Kyrgyzstan, officially the Kyrgyz Republic,  is a country in Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country with mountainous terrain. It is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west and southwest, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east. Its capital and largest city is Bishkek.

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. 

Son-Kol lake

The highest peaks are in the Kakshaal-Too range, forming the Chinese border. Peak Jengish Chokusu, at 7,439 m (24,406 ft), is the highest point and is considered by geologists to be the northernmost peak over 7,000 m (22,966 ft) in the world. 

Kamandy valley

At-Bashy district

Kamandy valley

Issyk-Kul Lake, or Ysyk-Köl in Kyrgyz, in the north-eastern Tian Shan is the largest lake in Kyrgyzstan and the second largest mountain lake in the world after Titicaca.

Issyk-Kul lake and mountains

Issyk-Kul lake

Also, there a many other beautiful high-mountain lakes..

Sary-Chelek lake

.. and high-mountain forests

Arslanbob valnut forest

Jeti-Oguz

Kyrgyzstan is divided into seven regions administered by appointed governors. The capital, Bishkek, and the second largest city Osh are administratively independent cities (shaar) with a status equal to a region.
The regions, and independent cities, are as follows:

  • City of Bishkek
  • Batken
  • Chuy
  • Jalal-Abad
  • Naryn
  • Osh
  • Talas
  • Issyk-Kul
  • City of Osh

Each region comprises a number of districts, administered by government-appointed officials. Rural communities, consisting of up to 20 small settlements, have their own elected mayors and councils.

Kyrgyzstan is widely known for its beautiful nature...

Kol-Ukok lake

Issyk-Kul

More information about Kyrgyzstan can be found here.