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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

46-A, Donskoy Pereulok
720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic


+996 557 802805 (English)
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Around Kyrgyzstan

Dates: 17/07 – 31/07 2018

Price 1,325 euro p.p. if 4 or more participants

On this 15 day programme we will visit some of the most beautiful parts of the country and get a taste of the history and culture of the semi- nomad. In the yurt camps, especially, we will experience the reality of everyday life in remote mountain villages and high pastures. During the tour we sleep in yurts, B&Bs and guesthouses. In Bishkek we stay in a small friendly hotel not far from the centre of town. Transportation is in our own minibus and an English or German speaking interpreter will accompany us during the whole tour. To fully enjoy this tour an adventurous attitude and the ability to improvise are needed. Luxury is not available on this trip, sanitary facilities are very basic, and hot showers are usually absent.

We start our trip around Kyrgyzstan with a tour around Lake Issyk-Kul, the second largest and second highest mountain lake in the world. On the south shore we will experience the traditional way of living in a mountain village. From there we will go further south and close to the border with China. We will visit Tash-Rabat, a “caravanserai” at 3,200m built in the 11th century. It is a place where the caravans, in the time of the Silk Road, stopped for shelter and food. From Naryn we go on to Lake Son-Kul. During the summer months shepherds move their cattle here and live around the lake. Again we will stay in a yurt. From Son-Kul we start our drive back to Bishkek stopping in the Kyzyl-Oi to take part in a festival.

Programme Day by Day

Day 1 Departure from local airport.

Day 2 Arrival at Manas Airport and transfer to the hotel in Bishkek. After lunch we will go sightseeing around Bishkek along with guide/interpreter. Bishkek is a rather new town built mostly in the Soviet style with wide boulevards, many parks and numerous terraces. The Historical Museum and the Museum of Modern Arts are well worth a visit, but just strolling through town is also a good way to get to know the city. A visit to the Osh Bazaar is a special experience and a good way to get an impression of Kyrgyz life. Stay in hotel.

Day 3 Today by minibus to Cholpon-Ata, a bathing resort on the north side of Lake Issyk-Kul, 250km driving. On the way we will stop to visit the Burana tower, one of the few historical buildings of Kyrgyzstan and a remnant of an old Silk Road town. The tower is part of the minaret of the town of Balasagun that was the capital of the Karahanieden in the 11th century. In 1974 the tower was restored and now you can climb up inside the tower and enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. Around the tower you find Balbals from between the 6th and 10th centuries. The small museum contains more artifacts collected in this area. From the tower on to Cholpon- Ata where we will stay in a hotel. Here it is possible to have a swim in the lake.

Day 4 Continue along the north shore of the lake. In Cholpon-Ata it is possible to visit the Archaeological Open Air Museum and to see the petroglyphs (rock drawings made by the Scythes from the 11th to 3rd centuries BC). At the end of the north side of the lake we continue into the Kegen valley to visit San-Tash and cross the San-Tash pass.We will spend the night in the yurt camp Kara-Kyz at 2,000m depending on the water temperature and how brave you are we can have a swim in the lake.

Day 5 In the morning hike in the mountains near the yurt camp, in the afternoon drive to Karakol where we visit the Russian Orthodox Church and the Dungan Mosque. Stay in hotel.

Day 6 Early morning we will visit the famous animal market and from there to Jeti-Ogus. Here there are differently-shaped bright red rocks. Most of the rocks have names and their own legends and stories about their origin (names like the seven oxen, broken heart). Our interpreter will tell us more about these legends. We will spend the night in Sonun, a yurt camp on the edge of the lake. On the way there will be a short hike in Skaska (Russian for fairy tale). Here, again, there are very impressive rocks formations. Stay in yurt.

Day 7 In Bokonbaevo we stop to visit a man who hunts with golden eagles. The next stop is Kyzyl-Tuu a village where we visit a family that makes yurt decorations and yurt frames. We continue to Tuura-Suu. We spend the night in the yurt camp just outside the village where a local family will take care of us. This yurt camp is exclusive to Ecotour guests and thus there is no mass tourism. Here we will have the opportunity to truly experience the life of local people in these remote mountain villages. Stay in yurt.

Day 8 Day in Tuura-Suu yurt camp. It is possible to hike in the mountains, go for a ride on a horse and visit the village. Often children from the village come to sing and make music on traditional instruments. Stay in yurt.
Day 9 A rather steep road along a small river brings us back to the main asphalt road running along the lake. We carry on to the village of Kochkor, a centre of felt making. We will visit the bazaar and Altyn-Kol, a cooperative shop where the women from the surrounding villages can sell their shyrdaks (felt carpets) and other felt products.On the way to Naryn we visit a salt mine with a sanatorium forrespiratory diseases. Stay in guesthouse in Naryn.

Day 10 Today we visit the valley of Tash-Rabat. In this valley we will find the caravanserai built in the 11th century. The building is partly hidden in the mountains. During the time of the Silk Road this building was used by tradesmen and their caravans to stay overnight. Now there are also many yurts where tourists can stay. It is possible to have a tour through the building. In the afternoon we return to Naryn, stay in guesthouse.

Day 11 Our route continues along the Naryn River, the longest river of Kyrgyzstan to Ak-Tal. Here we turn into the mountains and over the Moldo-Ashu pass (3200m) we reach Son-Kul. We will stay in a yurt camp on the north side of the lake. It can be cold here at night, so bring warm clothes.

Day 12 Drive down the mountains over the Kara-Keche pass (3,384m) and descend into the Suusamyr valley. We will stay in a B&B in the village Kyzyl-Oi.

Day 13 Today we stay in Kyzyl-Oi and take part in a festival. There will be horse games, folklore show with music and dance and it is possible to taste Kyrgyz food. Stay in B&B.

Day 14 Today a long drive, first through the Tor-Ashu tunnel at 3,100m and down to Kara Balta. From there along the main road to Bishkek where you will arrive in the afternoon. Stay in hotel.

Day 15 Transfer to the airport and departure.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it might be necessary to make small changes in the programme. We ask for your understanding.

In case there are fewer participants than required, for the payment of small additional fee the trip will go on as planned.


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Dates: 17/07 – 31/07 2018

1,325 euro p.p. min. 4 people

Included in the price:

Transfers and all transportation by minibus or car
All overnight stay as mentioned in the programme
All meals
Programme and activities as mentioned
(optional programmes not included)
English or German speaking guide/ interpreter
All entry fees where necessary and local taxes.

Not included:

Personal expenses (pocket money
of 75-100 euro p.p.usually is
sufficient for the tour)
Tipping money
Bottled beverages

Broken Heart

Broken Heart



Burana tower

Burana tower


yurt camp

Yurt camp



The lake Issyk-Kol


Ala-Archa National Park

Ala-Archa National Park


Kara-Kyz valley

Kara-Kyz valley






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