Traveling by car is one of the most popular ways to see all the beauties of Kyrgyzstan. Long distances by car are not an obstacle and only you decide when and where to visit, not adjusting to public transport schedules, etc.
Traveling on your own or rented car in Kyrgyzstan will be an excellent choice for family people, as well as for those who do not want to bother themselves with excessive physical exertion or somehow depend on public transport. The road network in Kyrgyzstan is well developed, but it is better to choose a car ready for dirt roads and low-quality asphalt. Poor quality of roads in some places is primarily due to the country’s difficult terrain – more than 80% of the territory of Kyrgyzstan is occupied by mountains. It is impossible to get from one area to another without overcoming the high pass, often over 3000 meters above sea level. Almost all the country’s roads has picturesque mountain views, ornate serpentines and steep turns over deep river cliffs. Only in Kyrgyzstan, you can drive to a stunning height of 3000-4000 meters, hitting from the sunny plain to the harsh highlands in a conventional car.
The most popular asphalt routes for traveling around Kyrgyzstan by car are the picturesque Bishkek-Osh motorway, the road around Lake Issyk-Kul, the ascent along the Barskaun gorge to the highland plateau Arabel, the Bishkek-Torugart highway and the road from Osh to the Alay valley.