4×4 rental in Kyrgyzstan: our recommendations in Bishkek and Osh

4×4 or van, insurance, road condition, rental companies, etc.

In this article, you will find all our tips to rent a 4×4 vehicle in Kyrgyzstan: Which model? van or 4×4? Insurance, driving rules, road conditions. We also suggest you a selection of reliable rental companies in Osh and Bishkek.

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Travel by 4×4 in Kyrgyzstan

Sheltering the foothills of the Himalayas, Kyrgyzstan is 90% mountainous. A few asphalt roads connect the largest towns (Bishkek, Osh, Karakol,…). Staying on these main roads means missing the beauty and diversity of the landscapes that the country offers. To access remote and wild areas, a 4wd vehicle will be essential. It is also possible to travel across the country by motorbike, mountain bike, on foot or on horseback. Beyond the discovery of sumptuous landscapes, this trip is also an immersion in the thousand-year-old nomadic culture of Central Asia. It is possible to sleep in yurts in the homes of locals or to camp in the middle of the mountains to enjoy a starry sky without light pollution.

Kyrgyzstan is home to thousands of trails suitable for exploration. Our book EXPLORE KYRGZYSTAN offers you a selection of 24 off-road routes across the country. If you have little or no experience, you should know that our routes are classified by difficulty level from 1 to 5 and 80% of them are in the easy or medium category.

If you wish to rent a 4×4 or a van in Kyrgyzstan, we recommend that you arrange this in advance. Despite there being ever more agencies, the demand is still greater than the supply.

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What type of 4×4 to rent to travel in Kyrgyzstan?

There are many brands and 4×4 models, but not all of them are present in Kyrgyzstan. To help you, we wrote an article about the best 4×4s for rent. To this list of 4×4, you can add the Russian UAZ 4x4s, they will be less reliable than a Toyota Land Cruiser but have a nice vintage style!

The predominant brand in Kyrgyzstan and also in all of Central Asia is Toyota. If you have a problem during your road-trip with a Toyota car, it will be easier to find a garage and parts than for other less common brands. The UAZ, Nissan and Mitsubishi brands are also quite common.

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Are you looking for a motorbike to rent? More information here.

Driving rules in Kyrgyzstan

The first driving rule in Kyrgyzstan is speed control. It is important to be attentive and to respect the speed limits. As we have said, the state of the roads and tracks can be very variable. Furthermore, Kyrgyz driving is not always exemplary, especially in cities where it is even more dangerous. You should also be careful because you will often come across animals which roam freely.

Beware, the police are often present in the cities and on the main roads! If they stop you, only show them the papers they ask for: usually your driving licence and vehicle documents (“car passport”).Remember to check that the car hire company has given you the documents before you leave.

In principle, it is compulsory to have an international driving licence or a licence translated into Russian by an official translator (do this in Bishkek before your trip if you have time). In practice, we have never had a problem with our native driving licence, but you may come across a scrupulous officer. The police have become quite strict in recent years and corruption is very present. 

In Kyrgyzstan there is zero tolerance for drinking and driving so be careful with your alcohol consumption.

Car insurance in Kyrgyzstan

Since 2018, it has been compulsory to insure your vehicle in Kyrgyzstan.

Rental vehicles usually have insurance included. It provides Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) coverage that covers a portion of the damage to the rental vehicle in the event of an incident.

Nevertheless, it is important to note that if you have an accident with a Kyrgyz driver, they are often not insured themselves and they settle out of court. Depending on the damage, you can call the police to establish the accident.

We also recommend that you have a small budget for repairs, as a simple puncture can happen very quickly!

Road condition in Kyrgyzstan

The roads connecting the main cities of Kyrgyzstan are paved. Although a lot of work has been carried out in recent years to improve the state of the road network, you should still travel carefully. The roads can be deteriorated by potholes, bumps and debris. Even on sections where the roads have just been finished, we do not recommend that you drive too fast.

When you leave the main roads, you will be on tracks where the conditions are very variable. To help you, we have classified the routes of the book EXPLORE KYRGYZSTAN by difficulty levels, from 1 to 5. As some routes are poorly maintained, their degree of difficulty may vary according to the weather and recent flooding or landslides. If in doubt about an itinerary, do not hesitate to ask the local people or the tourist offices.

4×4 rental with driver in Kyrgyzstan

Some travellers may prefer to use the services of a driver to travel to Kyrgyzstan. This can have several advantages if you have no experience driving a 4×4 or mechanics in the event of a problem. Drivers are familiar with their vehicles, can serve as translators, and are used to driving on uncertain tracks.

Rent a 4×4 in Bishkek

The majority of rental agencies are of course located in Bishkek. There are not many rental companies, but the market is growing. Here is a selection of serious and professional rental companies.

Almaz – The Toyota specialist in Bishkek

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Rated 5 out of 5

If you are looking for an easy to drive and powerful 4×4, we recommend the Land Cruisers of Almaz! We call him Mr Toyota because he knows everything about these machines, a real mechanical ace! He has a fleet of 7 Toyota Land Cruisers (series 78 and Prado) that will take you everywhere!

Almaz speaks English and Russian. He will be able to explain you all the functions of the car and will give you very good advice for driving in Kyrgyzstan (especially with the local police).

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Toyota Land Cuiser 78 series 4.2L diesel 130 HP

The legendary and timeless Land Cruiser 78 Series symbolizes absolute reliability. It is used by all humanitarian organizations and long-haul travellers all over the world.

July to August 88 $/ day
May to June + September 77 $ / day
October to April 66 $ / day

 

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Toyota Land Cuiser Prado 3.0L Turbo Diesel 164 HP

One of the best all-terrain 4x4s that is also very comfortable! The OunTravela team had rented this 4x4 in June 2017 for a 2 weeks road-trip: a faultless one! We didn't encounter any problems. Moreover, it is very easy to drive if you are new to driving a 4x4.

July to August 88 $/ day
May to June + September 77 $ / day
October to April 66 $ / day

 

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Rated 5 out of 5
5 June 2020

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Clermont
Rated 5 out of 5
9 December 2019

Nous ne pouvons que conseiller les 4×4 d’Almaz ! En 2017, nous avions loué un de ses Toyota Prado. Nous avons pu faire le col Tossor sans problème par exemple (voir nos traces dans notre article). Almaz parle couramment anglais. Tous ses véhicules sont très bien assurés, tout est carré avec lui, foncé 🙂 Un loueur de 4×4 comme on aimerait en trouver partout !

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Victor

useful info
  • Minimum age 22 years and 2 years driving experience.
  • Deposit: 200 euros or dollars
  • No pre-payment – Payment in full upon receipt of the vehicle in Bishkek
  • An all damage insurance is included in the price of the vehicle.
  • The insurance covers all damages to the car (which you pay only 200 USD).
  • If you have an accident with another car, your liability insurance covers you up to 9000 USD. The average cost of a car in Kyrgyzstan is USD 5000.
  • The insurance does not work if you drive it while intoxicated, if you seriously violate traffic regulations, or if you drive it to places where there are no roads at all. You can use our car for off-road driving, but it must be a track.
  • In case of a car breakdown, we proceed in stages:
  1.  We try to repair it on the spot with the help of the locals and the local garage. And if necessary, we ship it to Bishkek.
  2. If it cannot be repaired on the spot, we send you a replacement car if we have a spare car.
  3. If we don’t have a spare car, we send you a taxi with driver to drive you until we repair the car.
  4. If even this doesn’t work, we return the money for the unused days.

Contact Almaz now !

    Sending this form does not commit you to anything. It allows you to contact the renter (availability, reservation, questions, etc.).


    Aigul – Toyota Sequoïa and Mitsubishi Pajero in Bishkek

    Aigul is a young woman who is very involved in the development of tourism in Kyrgyzstan. She is the manager of a beautiful youth hostel in Bishkek (Apple Hostel) and a trekking guide herself. Aigul speaks fluent English and Russian. Her professionalism, her seriousness and her kindness convinced us. She now offers three 4×4 for rent: Toyota Sequoia, Mitsubishi Pajero and Honda CRV.

    Note: Aigul plays the lead role in the music video clip “EXODE” that we shot in Kyrgyzstan in September 2019.

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    Mitsubishi Pajero

    A 4x4 that we recommend in our top 5 of the best 4x4s for travelling.  It can carry up to 6 people. It is also equipped with a roof rack, perfect for carrying all your road-trip gear.

    Year 2007 - Diesel 3.2L

    July to August 77 $ / day
    September to June 70 $ / day

     

    Toyota Sequoia 

    A 7-seater off-road 4x4 that is also very comfortable! Perfect for a group trip. For long trips, we advise you to leave with a maximum of 5 people to keep enough space for your luggage and camping equipment. Don't forget that the heavier you are, the less comfortable you will be on the track with the 4x4.

    July to August 88 $ / day
    September to June 80 $ / day

     

    Honda CRV

    If you're looking for a low-cost 4x4, the CRV is what you need. This medium-sized 4x4 will be a great help for your road-trip in Kyrgyzstan. Beware, its capacities on track are limited! We do not recommend you to use this vehicle on the level-3 routes of our book. Also, the steering wheel is on the right hand side, which can be disturbing.

    Year 2003 - Petrol 2.0L - Automatic - 4 seats

    July to August 55 $ / day
    September to June 50 $ / day

     

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    Useful informations
    • Minimum age 22 years and 2 years driving experience.
    • Deposit: 200 euros or dollars
    • No pre-payment – Payment in full upon receipt of the vehicle in Bishkek
    • An all damage insurance is included in the price of the vehicle.
    • The insurance covers all damages to the car (which you pay only 200 USD).
    • If you have an accident with another car, your liability insurance covers you up to 9000 USD. The average cost of a car in Kyrgyzstan is USD 5000.
    • The insurance does not work if you drive it while intoxicated, if you seriously violate traffic regulations, or if you drive it to places where there are no roads at all. You can use our car for off-road driving, but it must be a track.
    • In case of a car breakdown, we proceed in stages:
    1.  We try to repair it on the spot with the help of the locals and the local garage. And if necessary, we ship it to Bishkek.
    2. If it cannot be repaired on the spot, we send you a replacement car if we have a spare car.
    3. If we don’t have a spare car, we send you a taxi with driver to drive you until we fix the problem.
    4. If even this doesn’t work, we return the money for the unused days.

    Contact Aigul now !

      Sending this form does not commit you to anything. It allows you to contact the renter (availability, reservation, questions, etc.).


      Rent a 4×4 van in Bishkek

      Vanlifers, this section is for you! You will find below all our recommendations to rent a van in Kyrgyzstan. We have chosen only 4×4 vans: this will allow you to cover almost all the off-road routes of our “Explore Kyrgyzstan” book.

      Igor & Anna – Delica Mitsubishi 4×4 van rental

      Igor and Anna’s Delica 4×4/Vans are perfect for independent travellers! Upgraded and equipped with off-road tyres, these “4×4 vans” can overcome obstacles without any problems!

      Half of their Delica fleet is equipped with sleeping berths in the back of the vehicle. Ideal for couples who want to save on accommodation and sleep in the wilderness!

      For each rental and at no extra cost, Igor & Anna provide the necessary camping equipment: gas cooker, gas cartridges, kitchen appliances, table, chair, etc.

      Contact them now to book your Delica for your trip to Kyrgyzstan!

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      Delica Mitshubishi 4x4

      The 4x4 Delica vans (6-7 seats) are air-conditioned and have 4 wheel drive. These vans are specially designed for off-road travel, ideal for the off-road routes of Kyrgyzstan!

      Igor & Anna offer about 10 Delicas for rent. All cars are equipped with everything you need for a comfortable trip: gas cooker, gas cartridges, kitchen appliances, tables, chairs, etc.

      October to April (incl.) 66 $ / day
      May + June + September 72 $ / day
      July + August  83 $/ day

      It is possible to travel to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

      Reviews

      Rated 5 out of 5
      4 May 2021

      Je reviens du Kirghizistan, où j’ai loué un VAN (4×4) chez Anna et Igor. Excellent rapport qualité / prix, la voiture passe partout et a tout l’équipement nécessaire pour vous accompagner lors de votre séjour et sur les fameuses piste du livre.
      De plus Anna a été de bons conseils et nous a bien aidé tout au long du séjour en restant disponible.
      Je ne peux que recommander !

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      Charles-Olivier

      Useful informations
      • Minimum age 23 years
      • Deposit: 500 euros or dollars
      • Prepayment of 10% of the total price for the reservation
      • All damage insurance is included in the price of the vehicle for Kyrgyzstan
      • Unlimited mileage
      • Equipment included: gas cooker, gas cartridges, kitchen appliances, table, chair, etc.
      • If you need a driver, a guide/driver is available on request
      • Optional tent on request

      Contact Igor & Anna now !

        Sending this form does not commit you to anything. It allows you to contact the renter (availability, reservation, questions, etc.).


        Rent a 4×4 in Osh

        Osh is the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan. Accessible in only 1 hour by plane from Bishkek, it is also the gateway to Tajikistan (Pamir Road) and Uzbekistan. It is easy to find good 4×4 rental companies in Osh. Here are our recommendations:

        Aibek – A fleet of 4×4 all-terrain vehicles in Osh

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        Rated 5 out of 5

        Aibek is passionate about motorcycles and 4×4, so it is quite natural that he decided to put his passion at the service of tourists wishing to travel through Kyrgyzstan by motorized vehicles. With the experience of the last few years he has even created his own garage, open in particular to passing travelers. Speaking fluent English and Russian, Aibek will be able to advise you and accompany you in the preparation of your trip. In addition to car rentals, he also offers guided tours throughout the country.

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        Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 4x4 95 series à louer au Kirghizistan

        Toyota Prado series 95 - 2.7L gasoline

        The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is a very efficient 4x4 on the tracks. Moreover it is spacious and comfortable with its 7 available seats! Its 2.7L petrol engine consumes on average 13L per 100km in town and between 12 and 17L per 100km on the track. The transmission is manual. With a 90L fuel tank and a second 60L tank, you will be completely autonomous in gasoline. The vehicle is also equipped with a spare tire, ABS system, air conditioning and a few tools if needed. The number of km is unlimited.

        1 to 7 days 100 $ / day
        8 to 14 days 90 $ / day
        15 to 90 days 80 $ / day

         

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        Toyota Landcruiser series 70 - 4.2L diesel

        The legend! This 70 series landcruiser is the king of the off-road.
        Characteristics: With its 4.2L V6 Diesel engine, it consumes an average of 10L per 100km on the road and between 12 and 15L per 100km on the track. The transmission is manual (5 speeds).  With its two 90L tanks you will be totally autonomous. 10 seats are available in the car. The vehicle is also equipped with a spare tire, differential lock, air conditioning and some tools if needed. The number of km is unlimited.

        1 to 7 days 120 $ / day
        8 to 14 days 110 $ / day
        15 to 90 days 90 $ / day

         

        Review

        Rated 5 out of 5
        5 June 2020

        We had a perfect rental experience with Oibek. The Toyota Prado was exactly what we needed. Oibek gave us useful informations how to drive it and I would highly recommend him. We had all the correct paperwork and no problem with this strong Toyota. Many thanks!

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        John

        useful info
        • Minimum age 22 years and 2 years driving experience.
        • Deposit: 500 euros or dollars
        • Prepayment of 25% of the total price for the reservation
        • All damage insurance is included in the price of the vehicle for Kyrgyzstan.
        • Unlimited mileage
        • Insurance for Tajikistan is optional.
        • Optional luggage rack

        Contact Aibek now !

          Sending this form does not commit you to anything. It allows you to contact the renter (availability, reservation, questions, etc.).


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