiences while traveling in Kyrgyzstan. Not only did homestays offer a unique glimpse into the lives and homes of local people they were also a fantastic opportunity to try some delicious home-cooking. My first homestay was in the small town of Karakol near Lake Issky-Kol. Lake Issky-Kol is the

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Chasing Visas in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Organising, coordinating and actually getting visas is one the most problematic, time-consuming and frustrating things about traveling in Central Asia. My visa dramas started in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. From the tranquil valley of Tash Rabat I headed to Bishkek to start organising my visas for the rest of my Central Asian travels. It

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Across the Mountains: Travelling the Torugart Pass From China to Kyrgyzstan

Crossing from China to Kyrgyzstan via the Torugart Pass is notoriously difficult. The pass is high (3,752m) in the Tian Shan mountains and sometimes snow closes the road. The border is also considered a special crossing with extra security needs and as a result a special permit is required, including a guide and pre-arranged transport

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