Category Archives: Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek’s 10th Microdistrict: Nostalgia From the First Place I Visited in Central Asia

Bishkek microdistrict 10 photo 1

Disclaimer: This post actually references the 10th microdistrict as that is where my adventures always start when I head out to the area in Bishkek.  Photos are from there, parks around it, the 11th, 12th, and 5th microdistricts, as well.  All are within walking distance and are unique in their own rights.   I’ll never forget […]

Konorchek Canyon: The Perfect Stop Between Bishkek and Issyk-Kul

Konorchek Canyon Kyrgyzstan Hiking in Summer-22

Kyrgyzstan is full of natural wonders and remarkable places to visit. Konorchek Canyon, also known as Red Bridge Canyon(s), is the ideal place to make a pit-stop in between Bishkek and Issyk-Kul and catch some fresh air.  This is a quick guide to how to get to Konorchek Canyon in the Boom Gorge, what to […]

Starry Song Kul Nights Trail in Kyrgyzstan: From Kyzart to Kilemche

From Kyzart through Kilemche: Starry Song Kul Nights Trail in Kyrgyzstan

I have all the components that would make up a terrible trekker.  I am afraid of heights.  I am claustrophobic, which comes into play when trying to stuff me into a tent to sleep.  And all animals distract me, which can be a horrible problem when trekking during spring, and all the baby animals are […]

Issyk-Ata: A Soviet Sanatorium in Kyrgyzstan

Issyk-ata Soviet Sanatorium in Kyrgyzstan

My first experience with a Soviet sanatorium was back in Sukhum, Abkhazia in 2013.  I had booked a place on Couchsurfing to stay that ran me $1 (free accommodation was illegal at the time in Abkhazia so the hosts were mandated to charge something) and upon my arrival in the city, I was unable to […]

Hellish Travels to and from Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Sulaiman Too in Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Completely fascinated by the fact that this Central Asian city was represented by merely two letters of the Cyrillic alphabet (Ош), I had planned on traveling there back in early 2014 when I was first exploring this region.   Yes, the two-letter spelling of this city is what first ignited my interest in the place. […]

From Bishkek to Ala Archa National Park in Kyrgyzstan

Everything I read online indicated that a day trip to Ala Archa National Park, a nature refuge about twenty minutes outside of Bishkek, would be a piece of cake.   My Kyrgyz friend, Jyl, even did an abundance of the research for me (since most of it is in Russian).  A lot of the research out […]