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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)

Dates: 19/7 – 02/8,  12/8 – 26/8 and 26/8 - 9/9 2017

Price :1295-euro p.p. if 4 or more participants

Sample the culture and everyday life of the nomads in Kyrgyzstan. You will sleep in yurts, the felt houses of the nomadic herdsmen. You will see felt objects for everyday use being made and you get the opportunity to cook a Kyrgyz meal. You might listen to the songs of children and the music of their traditional music instruments. You can also see how nomads prepare kymys, the national drink, made of mare’s milk. And if you are lucky you might even see traditional games played on horseback.

Visit the Burana Tower and the petroglyphs (stone carvings from the Scythian period) near Cholpon-Ata. In the capital Bishkek you can experience the organized chaos of shopping at the Osh Bazaar.

In between activities there is still plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Tian-Shan Mountains. 

Several hikes are included in this programme. Most of the transportation takes place by minibus. On several occasions part of the distance can be done on foot. If, when and how long these hikes will be, is a matter of consulting together. You will have the opportunity to ride horses and you can visit the herdsmen who come with their families to the alpine summer pastures to guard the cattle.

In Bishkek your accommodation is in a small pleasant hotel and on tour you will stay in yurts and guesthouses and B&Bs, all run by local families. An English speaking interpreter will accompany you for the whole journey.

This journey suits people who are interested in the nomadic way of life and the culture of the Kyrgyz people. For the hikes you need to be in good physical condition. About 3-5 hours walking a day in mountainous terrain should be in your range of possibilities. We expect you to be a little adventurous and happy to forget luxury.


Day 1 Departure from your local airport.

Day 2 Arrival at Manas Airport and transfer to the Umai Hotel in Bishkek. After a rest and a light lunch sightseeing around Bishkek. Bishkek is a relatively new city built mostly in the Soviet style with wide boulevards, many parks and numerous terraces. You can visit the Old Square from where you can walk through the oldest park in Bishkek, Oak Park, 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). Stay in hotel.

Day 3 Drive from Bishkek to Tamchy on the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. En route visit to Burana Tower, the remnants of the old Silk Road City that existed in X-XII centuries.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 (gravestones) from between the 6th and 10th centuries. The small museum contains more artifacts collected in this area. Stay in B&B.

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). Then short hike in Semenovka (Kyrchyn in Kyrgyz) Gorge at 2,000m, where part of World Nomad Games took place, and which used to be the gathering point of Kyrgyz tribes in the ancient times. Next stop at a SPA with several pools with the water temperature ranging from 43-48 °C. Drive onto Taldy-Suu Village and stay with a local family.

Day 5 A spectacular drive through San-Tash Valley and a picnic lunch stop. Then to Kara-Kyz yurt camp at the edge of a forest. Alt 2,000m. Stay in yurt.

Day 6 Day in Kara-Kyz. Hiking up to the mountains with lots of beautiful flowers and/or if you like a longer hike it is possible to reach a small lake. Stay in yurts.

Day 7 Continue to Jeti-Oguz, a lush valley with striking red sandstone rock formations (including the “Seven Bulls” from which the valley takes it name). Hiking in the area.In the late afternoon, driving along the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul to Sonun yurt camp located in a semi-desert area at the edge of the lake (1,600m). Stay in yurt.

Day 8 To Boz-Salkyn yurt camp located in an alpine meadow (2.500m). Hike the last 7km to the yurt camp. In the afternoon you can hike up the mountains through the forested gorge. Stay in yurt.

Day 9 From Boz-Salkyn to Temir-Kanat yurt camp at 2,450m. On the way stop at Bokonbaevo village to meet a man who hunts with golden eagles. Stay in yurt.

Day 10 Day in Temir-Kanat, where you can go horse riding, hiking or maybe learn some Kyrgyz cooking. You can also visit the shepherds living in their yurts in pastures and taste kymyz, fermented mare’s milk, and see how it is made. Stay in yurt.

Day 11 Down to the yurt camp at Tuura-Suu (2,200m). On the way, a stop in Kyzyl-Tuu to see yurt frames being made. Stay in yurt.

Day 12 Day in Tuura-Suu. Hiking, horse riding, listening to the local children sing folksongs and play traditional musical instruments. Stay in yurts.

Day 13 Leave the yurt camp and head to Kara-Suu Village to see and participate in making felt and felt carpets. Stay in a house of a felt-making family.

Day 14 Head back to Bishkek stopping in Kochkor to visit the bazaar and the Altyn Kol women’s cooperative shop where locally made shyrdaks and felt products can be bought. Stay in hotel.

Day 15 Transfer to Manas Airport and departure.

The price includes, from arrival at until departure from Manas Airport, everything except flight, visa (if required), insurance, alcoholic and bottled beverages.

For bookings of 4, or more, persons we offer a 5% discount.


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Kyrgyz nomadic culture

This journey suits people who are interested in the nomadic way of life
and the culture of the Kyrgyz people.
We expect you to be a little adventurous, to have an average physical condition
and not necessarily to demand luxury.

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