GAdventures — 5 Fascinating Facts About Kyrgyzstan

The central Asian country is rich in history and culture, February 2018

Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet country, boasts a proud heritage of Central Asian warriors who once ruled a vast empire. Today, visitors can discover mesmerizing pieces of its history, from the wild mountain steppes to the cities and bazaars. Here are five interesting things to know before you book your trip there:

1. The country is mostly mountains

To say that Kyrgyzstan is hilly is putting it mildly. There are more than 85 distinct mountain ranges here, which in total cover more than 70% of the geographic territory. This leads the country to often be described as the “Switzerland of Central Asia” — and to some unbelievably stunning landscape photography.

The highest point is Jengish Chokusu, at 7,439 metres (24,406 feet), in the Tian Shan region. Meaning the “heavenly or celestial mountains,” the Tian Shan mountain system stretches about 2,500 kilometres between the border of China and Kyrgyzstan. An exceedingly beautiful spot found here is the high mountain lake appropriately called Heavenly Lake. Created by melt water from the snowy peaks, the lake is like a crystal-clear mirror reflecting the sky and tree-covered mountainous landscape towering over it.

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