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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

Date: 26/5 – 5/6 2018. Price Euros 950 p.p. for 4 or more participants

Discover the culture and textile of the Kyrgyz nomad. You will see how yurts, the traditional felt house of the shepherds, built the same way today as it has been for the last 8 centuries. 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. You will learn about women’s clothes and elecheks, traditional head wear.

Embroidery on felt will be taught in Bishkek and you will have the opportunity to visit museums and art galleries. If you have special wishes or requirements please contact us in advance and we will try to fit it into your program.

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 an unpretentious, but very pleasant,’ hotel, and when in the countryside you will stay in a hotel and B&B where a local family 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 at Manas airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After lunch sightseeing Bishkek and a visit to a museum. Stay in hotel.

Day 3 Workshop in Bishkek, demonstration of elechek making, the traditional millinery of married women and consisting of many layers of fabric and a fashion show of traditional women clothes . Workshops (embroidery, making corsage) and a visit to the Osh-bazaar. 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 Ín the morning another visit to Kochkor and 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 meet a man who hunts with eagles and other birds of prey. He will show his bird(s) and talk 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 Cholpon-Ata, a lively town on the lake. If wanted in Oruktu you can stop to take a bath in an open-air hot spa (bathing suit needed – entrance not included). In Cholpon-Ata a visit to the small the museum and the archeological open-air museum with rock drawings from the Scythes is included. Stay in hotel.

Day 9 On the way back to Bishkek you will stop in Chon-Sary-Oy to visit the new Nomad Museum. Near Tokmok you will visit Burana tower, a remnant of a town from the old Silk Road. Stay in hotel.
Day 10
Day in Bishkek, time for shopping (lunch not included). Stay in hotel..
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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