As some of you may know I am on a quest to travel to all the UN recognised countries in the world and Kyrgyzstan was my 91st destination.  So if you are looking for some tips and insights, I hope this solo travel to Bishkek Kyrgyzstan helps you plan your trip.

As a professional solo female traveler, I thrive on the thrill of exploring new places and cultures on my own terms. Having recently visited Kazakhstan, Bishkek was a logical and exciting next step on my journey after Solo travel to Almaty, Kazakhstan itinerary

Nestled at the foothills of the majestic Tien Shan mountains, Bishkek, the vibrant capital of Kyrgyzstan, offers a unique blend of Soviet history, Central Asian culture, and stunning natural beauty. 

Solo Travel To Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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Day 1: Arrival

Arrival in Bishkek: I did the self guided border crossing from Almaty to Bishkek and arrived in the evening. 

Alternatively, you can touch down at Manas International Airport, the gateway to your Kyrgyz adventure. The airport is well-connected to the city, ensuring a smooth start to your journey.

Hotel Check-in: Settle into your accommodation, preferably a centrally located hotel or guesthouse. This will make it easier to explore the city’s attractions. Unpack, refresh, dinner and get ready to kick off your Bishkek exploration from tomorrow.

Dinner at Navat: Head to Navat, a beloved local restaurant known for its traditional Kyrgyz cuisine. Savor dishes like plov (rice pilaf), laghman (noodle soup), Kattmaa(bread w onion), and samsa (meat-filled pastries). This is the perfect introduction to the rich flavors of Kyrgyzstan.

Where to Stay in Bishkek?

When choosing accommodation in Bishkek, consider options that are centrally located to make it easier to explore the city. Here are a few recommendations catering to different budgets:


  1. Hyatt Regency Bishkek: This five-star hotel offers luxurious rooms, top-notch amenities, and excellent service. It is centrally located, making it a convenient base for exploring the city.
  2. Orion Hotel Bishkek: Known for its elegant design and high standards of comfort, this hotel features spacious rooms, a spa, and fine dining options.


  1. Smart Hotel Bishkek: A popular choice for its modern rooms and central location. The hotel offers good amenities and a comfortable stay at a reasonable price.
  2. Golden Tulip Bishkek Hotel: This hotel provides a blend of comfort and convenience with well-appointed rooms, a fitness center, and a restaurant.


  1. Aiva Hostel: Aiva has welcoming staff, clean facilities, and affordable rates. Also, this is the only hostel in my travels so far with only 2 hotel styled bunk beds in 1 room with clean sheets, wardrobe and free towels. I highly recommend this hostel as I stayed here, was clean and location was just perfect to move around Bishkek. It’s a great place to meet fellow travellers and enjoy a cozy stay too.
  2. Inter house Bishkek: A budget-friendly option with clean, comfortable rooms and a friendly atmosphere. The hostel also offers private rooms and is located close to the city center.

No matter where you choose to stay, these options provide a range of amenities and are conveniently located to help you make the most of your time in Bishkek.

Which sim card to buy in Bishkek?

SIM Cards in Bishkek

When visiting Bishkek, getting a local SIM card can be very useful for staying connected, navigating the city, and accessing travel information. Recommend getting a prepaid plan with at least 5-10 GB of data to ensure you have enough for navigation, social media updates, and general internet use during your stay.

Here are the top SIM card options available in Bishkek:

  1. Beeline:
    • Coverage: Beeline offers good coverage throughout Bishkek and other major cities in Kyrgyzstan.
    • Plans: They provide a variety of prepaid plans, including options with data, calls, and texts.
    • Where to Buy: Beeline SIM cards can be purchased at the airport, Beeline stores, and authorized dealers in the city.
  2. MegaCom:
    • Coverage: MegaCom is known for its extensive network coverage, including rural areas.
    • Plans: They offer competitive prepaid plans with generous data packages.
    • Where to Buy: You can find MegaCom SIM cards at the airport, MegaCom retail stores, and kiosks around the city.
  3. O! (Ostore):
    • Coverage: O! also provides reliable coverage in Bishkek and other parts of the country.
    • Plans: They have a range of prepaid plans tailored to different needs, including data-heavy options.
    • Where to Buy: O! SIM cards are available at the airport, O! stores, and various authorized sellers in Bishkek.

How to Purchase and Activate:

  • Passport: You’ll need to present your passport when purchasing a SIM card.
  • Activation: The SIM card will be activated upon purchase, and you may need assistance from the store staff to set up the data plan.
  • Top-Up: You can easily top up your SIM card at various kiosks, convenience stores, and online through the provider’s website.
  • Customer Service: Most major providers have English-speaking customer service to assist with any issues.

How was internet in Bishkek?

I was pleasantly surprised because internet speed very good in Bishkek comparing to other nearby central asian countries. It was consistency at nearly 100 Mbps at both my accomodation and on my sim data. Also, with nature so close by (plus the view of majestic mountains from the downtown street), reasonable priced food, and steady internet speed makes Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan one of my fav digital nomad destination.

Local Currency

The local currency in Kyrgyzstan is the Kyrgyzstani Som (KGS). It’s advisable to carry some cash with you, as not all places accept credit cards, especially in more remote areas. You can exchange your money at the airport, local banks, or exchange offices in Bishkek. ATMs are also widely available in the city for convenient cash withdrawals.

Exchanging EUR and USD is no problem, but getting them accepted in shops etc. can be hit and miss. Can‘t really say about Osh as I changed currency in Bishkek. So, the best place to get them exchanged is Mossovet (the crossing of Moskovskaya and Sovetskaya streets), it has a lot of exchange offices with the best rates in town.

Is Kyrgyzstan safe for solo female travellers?

Kyrgyzstan is generally considered safe for solo female travelers, with many women enjoying their trips to the country. However, like any destination, it’s essential to take precautions to ensure your safety. Here are some helpful tips:

  1. Dress Modestly: While Kyrgyzstan is relatively liberal compared to some neighboring countries, it’s still advisable to dress modestly, especially in rural areas and religious sites, to respect local customs and avoid unwanted attention.
  2. Use Reliable Transportation: Opt for reputable taxi services or public transportation, especially at night. It’s also wise to avoid hitchhiking, as it can be risky.
  3. Stay Connected: Keep your phone charged and have local emergency numbers and contacts saved. Consider getting a local SIM card for easy communication.
  4. Inform Someone: Always let someone know your itinerary and check-in regularly, especially if you’re heading into remote areas.
  5. Avoid Risky Areas: While most of Kyrgyzstan is safe, it’s advisable to avoid border areas with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan due to occasional tensions and border disputes.
  6. Trust Your Instincts: If a situation feels uncomfortable or unsafe, trust your instincts and remove yourself from the situation.

What is the best time to visit Bishkek?

The best time to visit Bishkek is during the late spring to early autumn months, from May to September. During this period, the weather is generally pleasant, with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine, making it ideal for exploring the city and surrounding areas. The summer months of June to August are the warmest, with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F), perfect for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

Spring (April to May) is also a beautiful time to visit, with the landscape coming to life with blooming flowers and trees. The temperatures are mild, ranging from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F), although there can be occasional showers.

Autumn (September to October) sees a drop in temperatures, but it is still a pleasant time to visit, with colorful foliage and fewer crowds. Temperatures range from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F).

Winter (November to March) is cold, with temperatures often below freezing and occasional snowfall. While Bishkek can be charming in the snow, many outdoor activities may be limited, so it’s best to visit during the warmer months if you want to explore the city and surrounding nature.

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Day 2: Natural Beauty and Outdoor Activities

I was particularly looking forward to immersing myself in the natural beauty of Kyrgyzstan, renowned for its stunning landscapes and outdoor adventures. So, when I woke up on my first full day In Bishkek, I was ready to go hiking.


Ala Archa National Park: Embark on a day trip to Ala Archa National Park, a must-visit for nature lovers. Just a short drive from Bishkek, this park offers a serene escape with its towering peaks, lush valleys, and clear rivers. Choose one of the many hiking trails to experience the breathtaking scenery, from gentle walks to more challenging climbs. The fresh mountain air and stunning vistas are sure to inspire your spirit.


Picnic Lunch: Pause for a picnic lunch amidst the natural splendor of the park. Whether you pack your own meal or pick up some local treats beforehand, dining al fresco in this beautiful setting is a true delight.

Continue Hiking: After lunch, continue exploring the park. You can opt for another trail, venture further into the mountains, or simply relax by the river and enjoy the tranquility. Keep an eye out for the park’s diverse flora and fauna, adding to the charm of your adventure.


Return to Bishkek: As the day winds down, make your way back to Bishkek, feeling refreshed and inspired by the natural wonders you’ve experienced.

Dinner at Faiza: Wrap up your day with a hearty meal at Faiza, a beloved local restaurant known for its delicious and affordable Kyrgyz cuisine. Indulge in dishes like beshbarmak (noodles with meat), chuchuk (sausage), and fresh salads. It’s the perfect end to a day spent exploring the great outdoors.

Day 3: Alamedin Gorge and Ala-Too Square


Half-Day Tour to Alamedin Gorge: Start your day with a half-day tour to Alamedin Gorge, a stunning natural attraction located just a short drive from Bishkek.

Alamedin Gorge is renowned for its beautiful landscapes, including verdant meadows, rocky cliffs, and the Alamedin River that winds through the valley. The area is perfect for a scenic hike, offering trails that vary in difficulty and provide spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

As you explore the gorge, you’ll encounter diverse flora and fauna, adding to the natural beauty of the region. Take the time to relax by the river, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and enjoy the tranquility of this serene environment. This excursion offers a refreshing escape from the city’s hustle and bustle, immersing you in the pristine beauty of Kyrgyzstan’s countryside.


Ala-Too Square: In the early evening, make your way to Ala-Too Square, the heart of Bishkek. Here, you’ll witness the changing of the guards at the State Historical Museum, a grand display of national pride.

Take in the imposing statues, fountains, and vibrant atmosphere of this iconic square. Explore the surrounding area, which offers a glimpse into the city’s Soviet past intertwined with its Central Asian heritage.

The square is a popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike, and often hosts various events and celebrations. Stroll around, take photos, and soak in the lively ambiance as you reflect on the day’s adventures.

Also recommend Central Mosque, Sobor Svyatogo Ravnoapostol’nogo Velikogo Knyazya (Orthodox church) & local parks for some more local vibes.

Day 4: Cultural and Historical Immersion


Osh Bazaar: Start your day with a visit to Osh Bazaar, one of Bishkek’s largest and most vibrant markets. As you wander through the bustling stalls, you’ll be immersed in the sights, sounds, and smells of local life. Try some local snacks like fresh bread, dried fruits, and traditional sweets. Don’t forget to shop for unique souvenirs such as handcrafted textiles, spices, and traditional Kyrgyz hats.


Lunch at Arzu: After your market adventure, head to Arzu, a restaurant renowned for its authentic Kyrgyz dishes. Enjoy a leisurely lunch featuring delights such as shashlik (grilled meat skewers), manty (dumplings), and rich, flavorful soups.

State Museum of Fine Arts: Post-lunch, delve into Kyrgyzstan’s artistic heritage at the State Museum of Fine Arts (opened till 6pm usually, check on google maps or call to be sure). The museum showcases an impressive collection ranging from traditional folk art to contemporary pieces. Admire intricate textiles, beautiful paintings, and sculptures that reflect the rich cultural tapestry of the region.


Opera and Ballet Theatre: As the evening sets in, treat yourself to a cultural performance at the Bishkek Opera and Ballet Theatre. This historic venue offers a variety of shows, from classic ballets to operas. Be sure to check the schedule in advance and book your tickets for an unforgettable experience.

Dinner at Chebak Pub: Conclude your day with dinner at Chebak Pub, a cozy spot that offers a mix of local and international cuisine. Relax with a hearty meal and perhaps a local beer or cocktail, reflecting on the day’s cultural and historical discoveries.

Day 5: Exploring Issyk Kul and Beyond

Recommend booking a day trip for today unless you are driving yourself. 

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Issyk Kul Lake: Begin your final day with a trip to Issyk Kul Lake, one of Kyrgyzstan’s most famous and breathtaking natural wonders. This massive, alpine lake is the second-largest saline lake in the world and is often referred to as the “Pearl of Central Asia.” Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Issyk Kul Lake offers stunning views and a tranquil atmosphere. Spend your morning walking along the shoreline, taking in the crystal-clear waters, and perhaps even taking a dip in the lake if the weather permits. The surrounding area also offers opportunities for horseback riding and exploring local villages, where you can learn more about the traditional Kyrgyz way of life.

Fairytale Canyon “Skazka”: After enjoying the beauty of Issyk Kul Lake, head to Fairytale Canyon, also known as “Skazka.” This unique geological formation is named for its whimsical and surreal landscape, which resembles scenes from a fairy tale. The canyon features striking red and orange rock formations sculpted by wind and water over millennia. Wander through the labyrinthine paths and marvel at the natural sculptures that resemble castles, animals, and mythical creatures. The vibrant colors and unusual shapes make for fantastic photo opportunities and an unforgettable experience.

Barskoon Waterfall: Next on your solo travel to Bishkek, visit Barskoon Waterfall, located in the Barskoon Gorge. This area is known for its lush forests, alpine meadows, and dramatic waterfalls. The Barskoon Waterfall is one of the most famous in Kyrgyzstan, cascading down from the mountains in a series of impressive drops. There are several trails leading to different viewpoints, allowing you to appreciate the waterfall from various angles. The cool mist from the falls and the surrounding natural beauty provide a refreshing end to your day of exploration.

Jeti-Oguz Valley: Next, venture to the picturesque Jeti-Oguz Valley, renowned for its stunning red sandstone cliffs and lush green meadows. The name “Jeti-Oguz” translates to “Seven Bulls,” referring to the seven towering rock formations that dominate the landscape. According to local legend, the rocks represent seven bulls that were turned to stone. The valley is a perfect spot for hiking and picnicking, with trails that lead to panoramic viewpoints and tranquil spots along the river. One of the highlights is the “Broken Heart” rock formation, which has its own romantic legend. Enjoy the serene beauty of this valley and the contrasting colors of the red rocks against the greenery.

Return to Bishkek: After your day of exploring some of Kyrgyzstan’s most stunning natural attractions, return to Bishkek. Use the drive back to relax and reflect on the diverse and breathtaking landscapes you’ve experienced throughout your journey.

Dinner at The Garden: Celebrate your last night in Bishkek with a delightful dinner at The Garden, a restaurant known for its beautiful ambiance and delicious cuisine. Choose from a variety of local and international dishes, enjoying the flavours and hospitality of Kyrgyzstan one last time. Reflect on the incredible adventures of the past five days as you savour your meal in this charming setting.

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