Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan, Kyrgyzstan: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan, Kyrgyzstan? If you're planning to go to Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan, Kyrgyzstan

Based on the climate and weather in Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan, the best time to go is August. See below for details.

Important essentials for Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan, Kyrgyzstan

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards may wear away. An unreadable card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is a good plane-friendly product.


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks don't exist for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID-19 protection possible.


  • Travel insurance

    If you or a companion get COVID-19, your amazing trip can be ruined. Good travel insurance can help. See plans

General health necessities

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What to wear/what to pack for Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan, Kyrgyzstan by month

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January

If you go to Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan in January, you will notice that it can be bitter cold. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C). There is frost almost every day.

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February

February in Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan is biting cold. Temperatures average in the single digits F (10+ below zero C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost most days. It rains regularly.

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March

March is frigid. Temperatures average in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost almost every day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

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April

April can be brisk. Temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost about half of the time. It rains about a third of the time.

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May

May in Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan can be very chilly. Temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost about a third of the time. It rains about half of the time.

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June

If you go to Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan in June, you will notice that it is crisp. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 50s F (low 10s C). There is frost sometimes.

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July

Traveling to Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan in July, you will notice that it is relatively cool. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

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August

If you go to Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan in August, you will notice that it is relatively cool. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

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September

If you go to Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan in September, you will notice that it is cool. Expect it to rain regularly. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the high 40s F (single digits C). There is frost sometimes.

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October

Traveling to Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan in October, you will notice that it can be brisk. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the high 30s F (single digits C). There is frost about two thirds of the time.

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November

November for Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan is freezing. Temperatures average in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost nearly every day this month. It rains 5-10 days this month.

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December

If you are traveling to Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan in December, you will notice that it is unbearably cold. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C). There is frost almost every day.

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