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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)


plants of the Kyrgyz mountains

Two-week botanical tour in east and west Kyrgyzstan,
with a visit to the walnut forests.

Dates: 26/5 – 8/6 2019

Price with local botanist if 6 or more participants: 1,340 euro p.p.

Kyrgyzstan has a very rich flora. There are a greater variety of plants here than in the whole of Europe. Several specimens are unique to this country. Ecotour has organized a 15-day botanical tour in different parts of the country. This year we are offering a botanical tour which covers the central, south and far western part of Kyrgyzstan. If sufficient participants, a Kyrgyz professional botanist will lead the tour accompanied by an interpreter. Up until now very little research has been done on the Kyrgyz flora. Thus, each tour also has something of the spirit of a voyage of discovery.

More detailed description on request

Day by day programme

Day 1 Departure from your home airport.

Day 2 Arrival in Bishkek. Transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon to Ala-Archa National Park with a hike to the Ak-Say waterfall higher up the gorge. In the evening, we return to Bishkek. Stay in hotel.

Day 3 Drive from Bishkek to Chon-Kemin, a valley bordering Kazakhstan, at 1,800m. In 1997 a national park was established with total area of 5,000ha within the valley We stop for short hikes in the gorge to see Goniolimoncuspidatum, Onobrychisarenaria and Astragaluskronenburgii. In the afternoon we will botanize in the nearby mountains next to the village. Stay in a B&B.

Day 4 Day trip to Jashyl-Kol (Green lake) located 35km to the east of the village. In the afternoon back to the village and botanizing in the mountains near the village. Stay in a B&B.

Day 5 From Chon Kemin over the Dolon Pass to Naryn Town, the main town on the road to the Chinese border (a branch of the ancient Silk Road). The altitude ranges from 1,700 up to 3,010 at Dolon Pass. In Naryn we stay in a guesthouse.

Day 6 Day trip to National Park. Hike in the territory of the National Park. In the evening back to the guesthouse in Naryn.

Day 7 After breakfast head to the south shore of Lake Son-Kul. Here we find the flora of the high mountains and edelweiss growing abundantly. Stay in a yurt.

Day 8 We leave Son-Kul over the Kara-Keche Pass, and spend the night in the village of Kyzyl-Oy. Stay in a B&B.

Day 9 At the end of the Suusamyr Valley, drive through alpine meadows to Toktogul Lake, On the way, we will have short botanizing stops in the semi-desert areas. Stay in hotel located on the shore.

Day 10 Continue to Arslanbob Village surrounded by the world-famous walnut forest. We will stop at the beginning of the Ferghana Valley that has abundant agricultural cultivation. Stay in a B&B in Arslanbob Village.

Day 11 In the morning a walk in Arslanbob forest. Hiking to the waterfalls and a small cave. After lunch, a short drive to another walnut forest with 20-years old trees. In the evening back to Arslanbob and stay in a B&B.

Day 12 Driving back to the Talas Town with botanizing stops now and then (253km), In the afternoon drive to the Mausoleum of Manas (12km) and in the evening back to the guesthouse.

Day 13 Day trip to a state reserve, located 25 km south of Talas Town. Here the endemic Tulipa talassica Lazkov was found by and named after the Kygyz botanist Georgy Lazkov. If possible he will come along to guide us. In the evening back to the guesthouse.

Day 14 Drive back through the green alpine meadows to the tunnel on the Too-Ashuu Pass. From here to Bishkek, where you will arrive in the afternoon. Stay in hotel Umai.

Day 15 Transfer to the airport and departure.

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

Temperatures in the mountains can be quite low at the start and end of season so some warm clothes may be required. A raincoat/cape and hiking shoes/boots are strongly recommended.

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

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May 26
June 8
Price € 1340
Group 6-8

In the price is included::

• Transportation by own minibus
• Transfers from and to the airport
• All meals (full board)
• All overnight stays
(hotels, guesthouses, yurts)
• Program as described
• English speaking guide/interpreter
• Road taxes and entrance fees.

In the price is not included::

• Flight
• Insurances
• Tips
• Activities not mentioned in the programme
• Personnel expenses
• Alcoholic and other bottled beverages



















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