• Population: 6 million
  • Major languages: Kyrgyz, Russian
    • Most of its six million people are Turkic-speaking Muslims.
  • Major religions: Islam, Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 67 years (men), 75 years (women)
  • Currency som


  • Area: 199,900 sq km (77,182 sq miles)
  • A Central Asian state bordering China
  • Landlocked
  • Border by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west and southwest, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east.


  • In Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan generally, offers the good value with its excellent and affordable homestay network.
  • The millennia-old city of Osh has an excellent market


  • Tourist visa is not required for Canadians staying up to 60 days.
    • For stays longer than 60 days, obtain a Kyrgyzstan’s e-visa – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan
    • If you plan to stay in Kyrgyzstan for longer than 60 days, you must register at a State Registration Service Passport Desk (in Russian) within 5 work days following your arrival.


  • On the Silk Road
  • You may have horses for company as you overland in Kyrgyzstan
  • To or from the Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan, use the border between Andijan and Osh
  • The Tian Shan mountains, which surround the old caravan route and dominate the country, are home to snow leopards, lynx and sheep.
  • In the south, the millennia-old city of Osh has a huge, busy bazaar that was once a stop on the Silk Road.
  • Kyzyl-Art pass (Elevation: 4,336 meters – 14,226 feet) border crossing with Tajikistan.
    • Used by the Wescotts in 2014.