Competitors come from all over the world to compete – including Germany.
17. Book your accommodations far in advance. Plan to stay in Cholpon-Alta, where the games are held to make for easy coming and goings. Book your stay early as there is limited accommodation.
18. Plan for a red-eye flight into Bishkek. There are no great times to fly into Bishkek. You’ll likely arrive on a red-eye in the very early morning and depart very late. My flight arrived at 5:00 am and left at 1:00 am. Unfortunately, there’s no getting around this, so grin and bear it. Nobody said that travel was always glamorous.
19. Plan to stay in Kyrgyzstan longer than the World Nomad Games. While the World Nomad Games are incredible, so is the rest of the country. Plan to extend your stay to explore more of this remote country.
Check out these posts on Kyrgyzstan for more ideas by Stephen from MonkBoughtLunch. He’s an America who’s been living in Bishkek for several years and is incredibly knowledgeable about travel in Kyrgyzstan.
You’ll also want to check out Sam and Audrey’s video. They show you what to do in Bishkek, the capital city. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to explore it, but their video makes me want to go back.
In summary, I highly recommend attending the World Nomad Games. Knowing what to expect before you go, will help you enjoy it even more.
Note: My trip was organized in cooperation with Discover Kyrgyzstan, and made possible by the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). All opinions are my own.