Kyrgyzstan in 1900 year. Unique pictures of North of Kyrgyzstan.

Italian Prince Scipione Borghese in 1900 went on a trip to the Tien-Shan, together with the Swiss Matthias Tsurbriggen and compatriot Jules Brosherel. They crossed the north of present Kyrgyzstan, explored Enilchek valley (near Karakol)  and left a rich heritage of unique pictures.

Three Europeans crossed the modern Chui and Issyk-Kul regions and became one of the first European travelers who carefully documented life in little-known part of the Earth.

They conducted a detailed diary of the journey, and wrote a letter about it to their loved ones, some of which have survived. Here's how Prince Borghese described Issyk Kul Lake in a letter:

"There is a large lake with a huge range of snowy mountains behind it. I have rarely seen more beautiful sight! Just imagine: first go green steppe, then divine blue lake, foothills green stripe again, black forest mountains and all this is topped by a solid white stripe snow-capped peaks and glaciers! "


Every evening travellers make notes about last day.

Camping near Enilchek River.


Caravan goes down to Kaindy valley.

Grave near Enilchek valley.


Entry to Sary-Jaz plateau.

Crossing Enilchek-Suu River.


Women from rich Kyrgyz families.

Married Kyrgyz girl.


Kyrgyz nomads watch Jules Brosherel makes picture of Kyrgyz women.

Kyrgyz woman works with sheep’s wool.


Every evening travellers make notes about last day.

Prince Scipione Borghese (on the left) and Matthias Tsurbriggen in Ak-Moynok. North of Kyrgyzstan.


“Il Gighita” – horseman.

Man from Kaindy valley.


Kyrgyz family.


Preparing for crossing the river.

Crossing the river.


Caravan of Kyrgyz people near Irtash valley.

Wives of Kyrgyz man.

Crossing Kyzyl-Tash River.