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Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is a spectacularly scenic country to visit with Imaginative Traveller, in the heart of the Tian Shan mountains. Over 90% of the country is unspoiled mountainous countryside, making it the perfect place for trekking and horse riding.

The serene lakes of Song Köl and Issyk Köl are some of the loveliest and most peaceful spots in Asia, surrounded by lush pastures favoured by herders. The valleys of Jeti Oguz, Chong Kemin, Ala Archa and Altyn Arashan are equally stunning and perfect places to explore the phenomenal countryside.

Kyrgyzstan is a welcoming country where many people still live a nomadic or semi-nomadic way of life, what Kyrgyzstan lacks in settled history it makes up for in a wealth of traditions and is perfect for outdoor exploration and wild camping.

 

We have 8 trips in Kyrgyzstan   
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MADE

TAILOR MADE TOUR from £1550 for 12 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Explore Osh, an ancient and pivotal center on the Silk Road
- Trek to the foot of Sabakh and Aksu Peaks - 5,000 meter snow capped giants
- Cross Udobniy Pass (4,410m), offering fantastic panoramic views of Uryam River and the surrounding ridges with their majestic peaks
- Experience the legendary hospitality of Kyrgyzstan local herdsmen

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IKFSR

GROUP TOUR from £2165 for 17 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Uncover all facets of Samarkand's incredible Registan. This much-photographed public square is one of the true pinnacles of Islamic architecture
- Experience for yourself the legend that is Central Asian hospitality
- Marvel at the beautiful Song Kol Lake, where in mid-summer you may see flocks of sheep, goats and herds of horses watched over by nomadic herdsmen and their families

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IKFSK

GROUP TOUR from £2650 for 14 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Truly off the beaten track, Kazakhstan sees few travellers, especially outside Almaty and capital Astana. Feel the remoteness of Central Asia on this one-of-a-kind expedition
- Visit dusty Baikonur, the hub of the Soviet – and now Russian – space program. Check out the Cosmodrome, the world’s oldest and largest spaceport, and witness a manned rocket launch
- Explore the Aral Sea, which suffered environmental and humanitarian devastation in the 60s due to Soviet irrigation projects. Enjoy a homestay with local friends and meet those working with an NGO to restore the area

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EAXF

GROUP TOUR from £2099 for 15 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Samarkand and Bukhara : two of the greatest cities on the Silk Road
- Almaty with its leafy streets and cafe culture
- Kyrgyzstan’s spectacular mountain scenery
- Issyk Kul Lake

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EAXK

GROUP TOUR from £3849 for 23 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- ‘Door to Hell’ giant burning gas pit in Turkmenistan
- Islamic architecture and  ruins along the great Silk Road
- Villages and lakes of the Fann and Tien Shan Mountains
- Post Soviet grand monuments
- History of traders, preachers and invaders
- 20th July 2019 departure: accompanied by photographer and National Geographic Explorer, George Kourounis

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IKFST

GROUP TOUR from £2005 for 17 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Experience the legendary hospitality of Central Asia. With five nights spent across Tajikistan's excellent homestay network, you'll immerse yourself in local life
- Skirting the border with Afghanistan, get glimpses of the other side, from the hair-raising Afghan-built footbridges (ovrings) to the exotic imports on display in Khorog's local bazaar
- Enjoy a picnic lunch as you take in the splendour of Karakul, the largest lake of some 800 in the Pamirs

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ICBSBC

GROUP TOUR from £5950 for 41 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Follow the route of the ancient Silk Road, travelling in the footsteps of countless generations of nomads and traders
- Discover the unreal, rainbow-coloured landscape of Zhangye, a UNESCO site that looks like countless pots of bright paint have been spilled across sandstone mountains. You won't be able to put your camera away!
- Uncover the ‘other terracotta warriors’ in Xi’an’s Hanyangling Mausoleum, an authentic and more personal burial site that’s home to tens of thousands of buried pottery figures

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IKFSRC

GROUP TOUR from £3590 for 26 days

HIGHLIGHTS

- Central Asia is a fascinating and unique mix of ancient Silk Road culture, post-soviet culture and striving to redefine nations post independence. Geographically and for a time historically, it is the real centre of Asia
- The much-photographed Registan in Samarkand is one of the true pinnacles of Islamic architecture. You'll be wowed by the scale, grandeur and beauty of the monuments to iconic figures such as Tamerlane and the Persian influenced madressas, mosques and mausoleums
- Experience for yourself the legend that is Central Asian hospitality - there's really nothing like being welcomed into a local home or yurt for a meal, chatting with stall holders at bazaars or simply marvelling at the sights alongside locals
 
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