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Traditional Nomadic yurts in Kyrgyzstan


Song Kul Yurts

Horseback riding around Song Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan

If you've ever wanted to stray thoroughly off the trodden path, here's your chance. In Central Asia's Kyrgyzstan, you can trek through a region of high mountain glaciers, alpine meadows, semi-deserts and river valleys that ram, bison, mountain goats and snow leopards call home. Getting here requires effort, and if you come all this way, make sure to visit Song-Kul Lake. Located at an altitude of nearly 10,000 feet, the lake is regarded as one of the country's jewels. Trips can be arranged through Dragoman Adventure Tours, and if you arrive in the summer, which we recommend, you'll have the opportunity to stay with local families in traditional nomadic yurts — lightweight, portable shelters designed to withstand the high winds and inclement weather that are all part of the adventure of visiting this unexplored corner of the planet.

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