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, we've got 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.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some rural areas may have unreliable tap water, so it's useful to have an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a excellent value.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

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Activities for Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan, Kyrgyzstan

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan.

We also recommend these top tours in and around Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan.

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

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    January

    January in this region is unbearably 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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    February

    Traveling to Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan in February, you will notice that it is unbearably 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 most days.

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    March

    If you go to Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan in March, you will notice that it is frosty. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost most days.

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    April

    April in Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan is pretty cool. 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 regularly.

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    May

    If you go to Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan in May, you will notice that it can be brisk. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the high 40s F (single digits C). There is frost 5-10 days this month.

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    June

    If you are traveling 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 occasionally.

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    July

    July here is chilly. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

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    August

    August here is cool. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains 5-10 days this month.

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    September

    If you are traveling to Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan in September, you will notice that it is crisp. 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

    October in Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan is pretty cool. Temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost about two thirds of the time. It rains regularly.

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    November

    November in Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan can be extremely cold. 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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    December

    December in this region can be bitter cold. Temperatures average in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost almost every day of the month. It rains regularly.

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