Kyrgyzstan is one the most beautiful countries of Central Asia and probably of the world. Shaped with magnificent high mountains, wild meadows, huge glaciers, breath-taking valleys and impressive lakes, Kyrgyzstan is the place to go to for adventure, authentic nature and nomad life.
Over 90% of the country is covered by high mountains, with a mean altitude of 2750m. Kyrgyzstan has very high summits, covered with eternal snow. Three of them are above 7000m.
The Tian Shan mountain range covers most of the country and parts of China. It is the highest range in the country, with its Pobedy Peak or Jengish Chokusu, culminating at 7439m altitude.
In the south of the country you will find the Fergana mountain range as well as the Pamir Alay. The latter stretches over Tajikistan and is famous for its Lenin Peak, at 7134m altitude.
The country is divided in two by the summits, which make communication between the north and the south difficult. There are only a few roads that zigzag through high mountain passes, and are covered in snow and ice for many months. However, although very long and tiring, these roads are worth the journey for their beautiful views.
Lakes and rivers
Kyrgyzstan has several very famous lakes, like the salted Issyk Kul Lake, whose name means “the warm lake”. It is located at 1600m altitude and never freezes.