How much do you know about Kyrgyzstan?
Located in the Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country with mountainous terrain. It’s farther from the sea than any other individual country in the world. The mountains of Tian Shan cover over 80 percent of the country, which is what gave Kyrgyzstan the nickname “Switzerland of Central Asia”.
Kyrgyzstan is also the home of the second largest mountain lake in the world – Issyk-Kol lake, which translates to “warm lake” in the Kyrgyz language. The lake never freezes despite being surrounded by snowy mountain peaks.
The lake was a popular vacation resort during the Soviet era, with plenty of vacation homes and sanatoria along its coast. It is now experiencing a revival and gaining its lost popularity back.
Vladislav (Lev) Koshko, originally from Almaty, Kazakhstan, together with a Kazakh photo crew Photosafari.KZ: Katherine Koshko, Konstantin Kikividze and Ulyana Saitova visited the lake recently. In just one day they climbed the snowy mountains, descended into dry, hot canyons and enjoyed the lake and its coast.
This video is Lev’s debut. He started out as an amateur and went on a trip with Photosafari.kz to Issyk-Kol. He took his bike because he thought maybe there will be some good places and opportunities to ride, so the mountain biker in the video is actually Lev himself.
He says he was inspired by movies such as “The Art of Flight” and “Into the Mind” when adding “non-organic, artificial titles into the organic, beautiful natural shot.”
In the video, the team combined drone footage of nature with images of locals and their everyday life, as well as footage from mountain biking trips and created a beautiful and colourful postcard from the Issyk-Kol region. The video was shot with a Drone Inspire Pro, SonyA7s, and Nikon d800.
Enjoy and get inspired by Issyk-Kol!