The trekking in Kyrgyzstan is some of the best that I have ever done. The landscape is extremely diverse, shifting from variegated desert to verdant steppe to soaring mountains and sometimes appears more kaleidoscopic than real. The people are also among the coolest that I’ve met as well – they are truly nomadic and are very capable in their own habitats.

Kyrgyzstan is still relatively untouched by mass tourism. There are so many trails here and such large tracts of open nature that one could get lost for days. For those who want to go on a real adventure and want to take part in a truly epic hike, Kyrgyzstan is hard to pass up.

There are lots of trekking opportunities in Kyrgyzstan; maybe too much. (Is there such a thing though?) If you want to see the best of this country and not waste any time, you’ll need some guidance before you head there.

This trekking guide for Kyrgyzstan is for all the hopeless hikers out there; the ones that stay up all night long thinking about the next trail. It will show you where to go, what you need to do to get ready, and what you should expect. I take great pride in presenting it to you, my fellow broke backpackers, and hope that it will serve you well.