By the Shore of Issyk Kul: The Skazka Canyon

On our third day in Karakol, we were surprised to wake up to good weather after a rainy day the day before, and so decided to explore nearby Skazka Canyon, which we were told is best explored when it’s dry, as it otherwise gets very muddy. Skazka Canyon lies on the southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake and is an unusual place with stunning rocky…

Jeti Oguz: Finding the Waterfall in the Rain

On our first full day in Karakol, we decided to go on a day trip to the Jeti Oguz gorge, which is located 28 kilometres from Karakol. I was excited to finally get out into the Kyrgyz nature that we had heard so much about. Kyrgyzstan is said to be the most beautiful of the Stan’s because of its natural beauty, and after exploring the…

Karakol: By the Eastern Tip of Issyk Kul Lake

After spending a few days in the Kyrgyz capital, it was time to take on a new city. Karakol is a city with 75.000 inhabitants, located near the Issyk Kul Lake in the easternmost corner of Kyrgyzstan. Karakol is a top destination for travellers in Kyrgyzstan due to the amazing and diverse nature found in the area, and because of this, we decided to spend…

Bishkek: The Dynamic Capital of Kyrgyzstan

After 16 wonderful days in Mongolia, it was time to leave and head to my next exciting destination: Kyrgyzstan! Whenever I had told people where I was heading next, I had been met with curiosity. Because Kyrgyzstan definitely isn’t a standard backpacker destination. I have, however, always been interested in the Central Asian countries (or “the Stan’s”, if you will), and thus chose Kyrgyzstan as…

The Next Big Journey: Asia ’16

8 hours and counting… I booked the first flights in June last year and now it’s finally – almost – time for me to embark on my second big journey, this time through Southeastern, Eastern and Central Asia. I’ve pondered on where to go, what to see and how long to travel for, and I’ve changed my mind many times. Originally, I wanted to travel…