Kyrgyzstan is a Central Asian country that’s right in the middle of colliding mountain ranges. Over 90% of the country is covered with mountains, valleys, gorges, glaciers, and lakes. That means that if you’re into hiking and scenic rides, Kyrgyzstan is a wonderland for you.

Now if you’re not that adventurous, you can still go camping in the mountain ranges with the most breathtaking views.

While the country is known for its natural beauty, Kyrgyzstan is likewise renowned for the nomadic traditions that still run proud in its culture. In this country, you will still see hunters chasing rabbits with their trained eagles, and you’ll see locals playing kok boru, a vicious battle where mounted riders fight against each other for a goat’s corpse.

From the time Kyrgyzstan was freed from communism, locals have been struggling to create a living for themselves. Tourism, pushed by the establishment of sustainable programs by the government, has been one of the major sources of income for the families, so expect a hospitable welcome from the locals.  In fact, travelers are often offered bowls of fresh yogurt and fermented mare’s milk.

The dominant religion in the country is Muslim, with 75% of the population practicing it. This is followed by Russian Orthodox, with 20%.

Kyrgyz and Russian are the official languages, with 64.7% and 12.5% of the population speaking these languages, respectively.

If you are taking small appliances and electronic devices to Kyrgyzstan, make sure that you have adapters for sockets with two round pins, as this kind of socket is the one mainly used in the country. Electricity is at the standard 220V.