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Reaching the Summit; Lenin Peak, Kyrgyzstan

Climbing beyond 23,000 feet (7,000m) requires skill, physical fitness, and persistence.  To climb for multiple days at such a high altitude, the climber must be confident enough that he/she will achieve the summit goal.

Often though, it doesn’t matter how confident you might be.  If you don’t have the skills that come with years of experience, you aren’t going anywhere.

Fortunately for those with the drive there is Kyrgyzstan’s Lenin Peak.Continue

Depend on the Locals; Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan

People who have been to isolated destinations will be the first to tell you that the locals are usually hospitable.  Whether it’s providing a hot meal, a place to sleep, or a ride to the next town, they are typically more than happy to oblige.

Kyrgyzstan’s town of Kochkor is no exception.  Locals are quick to offer help.  You will typically have to pay a small fee, but what you get in return is well worth it.  Use the town of Kochkor as a base for your trips to places such as Lake Song Köl.