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We can give our warm recommendations to anyone considering going to Kyrgyzstan in general, and with Ecotour in particular! We spent two weeks in some of Ecotour's yurt camps, and it was a highly memorable experience. Ecotour was very flexible and had arranged a programme that suited our wishes perfectly.

Tom & Karin Airaksinen
Stockholm, Sweden

Today it is already more than a month ago that we left Kyrgyzstan, but it is still every day that we think about our wonderful time we spent there. One of the things mostly staying in our mind is that from the very beginning we felt we were your personal guests where ever we are staying. That kind of hospitality is unique.

Arnoud van Grieken
Marion van den Ende
the Netherlands

We are proud that Ecotour has got
the Green Globe Commendation
Award 1999

Green Globe

But the best prize

for us is our guests' satisfaction

Letters to Kyrgyzstan

Written and illustrated by Bob Powers -
an Ecotour regular who has done
cycling and mountain biking.



address:
46-A, Donskoy Pereulok
720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic

phones:
+996 312 460803
+996 772 802805 (English)
+996 555 913245 (German)

ecotour@infotel.kg

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Legend has it that when God had created the world he called all the people together and gave each people a piece of land to live. The Kyrgyz, however, did not appear as they had fallen asleep. When they woke up, they were shocked to discover that all the land had been given away and that nothing was left. They went to God and beseeched Him to give them a piece of land also. So God looked around, over the whole world, but could not find a piece of land which He had not already given away. Finally He said “All the land has already been allocated, except for one small piece. That piece is so beautiful however that I wanted to keep it for Myself, but I will give it to you.” And that piece of land now is called Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan is a most beautiful gift from nature and yet still remains relatively unknown. Come and discover the secret with us – nobody knows it better.

Let us show you our country - on horseback, bicycle or foot through a variety of tours. Each of our tours is of a specific nature and yet, except for one or two exclusions, has the flexibility to be adapted to our customer’s individual requirements.

Kyrgyzstan is a most beautiful gift from nature and yet still remains relatively unknown. Come and discover the secret with us – nobody knows it better.

Back in 1998 we, Elmira and Samira (two Kyrgyz sisters), conceived and created Ecotour. When we created Ecotour there were three over-riding principles that we adopted, and these principles are still paramount today.

Firstly we are proud of our country and heritage, and we wish for people everywhere to get to know our country and our people. Secondly we also feel that it is important to follow good ecological principles, for our benefit and the world as a whole. Finally we want to see many people benefitting from our efforts and so community-based tourism prevails in all our activities.

Our tours are many and varied (see 2015 schedule) and each year we develop some new tours and programmes.

New in 2015 - 3 new two week programmes:

1. a round trip though Kyrgyzstan,
2. a combination of cycling and hiking and
3. a combination of cycling and horse riding.

We also now have a shorter 2 week mountain bike tour and the west to east expedition tour can also be shortened to 2 weeks.

If you only have a limited time in Kyrgyzstan then we offer a variety of daytrips and two and three day programmes all of which start in Bishkek.

Our tours can be organized for individuals or groups of up to 10 people (and sometimes more), and each one can be tailor-made to suit your specific requirements. In addition we have family friendly tours with discounts for children. For the majority of our tours you can specify the start date and length of the tour.

Most of our programmes are for people looking for active holidays, who enjoy physical effort and are not afraid of exerting themselves. However for those who wish to have more relaxed holidays we also offer summer tours where the culture and way of life of the Kyrgyz are the central themes. 

For early spring see out “Tulip Expedition”. This tour is becoming more popular every year and includes much more than just the search for the origins of the tulip. Kyrgyzstan has a greater variety of flora than the whole of Europe, and some species can only be found here. Also much liked are our bird watching tours, mainly in early summer. We have several species of birds not seen in Europe.

In addition to our regular programmes in spring and autumn we organise tours more suitable for those travellers who desire more comfort. On these tours we sleep in hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses where you will enjoy more comfort and privacy than when staying in a yurt. These tours are especially suitable for guests who are not fond of camping or are elderly, and their emphasis is on getting to know the Kyrgyz way of life, music and culture. Guests who have specific dietary requirements (i.e. vegetarian, gluten free, etc.), can take part in most of our programmes.

In central Bishkek we have our own hotel, the UMAI. Here we offer warm, friendly and comfortable accommodation, rooms with a/c, satellite TV, free Wifi and private toilet facilities along with good meals. The Umai is located within walking distance of the centre of the capital.

Our ambition is to awaken within you an interest in Kyrgyzstan and the tours organized by the Ecotour team, and we hope that one day we will meet each other in our country. We are looking forward to seeing you. 

Discover Kyrgyzstan with Ecotour, on foot, on horseback, or on a bicycle. Discover the hospitality of the Kyrgyz people and enjoy the natural beauty of our nature.

We will be at the following fairs and we would love to meet you:
- In Amsterdam in the Beurs van Berlage at the Amsterdam fair for special Journeys. January 10 and 11. 2015, Grote Zaal stand nr 40
- In Amsterdam in de Rai at the Fiets en Wandelbeurs. January 31 and February 1 2015
- In Antwerpen in the Expo hall at the Fiets en Wandelbeurs Vlaanderen. February 28 and March 1. 2015

In an oasis of Central Asia

Deserts and steppes are characteristic for the nature of Central Asia. The mountain chains of the Tien-Shan with Issyk-Kul lake at its heart is an oasis in the middle of this arid region. Issyk-Kul lake (180 km long and 60 km wide, max. depth 668 m) is the second largest high mountain lake in the world. The lake is 1,600 m above sea level and is surrounded by mountain ranges with altitudes up to 7,439 m. A combination of extreme depth, thermal activity and mild salinity means the lake never freezes. Within a 4 hour car journey of the lakeshore you can see many different landscapes; semi-deserts, steppes, mountain meadows and forests, sub alpine and alpine meadows, snowdrifts and glaciers. They are inhabited by many species, some of which are threatened by extinction the snow leopard, the Marco Polo sheep and the Ibisbill being the best known.

...an old nomadic culture has survived

The traditional culture of the Kyrgyz people has survived throughout time. In summer some of them go into the mountains with their yurts and their livestock in order to take advantage of the lush summer pastures, and where they live in harmony with nature - secluded from “civilization” - as they did thousands of years ago. The Kyrgyz are very hospitable people to whom time is not important.

Down Home Mail

Elmira Kalmakova

Samira Kalmakova

Kyrgyzstan on the winners podium!


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Ecotour is one of the most
experienced and reliable
tour operator in Kyrgyzstan


At Ecotour we are one family, all Kyrgyz
and all from the regions where we take you.
We love our country, are proud of it,
and wish to guide you around it.
Let the Kyrgyz show you Kyrgyzstan,
we were born here and grew up here,
everyone of us.

 

tour calendar 2015 (Ecotour - Kyrgyzstan)

Flights for 2015 to Kyrgyzstan
from Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris
are now available for very low price
(from 265 euro p.p.)


 

our Umail hotel in Bishkek

 

 

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