One of the main reasons for the timing of my trip to Kyrgyzstan was to have the chance to check out the country’s National Horse Games Festival, which takes place in August. It’s a festival that’s not very well-known outside of Kyrgyzstan, but one I had long wanted to observe.

To get to this ancient event, we drove 200 km from Bishkek, three hours through the stunning Chui Valley with its rural villages and breathtaking countryside, passing the 60 km long Kara-Balta Gorge and the longest tunnel in Kyrgyzstan to the village of Kyzil-oi, in the Suusamyr Valley.

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