Kyrgyzstan

The land of Jingis Aitmatovs love novel "Jamila" was always a dream of mine. Now that I've been there I can't say my dreams were more colorful than reality. Beautiful landscapes, mountains full of horses, cows and sheep. There are not many Kyrgyz people, but they are cheerful, and where they are, you are welcome and never lost. Lake Issyk-Kul in summer is as good as the mediterranean sea, so lots of Kazakhs and Kyrgyz come here for summer vacation. The mountains up to 7000 m are perfect for long hikes.

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Issyk-Kul at Avrora Beach near Tsholpon-Ata  

Kyrgyz national fool - Beshbarmak (pasta/horse meat), Shashlyk  

Morning in mountains near Karakol  

Horses grazing in Karakol valley  

Horses grazing in Karakol valley  

Camping just below lake Ala Köl at 3300 m  

Morning vew from tent below lake Ala Köl along way of ascent  

Ala Köl at 3500m  

View over Ala Kol and glacier from ridge at around 4000 m  

Descending into Ak-Suu valley to Altyn Arashan  

Descending into Ak-Suu valley to Altyn Arashan  

Descending into Ak-Suu valley to Altyn Arashan  

Russian orthodox church in Karakol  

Little girl near her home yurt at Song Köl  

Kyrgyz dinner with kymys (fermented horse milk) and a lot of butter  

Kazakh sweets from Almaty chocolate factory Rachat  

Evening view over Song Köl  

Dawn at Song Köl  

Dawn at Song Köl  

Feeding  

Milking  

Milking cows at Song Köl, Kyrgyzstan  

Life at Song Köl in summer  

Life at Song Köl in summer  

Life at Song Köl in summer  

Life at Song Köl in summer  

Soviet hotel Ala-Too in Naryn has its best times over  

Soviet hotel Ala-Too in Naryn  

Tash Rabat silk road caravansery from 15th century  

Little flowers grow at 4100 m on Chinese border  

Little flowers grow at 4100 m on Chinese border  

Little flowers grow at 4100 m on Chinese border  

View over Chatyr Kol dividing Kyrgyzstan and China from 4100 m viewpoint  

Road construction in Bishkek