The Celestial Mountains Tour Company

The Celestial Mountains Tour Company and the Celestial Mountains Guest House (Naryn) were
established in 1997. They are British owned and operated ventures established, registered and
licensed under Kyrgyz law. They are, actually, two separate companies - but had the same
three investors.
There are three investors. One came to Kyrgyzstan at about the time of independence and
immediately fell in love with the country, its people and culture. The second is based in the UK.
The third came to Bishkek to help to open an office - and just stayed. He is now based in
Bishkek and runs the companies.
The tour company, based in Bishkek, was established to offer tours and other services to
travellers. The tours would cover the regions of Kyrgyzstan and, in co-operation with other local
firms in those countries, to China, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.
Official name:  Kyrgyz Republic
Location:  Central Asia
Capital:  Bishkek
Other main cities:  Cholpon-Ata, Karakol, Naryn, Talas, Jalalabat, Osh
Area: 198.500 sq km
Boundaries: Kazakhstan (1051 km), Uzbekistan (1099km), Tajikistan (870 km) and China (858
Average elevation: 2750 m above see level
Elevation highest point: Peak Pobeda - 7439 m a.s.l.
Elevation lowest point: Kara-Daryja - 132 m npm.
Lakes: Issyk-Kul, Son-Kul, Ala-Kul, Chatyr-Kul, Sary-Chelek
Population:  5,5 million (2009)
Language:  State - Kyrgyz, Official - Russian
People:  there are more than 80 ethnic groups
Religion:  Islam, Russian Orthodox Christianity, other
Money:  National currency is the Som = 100 tyin
Climate:  Dry continental to sub-polar in the high Tien-Shan mountains; subtropical in the SW
(Fergana Valley); temperate in northern foothill zones.
Weights and Measures:  Metric
Electricity:  220 volts AC, 50 Hz; round two-pin continental plugs are standard.
Time:  GMT + 6 hours
Country code:  996