Photos from Kyrgyzstan (Page 1)

Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyz and Russian : Кыргызстан) is a mountainous country in the heart of Central Asia. One explanation for the name 'Kyrgyz', is the Turkic word for 'forty', in reference to the forty regional clans united by Manas, a legendary hero. The photos below give an insight into the traditional way of life in the high valleys, where people live in yurts while the cattle roams the vast pastures (the jailoos).

see also page 2 : Issyk-Kul, Karakol, Kochkor


Por Döbö

Near Sary-Tash : Yurts on the jailoos at Por Döbö
(see a painting based on this photo and the one below)



Por Döbö : milking the mares to prepare some kymys


making kymys

Por Döbö : my hosts, churning the mare's milk so it fermentates and makes good kymys


Por Döbö : my host familly in front of the yurt



On the road between Gulcha and Sary-Tash



Gulcha : shaky bridge (more bridges photos)


Toktogul reservoir

on the road between Osh and Bishkek (Toktogul reservoir)


BishkekAla-Too square

Bishkek : Ala-Too square and the State Historical Museum


see also page 2 : Issyk-Kul, Karakol, Kochkor



Kyrgyzstan was part of the 2005 trip

read about the trip
banknotes / billets de banque
travel story : life in the Jailoos


from :
to :Kazakhstan





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