Don't bother arguing for hours, Kyrgyzstan is also called Kyrgyzistan or Kyrgyz. Like most of its neighbours, this Central Asian country is a former Soviet republic. It became independent in 1991. The Kyrgyz population, traditionally nomadic, is made of several minority groups: Russians, Uzbeks, Ukrainians. This small community lives in a varying climate with changing temperatures. Three quarters of the territory
is 4,920 feet above sea level, measuring 24,400 feet at Pobieda's peak. Stop under its snowy mantle and listen to a Kyrgyz storyteller
praising the exploits of Batyr, the young warrior who saved the country. Although few tourists travel to Kyrgyzstan, it is a unusual and interesting destination.