Travelling to the Chuy Region and a small gorge named Chunkurchak…
Kyrgyzstan is a Central Asian state bordering China and it became independent with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Settled by Kyrgyz tribes from southern Siberia in the 17th century, the area was ruled by various regional powers before coming under Russian, and then Soviet, rule.
Most of its six million people are Turkic-speaking Muslims. (source BBC Country Profile).
Finally I meet the beekeepers and the bees! We travel three and half hours west of Bishkek into the mountains where the beekeepers have brought the hives down from the mountains as its winter to protect the bees and honey from the harsh climate.
I spend time with Grennadiy who tells me about his life. He has been keeping bees for over 35 years. He started work as an engineer and beekeeping was a hobby but as time went on his passion for the practice took over and beekeeping became his profession. Grennadiy is my main beekeeper and his son works with him. They are part of a small collective who face many challenges in maintaining the purity of the white honey.
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