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Of Hikes and Treks


Tiny mountain strawberries emerge along a sunny slope as the warm air cocoons our excited limbs. The persistent dustiness of the city is gone. Rushing water and green leaves fill our senses and for the thousandth time, I am in love with Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek is an essential hub for the country, but...

23.04.2020 263

Festivals in Kyrgyzstan


Spring officially begins this week, and thus kicks off not only a season of increased tourism, but also Festival Season! Nowruz festivals will occur throughout the country over the weekend to celebrate the Central Asian “new year” holiday. We will cover more about that traditi...

16.03.2020 440

Too-Ashuu | Skiing at the Pass


High above the world, the road from Bishkek to Suusamyr burrows through the mountain for 3 kilometers in a dark, narrow tunnel. This tunnel, constructed by the engineers that developed the Metro system in Moscow, replaced an original gravel road that climbed all the way to the crest of the 3,594 me...

26.02.2020 344

Kok Moinok | The Trending Canyon


This winter, the local tour operators are booming with business. Trips to Ara Kol Lake and Kok Moinok Canyon are selling out every weekend. A relatively easy drive from Bishkek, these fascinating canyons provide blissfully colorful backdrop for selfies and photo ops. They also provide a brief respit...

13.02.2020 450

Ara Kөl


Almost impossible to find, this tiny little lake sits on the edge of a village in Naryn, just down the road from Kochkor. The road is rough, the village is tiny, and the immediate scenery… well, not the usual for breathtaking Kyrgyzstan. You might wonder if this could be the right place...

05.02.2020 300

Winter is Coming | G.o.T. and Kyrgyz Tourism


Coincidentally, or ironically, GoT aired its first season in 2011, which is also the year when Kyrgyzstan saw a significant bump in income from tourism that has steadily increased ever since (WTTC). The final season of GoT aired at this time last year, and as in most places in the world, it had a s...

29.01.2020 339

Barskoon Valley


Branching southward from Lake Issyk Kul, Barskoon Valley has long held a historic role in the world of commerce. Silk Road traders from China made their way over Bedel Pass and navigated toward the lake, using the route that weaves through Barskoon. Today that same route is marked with a graded dir...

21.01.2020 298

Burana Tower | Balasagun


About 40 km from Bishkek, this historic tower presides over the wide valley that spans the region between Bishkek and Issyk-Kul. Karakhanids, an Islamic Turkic group related to the Uyghurs, took dominance in the region in the 10th century. They established three major cities for trading purposes alo...

14.02.2020 317

W.O.W. | Skiing


It snowed over the weekend here in Bishkek, and in recognition of this common winter occurrence, we are producing a “Week of White” series for White Leopard Travel Magazine.Our first topic focuses on an all-white activitiy: Skiing! In the mountains near Suu Samyr, at the reso...

26.02.2020 382

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