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.

Travel guidebook about Kyrgyzstan, central Asia : 24 of the best off-road routes
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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.

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.

Please note that some areas require a border permit that you can order online here.

Where to 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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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 (78, 75 series 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 & 75 series

The legendary and timeless Land Cruiser symbolises absolute reliability. It is used by humanitarian organisations and long-distance travellers all over the world.

  • Engine 4.2L diesel
  • Manual transmission
  • 2 seats + berth or 8 seats + convertible berth.

🛏️Two people can sleep inside (interior berth)
🔥This price includes camping equipment: table, chairs, a kitchen set and a stove!

June 90 $/ day
July + August 110 $/ day
September 100 $/ day
May + October 77 $ / day
November to April 66 $ / day

Toyota Land Cuiser Prado

The Toyota Prado is one of the best all-terrain 4x4 you can find in Kyrgyzstan. It is powerful and very comfortable!

  • Engine: 3.0L Turbo diesel
  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 seats

🔥The price includes camping equipment: table, chairs, a kitchen set and a stove!

June 90 $/ day
July + August 110 $/ day
September 100 $/ day
May + October 77 $ / day
November to April 66 $ / day

 

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Rated 5.0 out of 5
28 February 2024

Almaz was a great guy and the Land Cruiser Troopy was the best car we’ve ever rented, perfect for a two person tour around Kyrgyzstan! Highly recommended.

Edward
Rated 5.0 out of 5
5 November 2023

We had an amazing trip in Kyrgyzstan thanks to Nick. The vehicle we rented was perfect for off road conditions, and the camping equipment that came with the vehicle was very helpful! Nick was very accommodating and made our arrival in Bishkek seamless and easy. Additionally, he was kind enough to let us stay at his home on our last day in Kyrgyzstan. I highly recommend using this service and hope to work with nick again one day in the future!

John
Rated 5.0 out of 5
18 September 2022

Nous avons roulé environs 4000km dont beaucoup de pistes, avec un Land Cruiser Prado 120 TD, déjà kilométré, mais c’est l’un des véhicules les plus solides du monde. C’est en cas de problème que l’on voit le sérieux d’un loueur. J’ai par maladresse accidenté la porte arrière, au retour nous n’avons payé que la caution de 200$, le reste a été couvert par l’assurance, sans aucun souci. De plus Almaz parle bien anglais et est très sympathique.

Christian
Rated 5.0 out of 5
8 September 2022

We hired a Toyota Landcruiser for our two weeks trip in Kirgistan.

Driving about 4000km – mostly offroad and gravel roads – we had a great experience with that car. No problems at all.

Almaz is a down-to-earth professional in his business. It was reassuring to have his backup in case of any troubles.

Very recommended!

Christian
Rated 5.0 out of 5
6 September 2022

Hello to everyone,

I hired a Land Cruise in Bishkek.

The car performed perfectly, even on the most extreme off-roads. the staff was kind, professional and helpful.

I recommend this charterer to all tourists, even the most demanding ones.

Alex
Rated 5.0 out of 5
2 July 2021

Nous avons loué 2 véhicules à Almaz : un landcruiser 78 troopy aménagé en camper et un landcruiser prado.

Les 2 véhicules ont complètement répondu à nos attentes à savoir :

– un 4×4 fiable permettant de dormir à l’intérieur confortablement à 2 pour le troopy

– un 4×4 fiable, puissant et très confortable pour des longues distances à 3 personnes ou plus

Almaz connaît parfaitement ses véhicules et les entretient très bien. Il est toujours disponible si besoin. Il peut fournir des équipements de camping et de cuisine.

Enfin, il équipe ses véhicules pour du off-road et sait que vous allez les utiliser pour toutes sortes de pistes même des difficiles. Cela permet de partir serein et confiant !

Yannis
Rated 5.0 out of 5
5 June 2020

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Clermont
Rated 5.0 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 !

Victor
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Useful info (deposit, insurance, etc.)
  • 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 by clicking here!

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