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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

Kyrgyz lady spinning yarn

46-A, Donskoy Pereulok
720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic


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Spring tour: Culture and Crafts

(tour guaranteed)

Date: 26/5 – 5/6 2019. Price Euros 950 p.p. for 4 or more participants

Discover the culture and sample the life of the Kyrgyz nomad. See how yurts, the traditional felt house of the shepherds, are built the same way today they have been for the last 8 centuries. In a village, you will visit the small workshops where felt is manufactured. You will be taught how to and will make felt yourself, and then craft a small shyrdak and an alakiis, the traditional Kyrgyz carpets.

Embroidery on felt will be taught in Bishkek and you will have the opportunity to visit museums and art galleries and, if there are enough participants, a short concert by a folklore-band will be arranged. If you have special wishes or requirements please contact us in advance and we will try to fit it into your programme.

There will be plenty of time to enjoy our magnificent nature and to go on some of the myriad of walks available.

In Bishkek you stay in a pleasant hotel, and when in the countryside you will stay in hotels, B&Bs and with a local family who takes care of you.

Throughout the whole programme you will be accompanied by and English-speaking interpreter.


Day 1 Departure from local airport.

Day 2 Arrival, after lunch sightseeing Bishkek, visit Museum.

Day 3 Workshop in Bishkek, demonstration on elechek making, the traditional millinery of married women and consisting of many layers of fabric and fashion show of traditional women clothes . Workshops (embroidery, making corsage). Stay in hotel.

Day 4 By minibus to Kara-Suu Village. Start the first workshop (making felt traditional way). Stay in the house of a shyrdak-making family.

Day 5 Continue workshops (shyrdak), learning about the meaning of Kyrgyz patterns and making chi, the reed mat which is put between the frame and the felt of the yurt and which is used for moulding felt. In the afternoon visit Kochkor. Stay in the house.

Day 6 In the morning finish workshops then along the south shore of Lake Issyk-Kul to Karakol. On the way stop in Kyzyl- Tuu to see how yurt frames and yurt decorations are made. In Bokonbaevo you will visit a man who hunts with eagles and other birds of prey. He will show his birds and tell about his profession. Stay in hotel in Karakol.

Day 7 Day in Karakol, visit the town and museum. In the afternoon hike in Karakol National Park. Stay in hotel.

Day 8 Drive along the north side of lake Issyk-Kul to Semyonovka. If wanted in Üruktur you can stop to take a bath in an open air hot spa.(bathing suit needed) Stay in B&B.

Day 9 In Cholpon Ata visit of the small the museum and the archeological open-air museum with rock drawings from the Scythes. On the way back to Bishkek you will stop in Chon-Sary-Oy to visit the new Nomad Museum. Near Tokmok a visit of the Buran Tower, a remnant of a town on the Silk Road.
Day 10
Day in Bishkek, visit Museums and Osh Bazaar and time for shopping (lunch not included).
Day 11 Transfer to the airport and departure.

In the price everything is included except: flight, insurances, personal expenses, tipping and bottled beverages.

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

Kyrgyzstan is a land full of beautiful experiences and wonders unique...

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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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Kyrgyz mountains in winter

Winter landscape


festivals in Kyrgystan

A recital of traditional instruments


A finished ala-kiiz


Pressing felt the traditional way


traditional costumes

Kyrgyz traditional costumes and hats


Kyrgyz shyrdak

Making a beautiful Kyrgyz shyrdak




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