Earlier in the year protests at corruption and rising prices in Kyrgyzstan had turned violent. Following a government crackdown on the riots and numerous deaths, the country's leader legged it. It was a peoples revolution I guess. Following that there was terrible violence in Kyrgyzstan. Tens of thousands of ethnic Uzbeks fled their homes in Kyrgyzstan and became refugees in Uzbekistan. The conflict and the refugee situation had become a humanitarian crisis. Because of this we had kept an open mind about whether we would go to Kyrgyzstan at all. There were reports that the border had closed at times and the Foreign Office had been warning travellers not to go to the southwestern part of Kyrgyzstan around Osh, Jelalabad and the Fergana Valley. But several people we met had been to Kyrgyzstan and told us that there was no problem for travellers going there. To get to Kyrgyzstan from Uzbekistan we had to go through the Fergana Valley. I worked-out a route that avoided Osh and Jelalabad using a lesser-known border crossing in the north of the valley at Uchkurgan. We planned to go through the whole region in one day if possible without staying overnight.
The purple line is where we went.