How to get to Kyrgyzstan
By air
Recommended airlines:
Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Chinese Airlines, Aeroflot, Tadjik Airlines, Uzbek Airlines, “Kyrgyzstan” Air Company.
Manas International Airport is located 30 km from Bishkek (formerly Frunze: the airport’s code is “FRU”).
Other nearest   airport: Almaty, Kazakhstan (formerly Alma-Ata), 250 km from Bishkek.
Shepherd’s Way Trekking will welcome you at the airport, reserve a room in a hotel or apartment in Bishkek according to your wishes.
 From Bishkek to our home in Barskoon village is 350 km. A 5-6 hours drive by car.

Travel Guidebooks
Lonely Planet Guide to Central Asia.
Trekking in Russia and Central Asia.
Fritz Maier Mountaineers Book Odysseys
Kyrgyz Republic: Heart of Central Asia (Odyssey Guides)
By Rowan Stewart and Susie Weldon
Bradt Guide to Kyrgyzstan by Laurence Mitchell
Kyrgyzstan has made significant progress in simplifying tourist access. For most citizens of the European Community, Switzerland, USA, Canada and Japan it is necessary to obtain a visa. Visas can be obtained from Kyrgyz embassies before travelling or from the airport upon arrival. Please check with your airline before travelling, as some airlines may not allow you to fly without a valid visa.
Currency Exchange
Foreign currencies can only be exchanged for Kyrgyz som in Kyrgyzstan. Money can be exchanged at commercial banks and authorized bureaux de change, Bishkek is the easiest place to do this and often offers the best exchange rates. The US Dollar and Euro are the easiest currency to exchange. Please bring new, undamaged notes and in large denominations ($50 or Euro 50 or larger) as this gives the best exchange rates. Some places refuse to change notes of smaller denominations.
Credit/Debit Cards and ATMs
Credit cards are accepted in some of the larger hotels in Bishkek and can also be used at banks to withdraw cash from the counter or ATM machines.
Traveller’s Cheques
There is limited acceptance, but some banks in Bishkek accept traveller’s cheques in US Dollars; commission charges are high. Cash is recommended.
Banking Hours
Usually Mon – Fri 09.30 – 17.30

List of Banks in Kyrgyzstan
OJSC “Commercial bank KYRGYZSTAN”,
OJSC “ATF Bank-Kyrgyzstan”  -,
OJSC IB “Issyk-Kul”  -
CJSC “Demir Kyrgyz International Bank”  -,
OJSC “Ecobank”  -
Bishkek branch of the National Bank of Pakistan  -
Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank  - 
www.kicb.netel.: +996-312-43-45-32


Contact details of Kyrgyz Embassies abroad
Invaliden str. 3/8,1030Vienna
Tel: (00-431)  535-03-79
47, rue de 1 Abbaye 1050, Bruxelles/Brussels, Royaume de Belgique
Tel: 00-32-2-640-18-68
100600 China,Beijin,King’s Garden Villa,block “H”, house # 10/1
Street Syao Yun #18,district Xiaoyun
Tel.: (00-86-10)-6532-64-59
Otto-Suhr-Allee 146, 10585, Berlin
Tel.: (00-49-30)-347-81-338 (recept.)
C-93, Adnan Niketan, New Delhi-110021
Tel.: (00-91-11)-2410-80-08
6-16, 5-chome Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku
Tokyo 153-0064, Japan
Tel.: (00-81-3)-3719-0828
Fax: (00-81-3)-3719-0868
10th floor, Wisma Sin Heap Lee, 346 Jalan Tun Razak
50400  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ,
Tel.: (00-60-3)-216-32-012
Great Britain and Northern Ireland:
Ascot House 119, Crawford Street, London
W1U 6BJ, United Kingdom
Tel.: (00-44-20)-7935-1462
USA and Canada:
2360,Massachusetts Avenue, NW,
Washington D.C., 20008,
Tel.: (00-1-202)-449-92-22
Rue du Lac 4, 1207 Geneva, Confederation Suisse
Tel.: (00-41-22)-707-92-20, 707-92-23, 707-92-24