Aeroflot operates direct flights to Kyrgyzstan (duration: about 4 hours) that land at Manas International Airport, situated 23 km from Bishkek. The most affordable option is to buy a round-trip ticket. Please note that the best deals on flights to Kyrgyzstan tend to sell out quickly, so we recommend booking tickets in advance.
Kyrgyzstan is an ancient and picturesque country, with the rocky outcrops of the Tian Shan mountains, crystal clear lakes and green pastures, quaint yurts that are home to nomadic herdsmen and cities that are reminiscent of the Great Silk Way to this day. This is the allure of Central Asia.
The Kyrgyz climate is continental and, in some areas, sharply continental, which means that the winters are relatively cold (with temperatures as low as -20°C in the hills), while summers are hot at around +30°С, especially in the Ferghana valley. It is ideal to visit in early autumn or in the spring, but it is lovely all year round if you dress for the weather.
Kyrgyzstan rarely features on anyone's list of essential places to visit, which is totally unjustified. Apart from the tourist beaches and spa resorts of Issyk Kul, there are other regions that offer unforgettable impressions to even the most discerning of travellers.
The history of Kyrgyzstan is best learnt from the museums and central streets in Bishkek. If you are seeking souvenirs and the atmosphere of an eastern bazaar, Osh is your destination. Pagan temples, medieval mausoleums, walnut forests and the largest reservoir in Central Asia await you in the Jalal-Abad Region.
Famed for its fertile soil, the region of Batken has air sweet with the scent of apricots. This is your destination if you want to taste the juicy fruits, discover the rare Aigul flower and behold the five lakes of the Sarkent National Park.
You can find peace and solitude in the Naryn valley, with its ruins of ancient towns, its glaciers and the endless expanse of pastureland. Take in all of the pleasures of the nomadic life by spending the night in a yurt and learning the basics of Kyrgyz cuisine.
Scarcely a national dish can be prepared without mutton and pastries: pilaf, beshbarmak, samsa, manty. Maybe you won't appreciate unusual local drinks (kumys and airan) at the first sip, but you will soon be convinced that these surprising fermented milk drinks are both thirst-quenching and nourishing.
The natural diversity of Kyrgyzstan is a real discovery for eco-tourists and those who love an active holiday. There are 23 ski resorts which cater special activities for climbers, cavers and divers. Along with popular and well-known sports like paragliding, rafting and trekking, you can try more unusual entertainments, such as falconry. Try your skill at hunting with the aid of a specially trained golden eagle or hawk or set out on a tour of historic sites astride a thoroughbred horse.
We promise that once you have been here, you will fall in love with the beauty of Kyrgyzstan and want to return.