吉尔吉斯斯坦已经是冒险旅游业的下一件大事，，，，and after our fourth visit there, we have finally foundour favourite place in the entire country, Jyrgalan.
From our first visit we knew this country was special. Over the next few years we returned time and time again, with each moment further cementing Kyrgyzstan’s place in our hearts.
It’s not just one experience, or one destination, or one element, that has made this mountainous, Central Asian nation one of our absolute favourites.
It’s the entire collective emotions we feel whenever we walk through the streets of Bishkek, wander deep into the mountains or are welcomed into someone’s home.
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Snowmelt rivers carve their way between jagged peaks and alpine lakes sit calmly amongst undulating pastures.
In the heart of it all lies a village of 1000 people. Brick and timber houses are scattered around, often with wooden barns between their neighbours.
People call you into their homes, feeding you cup after cup of fresh chai. If it’s after lunch the vodka or cognac will probably make an appearance, and before too long you’ll find yourself sitting on the floor singing along to Russian and Kyrgyz folk songs with your new best friends.
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The first time we arrived in Jyrgalan, back in 2016, there was only一个小旅馆run by the hospitable owners Emil and Gulmira, and there no set activities. It was really the wild west, in a country already off the beaten path.
We headed off into the mountains on a new trail called theBoz Uchuk Trek，不敢相信那些等待着勇敢的旅行者探索的辉煌。
On our return in 2017 there are now 6 guesthouses, new hiking trails, horse treks and even mountain biking routes being developed.
The American international development agencyUSAID BGI见过Jyrgalan旅游业的潜力,一个d had poured considerable funds into its growth and infrastructure.
我们帮助标记了全新的Keskenkija Loop，，，，visited new yurt stays, spent many more days with the locals, and marvelled at the improvements happening around Jyrgalan.
From being an obscure village that didn’t even feature on Google Maps, to being the next up-and-coming adventure destination in the country, Jyrgalan is a town on the rise.
我们亲眼目睹了可持续的好处le tourism can bring to a small village.
When we lived in Phong Nha in Vietnam, home to the world’s biggest cave, we made friends with countless locals who had gone from living in one-room shacks to developing tour companies, guest houses, restaurants and bars. Tourism has allowed the local people to send their kids to school, build safer houses and provide for their families.
It’s the scenery that will first bring travellers to the Jyrgalan Valley, but it is the village and the people that live there that will make people fall in love with this charming oasis in the paradise of Kyrgyzstan.
We have put together a few of our favourite photos from Jyrgalan Village to give you an idea of just how quaint, picturesque, simple and gorgeous life is in our favourite place in Kyrgyzstan.
The village of Jyrgalan is located about 60km to the east of Karakol, the large town near the shores of Issyk Kul.
You have two options when researching how to get to Jyrgalan village – you can either hire a private car from Bishkek or Karakol or take a marshrutka from Karakol.
Marshrutkas are the large, Soviet-era vans you see bouncing around the country that act as public transport. As large buses aren’t common outside of Bishkek or Osh, this is your best way to get around.
他们从Ak-Tilek市场的Derbishev和Aldashev的交叉路口离开，在上午8.30，上午11.30和4.30 PM出发，费用为每人80公斤（1.15美元）。如果您想乘坐出租车，可以通过Salam Taxi（+996 3922 52222）组织它，最多4人将花费1300公斤（19美元）。
We recommend stopping by theDestination Karakoloffice, next door to Fat Cat Cafe, to get more information. They can confirm details on the marshrutkas, or they can organise transport, accommodation and trekking options from right there in town.
Once you’re in Jyrgalan make sure you drop by the目的地Jyrgalan DMO（位于埃米尔（Emil）和古尔米拉（Gulmira）经营的阿拉科尔旅馆（Alakol Guesthouse），以了解新开发的令人惊叹的活动和景点。
If you want to email the tourism office before your visit, this is the contact:[email protected]