Travelling alone can be intimidating and lonely
Although not a geographic term, 'the CIS' covers Central Asia, some of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.
Central Asia is covered here, this vast region, know to many as the -stans, is home to intriguing ancient cities and spectacular mountains, but for the most part steppe and desert.
If coming from Kyrgyzstan the border officials often want confirmation of onward transport in China (which normally comes from Kashgar).
Traveller friendly guesthouse in Karakol and the CBT (see accommodation) are good starting points.
One thing is for sure, the best season is June to September, with high altitude being only possible in July or August (although lower areas can be roasting during these months).
Also included is Armenia & Georgia in a region known as the Caucasus.
It is worth looking, if you have not already, at the example layout to see the guidelines each section of information is based on - or for other travel advice and site home head for thanks to Conor Meleady for kindly supplying the Turkmenistan information and for Alex Schofield for the original Tajikistan summary.
Russia (1/8th of the globe), the mainly empty ‘stans’. Australia & Melanesia | New Zealand & Polynesia | Central America | Caribbean | South America | North America | Southern Asia | Northern Asia | South East Asia | Indochina | North Africa | East Africa | Southern Africa | West Africa | The CIS | Middle/Near East | France/Swiss/UK | Antarctica | Guides & Other Books As a region this area looks super intimidating for someone thinking of travelling it - it should not be and isn't.