Hitchhiking in Kyrgyzstan video compilation

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Hitchhiking in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan may well be the most beautiful country of Central Asia and definitely one of the most stunning places on the entire planet!

During our recent hitchhking trip across Kyrgyzstan, we were greeted by heart-melting hospitality, breathtaking landscapes throughout, tasty and unique food and loads of yurts and horses!

We covered 1733 km by thumb with 33 drivers, during one month journey. On average, one driver took us for 53 km.

Take a look at our video compilation of hitchhiking in Kyrgyzstan documenting this epic journey.

Kyrgyzstan in videos

If you are interested in Kyrgyz culture culture we strongly recommend watching all our videos devoted to it:

Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan (11)

 Our hitchhiking adventures in Kyrgyzstan

If you’d rather read about our adventures than watch videos, here you will find everything that happened to us in Kyrgyzstan:

  • Crossing the Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan border into such Kyrgyz hospitality – our experiences crossing the Tajikistan – Kyrgyzstan border and seeing one of the most beautiful natural sights anywhere in Central Asia. Also, our first taste of Kyrgyz hospitality as we make an unscheduled stop in a village where we are welcomed with open arms …
  • Always on the move and starting a party in Osh – our first experiences of urban life in Kyrgyzstan: hitting the bottle and then the dancefloor in Osh where Jon‘s dance moves are meeting with surprising warmth for once. Also we argue with a Russian, visit the city and spend our time always on the move from one host to the next…
  • A game of visas in Bishkek and being invited into a Kyzgyz yurt – Interested in how we played a game of visas in Bishkek? Read about our experiences in the capital of Kyrgyzstan and how we hatched a plan to escape to an isolated yurt when the waiting got all too much…
  • Hitchhiking around Issyk-Kul and dealing with local drunks – Hitchhiking around the second largest alpine lake in the world wasn’t exactly as we’d imagined it would be, but it was a great adventure nonetheless. Snow-capped mountains, winding roads, jaw-dropping lake and lots and lots of …drunks!

Hitchhiking in Kyrgyzstan

Stunning natural places of interest

Check out the most beautiful corners of Kyrgyzstan in our photos. There is much more to come so watch this space as we will keep updating it!

  • Altyn Arashan – an easy hike near Karakol – Discover the finest hike in the Issky-kul region of Kyrgyzstan: Starting from Karakol, a 14km hike surrounded by snow peaked mountains up to the hot springs of Altyn Arashan. All the hiking information you need with path description and beautiful photos.
  • Issyk-Kul Lake – Could you imagine yourself staring across vivid blue water, along a lake lined by palm trees, framed by the backdrop of snow capped peaks everywhere you look? If so, then Issyk-kul Lake is most definitely the place for you…
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Altyn Arashan and snow-capped Pik Palatka in the distance

Kyrgyz culture and traditions

Learn more about the culture of Kyrgyzstan:

Bread utensils, Osh market, Kyrgyzstan

Practical information for every budget traveller in Kyrgyzstan


  • How to get a China visa in Bishkek – All the useful information you need about getting your China visa in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: required documents, agency reviews, costs, waiting time, transport tips, and a breakdown of what you need to do and when …
  • How to get a Kazakhstan visa in Bishkek – All the useful information you need about getting your Kazakhstan visa in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan: required documents, embassy opening times, cost, waiting time and the best way of getting to the embassy using public transport.
  • SunHouse Hostel (Karakol) – the perfect base to explore the mountains – SunHouse Hostel makes a great base for attempting the hikes around Karakol (especially the lovely hike up to Altyn Arashan) as well as exploring Issky-kul lake and is the most relaxed western style backpacking haunt anywhere in town…

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