Travel Information

Making Kumis

Making a traditional drink "Kumis(or Kymys)" with mare milk

Nomads who meet in the green grasslands serve visitors kumis made from horse milk.

Kumis is a representative dairy product in Central Asia made from fermented mare's milk and is recognized as the best traditional drink in Kyrgyzstan both physically and mentally. March to mid-June is the season for Kumis production every year, and mares usually provide 1700-2200kg of breast milk for five months.

To make Kumis, first of all stir fresh mare's milk in a wooden container and mix it properly, then cover the lid and wait until it is matured by yeast. When the fermentation occurs properly, it turns into a cool soda with a slight alcohol scent and a strong taste.

The interesting thing here is that mares allow only one person to milk. Therefore visitors who would like to experience milking have to wear clothes of the person who used to milk in advance.

It is also used to treat diseases using Kumis in Kyrgyzstan. The traditional Kumis treatment is to drink Kumis that made from fresh mare's milk about five times a day. Kumis is known to be very beneficial to the human body because it contains about 40 beneficial ingredients such as vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6, B12, amino acids, enzymes, and trace elements.

Kumis has been called a panacea since the end of the 19th century and it is said to be effective for chronic diseases such as tuberculosis, sore throat, chronic fatigue and bronchitis. So why don't you experience what the nomadic traditional Kumis tastes like?

Detailed Information

  • Address

    Suusamyr, Kyrgyzstan

  • Major industries and agricultural products

    cattle breeding