The range links the Pamirs in Tajikistan, The Hindu Kush in Pakistan and The Alti Mountains of Mongolia. More importantly it cuts Krygyzstan in half .
|The Tien Shan Range|
In the early 1990's only a difficult route through the centre of the Kyrgyzstan from Osh to Bishkek existed. In the harsh winter of 1994 when I set up and managed Save the Children Fund's first Central Asia Programme it was easier to travel from the south to Bishkek via Tashkent in Uzbekistan then onto Chimkent in Kazakhstan and finally back into Kyrgyzstan; effectively circumventing the range.
Travel across the Tien Shan from Osh to Bishkek is one of life's great experiences. Villagers rarely saw outsiders let alone foreigners and the welcome was always overwhelming.
|SCF's first programme in Central Asia|
The range reaches to Lake Issyk Kul near Bishkek. Set at 1,600 m above sea level, the lake is one of the highest mountain lakes in the world.