The best time for resting at Issyk Kul is the middle of July, beginning of August. It is the most favourable time.
The climate in Kyrgyzstan is extremely varied - from sharply continental to sea. The average summer temperature in the plains is
30-40 ˚, in the foothill and mountain areas - 20-16 ˚. In winter the temperature is from -4 ˚ to -14 ˚. Above 3500 m. is the area of glaciers and eternal snow. Summer is cool, winter is frosty, snow doesn’t melt during the whole year.
The state language in Kyrgyzstan is Kyrgyz. But almost all population of the country fluently speaks Russian.
The Kyrgyz are Sunni Muslims.
There are 6 main mobile operators in Kyrgyzstan: LLC «Sky Mobile» (under the pretext of Beeline), Telekom (trade name О!), "СоТel" (NEXI), MegaCom, KATEL, «АkТеl» (FONEX).
Local cuisine in Kyrgyzstan is cheap and plentiful. Usually flat bread and green or black tea is served to food. The traditional cuisine oily and junk food, which is unusual for Europeans, prevails. In Kyrgyzstan many national drinks are unique, and have the unusual taste. In the mountains you should taste home ayran (average between kefir and sour clotted milk) and kumys (fermented mare milk). You can also buy them at the bazaar.
At the market you can always buy seasonable fresh fruits and vegetables.
In Kyrgyzstan you can use cold water for drinking. However, you should boil cold tap water for tea (green or black), which is used during the meal. Hot tap water cannot be used for drinking.
Line voltage in Kyrgyzstan is 220 volt. Standard two-pin plugs and sockets. Frequency: 50 Hz
As the climate in Kyrgyzstan is very hot and dry, you should also take certain measures against dehydration, particularly in the period from April to October. It is recommended to have sunscreen, light and loose-fitting clothing made of thin natural fibers (in the summer) or warm mountain (in winter and in the ascent), wide-brimmed hats and funds agains insects. You should pay attention to shoes - the sole should be thick and robust, and the top should have good ventilation (requirements are relevant for the mountains.) When visiting religious sites it is advised not to wear shorts, as well as clothes with bare shoulders.
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