Kyrgyzstan

No road trip is worth embarking on without some form of visual reward. Kyrgyzstan encompassed the true meaning of an adventure road trip. Join us as we show you places untouched by tourists and waiting to be explored. Photo: Kel Morales, Kyrgyzstan

Tulparkul

Morning light illuminates the largest of lakes in Tulparkul. Photo: Matt Horspool, Kyrgyzstan

Ala-Archa National Park

Adventure seekers come from far and abroad to tackle some of the country’s most significant peaks and glaciers, with some of the National Parks like The Ala-Archa National Park only a few hours drive from Bishkek. Photo: Kel Morales, Kyrgyzstan

7000+ Peaks

Throughout our journey, we encountered 7000m + peaks, lush rolling green hills, crystal clear mountain lakes and some of the most alien-like rock and land formations imaginable. It is this rugged, impassable terrain that has preserved much of Kyrgyzstan’s ancient history in pockets of communities around the country. Photo: Kel Morales, Kyrgyzstan

Landscape

Undoubtedly the biggest draw card for tourism to Kyrgyzstan is its landscapes. Kyrgyz recorded history spans back over 2000 years with its mountainous terrain reaching back even further. The geography has to be seen to be believed, and even then you may have to stop and look twice. Photo: Matt Horspool, Kyrgyzstan

Connection

The project aims to visually depict the vast open and untouched regions that surround the route. We immersed ourselves in the local culture in areas far off the beaten path. It is hoped that these images showcase the human element of these regions whose culture dates back thousands of years and how they connect with the land. Photo: Matt Horspool, Kyrgyzstan

The allure of remoteness

The allure of this millennia-old route and the cultures and landscapes it contains were just what we were seeking. After some thorough research, it was clear that these regions were not frequented by westerners let alone visually documented. It was the perfect location to set the scene for a unique and inspirational adventure. Photo: Matt Horspool, Kyrgyzstan

Pamir Highway

Containing stretches of the ancient and well known Silk Road, the M41 aka Pamir Highway traverses the Pamir Mountains through Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. The road itself is regarded as the 'Roof of the World' and is the second highest highway on the planet with the Ak-Baital pass rising to an uncomfortable 4,655m. Photo: Matt Horspool, Kyrgyzstan

Journey to the Roof of the World

This is a project that culminated from a joint passion of adventure to far-flung regions of the world. Central Asia is one of the least explored regions in the world yet arguably one of the most spectacular. Covered in mountainous peaks reaching more than 7000m, sweeping valleys, extreme roads and some of the world's most beautiful high altitude lakes, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are magical, to say the least. Photo: Matt Horspool, Kyrgyzstan