The majestic mountains of the Tien-Shan, incredibly beautiful lakes, boisterous mountain rivers, glaciers, yurts, and kymyz: all of these things contribute to what makes Kyrgyzstan such a remarkably beautiful and fascinating country.
The tour that I went on focused on exploring some of Kyrgyzstan’s stark, fearsome, and fascinating mountains: The Tien-Shan “Celestial” Mountains. The Tien-Shan mountain system has more than 30 peaks that are over 6,000 meters high. These mountains are some of the highest in the world. The length of the Tien-Shan Range is 2,500 km from east to west. While we were in the Central Tien-Shan, we traveled as high as 4,200 meters.
Weather in this area can change at the drop of a hat; in the morning the sun might be shining, by lunchtime there’ll be rain storms interspersed with hail, and then then sun will come out again in the evening. It is absolutely impossible to predict the weather here because of the effect Lake Issyk-Kul has on the local weather.