One of the great dilemmas for campers is whether or not to get up in the middle of the night to answer the call of Mother Nature. Do you break … Continue reading Keskenkyia Loop, Day 3: The Shepherd’s Hut
It’s not terribly cold when we wake up in the morning. All in all, it was a pretty good night of sleep considering that it was our first night in … Continue reading Keskenkyia Loop, Day 2: A Day Trip to Ailampa Lake
We wake up at 6:15, “early” by Kyrgyzstan standards. Breakfast is not until 8 am, and we’re not supposed to set off for our 5-day trek until 9:30. But we … Continue reading Keskenkyia Loop, Day 1: Welcome to the Jailoo!
Greetings, everyone! It’s summertime, and that means we are off on another hiking adventure. This year we are headed to Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia of all places where we will do some trekking in the Tian Shan and Alay Mountains. Kyrgyzstan is said to be the Switzerland of Central Asia, and we are excited to spend the next five weeks exploring a brand new destination that is totally off the beaten track.
But before we begin our trekking, we have three days to explore Kyrgyzstan. First, we spend a day bumbling around the capital city of Bishkek. On Day 2, we drive clear across the country to our basecamp of Jyrgalan while visiting some of Kyrgyzstan’s premier cultural destinations, and finally, we spend a day in this tiny village acclimatizing and decompressing far away from the hustle and bustle of Chicago. So, here, a la United Airlines Hemispheres Magazine, is three perfect days in Kyrgyzstan! (more…)