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Kochkor

History:

"The history of Kochkor is an amalgamation of Kyrgyz culture peppered with a Soviet past. It is supposedly the site of the first settlement in the whole valley."

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History:

"Kyrgyzstan's recorded history spans over 2,000 years, encompassing a variety of cultures and empires. Although geographically isolated by its highly mountainous terrain, which has helped preserve its ancient culture, Kyrgyzstan has been at the crossroads of several great civilizations as part of the Silk Road and other commercial and cultural routes. Though long inhabited by a succession of independent tribes and clans, Kyrgyzstan has periodically fallen under foreign domination and attained sovereignty as a nation-state only after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991."

Fun Facts and Trivia:

"The mountainous Tian Shan region covers 80 per cent of Kyrgyzstan and the country has even been described as the “Switzerland of Central Asia”. Its highest point is Jengish Chokusu, at 24,406 ft."

Customs and Culture:

"At all times the main occupation of Kyrgyz people was cattle breeding. They bred mostly sheep, horses, yaks and camels. To provide cattle with grazing they had to roam from one place to another. In summer nomads ascend to alpine summer pastures “jailoo”. In winter nomads descend into the valley on the winter pastures “kyshtoo”."

 

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Quick Facts: Entry & Exit, Safety & Security

Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A, Typhoid

Visas: Not required for a US citizen for a stay up to 60 days

What to Pack"There are so many beautiful mountains, hills, and treks around Kyrgyzstan. Packing a pair of very comfortable hiking shoes (above your ankles) is more than recommended."

Ozero Sonkel

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Bishkek

History:

"In 1825, by a Silk Road settlement on a tributary of the Chuy River, the Uzbek khan of Kokand built a little clay fort, one of several along caravan routes through the Tian Shan mountains. In 1862 the Russians captured and wrecked it, and set up a garrison of their own. The town of Pishpek was founded 16 years later, swelled by Russian peasants lured by land grants and the Chuy Valley’s fertile black earth."

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