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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


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Two-week tour by train and bike

This new two week cycling tour has been specially created for people who wish to experience two in one: a glimpse of the Soviet period by travelling in an old train and the nomadic way of life of the Kyrgyz.

You will cycle along Lake Issyk-Kul famed for its beauty and various landscape. Experience the truly nomadic way of life by staying in yurt camps in remote mountain valleys. Sleep in yurts, the dwelling made of felt and wood, hike and ride on horseback in the pastures where livestock graze, visit the herdsmen living in their tents and taste kymyz, the traditional drink prepared from mare’s milk. In the yurt camps and guesthouses near the lakeshore enjoy swimming in the crystal clean waters of the lake.

The trip is a mixture of various landscapes: from semi-desert to alpine meadows, forests and mountains. We have planned sufficient days of rest during the trip. During these days, you will have the opportunity to explore the countryside or nearby towns and villages and do various activities: hiking, horse riding, visiting bazaars, museums and in Karakol see some wooden architecture: the Dungan Mosque and the Russian Orthodox Church.

A trip with Ecotour means an unusual and unforgettable vacation. Our trips are suitable for those who do not insist on luxury, love the mountains, appreciate the silence and do not want to travel in large groups.

Level of difficulty - this is not a really difficult tour. The tour passes through mountainous regions with frequent slopes and every now and then a stiff climb (usually graded as third level). If you cycle frequently, are in good physical condition and are not scared of a short climb, then this trip is perfect for you. With regular brakes and different activities available on this tour it is well within the scope of an experienced biker.

Accommodation - the tour takes you around the south side of Lake Issyk Kul. You will stay in hotels, guesthouses, with local families and in yurts.

Travelling in a group - A group consists of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 participants. The average cycling distance per day is 30-70 km. Your luggage will be transported by minibus, along with the interpreter, and will be within reach during the whole trip.

Bicycle ideally you should bring your own bicycle. However bicycle rental is available. As many of the roads are often in a bad condition we advise you to bring a good mountain bike or a strong trekking bike.


Day 1 Departure from your local airport.

Day 2 Arrival at Manas Airport and transfer to your hotel. After a short rest and light lunch preparing the bicycles followed by some sightseeing in Bishkek. Stay in hotel.

Day 3 Early in the morning (around 6 a.m.), leave for Balykchy by train (4,5 hrs). The train runs only once a day, the speed is rather slow, but it will allow you to enjoy the Chui Valley and the Boom Gorge. Arrive in Balykchy and visit the local bazaar. After lunch start cycling along the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul to Kara-Talaa village. 36 km of bad asphalt. Alt.1600m. Stay with local family.

Day 4 Cycling up through a pleasant gorge to the yurt camp Tuura-Suu at 2,200m. 35 km of bad road. This yurt camp is exclusive to Ecotour guests and thus there is no mass tourism. In the afternoon, we visit the nearby village to see the life of people in a remote mountain village. Stay in yurt.

Day 5 Cycling from Tuura-Suu over the Ala-Bash Pass (2385 m) through the Kongur-Olon Valley to Bokonbaevo (1,700m). Bokonbaevo is the main town for the district. 63 km in total, the first half is very bad dirt road, bumpy and rocky. It is possible to drive the difficult part in the minibus if you wish. Stay in B&B with shower.

Day 6 Cycling into the mountains to the yurt camp at Temir-Kanat 25km of partly asphalt, partly dirt road. The yurt camp is located at 2,450m on a small plateau, from where you have a view of Lake Issyk-Kul and the mountain range, on the other shore, that is the border with Kazakhstan. From the village of Temir-Kanat to the yurt camp is a short steep climb that you have to walk up. In the afternoon hiking in the area. Stay in yurt.

Day 7 Leisure day in Temir-Kanat. Hiking and horse riding in the mountains with closer view of glaciers, visiting the small lake and herdsmen, tasting kymyz – the national drink made from fermented mare’s milk. Back to the yurt camp.

Day 8 Cycling down partly the same road to the Sonun yurt camp at the lake. 35km in total, the last 2km is the sand path. The yurt camp is located in the semi-desert area. In the afternoon swim in the lake or hike in the badlands. Stay in yurt.

Day 9 Cycle east along the southern shore of the lake to Jenish Village. 65 km over the bad asphalt. In the evening you can walk to the lake shore to enjoy the beautiful sunset. Stay in a guesthouse with shower.

Day 10
Keep heading east to the yurt camp at Jeti-Oguz, a lush valley with some striking red sandstone rock formations including the “Seven Bulls” from which the valley takes its name. The last 20 km ascending from 1,600m to 2,000m. Total 65 km mainly by asphalt except for the last 6 km of gravel to the yurt camp. Stay in yurt.

Day 11 Cycle down to the main road and then onto the yurt camp at Karakyz (2,000 m) to the east of Karakol Town. 72 km in total. The last 6 km is rather bad road. The yurt camp is located at the edge of the forest near a stream. Stay in yurt.

Day 12 Cycling back to Karakol at the east end of Lake Issyk-Kul and the biggest town in the region. 37 km in total. In the afternoon walk around the town with few old Russian, gingerbread styled houses and visit the Dungan Mosque (1910) and the Russian Orthodox Church (1898) built of wood. Stay in guesthouse.

Day 13 Driving along the northern shore to the village of Tamchy. 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). Stay in a B&B.

Day 14 By minibus back to Bishkek. In the afternoon, you can visit the Osh Bazaar for shopping. Farewell dinner. Stay in hotel.

Day 15 Tranfer to Manas Airport and departure.

Because of unforeseen circumstances, it might be necessary to make small changes in the program. We ask for your understanding.

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


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

Trekking tours are the best holidays
when you have a good physical condition,
are capable to cope with unpredictable situations and love nature.
In the mountains you walk on "roads" made by nomads and animals centuries ago.

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Date   July 06
July 20
Price € 1.295
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