Despite the political turbulence of the past decade, Kyrgyzstan is one of the safest places in Central Asia, if not the safest. The country has scored more than Russia in the Institute of Economics and Peace’s 2015 Global Peace Index.

There is some crime in big cities, as elsewhere in the world, but the vast majority of the country’s territory, located in the mountains, are free from any harm to a foreigner. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

A foreigner will inevitably face the traditional hospitality of Kyrgyzstan’s nomadic people in its prime, and enjoy it.