What to seeLake Issyk Kul
The world's second largest alpine lake, Issyk Kul, is a 'must-see' in Kyrgyzstan. The lake never freezes which contributes to its importance as a stopover for migratory birds. Soak up the lakeside ambience, enjoy the thermal springs and spas, explore the hiking trails or try your hand at catching the local trout.
Horse trekking is one of the best ways to explore Kyrgyzstan and from the locals' perspective. Few places can claim such a fine tradition of horsemanship, or a life so orientated around the horse. Local horsemen will guide you through the lush, flower-filled valleys and over the high mountain passes. Particularly recommended areas to explore on horseback are the foothills of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too, the Issyk-Kul to Kazakhstan trek via Balbay, the route from near Kochkor to Lake Song-Kul and, for more experienced riders, the Tien-Shan and At-Bashy Mountains.
Osh 'older than Rome' is the country's second largest city with a history dating back to at least the 5th century BC. For those that enjoy a walk and a city view, take the trail up to Solomon's Throne. Or wander round Osh bazaar, 3km to the west, though not very colourful, offers a glimpse of Kyrgyz and Uzbeks from the more conservative south of the republic.