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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)
+996 772 802805 (English)
+996 555 913245 (German)
+996 700 584245 (English)


Kyrgyzstan in a nutshell

Price 730 euro p.p. 4-8 participants

Date: 15/5-22/5 and 27/8-03/09 2018

On this 8 dayp rogramme you will visit the most beautiful parts of the country and become acquainted with the history and culture of the semi- nomads. You will experience the reality of everyday life in remote mountain villages. During the tour you stay in the houses of local families, B&Bs and guesthouses. In Bishkek you stay in hotel Umai (or similar) not far from the centre of town. Transportation is in our own minibus and an English or German speaking interpreter will accompany you for the whole tour. To fully enjoy this tour you need an adventurous attitude and the ability to improvise when necessary. Luxury is not available on this trip, sanitary facilities are very basic, and hot showers are often absent.

The trip will take you around Lake Issyk-Kul where you will meet a man who hunts with birds of prey, see the famous red rocks of Jeti-Ogus, and visit the Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the Dugan Mosque in Karakol. If you are there on a Sunday a visit to the animal market also will be in the programme. On the north side of the lake you will see the petroglyphs, rock drawings of the Scythians made between the 11e -3e century B.C.

It is possible to go horse-riding and/or hiking in one of the yurt camps and this is included in the price. On the way back to Bishkek you have time to take a short hike in the Konorchok Canyon.

Day by day programme

Day 1: Depart from your local airport

Day 2: Arrival at Manas Airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Bishkek. After a rest and a light lunch,some sightseeing in Bishkek. You can visit the Old Square from where you can walk through the oldest park in Bishkek, Oak Park, and onto the main square, Ala-Too. Passing by the National Opera and Ballet Theatre you will get to Victory Square, built for the 40th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War (Second World War). Accommodation in your hotel.

Day 3: By vehicle to Lake Issyk-Kul. Near Tokmok you will stop to visit the Burana tower, an architectural complex from the 10th century and which has survived from the times of the Great Silk Road. In the middle ages, it was the city of Balasagun, the capital of the Karachanid Khaganate – a Turkish dynasty of that time. You will see the 24 metre minaret and the mausoleums which have been reconstructed. You can also see the Balbal (grave stones) from the middle ages. From here, you will go to Tuura-Suu (2200m) where you will stay in the house of a local family.

Day 4: After breakfast you leave for the village of Temir-Kanat (2200m). You cross the Ala Bash pass and drive through the remote valley of Kongur-Olong. This valley is famous for birds of prey. In Temir-Kanat there are horses and if you wish you can go for a ride or hike in the mountains in the afternoon. Home stay.

Day 5: From Temir-Kanat onto the district town of Bokonbaevo next to the lake. Here you will meet a man who hunts with golden eagles. He will talk about his profession and show his bird(s). Then along the south shore to the valley of Jeti-Ogus, famous for its red rocks with names like “broken heart” and “seven oxen”.From here to the yurt camp Kara-Kyz in the mountains. In May you will stay in a hotel in Karakol.

Day 6: If Sunday then first visit the animal market,and then the Russian Orthodox Church and the Dungan Mosque in Karakol before continuing along the north side of Lake Issyk-Kul to Cholpon–Ata to visit an open air museum of petroglyphs, a unique monument of the Bronze Age. The rock drawings date back from the 2nd to 9th centuries. Stay in a hotel in Cholpon-Ata, possibility to go to the beach to swim.

Day 7: Leave Cholpon-Ata for Bishkek. In Chon-Sary-Oy you will stop to visit the new Nomad Museum and then continue to the Boom gorge for a hike in the Konorchok Canyon with red rock pillars shaped by wind and rain. Then onto Bishkek, in the afternoon you can visit the oriental Osh Bazaar for some shopping. Stay in your hotel.

Day 8: Transfer to Manas 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 a small additional fee, the trip will go on as planned.

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