Sometimes referred to as the Switzerland of
Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan is blessed with gorgeous mountain scenery
almost everywhere you look. The fact that the country is so little known
is mostly down to its isolation and a lack of awareness of its very
existence – Kyrgyzstan has only been a country in its own right for two
decades or so.
Kyrgyzstan’s landscapes are surprisingly varied,
with snow-capped peaks, pine forests and glaciers giving way to open
plains and gleaming blue mountain lakes. In places the country really
does look Switzerland, whilst elsewhere it can remind one of Scotland,
Kashmir and even the Middle East. The mountain vistas alone are reason
enough to visit - a visit to Kyrgyzstan would be wasted without trekking
to at least one of them and, as there so many locations to chose from,
trekking can be done virtually anywhere in the country.
Visitor numbers are increasing gradually, although a short tourist
season and the relative difficulty of reaching the country have ensured
that it is unlikely to ever become a mainstream destination. What this
means is that those adventurous travellers who do make the effort to
come are guaranteed a unique and unforgettable experience.