What to do on and around Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan

What to do on and around Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan

Our guide for independent travellers to Lake Issyk-Kul Surrounded by dramatic mountains, including the UNESCO-listed Tian Shan Mountain Range, Lake Issyk-Kul is located in eastern Kyrgyzstan, close to the border with Kazakhstan. Being easily accessible from the...
Soviet-era architecture in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Soviet-era architecture in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty has got more than its fair share of Soviet-era architecture. But there is a reason for this. Back in the 1970s and ‘80s, Dinmukhamed Kunayeva, a leading Kazakh Soviet communist politician of the time, convinced Moscow that, with their blessing and a serious...
Witnessing Nomadic Horse Games in Kyrgyzstan

Witnessing Nomadic Horse Games in Kyrgyzstan

For me, one of the most intriguing things about the nomadic tribes in Kyrgyzstan is their traditional sports and games. Central Asian games are unlike anything you’ll see at the Olympics, and focus on very macho skills including horsemanship and general strength and...
2016 Travel Review in Photographs

2016 Travel Review in Photographs

Here we go again with a roundup of where our 2016 travels took us, featuring a lot of wanderlusty photographs. Is it really a year since our last annual travel review?! At the start of every year we catch ourselves saying “we’re going to really slow it down this...
Staying at Peak Lenin Base Camp in Kyrgyzstan

Staying at Peak Lenin Base Camp in Kyrgyzstan

We were following a barely discernible track traversing the grazing pastures which are home to nomadic Kyrgyz families and known locally as the jailoo, the rain beating down on our 4WD and the mist lying heavy on the endless horizon. Our destination was Peak Lenin...

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