Our terrific guide is Russian but grew up in Kyrgyzstan and leads walking parties there. I can really understand this from the small part in the south we saw.
The Taldyk Pass is 3615m above sea level.
The people are somewhat nomadic and take sheep to their summer pastures living in yurts or temporary summer dwellings.
Of course we went to the market at Osh but as all the ground was being dug up we did not stay long.